… 52 resolutions.

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The Tale of 2 Movies

Number 24… Watch a new (to me) movie once a month.

I put this one on my list because frankly I am lazy… and cheap. We never go to the movies, no date nights or anything. I think the main reason we stopped going was it just got so expensive. For the price it cost to go we could buy it on DVD as a new release. We don’t do that either. Unless it is a very special DVD we are usually strictly bargain bin people. (I can’t believe how sad and boring we sound.) I tend to watch the same handful of movies over and over. They are like my ugly worn out trackies or comfort food… always reliable, know how to make me feel better and what I need to hear. My mood will dictate the movie but it will usually be one of these: Pride and Prejudice; Desperately Seeking Susan; The Breakfast Club; The Pick of Destiny; The Fast and the Furious- Tokyo Drift; Top Gun.

The Breakfast Club

So I thought that in making myself watch something different might be a nice change. There are often things that I say I’d like to see but then never do.

Last month I excelled myself and saw 2 new movies, one so new it was a preview screening at the movie theatre. Both movies couldn’t be anymore different if I had tried.
Now before we go too far, I am not; a reviewer, an expert, renowned for amazing taste in film. I like what I like and am unafraid to say I have not gotten round to seeing Avatar or that I did not like the Lord of the Rings. *gasp* A new Zealander that didn’t like Lord of the Rings? Shocking. If you want a break down on the actual movies maybe using the IMDB links would be best.
We had free tickets to this from The Rock radio station for the preview screening. I went along with very low expectations and was only really there because it was free. I even asked a film buff friend on the way in how bad he expected it to be and he informed me that it had a 13% rating somewhere (sorry I really should pay more attention but I was quite focused on my choc top and popcorn) already.
I was actually surprised that I didn’t hate it. I even sort of enjoyed it. Now I did have issues with the whole invisible electricity aliens and the way they killed off a couple of victims but it wasn’t the worst thing I have watched. I did think the 3D was pointless and added nothing to the movie and the script was at times quite cheese laden, particularly near the end with a Independence Day-esk speech complete with gate wide open for sequel. The acting was generally watchable, no Oscars to be won but fairly consistent throughout. Early in there was a patch that dragged so much that it made me turn to my friend next to me and actually complain I was bored. That part passed and I then got over it. Like most females I took issue with costuming, well mainly one characters shoes and lack of.
To me it is the kind of B grade late night movie that is fine for some light entertainment. In that capacity I would definitely watch it again if I stumble on it but I wouldn’t be going out of my way to watch it.

Mao's Last Dancer (film)

 I did ballet as a child so anything dance related I am usually keen to see. I really enjoyed how this movie was all put together with having his life as 2 timelines running side by side almost. It flowed so well which I was impressed by as when movies have flash back type scenes it usually breaks up the story for me. I was also fascinated by the concept of the communist regime manufacturing artists. How the basis of anything can be taught but without the talent or the passion or the understanding and feeling it can not be complete or convincing. I guess it is like a lot of things in life, either you’ve got it or you don’t.

This movie was a very compelling watch. I knew that I was most likely going to enjoy it but I was surprised that Frosty was glued to it the whole time too. He found that he couldn’t even pull himself away to make a cuppa. I enjoyed this movie so much that I have added the book title to my list of books to read at some stage.

Oh and Happy Valentines Day to all. I hope that you all know that you are loved regardless of your status. 🙂



52 resolutions

Well I guess the time has come to share my list with the rest of the world, so here it is in no particular order:

  1. Start a blog and write 3x per week.
  2. Train for a marathon 3x per week.
  3. Join The Sew Weekly and sew weekly.
  4. Go for a bike ride with Frosty 1x per month.
    Bike riding in George Kendall Riverside Park, ...
  5. Have guests for dinner 1x per month.
  6. Write and send a RAK (random act of kindness) card to someone I know 1x per fortnight.
  7. Read 1x book from my own collection per month.
  8. Complete sewing crazy patchwork toy.
  9. Sew Errol doll.
  10. Water touch bungy jump.
  11. Walk the Tongariro crossing.
    Mt. Tongariro
  12. Visit Whangarei.
  13. Finish projects in UFO box.
  14. Frame bunny prints.
  15. Enter 1x scrapbooking or card making challenge per month.
  16. Do yoga everyday for one month.
  17. Have a girls night out once every 2 months.
  18. Have a Halloween gathering.
    Mr. Lobo
  19. Make a years worth of cards (birthday etc excluding Xmas) by March.
  20. Make my Christmas cards before December.
  21. Try new recipes 1x per month
  22. Run the round the bridges 12kms without stopping.
  23. Enter a tree in the Trees at the meteor.
  24. Watch a new (to me) movie 1x per month.
  25. Wear a dress 1x per week.
  26. Learn to crochet.
  27. Visit art galleries or museums 6x.
  28. Visit a zoo or animal park.
  29. Try ice skating.
  30. Visit somewhere new 1x per month.
  31. Be able to play everlong on the guitar.
  32. Be able to swim 4 lengths(25m pool) freestyle continuously.
  33. Not accept any new plastic bags.
  34. Climb Mt Pirongia.
  35. Try mosaicing and complete a project.
  36. Get a second set of earing holes.
  37. Get a tattoo.
  38. Get my full drivers licence.
  39. Participate in novel writing month.
  40. Get my passport.
  41. Construct the front garden.
  42. Revamp the berry garden.
  43. Renovate the bathroom.
  44. Compile a bucket list.
  45. Wash and vacuum Polly (the car) once a month.
  46. Clean out the spare room wardrobe.
  47. Take a course on something that interests me (eg learn a new skill)
  48. Make 3 wise men.
  49. Make christmas tree skirt.
  50. Read Alice in Wonderland books.
    Jessie Willcox Smith's illustration of Alice s...
  51. Do 1 new scrapbook page per month.
  52. Drink 2L of water a day.

There’s a couple of easy ones in there but there’s a few that I know are going to be really hard. The first week is zooming by already so hold on it might be a bumpy ride.