29 June 2006

Movie Review: "Last Holiday" except for 10 minutes (no spoilers)/Normally I like my satellite

Normally I'm very happy with my Dish satellite system but the other night we rented "Last Holiday" with Queen Latifah on pay-per-view and were enjoying it when the signal got lost for 1/2 an hour. The good deal about pay-per-view is when you rent it, you rent if for the day. So if you want to watch the movie three times in a row, have at it. The bad thing about pay-per-view is if the signal gets disrupted you're SOL. Your money is gone. Still $3.99 to see a movie in the comfort of your own home without having to shush anybody or feel someone kicking your seat is a very good deal. And to be fair, we're the dopes who rented a movie when a bad storm was predicted. It's not common to lose the signal, I'll give Dish that.

So, like I was saying, we watched the first 1 and a half hours of "Last Holiday" when the signal dropped. It was a dark and stormy night, as Snoopy would say. Heck, there was a mudslide here we've had so much rain. Anyway, we waited and sure enough the signal came back during the next showing of "Last Holiday" so we waded through about 45 minutes to get to the part where we left off and saw about 10 minutes when the signal dropped again. ARGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reminds me of the Cingular commercials about DROPPED SIGNALS!!! But I digress... a lot...

We missed about 10 minutes and then the signal re-established itself and we saw the last 10 minutes or so. Bottom line: except for the 10 minutes we missed (the ultimate confrontation between the villain and the heroine--what a thing to miss, right?!) we liked it. I guess we could have stayed up for the next showing but, jeezelouise, we would have had to wait until ~ 1:30 in the morning to get to the point we missed again.

Queen Latifah did a very good job, as did the rest of the cast (notably Gerard Depardieu), in this lighthearted if highly predictable comedy. I give it, erm, (making up a rating system on the spot)... 3 out of 4 Jujubees. Kudos to the make-up artist and wardrobe specialist for making this beautiful woman look so very, very bleah at the beginning of the film.

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