Lea and I try to have a date every couple of months, but unfortunately there is often significant deviation between desired and actual scheduling. Tonight was our first one since December 30–ouch. I hope it’s not so long to the next one.
First up was dinner at Carrabba’s, where I had the lobster ravioli and Lea had the chicken and spinach cannelloni. Both were outstanding–and they still had some Olde Towne Bock draft, too! We shared a pineapple/banana/strawberry cake situation for dessert, which was also quite good.
Then, we went to Rave to get our escapism on. Die Hard is one of my favorite films of all time, and I was pleased with the quality of both Die Hard 2 and Die Hard: With a Vengeance. I can report that Live Free or Die Hard is also worthy. (There aren’t often films anymore that both Lea and I have a strong desire to see, so it was a slam-dunk selection.)
It’s not flawless. The dialogue is a bit strained in a couple of places, and Timothy Olyphant was in way over his head trying to play this villain. But overall, it works as an excellent throwback action thriller updated with technology, both in the plot and the special effects. There are definitely some scenes that make it worth seeing on the big screen, and the digital projection and sound were marvelous. (And Mary Elizabeth Winstead isn’t at all difficult to look at.)
All in all, we made excellent use of five or so hours this evening.