Monday, February 1, 2010

Night 1 of "The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway"

It’s that time again! So hurry in all you Kool Kats, grab a seat and enjoy "The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway". The Lounge has invited a few of the hippest shops to the party and we have come up with two great goodie bags for two lucky winners.

The giveaway will showcase some of The Lounge’s favorite romance theme movies. A new movie will be posted each night between February 1st and 14th. All past movie will be listed on the sidebar. You are welcome to leave a comment on each movie. There will also be clues for the next nights movie tweeted on Twitter. All of which will get you entries in the giveaway.

Please click here to visit the giveaway’s main page. You can see all the great shops participating, the two fabulous goodie bags, lots and lots of extra ways to enter and all the fine print details.

There will also be music selections from that night's movie to listen too. You'll find them on The Lounge's little red jukebox over on the sidebar. That night's songs will always be at the top of the playlist followed by a wide variety of love songs. The night's seclections will also be listed below with the movie review.

So enjoy the movies, enjoy the shops, enjoy the music and most of all have fun and enjoy....

"The 14 Nights of Valentine's Day Movie Marathon Giveaway"

Night 1... "Moulin Rouge"  Ewan McGregor and he sings! What more do you need?
Music selections from the movie on the jukebox 
1. Lady Marmalade
2. Your Song
3. One Day I'll Fly Away
4. Elephant Love Melody
5. Come What May
6. El Tango de Roxanne
7. Complainte de la Butte
Tagline — "This story is about truth. This story is about beauty. This story is about freedom. Above all this story is about love.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet and Australia) and released on June 1, 2001 by Twentieth Century Fox. Paris 1899. Christian (Ewan McGregor) has come to Paris a penniless poet. There he meets Satine (Nicole Kidman) a beautiful courtesan working at The Moulin Rouge. The two fall in love against all odds but can it survive?
This movie is beautiful! It’s full of vivid colors and gorgeous outfits. At first I was not sure I would care for the mix of modern music since the movie is set back in time but it was quickly clear that it would work brilliantly. I already knew Ewan McGregor could sing but was surprised at how well Nicole Kidman did. Musicals have never been my favorite genre but every now and then a really good one comes along and this is one of them.

And, for all of us hopeless romantics out there, this one has all the classic elements and enough tears to put a dent in the Kleenex box. So curl up on the couch and enjoy the beauty of tragic love.
A little trivia...
1. The necklace worn by Nicole Kidman was made of real diamonds and platinum and was the most expensive piece of jewelry ever made for a film. The Stefano Canturi necklace was made with 1,308 diamonds and weighed a total of 134 carats. It’s worth is an estimated $1 million dollars.
2. "Come What May" is the only completely original song in the movie. It was originally written for "Romeo + Juliet".
3. Originally, the green fairy was going to be a long-haired muscle man with a giant sitar and Ozzy Osbourne was hired to provide the vocals. Eventually it was changed to the current "Tinker Bell" incarnation, played by Kylie Minogue, but Osbourne still gives voice to the fairy's guttural scream when it turns evil.
4. Cat Stevens would not license his song "Father and Son", which was the first musical number in the original script, because of his current religious beliefs. He objected to the sexual content in the film. The scene featuring "Father and Son" was to have been between Christian and his father in his father's office, with all his father's employees joining in for the chorus. This was to be the segue into his leaving home for Paris. The scene is included in the complete script on the Special Edition DVD
5. The word "love" and its variations (loved, loves, loving, lover and lovers) appears in this film 143 times.
6. Moulin Rouge (Red Mill) dancers really wore split knickers under their dresses, a technical point that the film-makers chose not to follow in order to obtain a PG-13 rating. An enormous elephant statue in the garden, bought from a theme park, housed an Arabic nightclub and an opium den. Several images (i.e. clowns, men in tuxedos with tutus) are taken from Toulouse-Lautrec's paintings of the Moulin Rouge and nearby clubs. Some of Lautrec's lines in the scene after Satine rejects Christian are taken from his letters.
Visit the giveaway's main page here for all details on how to enter.


  1. Tomorrow's movie must be The Lake House.

  2. I watched Moulin Rouge once and did not like it at all. It wasn't a movie I picked but I thought it might be good, especially since I am fascinated by Ziegfeld's Follies & even own a program from the Folies Bergere from the 1920s or 1930s. The modern pop music used just ruined it for me :(

  3. it's not my favorite movie but I do love the colors used in this movie. they pop and the medleys are nice!


  4. tomorrow is the lake house! :)


  5. The Lake House- love Keanu!

  6. The Lake House :)

  7. I love Baz Luhrmann! This movie is visually stunning and I love the music. Elephant Love Melody is my favorite! :)
    Wow, love 143 times! That's gotta be a record.