National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, 97 minutes) at the American
Center, 44, Galle Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
The Griswold family has yet another family adventure from hell and this
movie has all the clichés. Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) desperately
wants to have the greatest Christmas ever and hosts his extended
dysfunctional and quirky family in an attempt to share the holiday
spirit. He expends considerable effort on the Christmas lighting for his
house but can’t seem to get it to work. As he desperately tries to get
the lights working, his wife’s (Beverly DAngelo) idiot cousin Eddy
(Randy Quaid) and his bizarre family -- including their pet dog, Snots
-- show up uninvited and unexpected. Things go from bad to worse in a
hurry. Clark’s secret Christmas present to the family is a swimming pool
which he intends to pay for using his Christmas bonus from his employer
but he’s financially overextended because he had to put down a huge
deposit. When the bonus turns out not to be the financial blessing he
expected, the stress becomes too much and he goes nuts (and gives us one
of the all-time classic movie monologues).
White Christmas (1954, 120 minutes) at the American Center, 44, Galle
Road, Colombo 3, at 6 p.m.
This is one of those movies you can just enjoy without having to think
about why the characters act the way they do. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye
play nightclub entertainers Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, while Rosemary
Clooney and Vera-Ellen are cast as singing-sister act Betty and Judy.
The foursome travel to Vermont to visit Bob and Phil’s World War II
commanding officer, General Waverly, who now runs a rustic old inn.
Discovering that the general is in dire financial straits, the four
entertainers secretly make plans to bail the old guy out with a big
musical show, enlisting the aid of Bob and Phil’s army buddies. Corny in
the extreme, White Christmas evidently struck a responsive note with
film fans; it was the high-grossing picture of 1954, and a decade later
proved to be a ratings bonanza when it was given its network-TV
premiere. Of the four stars, Crosby comes off best, especially when
singing the title song at the beginning and end of the film; Kaye is a
bit overshadowed this time out, though he’s quite funny camping it up in
a “drag” version of Irving Berlin’s “Sisters.”
Noel by Chazz Palminteri (2004) at the Russian Centre, Colombo, at 5.
In the Christmas Eve in New York, the lonely divorced publisher Rose
Collins expects for a miracle to improve the health of her mother,
interned in a hospital with Alzheimer. She feels sorry for the patient
of the room in front of her mother’s and meets his visitor. Meanwhile,
the Latin Nina Vasquez breaks her engagement with her beloved fiancé
Mike due to his suffocating jealousy, but misses him. Mike is stalked by
the stranger bartender Artie Venzuela. The poor Jules expects to spend
the Christmas night in the hospital, where he spent the best Christmas
of his life when he was a teenager. The lives of some of these
characters cross with others along the night.
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker Penelope Cruz and Alan Arkin.
For further details, call Russian Centre on 2685429, 2685440.
Ponds to work its miracle on Sri Lankan women
Unilever Sri Lanka launched its premium Ponds Age Miracle range
St. Peter’s Golden Jubilee celebrations
St. Peter’s College 1958 Junior A classmates will hold a social
get-together for the 50 years of friendship, at George Kulatunga’s
Residence, at 58, Pirivena Road, Rathmalana, at 6:30 p.m. For more
information contact: Anton De Mel at 2732326.
Hillwood’s Clarence Memorial Building designated
By Hafiz Marikar
The Clarence Memorial Administration Building and the Staff Room of
Hillwood College, Kandy which is over 125 years, was built by Elizabeth
Bellerby, the first lady missionary of the Church of Missionary Society
in Kandy. It was given a face lift and refurbished to conform to its
designation as a historical building, by the present principal,
The building was re-dedicated recently by the Bishop of Kurunagala, Rt.
Rev. Kumara Illangasinghe, who is the Chairman of Board of Governors and
Rev. Paul Watson of the Church Missionary Society of England.
107th Nativity Play
Idama Juvenile Carol Group creates record
Idama Juvenile Carol Group of Moratuwa recently performed the
Nativity Play for the 107th time. It is the longest-standing Nativity
Play run in Sri Lanka.
Free copies of Temple Telephone Directory
(Western Province) available
The third and expanded edition of the Temple Telephone Directory
(Western Province) was launched recently at the Sri Lanka Institute of
Tourism and Hotel Management, No. 78, Galle Road, Colombo 3.
Preserving Heritage for Tomorrow
In recognition of the importance of creating awareness on
conservation of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Sri Lanka Telecom with the
Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka (FOGSL) is continuing its
Preserving Heritage for Tomorrow programme for the third consecutive
The organisation provides the necessary knowledge and guidance by
engaging schools in a series of workshops, which are done onsite.
Teaching workshop for French teacher trainees
A teaching workshop for French Language Teacher Trainees from
Pasdunrata National College of Education was held from December 8 to 12,
at the Peradeniya National College of Education. This programme was
organised by the French Teachers Association in collaboration with the
Embassy of France and the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka. The
teaching workshops were proposed to 60 trainees of the first two intakes
of Pasdunrata College of Education and were conducted by Dominique Thizy,
Anne-Claire Ravenelle and Anne Leroux, experts sent from the Institut de
Touraine, a prestigious French language centre in Tours, France.
This special project took place as a result of the MoU signed between
the French Embassy and the Ministry of Education in Sri Lanka on the
French teaching in Sri Lanka.
Dr. Sanjiva Wijesinha’s latest book Friends was launched last week
and the first copy was presented to his ‘oldest friend’, Dr. Sam
Dr Sanjiva Wijesinha - doctor, army officer, journalist, university
lecturer and inveterate traveller - has enjoyed a rewarding and
multifaceted career spent in various parts of the world. Educated in
Colombo, Oxford and Melbourne, he has been a children’s surgeon, a
family physician, a member of UNESCO’s 1990 Silk Route expedition as
well as a long-standing columnist for magazines and newspapers in Sri
Lanka and Australia.
The Bharatha Natya Arangetram of Nirupama Jayasundara, daughter of
Abeyratne Jayasundara and Renuka Jayasundara of Nugegoda will be held at
the Bishop’s College, Auditorium, at 6:15 p.m. She followed this course
under Subashini Pathmanathan of Indian Cultural Centre and Vimalothaya
Classical Bharatha Natya Kendra. Nirupama is a student of St. Bridget’s
Convent and Colombo International School, Colombo 7.
Voice of Praise at the Hilton Colombo
Carols or any other festive songs during this Christmas Season is an
essential part of the fun and festivity of Christmas. It definitely
enhances the Christmas spirit.
Hilton Colombo’s Thorana Lounge is proud to present Voice of Praise
choir led by Denham Pereira from the 21 to 24 of December from 8 p.m. to
‘Creation Is Never Ending’ organised by the Krishnamurti Centre, at the
Public Library, Colombo 7, at 10:30 a.m.
‘A Tale of Two Cities’ – A documentary in English (60 minutes) at the
Indian Cultural Centre, at 6 p.m.