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Some things to avoid this holiday season

Hello everybody ,

If you live in a place as big as London, there is no doubt you will start to feel the Christmas spirit approximately six months prior. I think I may have mentioned this before but last year , I saw my first Christmas advert in August. I needed to say this again . August.

By the time December rolls on, there is absolute chaos and frenzy.

There are things you should avoid during this frenzy:

– IKEA. Just *all* of IKEA. You do not need to build that cupboard this year, trust me.
– Christmas cups . God love the Christmas cups but can we all just admit the coffee tastes terrible?
– Don’t be fooled into watching bad movies. Last year I watched Labor Day , the only movie on TV which didn’t have a Christmas theme. It was terrible misogynistic nonsense about a depressed woman who takes in a convict and he does “manly” things like fixing light fixtures and even showing her how to bake, because she didn’t feel useless enough already. Terrible !

Today , I am delving into the heart of all the madness by heading in to Oxford Circus. Yes, on my days off I like to throw myself into a crowd of angry commuters.

But first …

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Space.

I get on a train or bus almost every day. I have to take care of myself a little bit extra and chew gum each morning because I know I will be inches away from somebody’s face for a couple of stops before I have to get off.

It’s no wonder Hollywoods new obsession is with space. Lots and lots of space.

In space, you can put up a big shelf without having to worry that it impinges aesthetically on the rest of the room.

Interstellar was a pretty okay space movie. More than okay actually.

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Matthew McConaughey acts as a farmer/retired astronaut , living on a dyeing earth with his two children and father in law.

The movie takes some inspiration from the Dust bowl of the 1930’s which gives it a very real feel. Historical footage of the interviews from the times of the dust bowl drifts in and out of the plot at the beginning, driving home the very real problem that we are ruining ourselves and this planet by over-ploughing , over-populating and overdoing everything.

McConaughey of course gets caught up in having to save the planet because life is tough like that. He goes in search of an alternate planet for all humans to be shipped off to. As if that isn’t impossible enough, every couple of hours of him being in space are the equivalent of several decades on earth. Because physics.

Interstellar is not only about the big bangs and visuals, but is a story about love , ageing and separation. Yes , it has some very irritating script moves:

“Mankind was born on earth. It was never meant to die here.” – Really Matthew ? Because I’m pretty sure you’re wrong there.

But looking past this, it’s not the worst space movie out there.

Recommended !

 

 

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Getting over The Babadook

Hello people,

In keeping with a Halloween theme last week, I saw this:

The Babadook
The Babadook

Directed by Jennifer Kent, the Babadook truly terrified me .

Incidentally, Jennifer Kent also directed ‘Babe – Pig in the City’. I don’t know what happened to Jennifer between the 90’s and 2014 but this is very different material.

The story unfolds with a mother, Amelia,  battling with her six year old son Samuel and the creature he sees at night. One evening Amelia tries to put Samuel to sleep by reading him a book she finds in his bedroom, one she has never seen in his room before .

The full story goes like this:

”If it’s in a word, or if it’s in a book
you can’t get rid of the Babadook.
He wears a hat
he’s tall and black
but that’s how they describe him in his book.
A rumbling sound, than three sharp knocks
you better run, or he’ll hold you in his locks.
ba-ba-ba-dook-dook-dook…
Your closet opens
and your honestly hopin’
that he won’t hear a sound
but that’s when you know that he’s around.
The book close
you have an itch under your nose
and that’s just how the story goes.
So close your eyes and count to ten
better hope you don’t wake up again.
‘Cause if it’s in a word, or if it’s in a book
you can’t get rid of the Babadook
…. you’ll see him if you look”

Reading this , there is no hope that any child hearing it will not have a psychological issue or two , or three. And this is meant to put me to sleep!?

As Amelia finishes the book, the events following start to become more and more sinister until it is clear the Babadook is more than a children’s book which nobody has ever heard of.

AAAAAhhhhhhHhhh!!!!!
AAAAAhhhhhhHhhh!!!!!

Basically, the Babadook is real and now I can’t look at dark corners of a room for too long.

Aside from the story, the directing and visuals are fantastic. You never quite see the monster itself and clever use of lighting and sound effects allows your imagination to fill in the gaps. I have also heard the film was done on a $30,000 budget which, if it’s true, is impressive.

5 stars from me . See it if you dare !