Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Holiday

Tonight we watched "The Holiday". A great little movie with wonderful old movie references. The story of two women who swap houses for Christmas. The soundtrack references and the trailer bits are sure to make movie buffs fans of this movie. It may be a couple of years old, but it's still a well crafted romatic comedy.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Fred Claus-On DVD in 2008

The Christmas Movie for tonight is Fred Claus. It was panned by critics and I say it's pretty easy to sit there and smuggly judge a movie by your own snotty standards, but we love this movie! It's true that when you have high expectations, you can be easily dissapointed by a film. I suggest critics go back and watch this one again. It's really enjoyable, and not any more silly than any other Santa Claus movie!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Tonight we're watching Christmas in Connecticut, it's the original from 1945. The comedy is well done and this is a favorite of ours. I've grown to have many favorite lines from this movie, Barbara Stanwyck,"Everytime I opened my mouth, he talked!" And Sidney Greenstreet (Yardley), "Cold Chicken Is My Weakness." S.Z. Sakall plays the part of Uncle Felix, my favorite character in the movie. Just the perfect mix of madcap silliness. Uncle Felix says, "Fatman," in disgust as Yardley takes a drink from him, who is no larger than he is.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Miracle On 34th Street

Tonight, being Thanksgiving Day, we watched the remake of "Miracle On 34th Street." It starts on Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas, so it's the perfect start for the holiday season. Many things are well done in this version, some things I even like better than the original, but there are some moments that are less happy than the original.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Christmas Cottage

Tonight's Christmas movie that we watched was one we hadn't seen. The Christmas Cottage is based on events in Thomas Kincaids life. I expected it to be hokey and b-movie-ish, but we were pleasantly surprised. It's a very good, low key production. It's not earth shaking, you can live without seeing it, but neither was it a waste of time.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The Family Man

We're just finishing "The Family Man" with Nickolas Cage and Tea Leoni, we try to watch it every Christmas season and it just doesn't get old! It is such a great movie about goodness and family and hope.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Life In Ruins

Quite a few people didn't like this movie, so you may have missed it since it got poor reviews. I'm here to tell you that you can't believe everything you read. It's not a riot, but it is a perfectly fine little comedy that has a great sentiment. Richard Dryfuss is very entertaining and steals the show.

The cast was suburb and even though they could have been used better by a more highly polished script, they did lend an air of fun to the overall story.

Tis The Season!

On Saturday (yesterday) we watched all three of the Santa Claus(e) movies. A great way to really kick off the season (we had already seen Elf and a couple other flicks, but this marathon really got us in a Jolly mood).
What movies do you watch year after year?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Star Trek - 2009 on DVD

We got our copy of Star Trek on DVD this week and it's just great! I've played it several times through, it's been company in the background while I work. It's just got so many layers to the story that it's worth seeing or hearing again and again. For me, it just doesn't get old.

I really never cared for the original hokey episodes of Star Trek and those movies weren't all that good, but this new encarnation is so well done, that I'm officialy a fan of this new franchise.

Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past

I didn't like it.
Here's the thing, it's advertised as a light romantic comedy. It promises to be a fun light hearted parody of Dickens Christmas Carol. But it doesn't deliver. What we get is this womanizing main character who we hate because he uses and throws women away. You just can't like Matthew McConaughey in this role. And then they promote this attitude that women want casual sex throughout the movie. Talk about duel messages. He's a creep for having casual sex, but it's normal? It's just jacked up new age crap. I think that most folks would agree, nice monogamous marriages are something to strive for. Even if we can't reach that ideal, we admire those who do and we know that they are happier for it. This movie heaps lie upon lie and isn't even funny doing it.