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 whammo, there was sound from everywhere. And the wall wasn't blank anymore but instead ... instead there was everything on it, everything, everything you could ever think of, and more. Lots more. And smiling people, friendly, like ... like nobody you ever met. And they. they wanted ... me? Me. They beckoned, motioning and calling for me. I could barely make it out, but I could hear 'em, I could ... they were calling ...
The dream... "
The life (and livelihood) of a well established continental con artist (Michael Caine) on the Riviera is disrupted when clumsy competition appears in the person of unkempt small-timer (Steve Martin) in Frank Oz' light comedy that's worth more than simply a smile. Martin's "Rupert" character is particularly pleasing. Glenne Headly also charms.
I didn't like the casting choice of Chris Evans as Cap and so was prepared to write off this arm of the ever expanding Marvel Universe. Now I have to eat my words. Storyline and presentation here are exemplary, and Cap begins to feel like a character worthy of his own merit. With the Avengers a solid success and now the separate character franchises thriving one can only wonder how long can Marvel continue this Murderer's Row of multimillion dollar entertainment? Spider Man, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk ... they lack two things: a female and a minority lead (before someone else does it ... and someone will try). And then total market domination/saturation. And the distinguished competition, longtime leaders in the field with years of top dog behind it? What about them?
Despite the feel of a joke too long and a weak ending still a welcome addition to the pantheon of brit comedy. Cook has a roaring good time as George Spiggot, who is supposedly Beezlebub, Mr. Scratch, Mephistopheles, and Legion, (though he comes off as more of a prankster Puck) and he's trying to get back into heaven with every dirty trick he can pull against lovelorn Dudley Moore a schmuck who sells his soul for the girl of his dreams (Eleanor Bron). Better than the remake, but you've heard that saying before, haven't you? Quick witted fun.
A young orphan, literally at the door to her future, is told to go investigate her past and indeed why she is an orphan. Her only living relative, a worldly and cynical aunt, is the only remaining key to her past. Beautifully filmed, the antithesis of quick-cut modern popular film, with moments of quiet heartbreaking intensity, this work posits what are our life connections then if they have been irrevocably severed? And who are we w/o those connections? Sweet work.