So what happens when I finally get to a movie, after not going in ages? The movie disappoints. Isn’t that always the way?

I REALLY wanted to love The Holiday. In fact, I’d been looking forward to seeing it since I saw the preview months ago, as it was the first chick flick that had come out in a long time. And I had everything I needed to enjoy it: a weekday matinee with hardly anyone in the theater, popcorn, and my friend Leigh, who has been my movie buddy for years. We were set. Psyched. Ready. And then…

…well, and then the movie took forever to get going. Too many reaction shots of Cameron and Kate looking cute, too many scenes that dragged on, and on, and on. Too long taken to even get the various romances going, too much time spent on a subplot that was Not Interesting At All and then two hours had passed and the the worst thing was, I knew it, because I had already checked my watch, more than once. This is the kiss of death for a movie for me, the multiple watch-check. Even worse? Leigh was packing up her stuff even before the credits rolled: that’s how long it took to wrap it all up. Come on, we know there’s a happy ending, but we don’t need to see every inch of every bit of every reaction, multiple times. You have to really work hard to make me bored with both Kate Winslet AND Jude Law, but apparently, it is possible. Who knew?

I know, I’m being really hard on whoever did this movie. I’m sure they had good intentions. I mean, the cast is good: maybe they just figured we’d like to see that much more of them, even if it meant the scenes dragged on endlessly. But if you’re going to give us more of something, why not make it Jack Black, who was so subdued I barely recognized him? I think what’s so frustrating is that there WAS so much potential, and it just didn’t work. Which stinks. Still, I did get to have popcorn, and a movie is a movie. But I wish it had been a really good one.

Speaking of good things, we finished the first season of Weeds on DVD last night, and I have to say, I really liked it. Thanks to everyone who recommended it, you were right on the money. Next up? Big Love and The Office. I am hoping for good things. But I will not get my hopes up too high. And maybe I’ll take off my watch, just to be on the safe side.

Okay, enough complaining. Time to go out into the world to be positive and upbeat. And let me begin a big thank you to Cynthia Leitich Smith, who just posted this interview with me on her website. I’m thrilled to be in such good company, with all the other great authors she’s profiled. Thanks, Cynthia!

have a good day, everyone!
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