I have been quite a bit under the weather the last two days and have spent the time on the couch in a zombie-like state. I am better today which is good, as the traditional New Year’s Eve Fondue is being hosted by yours truly and there is a lot of stuff I still need to buy and prepare, plus decorate and clean the house a bit, though not necessarily in that order.
I had the opportunity to watch quite a few movies over the holidays; some good, some bad. I was most disappointed in Alexander; while Colin Farrell is “eye candy”, I found the movie incredibly boring and stopped watching it after 45 minutes. The performance of Angelina Jolie made me wonder at times if I was watching Cleopatra instead of Alexander. Historically, Alexander the Great is a very fascinating man, but they somehow just lost the thread on the cutting room floor, I fear. Quite an exercise of self-gratification on the part of the director.
Day After Tomorrow wasn’t much better. The special effects were good but that was about all. The plot was foreseeable, the characters full of clichees and though I am thoroughly convinced that we are ruining this planet, I found this movie a bit overblown.
Mona Lisa’s Smile was great. Probably not an objective opinion as there is not a single Julia Roberts movie which I don’t like.
I can say the same for Cold Mountain, which I have seen before but wanted to see again. Great story, wonderful cinematography and an Oscar-winning performance by Zellwenger. This one makes me cry every time I see it.
50 First Dates was kinda cute but after a while it began to annoy me with the same redundancy of Ground Hog Day.
I caught Finding John Christmas on daytime TV and was pleasantly surprised. Nice little Christmas story with a brilliant performance by Peter Falk. And Valerie Bertinelli hasn’t seemed to age a day since we first saw her on “One Day At a Time” way back when.
End of transmission. See you next year!