You really know that it's Christmas when you listen to your son play Frosty the Snowman on his guitar for the hundredth time in a week, when you think that buying a Christmas Tee for a work function seems plausible and a mid-week tipple not only appears to be reasonable, but more than likely necessary too.
Yep, Christmas - or the lead up to it anyway, sure is a wacky time of year. It is nice to dot all the i's and cross all the t's at the end of the year, but things can just seem so overwhelming at times as well. The mere thought of going down the street this weekend to Christmas shop has given me a twitch, and people at work have been commenting on the fact that I look tired already, which is not a good sign.
We are most definitely on the downward spiral now, with only 10 days left until work winds up and everyone takes off for a break, so the end is truly in sight, and even though I may look exhausted, I am actually feeling pretty good. In spite of all of the cheesy Christmas capers and heightened sense of finality, this is probably - and dare I say it - the most fun part of it all.....the build up to Christmas. Sure it's busy, a little frantic even, but it's the last push before the bliss, and there is certainly magic to be found there in those final hours.
So I am choosing to be gentle myself, and with everyone else too, because we all deserve a little extra TLC at this time of the year. So, rather than getting in flurry and being grumpy, rather than avoiding the Christmas swell of excitement, I am just going with it. Whatever makes you happy, whatever makes you smile, whatever gives you joy, whatever gets you through - just go with it, don't fight it, because Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and no matter what you do, you can't hide from Christmas!
Release Date: 1999
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 102 mins
A crime comedy written by John August and directed by Doug Liman with three intertwining plot lines that are all linked by one common theme, a drug deal. With a kicker soundtrack, a bevvy of young and mostly unknown (at that time) actors, a fast pace and a generally seedy undertone, GO soon became a 90's cult classic.
In the 24 hours leading up to Christmas Day, three pairs of friends find themselves involved in all manner of trouble and on a collision course with each other due to their involvement in the Los Angeles drug scene.
In true Pulp Fiction style, the intersecting story lines jump around, the characters are all flawed, the pace is hectic, the humour is darkly engaging and to sum it all up....well....just GO with it!
FINAL SAY: It really didn't go as bad as it could have.
3.5 Chili Peppers