Yikes, I can tell it's been extra-long since I blogged—Typepad required me to log in! Sorry, to all eight of my readers, for the unannounced hiatus.
I hope everyone out there in Internetland had a lovely Christmas yesterday! In keeping with official Jewish regulations tradition, we hit the movie theater and then the Chinese restaurant. Julie and Steph saw "Frozen" in 3D. They really liked it but said that it was sad. I said, "Oh, a Disney movie? So one of the parents dies, right?" They replied, "Both of the parents die!" I swear, there isn't enough therapy in the world for the writers of Disney movies—parent issues galore.*
Andy, Pete, and I saw "American Hustle," which was a blast. It was one of the most entertaining movies I've seen in a good long time. The blackish humor was exactly my favorite brand. Christian Bale continues to amaze me with his range; here he plays a paunchy, good-hearted con man who gets in over his head (it's a fictionalized retelling of the 1978 ABSCAM operation). The rest of the cast—Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Louis CK, even DeNiro in an excellent cameo—are all stellar. It was the first time I'd seen Lawrence or Cooper; Pete says I need to see "Silver Linings Playbook" now.
What did you all do?
*Two related anecdotes:
(1) When the kids were at the age when they watched "Finding Nemo" 50 times a day (or so it seemed), I used to put in the DVD and, instead of hitting PLAY, I'd skip past the first section to the part where Nemo is shouting "First day of school! First day of school!" I saw no need for the kids to watch the completely unnecessary part where a barracuda dives in and kills the mother and all Nemo's siblings. I still cannot imagine why they felt it was necessary to begin the movie that way—it has no bearing on the plot whatsoever. They could have still easily had the entire story unfold as it does, with the father overprotective of Nemo because of his tiny fin. As one friend said, "Why couldn't the mom have just been off at fishy grad school instead?" Years later, I nearly laughed myself off the couch when an episode of "The Simpsons" had Milhouse flashing back to when he was a toddler and instead of asking his mother to start "Finding Nemo," he pressed PLAY himself and saw that horrible opening scene for the first time. So, me and Milhouse's mom, we see eye to eye.
(2) The same friend who made the crack about fishy grad school remembered her son watching "The Lion King" for the first time. Afterward, he asked her, "So ... that would be like if Uncle Kevin killed Dad, right?" Right, kid. Thanks again, Disney.