The first resolution I have well in hand, and that was the most important one to me, which was to finish all of the reviews that I had listed on my genre lists (about 310 films). I am confident that I will have that done before 31st December as I have hit that one hard this year.
The second resolution was to drink more water, and I have also managed to do that this year, I never go anywhere without my drink bottle these days, so I think that I can safely check that one off too.
Now I get to the ugly end of my resolution stick, fair to say that I have really reneged in the 'do half an hour of exercise a day' department. I was all gung-ho when the weather was fine, but then around April it got cold and since then my exercise regime has consisted of a walk a to the back deck for a cigarette. So, yeah, epic fail on that one, can't make that happen now, but I will make a solid when the sun arrives again.
The next resolution was to take up meditation and do it twice a week. If staring glassy eyed at late night horror movies with a glass of scotch in hand counts as meditation, then I can safely say yep, I did that. Otherwise, again epic fail. I did try out meditation for about six weeks, and was going well, but then I got busy and blah blah....I just didn't do it. Maybe that will be one for next year.
I have gone really well with my 'plan a gathering or get together once a month' resolution, which on checking back I have managed to do - even if they were often just small gatherings, so I am thinking that I could probably tick that one off too. And the last one - the 'pay something forward or complete an act of random kindness once a week' I think that I have done okay with. I have tried to be more mindful of the needs of others this year and have attempted to do random nice things for people and even strangers from time to time, I dunno if I can say that I have managed one a week - I certainly haven't clocked them so it is hard to say, but I have tried to be nicer and surely that counts for something?
So, not a total wipe out but certainly room for improvement. Might make things a little more manageable for myself next year, like smoke a pack of cigarettes and drink a full bottle of scotch a week. Or, take a trip every month to a new and exciting place, or eat a different packet of chips every week of the year, or watch 5 movies a week, yeah that's a good one. Or even watch other people exercise whilst I lay on the deck reading...they all seem do-able to me. The possibilities are endless.
Release Date: 1998
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 117 mins
A brilliant crime-comedy written, produced and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen that was loosely inspired by the writings of Raymond Chandler, a crime novelist who wrote hopelessly complex mysteries that had ultimately unimportant plot lines. Although The Big Lebowski suffered rather low box office success, it went onto become a cult classic, mostly due to its idiosyncratic characters and unconventional dialogue.
Jeff Lebowski, or 'The Dude' is mistaken for the millionaire Jeff Lebowski, and finds himself thrust into the middle of an extremely messy affair involving a soiled carpet, an erotic artistic, a sexy young wife, some bowling buddies, the cops, a lot of bad guys and a swag of White Russian cocktails.
The rest, well its a pretty complex tale with loads of zany characters, tonnes of fabulous music, some crazy dream sequences and a lot of well written and very clever humour. The cast is just magic, Jeff Bridges really brings 'The Dude' to life with his laid back, jelly-sandaled, dopey grinning portrayal of a guy that ultimately just wants to get his rug replaced. John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Sam Elliot and John Tuturro are just a few of the supporting cast that really shine here, bringing together a marvelously unique, unusual and unforgettable film.
FINAL SAY: That rug really tied the room together, did it not?
4.5 Chili Peppers