There was much emotion surrounding Zoe's departure, with all three of us at home feeling a bit shell shocked by the event, even though we knew that it was going to happen, nothing really prepares for you the day that your kids leave home. I can't even leave her bedroom door open yet, her room is being treated like ground zero around here. She has still left a lot of her furniture, but it isn't the same space anymore and it feels really weird being in there. It is an intensely odd and melancholic feeling to be in her space, knowing that it is not really her space anymore, it's pretty hard to describe but it's definitely not great.
Zoe and Lachlainn do have a set up spare bedroom and that does mean that I can stay over with them and also have an excuse to go to the beach and do some shopping around Geelong, so there is a slight up side to all of this. I will definitely be seeing a lot of them still, it is only an hour trip door to door so we aren't that far apart, but still...it's far enough, it's not home with me that's for sure!
It has actually been a really hectic week for us all, with me returning to work on Wednesday, Craig and Seth shifting Zoe to Geelong on Thursday and Seth heading off to start his final year of primary school on Friday, there has been very little down time to be had in the melee of events, but it has all gone smoothly and we can't ask for anymore than that. Perhaps if I wasn't still staying up until the wee morning hours watching movies then I wouldn't feel so tired, but the movie fiend in me just cannot be sated. Last night did an intense 3 hours and 20 minute sitting to finally see something that I have been meaning to see for years now, and even though I have blood shot eyes today, it was definitely worth it.
Release Date: 1979
Rating: R 18+
Running Time: 210 mins
Shrouded in controversy during it's filming, this ground-breaking masterpiece offering from Francis Ford Coppola provides some extremely provocative viewing. This "Redux" version literally means "returned" from exile- but what it really means is that it has been expanded and remastered from the original version, adding considerable length but also spectacular detail to the overall effect.
Nominated for eight Academy Awards, and confusingly only winning two, but winning the Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Apocalypse Now is rife with surreal imagery and symbolism that details the horror, violence, confusion and madness of the Vietnam War.
US Army assassin Benjamin Willard (Martin Sheen) has been assigned the job of terminating a dangerous and deranged renegade named Colonel Kurtz (Marlon Brando) who has gone rogue and become a Warlord deep within the jungles of Cambodia.
Apocalypse Now is a work of great vision, and is arguably considered to be one of the best Vietnam War movies to have ever been made. The acting here is undoubtedly superb and the budget must have been massive, because no stone has been left unturned when it comes to authenticity and atmosphere. This is one film that will continue to haunt and shock viewers for generations, and it is most certainly deserving of the incredible time that it takes to watch it and then properly absorb it.
FINAL SAY: Terminate with extreme prejudice.
4.5 Chili Peppers