The last month has involved watching a lot of films. Films about people making shit-tons of money and fucking their lives up. In terms of research, my aim isn't really to do either of these, but they did party a lot, and they did stuff every second of the day with work, action, adventure, booze, drugs, women, celebrities and a fair bit of showing off, and (if you've followed the blog for a while) you know they're all things that, y'know, may have found their way onto these pages before.
They will again. I was really hoping to have finished reading The Dirt, Neil Strauss' biography of The Motley Crue, but I kinda bit off more than I could chew. But the book features exactly the kind of continuous action I'm looking for (minus the heroin). The rock band found themselves in one situation after another that made a great story, coaxed out of the band by the talented journalist Neil Strauss. From the early days of apparent witch-fucking and stonings at bus stops, through to drugged out rehearsal sessions and cheating on wives in the same afternoon. I'm about 2 thirds the way through at the moment- expect a full review soon.
I did manage to read and watch all of Hannibal Rising, and watched Wolf of Wall Street, American Made, Kill Your Friends, Filth, Blow and Rain Man (all already reviewed on here).
Excess Month: Research comes to a close today. Tomorrow, the 1st November, is the start of NaBloPoMo, National Blog Posting Month, being hosted by Blissful Lemon. I'm going to give it a go, tying it in with Excess Month: Practical: an attempt to fill my life with as much action and as many stories as possible. Give it a shot yourself, and keep checking the Twitter hashtag!