Merry Christmas to all.
Almost everyone is asleep here, so I have a little time to tack up something.
Christmas is a big moviegoing day, which is due in no small part to the flood of new releases in theaters. The studios unwrap their prestige pictures for the general public's consumption, which means the country can celebrate the holiday with such downbeat fare like COLD MOUNTAIN and HOUSE OF SOUND AND FOG. I think COLD MOUNTAIN is good, and HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG. Still, these are weighty films that aren't going to buoy your holiday spirit.
If you're going to go to the movies today or tomorrow, a better seasonal option is ELF. Will Ferrell is a scream as a human who has been raised at the North Pole by elves and believes he is one. ELF also contains one of my favorite scenes of the year, Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel's blissful rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside". The movie will leave you with a smile, and it's fun, and appropriate, for the whole family.