There is nothing as satisfying as settling in for a good movie with a big cuppa in hand, ugg boots on your feet and a favourite blanket, all set to while away the hours doing absolutely nothing. Love it! Don't get to do it as often as I would like, but thoroughly enjoy the pleasure of nothingness when I can get it.
And lucky I did take the rest because this week is rapidly amping up to be hectic. Between running Zoe around to and from work (can't wait for her to get her license), catching up with friends and family and doing all of the things that I want to do with my final days of freedom it looks like the days of 'feet up on the couch' may have to take a back seat until the Winter break.
But in truth I actually do prefer to be busy than idle, and the idea of nothing to do is really only appealing to me for short periods. I'd be lost without my crazy obligations and personal goals, they give my life purpose. I would really make a tremendously shitty Buddhist monk; they have to live in the 'now' and meditate for hours on end, I would be tossed out of the temple faster than I could say, but what are we going to be doing after this? And I know I would piss all of the other monks off, messing with their zen all the time, I would be as popular as a turd in a shopping trolley.
Nah, too much thinking time and sitting still is definitely not for me. I will continue to take my meditations in small doses, my rest days in good measure and my pleasures where I can get them. That sounds like zen to me.
Release Date: 1988
Running Time: 155 mins
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (translating as New Paradise Cinema) is an Italian drama written and directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. Cinema Paradiso has been credited with reviving Italy's film industry and was awarded the Best Foreign Film Academy Award in 1989. It has gone on to huge critical acclaim and was listed #27 in Empire magazines 100 Best Films of World Cinema in 2010.
A famous film director - Salvatore Toto Di Vita, recalls the events of his childhood when Alfredo, a dear old friend that he made through the Cinema Paradiso, passes away. It was through Alfredo the projectionist, that Toto began his love of cinema and he feels compelled to return to his home town of Sicily for the funeral. However, after 30 years of absence, things have changed and there are still some important secrets that have not yet been revealed.
This is a must see classic movie, an epic and a fine example of great movie making. It really highlights the wonder of escaping your less fortunate realities to lose yourself in cinema, and for that reason it spoke volumes to me. I loved it from start to end, especially the end, but I'm not going to spoil that for anyone - see it for yourself.
FINAL SAY: Life isn't like it is in the movies. Life.... is much harder.
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