To extend the birthday celebrations a bit more, we went to see the Goosebumps movie as a family the following day, since Seth was dying to see it. Lets just say that this is one movie that has pre-teen stamped all over it. Every child between nine and thirteen is going to love it, anyone under nine will have nightmares and any adult dragged along will endure. But again, it hit the mark with Seth and he thought that it was fabulous, so we won all around this year.
Onto the less enjoyable part of my week - Zoe has found a unit in Geelong and is moving out on January 28th - in less than two weeks. Fair to say that I have been in a state of shock since I got the news, but haven't resorted to any insane rants or attached myself to her leg and begged her stay just yet. No, I have made my peace with the inevitable and have taken the high road, all smiles and supportive conversations to mask the sadness that I am truly feeling, all sculling whiskey, crying in the shower and biting my nails down to the stubs in private - just as it should be!
I can't lie, it's going to be tough and it is going take some getting used to, but I will...eventually. Anyway, it's not like I won't still have Craig and Seth to torture and torment for years to come, so there is that silver lining. Yep, just me and the boys....alone....together....for god knows how many years....oh Zoe.....are you sure you need to leave?
Release Date: 2002
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 114 mins
Written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Spike Jonze, this art house adaptation of Susan Orlean's non-fiction book The Orchard Thief had me glued to my chair with interest. Adaptation could possibly be one of the most unconventional movies that I have ever seen; the script is brilliantly clever and the cast boasts a huge ensemble of Hollywood's finest.
Charlie Kaufman (Nicholas Cage) is hired to write a screenplay for The Orchard Thief by Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep). Kaufman's depression and self-loathing see him procrastinating the project and quietly becoming obsessed with Orlean's relationship with the actual orchard thief, Laroche. Kaufman's twin brother Donald steps in and forces him to meet up with Orlean in an attempt to aid his writer's block which sets into motion a series of catastrophic events.
As with all things Kaufman, this is a unique film that takes some unpredictable and highly unlikely plot twists, but all things considered, I really had a lot of fun with it. I adored Chris Cooper's portrayal of Laroche, a man that has equal amounts of ugliness and profound insight, and this is certainly one the better things that Nicholas Cage has engaged in by a long mile.
FINAL SAY: When you spot your flower, you can't let anything get in your way.
4 Chili Peppers