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Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man (Jude Law, Jack Black) but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.
Another of the wife's picks. Oh fuck me it's awful. At least Kate Winslet kept her baps away this time. And Jack Black as a love interest,give me a fucking break.
Is it pathetic that this is my favorite Christmas movie?
Also one of my favorite scores. Just lovely.
I've never been able to extricate "myself" from writing or watching movies. This might be why I have bad taste; it is definitely why I never really wanted to be a critic. The context of all art is colored by experience - your age, your life, your wants and needs and emotional state - and rationalizations about the multitude of things that go into a movie, and into what "type" of movie, can only go so far.
Two examples: the last movie I watched was one of the best I've seen in months, Kiyoshi Kurosawa's CURE. I am writing here about Nancy Meyers' THE HOLIDAY. I am not critical of THE HOLIDAY for lacking the complex deep-focus staging of CURE,…
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I wanted very much to like this, and in some aspects, it's commendable. It clearly has a very big heart, and the scope of its ambitions is impressive. The four lead performances, too, are strong.
But is there a single reason this had to be nearly 140 minutes long? There is not. The movie is a sprawling mess from start to finish. Instead of telling two small stories, Nancy Meyer's tries to tell two very big stories. Even with the bloated running time she spreads her attentions too thin, and nothing really lands. One of the major problems is that the movie constantly has two feet (one foot from each love story) planted firmly in Hollywood. Cameron Diaz's character is…
Nancy Meyers makes nice films. I'm a sucker for a good romantic comedy and Meyers generally does the job when it comes to watching a good one. The Holiday seemed like it would do the job. Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black and Eli Wallach.
And yeah, it did do the job but at the same time there was nothing special about the film. It was pretty generic and a lit long and Cameron Diaz mugged way to much for the camera. When you go into a movie like this you are looking for laughs, love, tears and a happy ending. On that front it delivered.
It also looked really great. Like really, really great. And every time…
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Cameron Diaz and Jude Law's half of this movie is so irritatingly cliché... I'm literally not sure if I've ever seen something more predictable and so thoroughly rom-com. Kate Winslet's plots were a little more interesting though..possibly because of my bias towards Winslet, but also because of her side plot with Arthur (Eli Wallach)
There's a scene fairly far into the movie where Jack Black is picking up movies at a video rental store and making fun of and telling Winslet's character about them and it's honestly such a shame they didn't make a meta reference and have him poke fun at Titanic. If they had done that easy joke this could have definitely bumped up at least a half star in rating.
Loved it. Very touching as well as funny.
the score bangs.
Part of Countdown to Christmas 2016
As tradition, I watch this every year at the start of October whilst putting up the first of three Christmas trees.
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I had a lot of witty comments I wanted to make about how hard Hans Zimmer went on the score, the Hollywood commentary, and the movie references. But actually my only takeaway is my adoration of Kate Winslet,
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