Well being ill sucks.
The mood swings are back people. This time however it’s not melancholy or ecstasy that I’ve been feeling, but rather a quiet, controlled rage. A bit like the transition of mild-mannered Bruce Banner into the rage monster The Hulk I’ve been very, very angry. Starting on Sunday, I’ve found myself seething and the weird thing is, there is no apparent reason for it. Having consulted my gurus of fitness Al and Dave from trg Fitness Centre, it would seem that lifting weights and controlling my diet would have increased my testosterone levels, which result in heightened aggression.
Well last week’s entry escalated pretty quickly. It went from being, what I thought, was an aspirational “Let’s do this” type of piece, to something that caused my mother, by way of my dad and my Auntie Karen to be concerned about my mental well being. So on Sunday night I was called by a sobbing parent asking why I was so desperately unhappy. This is the problem with snapshots of a persons thought’s and feelings, written down and broadcast to the World. We can’t all be happy all the time (except George Clooney, who is obviously perfect) and any expression of anything other ecstasy can be interpreted as crushing depression. So this is an emergency entry in the Road to Asgard to ease the fears of those who might be prone to worry and to show what a difference a weekend makes.
Week 5 is an important week, although I started it unaware of the significance. It seems to me that having written about my experiences so far, it would be unfair or even cowardly not to include the various range of feelings and emotions, even those that are negative. So indulge me for this week, as I tone down the comedy a touch (I still mention Ewoks) and present something of an honest assessment of my character, with some lovely pop psychology thrown in, because as Joss Whedon will tell you, a story is only worthwhile if you’re invested in the characters.
This was a thought constantly running through my head in week 4 of my training. That and “I can’t give you 2 more, so piss off!” Having ‘intensified’ myself (still not 100% what that means) my trainers Dave and Al from trg Fitness Centre decided that what I needed was some lovely fat-shredding exercises to lose some of the excess weight. The answer it seems is squats and dead lifts. Lots of them.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner famously brought us the line:
“water water every where,
Nor any drop to drink.”
But adapting to suit my needs it’s more like “Food food everywhere and not a bit to eat.” Eating has always been my downfall when it comes to losing weight. Training is not a problem, I mean it’s tough, but I have the willpower to do it, but eating is my albatross. Obviously aware of this fact, when constructing my diet plan, Dave from trg Fitness Centre very carefully and cleverly decided to ease me into it.
The second week on the road to Asgard and fate intervened to release Thor: The Dark World in cinemas. By fate I obviously mean a combination of the film distributors long-planned schedule and my own clever ability to read. With that in mind, my gym schedule had to bend to allow me to take my trg Fitness Centre training crew of Dave and Al along with assorted cheerleaders and well-wishers to a preview screening of the film at the rather awesome Curzon Soho.
With the revelations that a Blade Runner sequel is being “talked about”, one cannot help but wonder that this is just another example of the industry’s current ‘creativity’ lacuna. Reboots, book conversions, prequels, sequels; there are too many of them being made of late, which is a symptom of a far less riskier, post-crash Hollywood industry. So, you’ll forgive my scepticism when a sequel to one of the most creative and genre-defining films of recent times is mooted, or indeed a film “in the same universe”. I mean, look at Prometheus. Preliminary scripts apparently posited it as an Alien prequel, but soon became a film “in the same universe”. The rather lukewarm response to the film (and its rather prosaic and insipid links with the original Alien film) is testament to the rather lackadaisical (and for a Scott film, rather sloppy) approach to what was, in essence, a brilliant idea.
The casino industry is big business, even more so since it became possible to gamble online, so that anyone can play those casino classics that it used to be only possible to play at a land-based casino. Today, you can play online casino games no matter where you are in the world, either it’s from your living room or on the bus or on your way to work. Casinos have long been featured in movie scenes, often more for the visual backdrop than for anything to do with the plot and there are lots of movies in the history of film that show a casino scene or two. More recently though, there have been films where the plot focus is completely on gambling. Here are three movies that are definitely worth a watch.
The history of film is littered with inspirational training quotes. “Pain is temporary, glory lasts forever,” “What we fear is not that we’re inadequate, but that we’re powerful beyond measure” and of course “If he dies, he dies.” Actually that last one is just awesome. It’s spoken by the iconic (and horribly clichéd) Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Films in general have a history of overlooking the reality in favour of presenting the glory, which is probably the way it should be. The Rocky films are the biggest perpetrators of this approach. They spend 3 minutes playing a classic 80s tune, while Rocky trains his way from obscurity to success. These montages might only be short, but they present a brief glimpse into the reality of training, which give us the basis to enjoy the triumphant finale.