Happy Holidazed - Oh Well, Just this once.....
Dec. 27th, 2006
10:21 am - Happy Holidazed
So I woke up feeling a little flu-ish today, and I'm kinding of hoping it's just a sick sinus headache or something, because I hate being sick. Although watching movies for two days and eating chicken soup doesn't sound so bad. Being sick for New Year's does. I figure if I walk very quietly and don't move then it will pass. Kind of like "if I am very quiet, the flu will not know I'm here." What the hell--it's a strategy.
Below, some capsule movie reviews, since I haven't gotten jazzed up enough to write thoughtful (read:long) ones on my other site:
I saw Inland Empire with guysterrules and fabulist last week. It was an experience, and I have been grasping for the right metaphor. I haven't found it. It's kind of like a Stevie Nicks song--it's catchy and you sing along, but you have no idea what it means. It's like a three hour Stevie Nicks song. Or it's as if David Lynch gave a bunch of people on YouTube cameras and said "make it Dv, make it ugly, and put in Laura Dern--go!" It had it's moments, I have to admit, but it's a bit long. He's in love with yuck. And beating women. I think the climax in the film is a conversation about Pomona between to homeless women while Laura Dern vomits blood. Now that's vaudeville!
Little Children--someone needs to not let the novelist adapt his own work. I don't need to hear how sad and frustrated Kate Winslet's character is in voiceover, because she's Kate Winslet--she's really, really good. I get it. Adn thanks, I see her opening her purse. It's been argued a distancing device, and I get it, but still didn't like it. Patrick Wilson--beautiful. Nice to see a man objectified like he should be :). Jennifer Connelly was good because she wasn't in it that much, and Jackie Earle Haley was great, as was the woman who played his mother. Overlong, but enjoyed parts of it.
Speaking of Kate Winslet--the Holiday. Dear Hollywood, please stop putting Cameron Diaz in movies with actresses who basically have a lot more depth and are more interesting. It kinds of points out how deep she's not. First it was Toni Colette, and now it's Kate Winslet. I like her, but I kept waiting for Kate Winslet's character to come back on--perhaps I indentified with her more. One too many dance sequences for me (or three too many), but I love a good RomCom. This one wasn't the best, but did have Eli Wallach who was great, Jack Black who was charming, and I even liked Jude Law, though I expected him to have a terrible secret at some point, possibly from past roles, or he's got that Michael Caine untrustworthiness about him. Once again, 2:15--too long for a movie like this--cut the dancing.
And speaking of Holidays, I saw Meet me in St. Louis for the first time all the way through. Loved it. Teared up at the end. Margaret O'Brien was great, Judy was great, and developed a total crush on the Dad, played with mustachioed panache by Leon Ames. And who doesn't love the boy next door? The extras had the original lyrics to "Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas"-- Have yourself a merry little Christmas/It may be your last/Next year we may all be living in the past--lucky they changed that, huh? Speaking of crying, I also saw the original Miracle Worker as it came on my Netflix. Totally got me. I usually don't cry at movies, but that one just did it.
I didn't cry at Dreamgirls because it was moving too fast for me to. Liked it, and thought the perfs were great. Jennifer Hudson, as everyone is saying, is great (even though her voice isn't as rich as Jennifer Holiday's but why quibble). I even liked Beyonce, who pulled out some Diana Ross moves. The move toward Deena as main character mid way through the film fails for me, but overall I thought it was good. Eddie Murphy was great, and I could watch an entire movie of Anika Noni Rose-I think she emerged as the character I wanted to know more about. How about those B'way cameos? Ken Page, Loretta Devine, and even Hinton Battle in a pretty major part. Loved that.
Notes on a Scandal is hopefully the next up, and check me out for the Supporting Actress Smackdown at the end of the month on Stinkylulu. The year is 1975. And I'm doing the Supporting Actress blogathon as well, but haven't figured out who. It's between Blanca Portillo in Volver and Frances De la Tour in the History Boys right now. I think Blanca's in the lead.