Published on: December 19, 2003"Something's Gotta Give" is a movie that proves two things.
One is that Jack Nicholson is the coolest guy on the planet. Bar none. In this very funny romantic comedy, there is no moment - even while his character is suffering a heart attack - that you don't wonder how he manages to be so cool, so self-assured, so absolutely in love with his own life.
The other is that Diane Keaton is every bit as sexy and desirable as she was in "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan." Now in her fifties, she is wonderful as the mother of Nicholson's twenty-something girlfriend who suddenly finds herself the object of Nicholson's (and Keanu Reeves') affection.
This is a grown-up movie about grownups. Sure, it is light and fluffy and a Hollywood romantic comedy. But it is about as much fun as you’re going to have at the movies this year…at least if you are over 40.
Some wonderful wines to talk about this week…
We really liked a 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile's Casa Julia. This is a rich wine that we had with pizza, and the fruit seemed to counter-balance it nicely.
Also excellent was a 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon from Ramsay in the Napa Valley, which is rich and thick - great with steak or lamb.
And we also enjoyed a 2000 Claret "Wild Card" from Murphy-Goode…which we just sipped while reading a good book in front of the fire (during last weekend's blizzard).
Finally, about that good book…
We finally found the time to read Jane Leavy's excellent "Sandy Koufax: A Lefty's Legacy," which is far more than a biography of the famed Dodger southpaw. It also is a meditation on growing up in Brooklyn in the forties and fifties, and on the nature of celebrity and dignity, and about a life lived in context and with perspective. We love baseball, but we think this book would be of interest even to people who are not baseball fans, because Koufax is a figure with broader symbolic meaning. Good stuff.
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