And I really needed a bit of distraction to be honest, because the bushfire season has started furiously and incredibly early this year with a raging fire burning only ten kilometres from our home, destroying houses and businesses and burning thousands of hectares of grasslands and bush.
This is the time of the year when I least enjoy living out in the sticks, because the bush fire threat out here is real and utterly terrifying. And even though the wind was on our side and we appear to be out of the danger zone, it is just awful hearing stories about the loss and destruction that fires cause.
The fire started yesterday, only 6 kms from us, burned through the night and has not let up today. Fortunately a brief and much needed change arrived this afternoon bringing a little rain and dropping the temperatures to tolerable, which has allowed a small window of control to occur, but the threat is certainly not over yet.
I find myself edgy as hell on days like these, especially when it has been dry for so long and the wind is tremendously strong, there is just a sense of unease to the long hot days of summer that I really don't like that much.
I was glad to distract myself with festive Christmas clips, too many bubbles and naughty nibbles today, there is nothing better than the distractions of friends to take your mind to far better places when you need them to.
Release Date: 2008
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 96 mins
A black comedy written, produced, edited and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. This is a clever and slickly put together piece of comedic cinema, I have never seen Brad Pitt and George Clooney look less appealing and behave so hilariously. Burn After Reading sees the most unrelentingly stupid characters thrown together, making one poor decision after another, and I found it all highly amusing.
A couple of dim-witted employees (Brad Pitt and Francis McDormand) from a local gym called Hardbodies stumble across a CD in the locker room and believe it to be sensitive government information. It is in fact the memoirs of a CIA analyst (John Malkovich) who is having a large degree of personal problems with his wife (Tilda Swinton) and her affair with a womanizing U. S. Marshal (George Clooney). As worlds collide, these rather unpleasant and unintelligent people's lives are set into a spin.
This is another great example of the Coen brother's ability to write fantastically off the wall comedy. Sure it's cruel and often insensitive, but these are all genuinely unlikable individuals, so trust me when I say that you won't feel guilty for laughing at them. The cast is simply amazing, here are some of the best actors that Hollywood has to offer and they are all delivering something fresh and unique, with their own brand of quirk. Like all Coen brother movies, the humour may not transfer to everyone, but I adored this film and think that it is right up there when it comes to smart comedy.
FINAL SAY: What a clusterfuck!
4.5 Chili Peppers