Cinematic Sunday Sixty-Five
The wife and I both slept in today, then met Morris and his Mother for brunch. Do you still call it brunch if you arrive at the restaurant at 1:00 in the afternoon? Whatever.
The wife and I grabbed a coffee on the way back to the house, and then I poked around online for a few more cheap bargains to kick off the holiday shopping season. I ended up picking up the Blu-ray edition of the Godfather Trilogy for a little over $40 bucks via an online sale Best Buy was offering, though their site did give me fits because the damned Reward Zone cards' account is evidently associated (in their online system, anyway) with the wife's log-in and shipping info. We eventually got it sorted out and rather than mailing it, we instead set it up for in-store pick-up. The wife wanted to grab some gift-cards for various family members, so we figured we'd juts run by there later in the day.
Morris wanted to go see Four Christmases, which I would say at first glance looked like a pretty typical Hollywood comedy and could totally wait to check it out on DVD, but I figured what the fuck, we've been seeing a lot of stuff in theaters this past month, why not really risk my sanity and brave a Holiday weekend crowd?
The movie turned out to be basically what I expected, though I did get more laughs out of it than I expected to and I'm not sure why virtually every critic on Rotten Tomatoes threw this thing under a bus, but I suppose I like the leads so perhaps I'm being more forgiving. I love Vince Vaughn's bitter shtick (though it is very one note, I can understand someone not liking that if it's not their thing), his delivery never fails to crack me up. He's got a line in this film about being trapped on an island and hunted by a crazy millionaire for sport being preferable to being involved in the typical family Christmas that just killed me. I'm debating a review for the BSL, it's not exactly what we usually review, but since what 'we' usually review has basically fallen down to what I review, I may go for it just because it's a film still in theaters and I'd like to keep that front page quasi-topical.
The movie got out around 6:00, so we headed back home for a few, then the wife noticed that we'd gotten an e-mail from Best Buy saying that we could pick up our movie, so we went to do that, as well as stop by the home offices of one of her charities to pick up some envelopes that needed to be stuffed. The in-store pick-up was pretty hassle-free, though the myriad choices of designs on the gift-cards offered soaked up waay more of our time than I expected it to. We finally got the hell out of there and drove-thru some Mexican food for dinner and headed back to the house.
Morris hung around long enough to watch the new episode of Dexter, a show he's never seen before but seemed to enjoy pretty well. The season is almost over and tonight's episode really amped up the tensions a bit, I'm very interested to see where it goes.
Morris split to go and chill at his Mother's and the wife and I watched the rest of our television programming for the evening, then she curled up to go to sleep while I headed to the web to finish up this.
I've not done any real browsing for trailers this week, so I'm not at all sure what will turn up this evening.
First up I wanted to mention Gran Torino, the new film starring and directed by Clint Eastwood, in which he plays a typically badass old man in the Eastwood vein who slowly and grudgingly learns to accept (God forbid) cultural diversity and rises to defend his neighborhood from encroaching thugs. He even gets to say "get off my lawn!" while holding a gun on someone, which has been a personal fantasy of mine since I was a wee child, so it's nice to see someone do it on film. Give it a look.
Next we have Duplicity, from writer/director Tony Gilroy. The tale of two ex-spies (played by Clive Owen and Julia Roberts) who attempt to run a con on a pair of major businessmen in their attempt to score big enough to finance their retirement into the good life, which will evidently run them somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million dollars. It looks interesting, if only to see how many double-crosses they give you before you throw up your hands in disgust.
Finally we have The Great Buck Howard, which is directed by Sean McGinly and stars Colin Hanks as a young guy who takes on a gig trying to revive the failing career of a magician, played by John Malkovich. The trailer doesn't really say a lot about the film, but does have a few amusing moments, as well as Hanks senior, so give it a look.
I'm out, kids.
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