Friday’s drive home with Danger Zone

This is such a wonderful song to just turn up the volume and put your foot down (ok, not really as speeding fines here are just way too expensive) driving home after a satisfying day at work. Gosh…I remember those days of Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer…how young they were (as were we). And Meg Ryan! You’ve got to love those 80s movies…

Well…moving along swiftly…here’s Kenny Loggins with Danger Zone:

 

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Some (ever changing) Thoughts: Adore (2013)

Adore-headerI’ve just finished watching Adore (aka. Two Mothers) for the umpteenth time (trailer at the end). And, as always, my thoughts on this change. Don’t you just love movies that make you think? Make you question? Make you come to different opinions each time?

Once again…I’m pondering the thought of this mother-having-a-relationship-with-her-best-friend’s-son-and-vice-versa. Hmmm….

Oh, before I go on, best I tell you what this movie is about. We have best friends (since childhood) Roz (Robin Wright) and Lil (Naomi Watts) who now have, almost, adult sons. They too are best friends as well as neighbours living on the beautiful coast of Australia. And somehow, it comes out that each son has feelings (beyond just those “normal” of a guy to his friend’s mother) for the other’s mother. Seemingly this has been the case for a while but it is only acted upon now (so that we have a movie, of course). What results is a very strange situation. And that is where my thoughts keep changing…

…so, while I don’t judge (and please don’t judge my thoughts here) people on their preferences in relationship and the age-gap (if it works, that’s fantastic) that comes with some of them, during this viewing it has kicked in that at the beginning of these relationships the sons are barely out of their teens (18/19 years old). And their mothers well into their 40s, if not more. So, for some reason, this has now made a difference on how I feel. In fact, Roz even says what I tend to agree with…that they as mothers should allow their sons to have girlfriends. Because, let’s face it, Roz and Lil are lovers, not girlfriends, to Ian (Xavier Samuel) and Tom (James Frecheville). She might have a point: There should be that option for the guys to experience their teens and how it is to fall in love then. Teenage love is different to that one later in life. They shouldn’t be pulled into this type of toxic  relationship just yet. Yes, much later in life, then fine, let them feel free to make up their own mind. Or…is love oblivious to age? Even for teens?

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And yet again, I’m wondering…are they already men enough at this stage to decide on the relationships they want to pursue? After all, a few years later, they both meet girls their age and as much as they feel they have to follow the “norm”, things just don’t work out. What point is there if they aren’t happy?

Ultimately, I guess they all need to make up their own minds but the hard part is watching them pull down those outside of their circle of four. The hurt they cause. You’ll wonder who is to blame for it all. Was it all necessary? Ian asks “why can’t you leave things as they are?”. Even though, at some point as a viewer there’s a feeling that they should just have followed their hearts all along. Or not. Gosh, I don’t know anymore!

Let’s not even get started on the mothers…is it love? Is it lust? Or just a means of confirming that they still have what it takes to be attractive? Lil could have the attention of a man her age yet she is not interested. Granted, she turns him down (multiple times) even before the relationship with Tom starts. Next thought is if they (Tom and Lil) get things going purely because Roz and Ian do so or would they have done so eventually regardless?

This movie throws so many questions out there. Here are my thoughts from a previous post (Adore…Friendship on a different level). At the end of it all, right or wrong, I will watch this one again despite the negative reviews it received. It isn’t a feel-good movie, but it is good. And a thought-provoking one leaving you with the image below together with thoughts on what the situation is from here on out (quite different from the similar image of the poster at the start of this post, which is taken from early in the story):

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Here’s the trailer (not for sensitive viewers due to nature of some content):

“Rome! By all means, Rome…”

Roman_Holiday_poster“I will cherish my visit here in memory as long as I live”. These the words of Princess Anne (Audrey Hepburn) after her 24 hour (give or take) adventure in Rome. With a man, I might add. Unchaperoned. Tsk tsk. This is Roman Holiday (1953).

Princess Anne is on a tight schedule of appearances and events during an official visit to Rome. Having had enough of this one evening, and being lured by the wonderful music and dancing outside the residence walls, she sneaks out to do exactly what she feels like doing for a change. However, the effects of the new drug she’s been given to help her sleep and be happy only kick in once she’s well on her way in this big city. Sleeping on a bench, reporter Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck, ahhhh….swoon, as always) comes across her, mistaking her as being drunk. Sleeping off her “hangover” in his apartment (due to circumstances) as he rushes off to work to discover the identity of this woman. And, being a reporter, also sees this as an opportunity for his big story. Hoping for exclusive, personal insight into the princess he takes her out for the day with the pretense of doing something nice for someone. And of course, they fall in love…supposedly.

RomanHolidayI say “supposedly” because I’m not really convinced with this one. They have wonderful chemistry but for me, they part more with respect and possibly friendship rather than love. Maybe you might think differently. Even the ending, to me, feels less like lovers parting. More like her having grown from the experience. Anyway, doesn’t really matter as the focus is the wonderful Audrey Hepburn. She takes on this role so wonderfully… balances that naive girl with the groomed royal so well. And we sympathise with her…she just wants to live, to be left alone, to do what she wants. To experience the everyday like the residents of Rome do (actually, the city is irrelevant). I absolutely love watching her start to relax and have some fun. Especially at the dance down by the boats…ah, that guitar part is something to behold. Ms Hepburn is definitely deserving of her Oscar (Best Actress in a Leading Role) and Golden Globe (Best Actress – Drama) wins for this role. I can’t believe that Audrey Hepburn was supposedly a newcomer…wow, now that is an actress…or should I say artist?

RomanHolidayDirected by William Wyler, it also stars one of my favourite leading men…Gregory Peck. Oh, sorry…I got distracted there…Eddie Albert also stars. Oscars were also won for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story and Best Costume Design (I absolutely love the outfits). Oscar nominations also included Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director, Best Writing – Screenplay, Best Cinematography (Black-and-White), Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Black-and-White) and Best Film Editing.

For some more posts on the wonderful Audrey Hepburn, head over to Sister Celluloid for her Audrey at 90: The Salute to Audrey Hepburn Blogathon

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In a Nutshell: Bumblebee (2018)

220px-Bumblebee_(film)_posterWell…what can I say? Pleasantly surprised? I really was. Actually, dare I say “what a nice movie”. It really was. A light-ish action movie, which, sometimes felt more like a mini-coming-of-age movie combined with mini-feel-good stuff. Don’t lambaste me…that’s honestly how I felt watching this one – that it was about Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) finding not so much Bee or BumbleBee or B-127 but herself. I love the interaction between her and this transforming robot. His facial expressions are beautiful. OK, not what I should say of a soldier and hero.

Anyway, the story is pretty much that B-127 needs to lay low on earth for a while until Optimus Prime reappears. Disguised as a yellow VW Beetle, he becomes Charlie‘s junkyard car and ultimately friend. Naturally, they save the world together.

For a light-ish action-sci-fi movie also starring John Cena amongst others, give this one a watch. It works quite well. For me, anyway. Happy watching.

Musical Notes: Path (Apocalyptica)

I had the privilege of seeing Finnish band Apocalyptica in 2008 at The House of Blues in Las Vegas. And oh, what a superb concert it was. A perfect size venue with a huge amount of musical atmosphere. Brilliant! For me, it is always so inspiring to see other classically trained musicians (the three cellists are all graduates of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) make it in the rock and/or pop (or whatever derivative genre) music world.

I’ve always enjoyed their works and this one is no different. But what I quite enjoy here is the visual “mood”…their engagement with each other (or lack thereof) until finally, so it appears, Eicca Toppinen (front right) cracks a smile. Just watch the faces. Oh…the playing is great too!

Musical Notes: Uprising (Muse)

Wow, another week is over. And with that, here’s one of my favourite pieces…it has a wonderful sound…and the lyrics…well, we won’t go into them today. But, Muse, starting out as three kids trying to keep out of trouble, is always worth listening to. Here Uprising…

Have an awesome start to the weekend…

(oh, the music video might be a bit too creepy for some…maybe just listen)

Cameron Carpenter…modern organist of note

I love to play Bach. His piano works are absolutely wonderful but pulling out all the stops on the organ used to give me such a power kick. Such an amazing feeling. And I often miss giving my fingers and feet a good workout on my favourite instrument. I haven’t played in years but when I did I used to get such joy out of adding a modern slant to the pieces. Well..as I don’t really have a chance to play at the moment, listening to Cameron Carpenter is the next best option. Having recently seen him in live action at the KKL Luzern, I was just blown away by this wonderful artist and his international touring organ. Oh what a performance he gave. (Get rid of any preconceived ideas of boring organ music)

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Bach’s Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) had each of the 30 variations presented with a unique Carpenter-spin on it. Well, many might not appreciate this as a number of “purists” walked out fairly early on. What a pity. Isn’t art about personal interpretation? Anyway…each to their own. After interval, followed a contrasting Symphony Nr 2 (Romantic) by Howard Hanson and arranged for organ by Cameron Carpenter. It was so vivid that one could picture a movie unfold in the mind. Just stunning! I wish it hadn’t ended.

Well…here one of my favourite pieces by my favourite organist, albeit not what I heard at the KKL or on the touring organ…but hey… (turn up the volume to the full!):

Oh well…addendum…just found this performed on the touring organ…sigh…wonderful: