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The Road to El Dorado

This is one of the movies I quote the most. I can’t help it. Kenneth Branagh and Kevin Kline have so much fun bantering and both are so witty that they can’t help but spew scads of quotable nonsense. Sure, The Road to El Dorado is a silly movie, but the two leads elevate it to something wonderful.

Miguel (Kenneth Branagh) and his partner Tulio (Kevin Kline) are Spanish conmen/adventurers. Through a series of misadventures (involving a pair of loaded dice, a treasure map and two barrels of pickles) they end up on a ship bound for the New World. Since Miguel is an optimistic dreamer and Tulio is a gold-hungry schemer, they go searching for the mythical city of gold, El Dorado. And wouldn’t you know it, they actually find the place! Due to an ancient prophecy, our hapless heroes are mistaken for gods by the natives, and with the help of a surprisingly streetsmart young lady named Chel (Rosie Perez), they struggle to keep the pretense going long enough to get a load of gold and escape back to Spain.

As I said before, the cast really makes this movie. I think they pretty much put Kevin and Kenneth in a room with props and a microphone and told them to go to town. It’s awesome. (On a side note: my friend Sarah and I used to call ourselves Miguel and Tulio…I was Tulio, not because I’m a ruthless schemer, but because I have dark hair…honestly…)

Catherine Arley 807

This is one of Catherine Arley’s fantastic holographic polishes, a shimmery gold. This picture is two coats and a topcoat. Gold really isn’t my color, but look at this! It’s just so pretty, right? The application was a little bit streaky, but once it dried, that pretty much disappeared. ~K


The Family Man & Misa Epiphany

The Family Man

The Family Man is kind of like a reverse It’s a Wonderful Life, only instead of a man with a fulfilled life that he doesn’t fully appreciate, Jack (Nicholas Cage) is a financially successful man lacking in all of the important things. When he has a run-in with a mysterious, possibly angelic person (Don Cheadle) he gets a glimpse of what his life might have been like if he’d stayed with his college girlfriend (tea Leoni)and had a family. Suddenly, Jack is the father of two, works as a tire salesman and lives in suburbia. At first, he is freaked out and searches desperately for a way back into his old life, but eventually…well, you can probably work out what happens.

It’s nice to see Nicholas Cage playing relatively normal (and without a distracting hairdo to boot), but I have to say that Tea Leoni is perfect as his girlfriend/wife Kate. She has sort of an ageless, old Hollywood quality about her. I’m surprised she hasn’t been in more movies.

Danny Elfman’s score is good, but it often reminds me of his far superior work in Edward Scissorhands and I can’t help but think he is better suited to more whimsical films than this.

As I mentioned, this movie had a lot in common with It’s a Wonderful Life, but this isn’t your parents Frank Capra, people. There is swearing, infidelity, nudity and quite a bit of sex (talk, if not the actual deed). And the angel isn’t a lovable Clarence type so much as a terrifying, match to a powder keg type. Despite it’s title, this one isn’t for the whole family. Just keep that in mind when you’re looking for something festive to watch.

Misa Epiphany

This picture is 2 coats of Misa’s Epiphany from their most recent fall collection. This is a really unusual shade because it is banana yellow, but the gold shimmer in it is so thick that it makes it look like a speckly gold. The formula was great (as was the formula of all the colors in this collection) and definitely a worthwhile purchase if you’re looking for an unusual twist on a classic. ~K

The Grinch

This is another one of those movies that everyone hates and I love. My brother and I can pretty much quote all of The Grinch between the two of us. If you watched the cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’ timeless classic when you were a kid, you already know the plot, but in this Ron Howard directed version, the backstory of that grumpy Grinch is explored while Cindy Lou searches for her own Christmas spirit.

Jim Carrey is perfect as the Grinch. He’s virtually unrecognizable under all of that green makeup and fur, but that manic energy he brings to all of his roles is instantly familiar. I think Ron Howard pretty much gave him free rein while the cameras rolled. There’s a lot of randomness, and if you know me, you know I love randomness. The rest of the cast is pretty much playing straight man to Mr. Carrey.

Taylor Momsen is adorable as little Cindy Lou (too bad she’s grown up to be so scary) and Bill Irwin and Molly Shannon are both excellent as Cindy Lou’s sorta oblivious parents.

The truly neat thing about this film is the production design. There are tons of things to look at in every shot, and after hundreds of views, I’m still not sure I’ve seen all of the neat little touches. And James Horner’s score switches between majestic and silly with complete ease. There’s a reason he’s one of the greatest film score composers out there.

Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly

I had to do a green polish for this one, obviously. This is Color Club’s Ho-Ho-Holly from this year’s winter collection. It’s a lovely deep green and gold foil. This picture is 2 coats and a topcoat. This was a pretty great collection, although I’ve seen several pretty close copycats to this very shade from other cosmetic companies. ~K

Return to Me & OPI Bastille My Heart

My father loves romantic comedies.  They are by far his favorite genre.  When I was in high school, my dad fell in love with Bonnie Hunt’s Return to Me.  He loved it so much that he had to get the soundtrack and use it as his alarm.  All of we siblings recall with a mixture of loathing and affection, Dean Martin crooning “Reeeturnn to meee!”  magically throughout the entire house at 6 am every morning.

Even though the soundtrack got a little old, I also have always loved this movie.  I think the plot is a tad hokey and super farfetched; however, the characters are just stupendous.  Bonnie Hunt and her writing partner, Don Lake, must have had so much fun creating and layering these characters.  Add to that an entire cast that not only dives right into their individual characters, but does so with such amazing gusto.  It’s almost like these people are too zany to be fictitious characters.

Bob Rueland (David Duchovny) is an architect and happily married to a beautiful zoologist (Joely Richardson).  Grace Briggs (Minnie Driver) is in a hospital dying of heart disease.  After a tragic car accident, Bob finds himself a widower, but Grace is finally able to receive a heart transplant.  A year later, Bob finally agrees to go on a blind date and of course he falls hard—not for his crass date, but the spunky waitress.  Of course, the spunky waitress is Grace, who is working in her grandfather’s restaurant.  They go on a successful first date, with a rather hilarious ending, and many more follow.  One night, Grace finds a letter at Bob’s house, a letter that she wrote to the family of the donor after her heart transplant.

As I said, all of the actors are fantastic and I just don’t have time to tell you how wonderful everyone is, but trust me, they are wonderful.  Bonnie Hunt and Jim Belushi are terrific as a wacky married couple, as is David Allen Greer as Bob’s best friend.  The real stars, though, are the quartet of elderly widower’s, including Grace’s grandpa: Carroll O’Connor, Robert Loggia, Eddie Jones, and William Bronder.  Two Irishmen, a Polishman and an Italian who only agree on one thing, that Ella Fitzgerald is the greatest female singer.

Since the crux of this movie is a heart, I thought a polish with heart in the title would be appropriate, hence OPI’s Bastille My Heart (from 2008’s La Collection de France).  This polish is a shimmery burgundy, and quite pretty.  This picture is two coats and a top coat.  The formula is quite good; I might have gotten away with only one coat, but the more coats, the deeper the color. ~E

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