Merry Xmas and It’s a Festivus For the Rest of Us!

December 25, 2010 in Blogging by pacejmiller

I still remember this movie from when I was a kid. It sucked.

Merry Christmas everybody!

Can’t believe it’s been another year.  A quick one, full of writing, reading and movies.  Lately it’s been a lot more movies than the other two, but hey, it’s the festive season!

This year we did some charity work and had a big family BBQ with the in-laws.  Lots of fun, and a great time to reflect on how lucky we’ve been for another 12 months.  Now if I can just win that mega lotto draw…

Two things I want to discuss this Xmas because I feel like it.

The first — one of my favourite anti-Xmas holidays, Festivus.  I have nothing against Xmas personally (nothing against Jesus, the economy needs it and people feel good about themselves).  I just really like the idea of Festivus — the pole, the “airing of grievances” and my personal favourite, the “feats of strength”.

Here is a video.  Gotta love Frank Costanza.

The second, is Larry Bird’s Xmas present to Chuck Person.  The Boston Celtics and the Indiana Pacers played on Xmas day.  Bird went up to Person (they had a bit of a heated rivalry) and told him he had a Xmas present for him.  During the game, while Person was on the bench, Bird caught the ball outside the three point line right in front of the Pacers’ bench.  After Bird launched the three pointer, he turned and said, “Merry F*&@ing Xmas” to Person, just before the ball fell through the hoop.

Now that’s a great Xmas present!

Couldn’t find a video of it, but here are a couple of other videos in the same vein that display Larry Legend’s greatness.

Merry Xmas!

Movie Review: Tangled (2010)

December 25, 2010 in Movie Reviews by pacejmiller

Disney, animation, fairytale.  You really can’t go wrong.

And so we get Tangled, Disney’s latest animated feature — a spin on the Rapunzel story.  You know, the girl with the really long hair.  As per usual, there is a heroine princess, an animal sidekick, a potential romantic partner, an evil witch, love, action and plenty of singing — an old and trusted formula that has succeeded time after time (this is Disney’s 50th animated feature!).

As you can probably tell by now, for me, Tangled is nothing special — but that doesn’t mean it’s not pretty good.

I watched the film in 2D (thankfully) and it was visually impressive nonetheless, with an intended ‘oil painting’-like quality to the animation.  The music and songs (led by Mandy Moore, who voices Rapunzel) flow effortlessly as you would expect from a Disney cartoon, and of course, the jokes appeal to the young, old, and everybody in between.

It’s just that Tangled felt very much like just another regular Disney cartoon, like say Disney’s last full-length feature, The Princess and the Frog.  Don’t get me wrong — whether in terms of story, music, humour, heart or overall enjoyability, Tangled is very good, but just not outstanding.  Perhaps I’m just so used to Disney making great traditional animated features that simply being very good no longer does it for me.

But Tangled did apparently take 6 years and $260 million to make, so obviously the film was intended for great things.  I’m just not quite sure it gets there.

Ultimately, Tangled is good family movie that will make a worthy addition to any DVD cabinet, but is unlikely to be remembered as a classic in the vein of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast.

3.5 stars out of 5!