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Moulin Rouge (Special Edition) (DVD) 27/10/2001

So Exciting Da da da da da da da

Moulin Rouge (Special Edition) (DVD) Moulin Rouge has to be one of the most original and moving films I've ever seen. The reason I went to see it was because American Pie 2 was sold out, pretty gutted, we settled for Moulin Rouge -highly acclaimed, but, as a musical, not really my scene. Directed by Baz Luhrman; Moulin Rouge tells the story of a young English man from London who lives in Paris, Christian (Ewan MacGregor) is looking back on the last year he has spent in the city of love and is telling us his story. It begins when he first arrived in Paris and decided to make his way to a small village with a bad reputation. The center of attention in this village is the Moulin Rouge - a nightclub owned by Harry Zidler and employing many beautiful dancers. It starts with an unconscious Austrian falling through his ceiling, leading to the meeting with his new neighbours. Toulouse and his friends are writing a play but are to be honest; terrible at writing. When they hear Christian's talent for writing, they immediately employ him to bet their new writer. The Moulin Rouge is where they want their play to be shown, so they take Christian there. The first scene inside the Moulin Rouge absolutely amazed me, the music and dancing was spectacular and from then on I was engrossed. Men falling at her feet, drooling over her, wonderful actress and singer; this is Nicole Kidman's fabulous role as Moulin Rouge's 'Sparkling Diamond', Satine. She mistakes Christian for a much wealthier Duke, who Harry wants her to ...

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle 23/10/2001

Ha Ha Ha the Whole Way Through

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha - Roddy Doyle One of the wittiest and sharpest books I have read this year has to be "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" by Roddy Doyle. In his Barrytown trilogy (The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van), Roddy Doyle brilliantly explored family life through various members of the Rabbite family. These three novels combined comedy and sadness to such effect that they established the author as a major new talent. In "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" Doyle maintains the Barrytown/Dublin setting but focuses on a different family, and the narrative point of view is changed to a boy of ten - Paddy Clarke - growing up fast and discovering new aspects of childhood as each day passes. Paddy Clarke has a realism which helps to explain Doyle's success. Through this realism the reader can rediscover some of the forgotten tragic and comic areas of childhood. "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" deals with Paddy and his hatred for his brother, peer group and his mother and fathers rocky marriage in 1960's Ireland. Paddy tells the story throughout the novel and due to this sometimes we are not understanding the situation fully, just as we do not fully understand the ramblings of a ten year old's day at school. Roddy Doyle's use of dialogue in this novel brings you back to your childhood as you remember how cruel children can be to each other, "-Really, the referee will have to take control of the situation. -Shut up you. -I'm supposed to talk. It's my job. -Shut up; your dad's and alco." This insult is deliberately chosen ...

Princess 16/10/2001

All Aboard The Oriana

Princess In June of this year, I embarked aboard Princess Cruise's Oriana, only to feel completely at home again. It had been two years since I disembarked its luxurious surroundings to be brought back down to earth with a bang as I realized my mum wouldn't wait on me hand and foot as Raju, my waiter on the Oriana, had. A cruise is what you call a holiday. No stressful flights, delays, self-catering etc etc. You step on the ship, and everything from then on is done for you. This year, my dad had had an accident only two weeks earlier where he ruptured his akilis tendon, forcing him to be in plaster for eight weeks. We toyed with the idea of canceling, but then decided the cruise would be the best place for his temporary wheelchair, how right could we have been? Embarkation was the easiest it would ever be as a man pushed my dads straight on to the ship, no waiting around. Taken into our small, but comfortable cabin. Then our cabin steward came by and introduced himself as Carlos, and asked us what time we'd like to be wakened and what we'd like to drink. Already feeling at home, I unpacked then went up on deck, only to be hit with the warm, Southampton sunshine (!?). This sunshine was fine enough for me, nevermind the heat we were to encounter while cruising round the med. As the band played us out, we stood on the deck sipping champagne and watching the tiny people on the ground waving us away, feeling somewhat like Titanic passengers, except a hundred time safer. Trains, ...
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