Tonight was the annual
xmas gathering of the “Keg Girls” (+ Brent). This year’s nachos and chardonnay adventure was held at C’s house in North York. As always,
it was good fun.
Based on Antonia Fraser’s book, this film tells the story of the Queen
of France from the time she enters the court of Louis XVI to the French
Revolution, when both Marie and Louis lose their heads. I had high
hopes for this film, directed by Sofia Coppola, but – having studied
the French Revolution in great detail throughout university – I
was disappointed with the outcome. While it all looks wonderful and
gorgeous and splendid cinamatograhic-wise, I was utterly disinterested
in the characters (especially Kirsten Dunst playing Marie). Perhaps
that was what Coppola had in mind, showing us the splendor and excess
to reinforce how utterly removed the Crown was from the people during
the 1780s?? Bad acting aside (Dunst, Schwartzman) it is a ‘pretty’ film
made a little more watchable with the choice of music. My
rating 5 out of 10.
A film meant to capitalize on the whole Michael Douglas doing spy/action films and a vehicle for Canadian, Keifer Sutherland, to stretch himself beyond his usual role in the TV show, 24. I’m joking of course, cause Keifer plays the exact same character he knows so well. The plot (and I use that word loosely) such as it is has Secret Service guru Douglas having to scamper around to clear his name after he is framed in a plot to kill the President. Course, adding to the ‘realism’ of this plot is the fact Douglas is also having an affair with the First Lady. Oh brother. Keifer plays the good guy Secret Service agent trying to track Douglas down. It’s all ho-hum and (yawn) uninspiring. My rating 3 out of 10.