Kicked off my weekend on Friday evening with a visit to Mitchell Harris Wine Bar for their Winter Solstice market. Had a bit of a peruse at the art and a couple of mulled wines and then mosied on to feast on some good African tucker before heading back to Enfield for butterscotch and gingerbread ice-cream and a great 80's classic movie, which I have reviewed below. Lovely evening, very tame, no hang overs - feeling good about that.
Saturday was all work and no play, but unlike Jack Torrance at the Overlook Hotel I didn't freak out and run around in the snow with an axe trying to kill my family, I used my Winter quiet time wisely and thumped out my PMP reports and even managed to clean the house and grocery shop too; so very productive.
We all got up reasonably early (for a Sunday) today and went to the market in town. It has been yonks since I have gone to the market, but I was suffering from a little cabin fever and had to get out. So we put on our beanies and scarves and we braved the frosty morning, returning with only a few pairs of new socks, some gloves and a belly full of churros. Not a total loss.
Getting busy with a Winter Solstice roast beast for dinner tonight, sorry little piggy - but its pork on the menu tonight with all of the trimmings and a couple of glasses of good red wine to wash it all down and celebrate the longest night of the year. Here's to some much brighter days ahead now that the darkest day is behind us.
Release Date: 1986
Running Time: 99 mins
Okay, lets be clear about why this movie made the list, because I am pretty sure that anyone that has actually seen this is thinking, what the hell? Well, Big Trouble in Little China just has to be seen to be believed. It is jam packed with bad 80's effects, it has a completely implausible fantasy story line, it is rife with racial stereotypes and the fashions? Wow, truly unforgettable. Perhaps it should really go onto my comedy list, because this film is clearly not taking itself seriously at all, but all of the Chinatown magic and mystery lends itself to the fantasy genre.
Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), truck driver of the aptly named 'pork-chop' express, finds himself entangled in a centuries old mystical battle in Chinatown when his friend's girlfriend 'Miao' is abducted. Apparently an evil sorcerer named Lo Pan needs a girl with jade coloured eyes to complete his mystical transformation, which leads Jack and his friends on an adventure into the magical underground of Chinatown in an attempt to rescue Miao.
This movie is rife with martial arts, monsters, magic and mayhem, none of which are being done very well, but that's the great thing about this movie, it's strength lies in its ridiculousness. This is retro gold, plain and simple, watch it when you need a bit of stress relief.
FINAL SAY: Chinese have a lot of hells.
3 Chili Peppers