Most definitely, we are already lining up the likes of Muppets Christmas Carol and Home alone. What is your favourite holiday film ? Any hidden gems for the season you can recommend ? Stay out of the cold. :-)
" ... I was in this room, see, this big, huge dark room, and it was filled, every inch of it, with chairs, all of 'em facing one direction like, like a church maybe, only the chairs were facing a blank wall. Can ya imagine? A blank wall!
Suddenly the lights went out. I blinked my eyes trying to get 'em adjusted to the dark when the blank wall lit up, lit up, and there was sound from everywhere. And the wall wasn't blank anymore but instead ... there was everything on it, everything, everything you could ever think of, and more. Lots more. And smiling people, friendly, like nobody you ever met. And they seemed ... they wanted me. They beckoned, calling for me. I could barely make it out, but I could hear 'em ...
The dream... "
At the heart of this Pixar offering is a tale of first a mother/daughter falling out, and then their eventual reunion. The vocal talents are exemplary (with Emma Thompson leading the way) and , true to form, Pixar's legendary animation knows no equal. The delving into the whole Scottish myth and fable was nice and interesting path to take, if reminiscent of How To Train Your Dragon, and so what then? The story meanders into the woods a bit is all. Nonetheless, Pixar, eh? You can't go wrong there, can you?
By-the-numbers standard crime thriller, with Cruise as the tough-as-nails investigator (leaned out 21st century style with no traditional trench coat, no traditional whiskey in the bottom desk drawer of a crummy second floor office, no traditional smokes, only plenty of whoop ass), Rosamund Pike as the babe (shimmering) and, of course, the usual cast of suspects. Served hot.
David O. Russell revisits a political blip from the 1970's and immortalizes it with this strong ensemble tour de force wherein the politics are the least part of the equation. Why? Because they are superseded by the highly volatile personal relationships driving the whole affair, a wet kiss to our whole social maelstrom. Particularly resonant are the nonlinear conversations, so unlike the movies, so like real life, giving every conversation a beautiful WTF quality. This guy Russell is practically our only decent response to supposed better quality Brit films and I'm liking him.
The unlikely buddy cop team up of urban, hip, black guy with redneck, common sense, good ol' boy (does this conceit still carry currency? you betcha ... so much for the 21st century ushering in dynamic social change) returns to seduce you to pony over more popcorn money as the time travel card is laid out to spice up the old aliens among us formula. Luckily the stars bring the charm to keep sleep away while the hoary old chestnut is pranced about. And guess how it ends? They really like each other after all. More popcorn please.