Just a quick post to wish all the visitors to The Movie Report a great Christmas. Hope Santa was good to you!
Of the gifts I received this year, I had a set of Sony blue tooth ear phones, Kelly Clarkson greatest hits cd, the best of Family Guy on DVD, the official Scarlett Johansson calendar, Mad Men season 5 on Blu-ray as well as clothing, smellies etc.
Thank you to everyone who got me things and hope you like what I got you!
Ho ho ho.
Well Christmas day is here again. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my visitors / subscribers / followers for their continued interest and your comments / feedback make everything so worth while.
This year I got a very interesting range of prezzies, starting with the Season 1-3 Box Set of acclaimed TV drama MAD MEN. Secondly I got the Lee Evans autobiography which I hope to read at some stage. Then there’s the official Ola Jordan calendar, signed by the famed Strictly Come Dancing star. Also we have Peter Kay‘s Tour That Doesn’t Tour stand-up DVD, and also got a very nice statue of a woman with not a great deal of clothing on – but very classy. Lady Ga Ga‘s Latest CD Born This Way, and also a small companion book exploring the Swedish horror Let The Right One In. Oh and who can forget Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes on Blu-ray? I also got several surprises, smellies and other bits and bobs.
Thankyou to everyone who got me prezzies and I really hope you all like what I got you.
Merry Christmas. Ho Ho Ho.
I’ll give the final word to the character’s from comedy TV show Bo-Selecta …. propper crimbo!!!
Viewed – 21 December 2011 Blu-ray
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas movie. Last year was a bit of a let down (cough, A Christmas Carol, cough), but this year I was borrowed this much-loved movie starring comedy star Will Ferrell. Telling the tale of a baby who when Santa visited an orphanage, snook into his sack, and it wasn’t until Santa returned to the North Pole that he discovered he had a stowaway. Deciding to bring up the human baby amongst the elves in his workshop, after 30 years, Poppa Elf realises that ‘buddy’ the elf should be told the truth, and so sends him to New York to track down his real father, a mean-spirited business man, played by James Caan.
This is thoroughly charming stuff. At first I found it a touch too kiddie, with its near-cartoon like rendition of the north pole etc, but once events jumped to the big apple, I really began to enjoy myself. Will Ferrell is clearly a gifted comedy actor, and reminds me of Chevy Chase to a degree, and his slapstick antics and just all round likability, made him very easy to watch. Supporting Ferrell is James Caan in a role he’s done plenty of times, and doesn’t really deliver anything surprising (what, the mean business man discovers his softer side eventually? Who didn’t see that coming?!), and love-interest Zooey Deschanel is gorgeous, but offers little more than a pretty face and a good singing voice, with wafer-thin characterisation.
This is clearly Ferrell’s show then, which is no bad thing as he’s often laugh-out-loud funny, with many of the fish-out-of-water situations really hitting my funny bone. Considering up until now I was feeling a bit bar-humbug, this has got me in the Christmas spirit no end, and at this time of year, who can ask for more? The ending also, was feel-good heaven.
Verdict: 4 /5
Viewed – 20 January 2011 Blu-ray
45th Anniversary Edition
The mere mention of Rogers & Hammerstein’s timeless musical favourite conjours up memories of sitting slouched in front of the TV at Christmas, too much turkey & stuffing in our bellies, wondering just how long this thing is on for and whose eaten all the Christmas pud? Yet as the movie is one of the most over played films of the Christmas (or any holiday) season, some look on it with disdain brought on from over familiarity. Which is a real shame, as this was probably the last really good musical of old Hollywood, the kind that you just don’t get to see anymore, and having watched it again, many years later – it’s grand sing-a-long wonder, thought-provoking drama and touching love story has aged very well indeed.
Just a quick post to wish anyone who visits this blog, a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
This year I have had some lovely gifts, such as a new winter coat, Toy Story 3 on Blu-ray, Killzone 2 for the Playstation 3, Dexter Seasons 1-3 box set, A Peter Kay autobiography, Katy Perry’s latest CD, Bill Bailey stand-up DVD and many more, including plenty of smellies and vouchers!!
I’m looking forward to what next year may bring, what games and movies will be released, and hope it’s a very good year. So to all out there, thanks again for visiting and have a good one!!