Wednesday, January 24, 2007

A Long Time Gone...

Happy New Year, my friends! Sorry for the gap in posting, but one of my resolutions is to post more often in 2007. We'll see if it sticks.

November to January was a's a (brief) recap.

Holidays...fried turkey, no burns (thank you, Jesus)...sinus infection ick ick ick... finals for school (did I mention I'm back in school pursuing a Masters in Creative Writing???) visits with babies and presents and puppies, oh my!... Christmas - we got TiVo and my life has been forever changed, hallelujah everybody say cheese...reading, movies, napping (being sick does have its advantages) carpet - an experience not unlike moving as everything must be boxed off the floor including an entire study worth of books and files but the new carpet smells terrific, woohoo!... Ringing in the New Year with champagne and fireworks (I'm a sucker for both)...


...A stomach flu of The Devil Wears Prada variety, although it's possible I might have had cholera...speaking of which, saw "The Painted Veil"- great flick, haunting score, amazing cinematography, where is the nomination?...


...Back in school for the spring semester, loving my classes, am currently reading Emily Dickinson, love her quirky and totally honest angst...still unpacking my study (how many boxes of staples does one person need?)...and in general trying to grab hold of my life.

There. That's about it.

I'll post soon about the best books I read in 2006...and yes, Shannon, Carson McCullers will be there!

Also, the Oscar races are heating up...we must discuss. I'm taking in movies as fast as I can, so far my favorites are Bobby, Notes on a Scandal and the Departed (except for that very last image, and if you've seen the movie you know what it is.)

I'll leave with this quote, a great bookend to my winter break: "Muddy water let stand will clear." (Chinese Proverb.)


Here's to clear waters for us all in 2007!

Question: What's the worst ending to a movie you've ever seen? Posted by Picasa


Blogger dee said...

Long time no blog!!!! Good to hear you are doing well and are so busy. We were about to stage a sleep over at your house just to get the scoop. We still night.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

I love it...the forced coup scoop! Anytime, my friend. Also, got the link to your new editing site...looks terrific. When it goes live, let's do a Q&A on the blog, if you like...(I learned about promotions from this wicked smart writer pal of mine...)

Seen any movies lately?

9:21 AM  
Blogger dee said...

Haven't really had time to watch any movies...very very busy with the ghostwriting and trying to get the new site up....BTW...if you ever need any info on Vedic Astrology, Employee Burnout or Liposuction, I'm your girl.....

4:37 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

That sounds like the start of a comedy...Ghostwriter struggling with burnout consults an astrologist, goes for liposuction and...

9:18 AM  
Blogger ScottM said...

Not the best but the worst ending? I always relish the rare invitation to go to the dark side.

Let me see. The ending to The Departed is certainly up there, and not just the last frame. I did love the scene where Nicholson interrogates DeCaprio and tries to get him to crack, but I digress.

I usually don't actually see bad endings because I have the good sense to abandon a movie after a bad beginning and a bad middle. Sure I miss the occasional comeback, but on the whole I believe I come out ahead with this strategy.

Well, since negativity is the theme of the day, why don't I take a shot at everybody's favorite director and 2004's best movie and put in my vote for Million Dollar Baby as having the worst ending.

It's not that I am against a depressing ending. If the rest of the movie leads there, then I demand it. But Million Dollar Baby didn't need to go there, and when it did, it failed.

It's the story of a woman who can beat everyone in the ring and overcome her poor start in life, but when she's really dealt a tough hand, she bails. Where did that come from? Was this supposed to be a movie about a person who succeeds in the ring but ironically fails in life? That would be fine and very true to life, but not at all what the movie was about until the very end.

We get one little piece of foreshadowing when she tells a story about her Dad shooting a decrepit dog and that's about it.

I guess when Danger gets beat up and runs away I was supposed to sense tragedy lurking.

Suicide, not technically in this case, but for all intents and purposes, in the Dr. Kervorkian sense it was suicide, is an act of weakness even if we look on it sympathetically.

The whole movie she is undaunted, and then she folds. The movie is certainly not inspirational, so what is it about? Just a portrait of a woman who tries and fails? A boxer who gets knocked down and chooses not to get back up? Well, I guess it was different.

11:20 AM  
Blogger Kern said...

The absolute worst ending of all time is Cold Mountain. He should of made it. For the record, I liked the ending of The Departed. The ending of Little Children was also disappointing and hard to buy.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Scott, have to toooootally disagree with you about Million Dollar Baby. Without that ending, how would we have had Meshugena or whatever it is Clint says to her? That was one of my top picks for the year...I thought of it less as her giving up and more of her fighting against her own confinement. I wouldn't have made her choice, but I think it worked for the film.

Cold Mountain? Beautiful movie and the ending, while not what I wanted, was perfect. Makes me want to see it all over again. And, side note, didn't you love Natalie Portman in the widow role?

Worst ending ever (think back with me people) : The Abyss. The whole movie was fluid and mystical, eerie lighting and special effects, otherworldliness...and then at the end that big pink plastic citything breaks the ocean surface and I thought, this has to be a joke. I mean, it looked like something a four-year old made with playdough. So disappointing.

Little Children had its moments, but overall not my favorite. While it works as a sendup of the cliched suburban existence, none of the characters rang completely true to me. Unless you count the pedophile's mama. Her, I liked.

9:44 AM  
Blogger ScottM said...

Unlike the Abyss, Million Dollar Baby admittedly did not have a big pink plastic city thing suddenly smash abruptly into the final scene. I'll give you that. They did a much smoother job of transitioning into their ending. I think what made their ending palatable is just what you said, her suicide was presented somehow as her still fighting in some way, and if you can see it that way, then there is no sudden departure from their characters. But we are being asked to view suicide as "fighting" when traditionally it has been seen as giving up. Label me old school.

There's enough debate surrounding Cold Mountain that I think I might check that one out. Little Children on the other hand, sounds like I didn't miss much.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Hey Britta,

Glad to see you back on the blog! You have inspired me to start again on my own. Stay tuned... As for movies, I also LOVED The Departed. Such a great twist to see both sides of the coin--the cop uncover and his p.o.v. and the "bad guy" undercover as a cop and his p.o.v. If you haven't seen "Little Miss Sunshine" (isn't that the title?), do so soon! It's fantastic! Loved, loved, loved it! I also loved Blood Diamond and hope Leo wins the Oscar for his part in it, as well as the guy who is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Can't recall his name, but he was fab. Next, I want to see "The Queen" or "Queen" whatever it is called. to blog...

Happy New Year,


5:50 PM  
Blogger Britta Coleman said...

Hi Jenny! Thanks for the welcome back...blogging is great, when I remember to do it! On movies, yes Blood Diamond and the Queen are on my list too, as is Letters from Iwo Jima.

I loved Little Miss Sunshine too...Alan Arkin made the film. Greg Kinnear is a favorite of mine - I've been a fan since he hosted the snarky Talk Soup.

Happy New Year right back atcha.

6:07 AM  

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