Monday, December 31, 2007

Christmas movies

Christmas is a great time to cuddle up on the sofa and watch lots of TV. I’m not a big TV fan – I often feel like I’m wasting my time watching programs about people buying houses in exotic places, cooking dishes that I could never dream of making myself, or sitting around a house and bitching about each other. Yes, I do watch all of those, though giving out about them at the same time alleviates the sin, doesn’t it?

But at Christmas, I feel no guilt, and I enjoy watching movies old and new. The weather is too dull for walks, so what else is there to do on a wet afternoon?

This year has been no different. My Christmas menu this year included: Casino Royale (with the virile Daniel Craig), Strictly Ballroom, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet (with a very young Leonardo di Caprio), Inside I’m Dancing, Serenity, and House of Flying Daggers.

Three of these I had seen before, and probably will watch again and again over the years.

It was my first time watching Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. I did struggle with the language a bit, but this movie was a visual feast – beautiful colours throughout – the party at Juliet’s house, where guests are wearing the strangest costumes, the morning light in Juliet’s bedroom, the dark skies over the beach when Mercutio curses the houses of Capulet and Montague, the chapel where Juliet is lying, with blue neon crosses and hundreds of candles all around her, and, of course, the eerie golden light of Los Angeles.

Casino Royale reveals the story behind James Bond’s disregard for sentimental attachment, and also shows the darker, more brutal, side of him. And Daniel Craig's body is worth a look!

Strictly Ballroom is lovely of course – I love a story where the ugly duckling gets the prince!

Brendan gave me a few DVDs of modern Chinese movies for Christmas. House of Flying Daggers was the first of the series – I had seen it in the cinema before, but it is one of these movies that I will be happy to watch over and over again, just for the gorgeous dresses, choreographed fight scenes and surreal colours. Never did blood on snow look so beautiful!

Inside, I’m Dancing is an Irish movie about 2 disabled young men who decide to live their lives independently and to the full. It’s very sad, but also full of hope.

And Serenity is one of the best Science Fiction movies, as far as I’m concerned. It’s got 3 love stories running through it, great fight scenes, and just a very good story about the world and what happens when you try to interfere with nature.

That’s it now – I won’t watch the telly for another year!

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