On Christmas Day, I saw the remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still in IMAX. The new movie has a few positives (the cool computer-generated Gort, Jennifer Connelly's lovely presence) but overall is an inferior film to the original. I'm not sure I would have even understood the plot had I not seen the Michael Rennie version. And, stunningly, the new version omits the famous line "Klaatu Barada Nikto".
On Monday I was far happier seeing Bolt in 3D. The computer-animated film is about a girl and her dog, both stars of an adventure TV series, who get separated and try to find each other. It's a clever road film with compelling characters, lots of humor, and intelligent use of 3D. And as a bonus, a good new 3D Pixar short film is shown before Bolt. I give this a strong recommendation.
I've been visiting with friends and taking care of household tasks this week. Tonight I'm going to a friend's New Year's Eve Party. Tomorrow I'll eat my traditional good luck black eyed peas and buy some fonts on sale from my favorite foundry. Friday I return to work.