In the last 7 days I have serviced my car, been to the dentist, seen the doctor, had a stay in hospital to get something corrected that I've put off for way too long, caught up with my parents, hung out with my kids, had my eyebrows done and my hair trimmed, celebrated a friends birthday, gone to the movies (twice actually), checked out the Picasso collection at the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, completed an online PD module, finally put all of my New Zealand holiday photos into an album, planned my Easter Sunday gathering and even spent some time drawing and painting. Phew!
Next week I have another art gallery visit, a few blood tests, a catch up with some friends, an overnight trip to Queenscliff, Craig's birthday and also Easter to wrangle; basically a walk in the park after last week's mammoth effort. I am hoping that there will be some room for at least one more decent sleep in before it all comes to an end!
I'm also quite proud of the fact that even though my usual routine has been totally thrown out of the window, I've not compromised on my daily yoga practises, walks, meditation, reading, podcast listening, TV binging or movie watching over the holiday period. I have read almost three books in 10 days and faithfully watched at least one film a day since I went on holidays over a week ago. For some unknown reason a large majority of those films have unintentionally been horror movies, but as a huge horror fan this has presented me with some surprisingly enjoyable viewings.
When it comes to TV, like 95% of the rest of the world, I am most excited about Game of Thrones returning tomorrow to kick off the final and most anticipated TV episodes of all time; which I fully intend to faithfully glue myself to the couch for every Monday evening, for the duration. I can't recall a time when I was so looking forward to a TV show returning before, and I suppose that's because we really don't have to wait for programs to come out that often anymore.
G.O.T. has been an 8 season, 9 year viewing commitment, which is rare even for an avid viewer like myself. The last show that I faithfully watched without missing an episode for 9 entire seasons was Seinfeld which ended in 1998, so yeah, it's been a while since I've been this committed to a TV show. Apparently if you watch the first 7 seasons of G.O.T. all up, it would take two days, 15 hours and 30 minutes, which is how much of my life I have given to the show so far, and clearly I am willing to offer even more! Even though I often tire of a lot of long winded TV series, G.O.T. hasn't worn me out yet, so bring it on I say! I am ready for all of the scandal, dragons, and visceral goings on that Season 8 can deliver, and if any of the other seasons are something to go on, there is definitely going to be some surprises in store!
Release Date: 2018
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 152 mins
Suspiria has enough visceral imagery and violent interludes to provide even the toughest of horror movie fans with some serious nightmare fuel. I had the weirdest and most haunting dreams after seeing this film, it really delves into your subconscious and subtly places some very dark matter in there.
Artistically and creatively directed by Luca Guadagnino, this remake of the 1977 Dario Argento classic breathes some new life and new ideas into an already extremely interesting storyline and delivers something completely unique and unforgettable.
In 1970's Berlin, a young American dancer named Suzy Bannion (Dakota Johnson) has her dreams come true when she earns a place as a lead dancer at the esteemed Helena Marcos Dance Company. However, the dance company harbours many secrets, the deepest of which is hidden underneath the studios in the dark and ancient chambers.
Critics were seriously divided about this film, and I can understand why. It's extremely long, violent, indulgent, dark and for the most part, quite 'art house' in its presentation, but I cannot deny that I really enjoyed it. The virtually all female cast is tremendous, especially Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton (who plays more than one role) and Angela Winkler. There is a slow burning sense of unease about this film that stays with you after the film ends, and in my mind that makes it a really successful horror.
FINAL SAY: Dance everyone, dance. It's so beautiful.
3.5 Chilli Peppers