Saturday, 22 December 2012

Les Miserables, and so this is Xmas....

A very merry Xmas to everyone. Yes I'm back and this time I'm back to stay. The last nine months have been a living hell and I thank everyone for hanging in there with me. I'm now able to write again. There's much to catch up on but for today my return to the internet coincides with witnessing movie history in the making.

My wife and I have just returned from watching Les Miserables at the local cinema. This version takes the musical film genre to new heights.. Russel Crowe (Javert) gets big billing for this one and whilst I have no criticisms of his performance I thought he did what he does best - he played Russell Crowe. The show stoppers however have to be Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) and Anne Hathaway (Fantine). Jackman powered through the movie displaying the full range of his acting talent as well as his singing, but for me, the moment celluloid history was made was when Hathaway sang 'I dreamed a dream' - go see it, crumple in your seat and wallow in tears. For the entire duration of the song the director never once moves the camera from her face and it's no wonder, her face keeps the rhythm while her eyes sing the melody. I have no idea what the record for the longest time spent on one person's face is in a movie - but this has to be a contender, it also has to be a contender for an oscar. It's probably the most powerful piece of cinematography I have ever seen. A marvellous piece of work by Hathaway that left me spellbound.

Over the next few weeks I'll bring you up to date with what's been happening to me including some pretty astounding neuropsychology findings. In the meantime however; it's good to be back and wishing everyone the fullest and safest Xmas and New Year.


  1. It's so nice to have you back! Just know you have been missed!

  2. And to you too Rory :) .. glad you're back, missed ya

  3. Merry happy, Rory! Relieved to hear you've come out the other side. Welcome back! x

  4. Good to see you back! I'm dying to catch that film.

  5. Aah! The sun returns and so does our friend!!

    I am so happy to see your glorious presence again and that you're at least operational. :)

    About 15 years ago, I returned from seeing Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and told my bestie all about it. So, she asked me, "So, which one are you going to see next?"

    I answered, "I really wanna see Les Miserables."

    She cried out, "Oh HELL No! No way am I gonna sit through 3 hours of, 'I stole the bread' -- oh no, wait. Excuse me, I forgot, it's FRENCH: 'I STOLE ZE BRE-AHD'!"

    Never have been able to look at Victor Hugo the same since.
    I also can't wait to see that movie.

    Welcome back. And I hope to read more tales. You're very missed!


  6. I'm SO glad to read that you are back. You have been missed terribly. My holdidays will be a little brighter knowing that you are feeling better. xoxo Looking forward to the updates.

  7. WONDERFUL to see you back! A very merry Christmas to you and yours and hopes for a fantastic New Year.

  8. Thanks everyone! I'm looking forward to getting my brain in gear and churning out some new blog posts - in the meantime I hope everyone has the most fantastic Xmas imaginable!

  9. Welcome back, hope you had a great Christmas, and Best Wishes for the New Year!

  10. Rory - I saw Les Mis a couple of days ago and thought of you when Ms. Hathaway sung "I dreamed a dream." I remember what you said about the camera staying on her face the entire time. Talk about getting goosebumps. It was fantastic!

    I hope you are continuing to do well, and I am looking forward to your future blog updates.

    Happy New Year my friend,

  11. A huuuuuuuuuge "Welcome Back" to you, matey! :) Glad to hear you're back in the saddle again. Wishing you a belated merry xmas, and I hope 2013 brings you fulfillment, happiness and health.

  12. Glad to hear you're back. Hope things have returned to normal for you.

  13. It is good to find your site again. Hope you and yours have a healthy new year!

    LOVED Les Miz. Absolutely agreed with you. Anne Hathaway blew me away.

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