What a day for movies on television.
During the afternoon, TCM showed 'The Lion in Winter', an absolute classic and one I feel remiss in not including on my favorite movies list. What a treat; what acting, what writing, what everything, just a fantastic film. Makes you hope the people who lived those lives were half as entertaining for their own sakes.
Then in the evening for our bad movie experience of the weekend, my girlfriend and I watched 'Ba'al, The Storm God' on that always sure to please SciFi, errrrrr, SyFy Channel. They certainly have their tag line accurate: Imagine Greater. How apt, cause everytime I watch SciFi, errrrrr, SyFy Channel, I inevitibly imagine how much greater what I watched could have been. This gem had at the tip of its iceberg Sumerians in the Arctic and the Western US; archeologists who get dates and cultures so horribly wrong you'd think those in that field make the crap up as they go so long as the names sound 'cool'; and a badly used character who wore corporal stripes on his sleeves, had captains bars on his collar, and was referred to throughout as Lieutenant. The least they could have done with that particular fiasco is call him Corporal Captain as a nod to MASH, but no such luck. Yep, I'm imagining greater alright.
Fortunately for me, my girlfriend left a stocking stuffer out and when I saw it she just shugged her shoulders and popped the 'Brazil' DVD in rather than wrap it for later. From excellent to abysmal to marvelous, quite the range.