Infecting yourself with your Idol's Illness? (Antiviral: Film Review)

I've decided to write a review on this movie for two reasons - the first is that I really enjoyed it and thought it had a unique and thought-provoking plot and therefore wanted to naturally share it with you all, the second reason was that it doesn't achieve particularly high ratings and I wanted to rectify that.

So the plot of Antiviral (2012) is that in a dystopian future celebrities are so idolised that even their illnesses and diseases have become highly valued, drug-like commodities. The inspiration for the plot came to the director/writer Brandon Cronenburg (son of David Cronenburg (A Dangerous Method (2011), A History of Violence (2005)) when he had caught a viral infection once. He said that:
"I was delirious and was obsessing over the physicality of illness, the fact that there was something in my body and in my cells that had come from someone else's body, and I started to think there was a weird intimacy to that connection. And afterwards I tried to think of a character who would see a disease that way and I thought: a celebrity-obsessed fan. Celebrity culture is completely bodily obsessed - who has the most cellulite, who has fungus feet? Celebrity culture completely fetishizes the body and so I thought the film should also fetishize the body - in a very grotesque way." (1) 

Not only do I think the topic is of importance but I also think that it was very artfully created. The aesthetic theme throughout most of the movie is a minimalistic and clean white environment. The main character Syd March (played by Caleb Landry Jones) follows this theme of minimalism with his often very pale features and contrasting freckles. His character is of a salesperson for one of the companies selling the illnesses/diseases to desiring customers. The story turns sour when he himself is infected with a virus which turns out to be highly life threatening. The end is excellent and well worth the wait.

If you like movies such as Pi (1998), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Moon (2009), The Island (2005), Memento (2000) then I think there's a good chance that you'll like Antiviral. It does require you to have some imagination and to get lost in it rather than picking it apart. What is captivating about it is that celebrity idolising is happening right now and at times reaching dangerous levels of severity. You only need to look on a TV guide to see 'the celebrity impact' have young kids with anorexia, bulimia, some even go so far as to have plastic surgery to look exactly like their idols (2). If that is happening then the idea of infecting yourself with the exact flu that say, Beyonce or Hugh Jackman had doesn't appear so far-fetched. I believe the question that the movie is essentially asking is 'how far will celebrity fans go?' and at the same time, holding a mirror up to our own society's behavior regarding celebrities and highlighting our ridiculousness.

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The Color Run Manchester 2014

As you might know, a little while ago Rachael and I started fundraising for Save the Children by running the Color Run's 5K in Manchester. We'd ran it last year and were really excited to run it again as it's such an amazing event! For those who haven't heard of it, it's an event that's hosted internationally and in a variety of locations in the UK, where coloured power is thrown at you at each kilometer! I think what makes it so great though is how many people, of all different ages come along to run it...that's why I think it has such a great atmosphere!

Before we get to the pictures, I just wanted to say a big thank-you to LV= for inviting us to the event (if you like the Color Run and are looking for other fun runs, they've produced a useful list here!)

Both Rachael and I don't run very often so at times the running was a bit of a challenge! You're free to go at your own pace though, so there was no pressure getting in the way of all the fun. Above you can see the first gate and the pink cloud!
The Etihad Stadium - where the run was hosted - looked fantastic in all the sun!
Now for the second wave!
The yellow gate. The amount of powder seemed to get more extreme as we went along!
The orange gate was the last and there was SO much powder it was amazing.
In terms of fashion, I carefully chose some socks that matched the Color Run t-shirt. What do you think?
That's the Color Run - I hope that this has made you consider attending, it really is a great day out for all the family and it's just a bit different! They have events throughout the year - if you check their website you can find the nearest one to you. Our donations page is still open, so if you can spare some change you could help really change some children's lives!

Till next time :)

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Patrick Jane / Simon Baker: Perfect the Look

You may be aware that I wrote a post last year on Patrick Jane/Simon Baker (From The Mentalist) and his fashion style. 'Get the look' was good - but this post is going to be even better. I'm going to go through each aspect of his look in detail to give you the greatest fashion insight that I can. If you don't know who he is - take a look at this post - I'm sure you'll be wondering why you didn't know of this fashion genius before.

Patrick Jane's Hair

I'm not usually a fan of highlighted hair. However, Baker's hair expresses not egoism but in my opinion the exact opposite. Throughout the series, he's not one to care how he looks. He sleeps more often-than-not on a sofa in the CBI, he's often ill and disheveled. So no, he's doesn't appear to be the vain, egoist of Hollywood.  Indeed I think this is where my affection for Jane comes from. There's no effort in his style or his fashion. Enough of the words, let's look at a picture:

I don't have hair like this. You may - if you do, I am very jealous! - but if you're like the rest of us - you likely have one option - highlights.

I would probably get them done by a hair stylist because my hairdressing abilities are something to be wished for. But if you think you have what it takes to do it yourself, go for it. If you want to go all the way, there is another technique called balayage. Essentially it's a more refined form of highlighting. If you choose that option however, you might be paying a fair price.

Patrick Jane's Shirt

Comfort is what Jane is all about. There's no tie or tie-clip, there's no braces, there's just a shirt, buttoned down with sleeves rolled (most of the time).

In my opinion, you want a linen shirt, white, blue or blue-striped. If you're in the sort of weather that he is, you'll need the airing-properties of the linen and if you're in the colder countries then the linen will also keep you warm. Aesthetically, the white or blue naturally goes well with the darker suit and will offer a more open personality.

Patrick Jane's Suit

The suit is not the boundary for fashion: you can add to it - you can add a pocket square or an odd button, you can add a unique stitching or an exclusive inner-lining. You can do all these things, but you can also just give them a pass. Take a leaf out of Jane's book and just take it easy - you don't need a pocket square to make your point, neither do you need a tie. You can make a scene simply without one. The keyword is charisma. Wear your personality in place of your tie.

The three-piece suit is fantastic for this - it gives you the sophistication but leaves you with the option to have more relaxed features like the open shirt collar. Also, when it's too hot for the jacket, the waistcoat will continue to add that sophistication.

Patrick Jane's Shoes

Janes' choice of shoes makes the outfit. They have the same relaxed nature as the rest of the outfit and look as though they have really been lived in. Being brown, they also add colour to the outfit and make it more personal. The Chelsea boot or a simple suede brogue would be the perfect match.

Well that brings this post to an end. I've added a few products below if you're wondering where you can pick some of these items (or similar) up. Hope you enjoyed it and please do leave a comment below, I always love to hear from my readers.

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