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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Need a movie for the holidays?

I don't do culture moments too often, but it's December 27th and I'm in the mood...

If you've had enough of Charlie Brown's Christmas and The Grinch (or even It's A Wonderful Life)...but still want to sit in front of the TV with a movie - try OFF THE MAP. It's a sweet, quirky and moving flik. It stars Sam Elliott and Joan Allen and takes place in remote New Mexico.

Briefly: a woman is remembering a time in the early 70's when she was 12 years old and her father was struck down with a bout of depression. Don't worry, while this movie does delve into depression in a touching way, you're going to want it to go on after the credits end...

Amazing colours in New Mexico and truly amazing acting. (The young girl is played by Valentina de Angelis, who is new to me and a disarmingly good actress.)

If you see it (or have seen it) - feel free to leave a note.

Comments:
Yum Yum to Sam Elliott, and I must say I do like flicks but mostly you have it( chick flicks are the best) the last great movie must be Named Just like Heaven with Reese Witherspoon. Much laughter heard through out the theater. I even heard some baratones. The laughter where in short burst so you would not miss the next giggle squence.

Have a Happy New Year
 
I'm adding it to my blockbuster list. I like Sam Elliott. Thanks.
 
You forgot to mention Amy Brenneman and J. K. Simmons. Also the 4 stars by Roger Ebert. It just moved to the top of the list.
 
This is one of my all time favorite movies!! Thanks for reminding me of it.
 
thanks Gary. I'm always on the lookout for good film recommendations.
 
Interesting blog, thanks for stopping by, I will check you out again as well.
And ya
I have ALL the Ian Rankin books. ove him.
 
I first watched this gem several months ago. It has become one of my all-time favorites!
 
Sounds like a great movie, Gary. Wish I'd read your blog before I went to rent videos. I'll have to get it next week. I love Sam Elliott, and I think movies about mental illness are interesting.
 

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