Dallas Buyers Club

(Spoiler Alert…)

Earlier this week I went to the cinema to see Dallas Buyer Club starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto.

Dallas Buyers Club is based on the true story of Ron Woodroof who lives and promiscuous life taking drugs and having unprotected sex with a lot of women. In 1985 Woodroof discovers he is HIV positive which later in the film develops into aids. Told by his doctor he only has 30 days to live Ron is determined to live his life to the full.

Upon finding out about an AIDs drug trial for AZT Ron begins to buy them off a member of staff who smuggles them out, however eventually the hospital notice the disappearance and lock them up.  He is told to go to Mexico to get the drugs from another doctor but when he arrives the doctor in Mexico tells him the dangers of AZT and gives him some different drugs and proteins.

Woodroof begins smuggling drugs in to sell to other and after getting in trouble for selling them several times he sets up ‘Dallas Buyers club’ which then means AIDs patients are paying for memberships rather than the drugs themselves.

The story of this film has some very emotional moments including Woodroof’s declining health and the death of the AIDs patient friends he makes on the way. The film ends by ending the story of Woodroof’s life in credits, telling you that after being told he only had 30 days to live he lived a further 7 years. Nowadays thanks to the development in medicines and drugs AIDs patients can expect to live longer that 7 years after being diagnosed HIV positive.

I would highly recommend this emotional, truthful story of Ron Woodroof’s life.


Digital technologies

As a child born in the 1990’s there is technology now that I would never have dreamt could have existed. Books that don’t need to be printed but are instead on tablet where you can store a whole library of book. Mobile phones with games and apps other than snake (although snake was a great game, wasn’t it). Mobiles with voice recognition and touch screens were only seen in futuristic films and books. Mobiles that have cameras that are as good as actual digital cameras. Ultra Violets on DVDs that mean you can watch films anywhere. TVs that can connect to the internet and TV boxes that can record TV programmes without a video and can even record more than one at a time. Access to over way over 200 TV channels. Access to ‘Catch up TV’ which means you can watch TV even if you’ve missed it. Laptops the size of books.

Never as a child with dial up internet, Freeview TV, a Nokia mobile phone with snake on and videos of my favourite programmes would I ever have thought I would see all this remarkable stuff all day everyday. And yet now all this stuff is fairly normal to me.