In nine years I’ve lost my hair, developed a peanut allergy, worked seven different jobs, gone through a pandemic, said goodbye to my metabolism, been in three different relationships, been diagnosed with a lifelong disability, lost family, moved three times, and yet…
The Old Town in Portugal hasn’t changed one bit since I was last there. Every change in my life crumbled at the back of my mind as I sat by the statues of fishermen.
I always get this bad event sense. It tingles whilst I’m on a plane, train or automobile. It tells me something bad is going to happen. And sometimes it doesn’t. But when it does, well, my bad event sense was right, right? Two times out of ten, what a power I have.
I think life can often be like being inside a shopping mall. Or centre, but when you write mall just flows that much better. It’s a space that contains everything you need, but most of it ends up closed.
I don’t remember what used to be there. And the replacements are never guaranteed.
A largely normal year with few delays. Here are the ones I quite liked spending time with, and it’s funny to think how many of these should have been released in 2020/2021. Well, it isn’t that funny.
10. Top Gun: Maverik
I’m not a big fan of Tom Cruise, and I’m not a big fan of Top Gun (volleyball fun aside), but for some reason Top Gun: Maverik I am a fan of. Maybe it was due to seeing the film on an IMAX screen, feeling the turbulence of the jets in my bones, and flying through the skies from the comfort of my shuddering cinema seat, my view swallowed whole by it all. Maybe it was the largely practical effect-based set pieces that gave it the oomph I used to enjoy before the weightless green screen effects Marvel loves to vomit out became the industry standard. Maybe I’ve actually warmed to Tom Cruise and his shiny teeth in recent years and I need to reassess his movie history? Nope, not that one.
When all the characters jump into their spaceships and start blasting away at each other, it’s time to switch off.
Death Star trench run aside, I think it’s safe to say that there is nothing more boring than an epic space battle. Give it five to ten minutes and the shooting will finally stop, the crafts will land, and it’s time to wake up.
What did I miss? Just a few holes breached and a bit part character bit the dust. Until the next one.