Seth has managed to kick off his holidays with a roaring head cold, sore throat and dry cough. It seems like someone is always dragging themselves across the end of term finish line in this house lately, but at least the weather has dictated that it is quite okay to hibernate indoors and waste time watching loads of movies and generally slothing around. This term was an extraordinarily long one, and I think that it stretched all of us to our limits, so having an excuse to chill out is probably not a bad thing, besides it won't last long, Seth has a friend coming for a sleep over tomorrow - so yes - Winter is really Coming!
Zoe's nineteenth birthday also approaches this week, and I am pleased to say that she has decided to come home for a few days and let us all spoil her. I have taken on the responsibility of handling all the birthday requirements as usual, but I am not complaining, I am stoked that she is coming home to spend it with us. I was tremendously worried about losing my darling Zoe to the big bad world this time last year, but it appears that I have not. When your child chooses to come home from University for homemade lasagna and cherry pie instead of going out clubbing for their nineteenth birthday, you have most definitely not lost them.
We actually still see quite a lot of Zoe, she comes home at least twice a month and usually stays over, which tells me that she still thinks that there is no place like home. I love that we still get plenty of time with her, my concerns over her leaving home have certainly alleviated a lot over the past few months. She is coping very well on her own, and still keeps in regular contact with me, so I don't feel like I have lost her at all. I lost a child, but gained an adult, nothing more, nothing less, and I certainly could've panicked a lot less about it all that's for sure, but hindsight is always 20/20.
I am honestly feeling pretty good about most things in my life right now. I have enough love coming and going, I have plenty to keep me busy and I have goals and plans. Author Tom Bodett once said that a person just needs three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do and something to hope for. And if that's true, well then Tom, I tell you that I really am very happy, and as soon as I pry these extra kilos off my arse then I will actually be mighty peachy too!
Release Date: 2001
Running Time: 127 mins
Easily my favourite of the Baz Luhrmann efforts and his final installment in The Red Curtain Trilogy; Moulin Rouge! is an extravagant spectacular that generally received a love it or hate it reaction from it's viewers. At the Academy Awards it won the Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design awards, it fared better at the BAFTA's and swept away many of the Australian Film Institute Awards and whether you yourself love it or not, it does have a magical and highly entertaining quality that simply cannot be ignored.
Set in Monmartre, Paris, in 1900, a young British writer falls madly in love with a terminally ill performer and courtesan at the seedy and yet spectacular cabaret hall - The Moulin Rogue. But Christian and Satine's love is fraught with barriers and difficulties, making this story an epic saga and a very exciting musical.
The music compilations are a work of genius and are really the strength of this film in my opinion. There's everything from Queen and David Bowie to Madonna and Nirvana, all mashed together in a unique and fantastic way. Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor do a great job of their musically demanding roles and compliment each other well on screen. Like all things Luhrmann, it's lush and utterly over the top, but I really enjoyed it and think that it is a must see movie when it comes to romance and musicals.
FINAL SAY: The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.
3.5 Chili Peppers