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I'm currently on holidays on the Sunshine Coast visiting family. My brother and I watched two movies today.

First up was Cowboys and Aliens. I was expecting a mindless shoot-em-up involving cowboys and aliens, and got a hell of a lot more. A much richer plot, a lot more characterisation and they avoided a lot of the obvious cliches/stereotypes/tropes. I really enjoyed it. Plus, Daniel Craig is still a hunk.

Then after lunch was the new Conan: The Barbarian movie. This was the action/fantasy movie I was expecting to see. Lots of blood, lots of violence, exactly what was promised. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie, but don't expect anything more than a basic fantasy/action flick.

My big complaint with Conan was the 3D. I don't know what it's like elsewhere but it was only showing in 3D at the Cinema we went to, and it would have very much preferred to watch in in standard and not in 3D. I found the 3D distracting and detracting from the movie. The biggest problem was the number of times a random piece of scenery "poked out" in front of what was actually going on, distracting my attention. Plus, the 3D glasses made the movie look darker.

On the plus side, Jason Momoa is one exceedingly hot hunk. Yum! Expect lots and lots of beefcake.

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Desert Rose

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of fire
Those dreams that tie two hearts that will never die
And near the flames
The shadows play in the shape of the man’s desire

This desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this

And now she turns
This way she moves in the logic of all my dreams
This fire burns
I realize that nothing’s as it seems

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

I dream of rain
I lift my gaze to empty skies above
I close my eyes
The rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of love

I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in vain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand

Sweet desert rose
Whose shadow bears the secret promise
This desert flower
No sweet perfume that would torture you more than this

Sweet desert rose
This memory of hidden hearts and souls
This desert flower
This rare perfume is the sweet intoxication of love

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