Film Review: Cake

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Ever since Matthew McConaughey went from zero to hero as a result of an amazing visual transformation and startling stand-out performances on both the big (Dallas Buyers Club) and small (True Detective) screens people have been throwing themselves to label any performance, that is slightly outside what is naturally expected, by any actor whose career has floundered, as the start of another ‘renaissance’. First it was Jake Gyllenhaal with Nightcrawler, then Reese Witherspoon with Wild and now it’s Jennifer Aniston in Daniel Barnz’s Cake.

People actually went as far as to say that Aniston would be verging on an 2015 Oscar nomination for her performance, that is how good it apparently was and that perked my interest in the film. Annoyingly though, while it was released last February, it had a very limited cinema run and so, I have had to wait for it to arrive “on demand” before I’ve got a chance to see it, but all that time it’s been stuck in my mind, this seed of expectation around Aniston’s turn firmly rooted. Read more

You Can’t Half An Egg: An Anorexic Diet

Posted on by 5WC in Anorexia
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This might sound like the strangest thing to say in the world, in fact you may actually think that I’m being foolish even believing it, but honestly, consciously putting on weight feels virtually impossible. Well at least in a sustainable way. We all hear people talk about how they’ve over indulged, how they’ve put on a few extra pounds, eaten a few too many chocolates in the run up to Christmas, Easter, or had a few too many takeaways recently. How it’s easy to put on weight, after all, a moment on the lips = a lifetime on the hips! But these are all subconscious acts. Essentially just over grazing through availability rather than a fundamental effort to increase weight. Actively eating more food is hard. Our body is designed to eat what it needs, when it needs. So to unnaturally force extra food into your body, is to actually start a war with your brain. To want to put on weight feels like a fight with your own natural evolution. Read more

An Anorexic At Christmas

Posted on by 5WC in Anorexia, Opinion
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While Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people whether based around celebration, religion or tradition, as we grow older, as the day goes from wonder and excitement to cynicism and stress, no matter how our way of remembering the birth of Christ changes, the memories we hold and the happiness they bring, remain the same. No matter how the current affects us, looking back will always highlight the magic this time of year creates.

I remember for instance, the nerves of playing a Myrrh offering King in my primary school Nativity, or the anticipation that would start to build when my brother and I dropped letters of claimed meriting behaviour into the open fire, starting their journey to the North Pole. Read more