My cold is back. I swear this is my fifth cold of the season, and I’m sick and tired of them. Winter, go away, please. I’m done with you. I’m done with it being twelve degrees when I leave the house in the morning, and it taking a good half hour once I get to work for my fingers to warm up.
And to keep up with the snappy transitions of the last two thoughts – we watched movies this weekend. I rented The Good Girl and Windtalkers for us to watch Friday night. All I can say is one out of two ain’t all that bad.
- The Good Girl: This was a good film. It’s not great, but it’s very good. Jennifer Aniston gives a very well-done performance as Justine, the trapped at the crappy makeup counter, in a marriage to a pothead slacker, dead-end life, lady. She longs for something more, and grabs at the first person who stirs feelings for escape. Unfortunately, she picks Holden. Jake Gyllenhaal does a good job playing Holden, but he goes a little over the top in a few scenes, that I think give the end away. It’s hard to tell if that was his choice or the director’s. John C. Reilly and Tim Blake Nelson were great, although we see way more of Tim Blake Nelson than I was prepared for. If you haven’t seen this movie, go rent it. It’s definitely worth seeing.
- Windtalkers: This movie sucked. Ok, wait… no… it sucked. Nicholas Cage phoned this one in. He was a cutout of himself in this film and was just awful. The first scene looked like something out of Pensacola: Wings of Gold or something with Lorenzo Lamas in it, not a big-budget, supposedly heartfelt and full of meaning, Hollywood Film. The movie got a little better, but not much. I think I’m more upset with the fact that this movie could have been so good. The story of the Navajo Codetalkers is amazing, and deserved to be told in an amazing film. Not a cheap excuse to blow stuff up. Unless you need to see Nicholas Cage do his best Rambo impression, skip this gigantic pile of crap.
And speaking of Jake, if you haven’t seen Donnie Darko yet, go rent it. Why do I like this movie so much? I’m not exactly sure why, but I do. It holds up under repeated viewings as well, which to me is a sign of a great film. The movie has its flaws, but it does other things so well as to make up for anything blemishes it might have.