There are so many good things coming up at the moment that I am really chuffed about and looking forward to. School term ends in only two weeks for Easter vacation, which is always something to get excited about in my mind. I also have my road trip to Sydney with the kids on the horizon which will be super fun, which is closely followed by the Ukrainian/ Orthodox Easter with my family, which always involves lots of good food and too much feasting - so there goes my diet again!
I'm going to see a live performance of Wicked for Mother's Day and the following weekend I'm off to Bendigo and back to The Great Stupa for the Vesak Festival of Lights celebrations in May. So exciting! Lots of opportunities to get out and about and catch up with my friends and loved ones over the coming months.
Autumn is shaping up to be super busy on the social front because I also have Spicywatch's third birthday to celebrate soon and a desperate need for an Enfield bonfire, but that may have to go on hold until Winter Solstice given the limited amount of free weekends available to host a bonfire. That, and the fact that it is way too dry to even light a match outdoors at the moment, let alone a get a blaze going. But anyway, many good things on the horizon that's for sure, and I love having things to look forward to.
Release Date: 2004
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 126 mins
A Spanish biopic about the journey and written memoir of 23 year old Ernesto Guevara, who would several years later become internationally known as the iconic Marxist guerrilla commander and revolutionist, Che Guevara. Directed by Brazilian director Walter Salles and written by Puerto Rican playwright Jose Rivera, The Motorcycle Diaries won several awards and received a standing ovation at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
The film follows Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado as they travel, mostly by motorbike, across South America in the 1950's. Guevara finds himself touched by the hardships of the impoverish locals and appalled by the social injustices that they face. These encounters stir the beginnings of Guevara's radicalization that would later see him launch an armed revolution against the continent's economic inequalities.
This film is a genuinely interesting portrayal of the Latin American identity, and it is a fabulous insight into the early experiences that shaped Guevara into the powerful figurehead that he became. Gael Garcia Bernal is fabulous as young Guevara and Rodrigo de la Serna, who is actually a second cousin to the real Guevara, is also very good as Granado; and although their relationships aren't necessarily enhanced by this road trip movie, their experiences are shared and poignant.
FINAL SAY: I am not me any more. At least I'm not the same me as I was.
3 Chili Peppers