At work I was showered with generous gifts and got to blow the candles out on a gluten free mud cake that was absolutely delicious. After work I went and had a 45 minute relaxation massage to kick off the celebrations and then went home for a delicious Thai yellow curry, a few whiskeys and some good old B Grade Horror movies, who could ask for more than that? Craig and Seth had purchased me a bottle of my favourite perfume and some new art supplies and didn't let me lift a finger all night. My boys were bringing me the love for sure! It was an absolutely perfect day as far as I am concerned and definitely one of the best birthdays that I have ever had.
Yesterday we kicked off the long Labour Day weekend (woohoo no work on Monday) by heading over to Kyneton to meet Helen at The Lost Trades Fair. The fair is designed to showcase all of the old and no longer used trades and crafts of yesteryear by getting the people that still make the products to demonstrate their skills and handyworks to the public. I cannot even begin to tell you how ridiculously massive the crowds were, people were arriving in droves! We got to Kyneton at 10am, and had to line up for 20 minutes to get in, it was manic. I am not terrific with really big crowds so the whole thing was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I managed. The actual fair was really interesting, but with crowds that big, it is really difficult to get a decent look at anything so that part was a tad disappointing, but I did still enjoy what I did get to see. There are some really talented trades-people making some incredibly unique things out there, that's for sure.
The drive to Kyneton is actually really lovely, a cruisy hour and a half from us which takes you through some picturesque rural Victorian towns and farmlands. I love a good road trip, so I am really looking forward to my next big one which is coming up on the next school holiday break when Zoe, Seth and I will take to the highway and head to Sydney together.
It's about 12 hours each way, so it's a decent road trip challenge, but we always make lots of stops because we love seeing new places and have a thirst for adventure, so I think that we will really have a lot of fun together. I am actually quite excited, we will get to catch up with some family that we haven't seen in ages, and the kids can't wait to see the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the flesh. Sometimes you have to go outside of your comfort zone to really see the good stuff, or as they say "out on a limb" because that is where all the best fruit sits.
Release Date: 2016
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 117 mins
How on earth did Amy Adams not get nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role in 2016? It is mind boggling to me, given the strength of her performance here and also in Arrival, but I digress, let's get back to the movie at hand.
I have to say, I loved this movie, I absolutely loved it. Writer/ director Tom Ford has married together a unique blend of intrigue and drama that really worked for me, and although I know that this film is not going to appeal to everyone's taste, there is no denying that it will get under their skin one way or another.
A wealthy artist and gallery owner finds her life turned upside down when an ex-lover contacts her after a 19 year hiatus and presents her with a violent and upsetting manuscript that is dedicated to her.
The movie plays out with three storylines running at the same time, which added a lot more complexities and layers to an already exceptionally heavy and emotional script. This is thinking man's drama at its best, beautifully shot and deeply compelling and thank goodness, the most original film of 2016 by a long mile. All of the actors, not just Adams, are all flawless. Jake Gyllenhaal is the best that I have seen him in years, Michael Shannon delivers as brilliantly as he always does and Aaron Taylor-Johnson gives new meaning to the word creepy.
Expect it to stick with you, because it's one of those kinds of films.
FINAL SAY: When you love someone you have to be careful with it, you might never get it again.
4.5 Chili Peppers