The holiday break is over. There was not much snow, there were too many deserts and of course, there were movies that were watched.
Let’s run down the movies we watched over the holidays.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
I realized this year that this might be the 0ne Christmas movie I can sit through, start to finish, year after year. Elf would count except for the fact that it’s A) never on and B) unavailable everywhere. It’s as if they, whoever they are, know that everyone wants to watch Elf and have decided that no, you’ll continue to watch A Christmas Story and be happy. But I’m not happy. Although I’m a little happy watching Christmas Vacation– especially any scene Randy Quaid is in.
Man of Steel
I’ll say two things about Man of Steel. First, more like Man of Steal Two Hours From My Life and second, I had to apologize to my Dad when it was over for asking him to watch it with me. Holy smokes was this a bad movie. Like, really bad. I don’t even know what most of it was about it. And when did Superman become such an emo, sad bastard? He became less of Lynard Skynard dude and more of a Dashboard Confessional dude. Yuck. Man of Yuck.
I liked this movie. I didn’t love it, but I did really like it. The main issue for me was the first hour or so. It dragged. Going in, I thought the movie would have a lot of life to it and really pop. But that wasn’t the case, at least initially. It picks up halfway through, but I think ultimately the first hour could be a half hour and nothing would really be lost. The actors carry this movie. They’re all superstars- the equivalent of a Mr. Burns’ picked softball team. I kept looking at Christian Bale- you were Batman? And Bradley Cooper? Dynamo. Amy Adams was great and Jennifer Lawrence just keeps being awesome. Special kudos goes to Louis C.K. in a dynamite supporting role.
2013 World Series Film
Thank you Amazon Gift Card for this wonderful piece of history- the Boston Red Sox’ World Series championship. I lost count, but I’d say I got goose bumps 17 times and got teary-eyed twice.
Props to my Darling Wife for suggesting we watch this. Such a great movie. Loved it. Loved every single second of it. Quentin Tarantino is a genius. I love how he not only lets scenes breath, but fully develop and become living human beings. His way with dialogue rivals a gymnast. So glad we watched this again.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Times I’ve Attempted to Watch This: twice
Longest I’ve Been Able to Watch This: ten minutes