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It's funny.

I'd forgotten how often we saw Magritte

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It's funny.

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squeee! (by lj-user sandradelete)
I've seen Moulin Rouge.
I would pay money to be able to forget Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor mauling music I love.

That said?
If it weren't for that movie, I would never have heard two renditions of two songs I've always loved as done by artists I especially like. Bowie's rendition of Nature Boy is just... god. See, that song has always been a favorite of mine. The musical director at my parents' church used to sing it around campfires on campouts... and Bowie doing it is, well...
Come the hell on, it's BOWIE fer chrissakes!

Also, Rufus Wainwright's rendition of Complainte de La Butte makes me smile softly. Nevermind that the song was originally written for another film, and that it's the only one in French on the whole goddamned soundtrack to a movie that allegedly takes place in fin de siecle Paris.

Bloody Australians.

Music Music Music. I'm just all about the music, lately.

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In other notes, the nice men laid down paper in the hallway, brought in a vanity for the sink to be mounted in in my bathroom, and brought in a wall-hanging mirror-and-cabinet.

Additionally, I received a very nice thank-you note from an author whose work makes me quite contented, for buying her a book she wanted for her birthday. Having felt a moment of 'oh, oops, shit...' about repeatedly saying that she looked kinda weary while she was in town after a month of a book-signing / reading tour, it was honestly just meant as a way of apologizing that was more heartfelt than saying 'oh gosh, I'm rattling on, please forgive me'. Shit, anybody would look weary in that situation, wouldn't they? Sorta demonstrating that firm grasp on the obvious.
And then again again- a thank-you note is always a surprise in my world: I long ago taught myself not to expect 'em, and to just enjoy the feeling of having done the good deed. ;)

I want a bathroom now goddamnit you evil people who have not yet given me a bathroom!!!! And this ends the moment of complaint.
  • I think the amazing thing about Moulin Rouge was that it had the same basic concept as A Knight's Tale, using modern music to evoke appropriate emotions from today's viewers.

    One worked, one didn't.
  • Next thing you'll be telling me Romeo & Juliet wasn't originally set in California. Lies! Baz knows best!
    • Aaah, but Romeo & Juliet worked.

      Beautifully, even.
      • Well... I thought Moulin Rouge worked too but I'm a little low brow I suppose. I quite enjoyed it, especially for the obscure cameos of different Australians in peculiar roles. I could see the enjoyment everyone was getting out of being in the movie and the actual content of the film itself didn't matter as much as seeing some of my favourite actors mucking about and having a good time. The 'We could be heroes' song was massively overplayed on the radio (and in the movie as well, gah, shut up Ewan McGregor) when it came out. Drove me insane.
        • The song's title is "Heroes".

          David Bowie wrote it.

          David Bowie does it better.
          • *roll roll roll roll plink* Aha, you know, it's so utterly different I didn't realise they were the same song. I assumed it was a made up song for the movie because I didn't recognise it. Having you spell it out for me I can see how the lyrics are the same at least.
            • Hence my abiding hatred of that movie. You don't take a dump on Beethoven's 9th, you don't do a punk rock version of anything by Schubert or Chopin, and you don't pee on "Heroes".
              It's Just Not Done.
  • But with a bathroom, you'd have no excuse to go to...the Boiler Room.
  • I couldn't get through more than about three quarters of an hour of Moulin Rouge, for that very reason - and it's not like they *had* to maul those songs, there are plenty of songs much more appropriate for the period they were trying to portray that wouldn't need slicing, dicing and outright savaging. My skin crawled just about every time they opened their mouths, and what they sang on the back of that bloody elephant - I switched it off. I had to, to preserve my sanity.
  • I wanted very much to enjoy Moulin Rouge, and parts of it were very entertaining... Because We Can Can was actually quite brilliant, I thought, and had the rest of the movie continued to mashup the songs in that vein, it would have been excellent.

    Unfortunately, instead we got love songs a la elephant.
  • Ah.

    I've never seen Moulin Rouge, but I've heard some of the songs. And I can't help but be tickled by the sheer inventiveness of some of the covers. The Roxanne song in particular, dressed up as a tango. And if you listen closely near the end, even Sting joins in with his plaintive wail.

    And yeah, Nature Boy was nice.
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