For some people it is the time to set realistic long term goals, like losing 10 kilos and finally getting fit or traveling to some long lusted after destination far across the globe. I am all for goal setting, it is practically a religion for me. I firmly believe that without goals and aspirations we are just leaves on the wind, letting life toss us from one place to another without much thought of where the road will lead us. Some people like to live this way, spontaneity certainly has its merits, but I am more of an eyes on the prize kind of a gal.
So there in lies the question, to form a New Years resolution or to realise that you could just be setting yourself up for an epic failure? I suppose that depends on how committed you are to your goals. We all know those people that get drunk on New Years exclaiming their next year to be one of sobriety and focus, only to get pissed on the 2nd of January and spend all of their holiday pay at the casino. Not a lot of point making any resolutions that you have absolutely no longing for, that is clearly a recipe for failure.
I think that resolutions need to be kept do-able. Sure we all want to look like a Victoria's Secret model by next New Years Eve, but the chances of that really happening for most of us is slim at best. So if you need to resolve for New Years, I suggest keeping it achievable and it must be something that you are really passionate about doing, REALLY PASSIONATE about.
No whims, no bullshit and no flights of fancy; if you're going to form some sort of goal for yourself than you need to have the minerals to see it through. I have set myself New Years resolutions for about 5 years now, ones that I have really wanted to see through and I have manged to do them all. I like to go for a few goals, somewhat challenging but not stupidly demanding. I have actually undertaken these goals with a great deal of joy and I have enjoyed a huge sense of achievement from them, so in a way a New Year's resolution can be a fabulous way to start a new year. Nothing like a good goal to point your compass towards I say. This year my resolutions are as follows:
1. Finish all of the reviews that I have listed on my genre lists (about 310 films to go!)
2. Drink more water
3. Do half an hour of exercise a day
4. Take up meditation and do it twice a week
5. Plan a gathering or get together once a month
6. Pay something forward or complete an act of random kindness once a week
If all that doesn't keep me busy, nothing will!
We will see how this all goes, but it is always important to remember that you have to have dreams to make them come true.
Release Date: 2013
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 104 mins
I just a adore a movie that doesn't rely on romantic love alone. We all know that love comes in many and various forms, but rarely do film makers explore the realms of platonic love, complicated love dynamics and the love of life not people. For that reason, Begin Again was a refreshing and intelligent movie about love.
Aspiring musician Gretta (Keira Knightly) is struggling with the recent breakdown of her relationship to rising star Dave (Adam Levine) when she has a chance meeting with a disgraced record label executive called Dan (Mark Ruffalo). Dan convinces Gretta to make an album with him in an attempt to lift both of their damaged lives out of the mire and to celebrate the city of New York.
The music and musical collaborations in this film are just brilliant, and this movie really is just as much about the music as it is about love. Imagine if the films The Commitments and Lost in Translation meshed together, Begin Again would be the offspring of that melding. A delightful and fabulously fun film for the Summer.
FINAL SAY: Grab your double headphone jack and hit the city.
3.5 Chili Peppers