With only two days of work left, I am starting to feel the drag of this busy time of the year weighing down on me, which means that I need to shift my focus back to the positive things that have lead to me to this point in the year. I admit that I am ready to unwind a little, and I probably deserve to because I have been going at it like the clappers, and even though work will fall into blissful respite for a while, I still have quite a lot to do between now and the new year, which at this stage looks like a sweet lull from the busyness for me. However, no matter how you look at it, it is always easier to get more done when you are on holidays and things don't ever feel like a chore when you are marching to the sound of your own drum and don't feel compelled to adhere the time constraints of paid employment.
Overall, 2018 has been an absolutely massive year for me in every way, absolutely positive that is. I have incorporated so much new learning and self discovery time into my life this year, and for that reason I have a much fuller and richer life than I have ever had before. I have worked really hard to develop routines that have offered me a healthier lifestyle overall; one that embraces me in mind, body and spirit, and I have reaped a lot of rewards for those efforts. I have also worked harder at my employment, taking on new skill sets and trying out new experiences on a level that I would never have had the confidence to do before, which has pushed me out of my comfort zone but made me grow as a person. And I also believe that I have worked really hard to cultivate meaningful relationships in my life this year by nurturing the positive and uplifting relationships that I am lucky enough to have by spending more time with people who stimulate, entertain, enchant, respect and interest me, which has made my family and social life incredibly enriching and deeply satisfying.
On all fronts, I feel blessed. Blessed to have had the year that I have had, blessed to be able to spend Christmas time with my family and friends and blessed to have grown as much as I have this year. And even though I have no idea what kind of fuel is carrying me across the finish line of Term Four this year, I am deeply thankful for it and cannot wait to see what lies ahead for the rest of this wonderful season of celebration.
Release Date: 2018
Running Time: 129 mins
A post-apocalyptic, science fiction adventure movie, directed by Christian Rivers with a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philip Boyens and Peter Jackson that was based on the novel of the same name by Philip Reeve. Unfairly and harshly reviewed by critics, Mortal Engines didn't receive a lot of praise, and although I agree that the story was seriously lacking in some areas, the CGI and special effects were truly astounding.
Following a cataclysmic conflict known as the Sixty Minute War, the Earth has become mostly uninhabitable. Mobile predator cities roam the landscape consuming smaller settlements for their resources. Great Britain has combined with Continental Europe to form one huge alliance and Asia has combined with Oceania to form another. Between them, they control much of the power and wealth in the world, with their resources kept separated by what is known as The Shield Wall. However, Great Britain discovers a new weapon called Medusa and plans to use it to take down the wall and everything else in their way as a means to gain greater power.
The futuristic appeal of this movie is undeniable, it is downright staggering and for that reason alone it is really something that you need to see on a large screen. Unfortunately, the underlying messages about caring for the environment, saving resources and learning from historical mistakes are all buried under the weight of all of those big budget effects, and with a rather underwhelming storyline overall, this movie is seriously going to lacking when it is converted to the small screen.
However, with that being said, I did still enjoy Mortal Engines and cannot deny that I was deeply entertained by some of the smaller and perhaps more interesting, but sadly under-developed, ideas that it harboured.
FINAL SAY: The Age of the Great Predator Cities.
3 Chilli Peppers