29 October 2011

Weekend Cooking: Year of the Comet (Film)

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I don't know about you, but I've been a Tim Daly fan for years. Do you remember him in the television show Wings? When I learned he had the starring role in the 1992 movie Year of the Comet, I knew I had to see it.

I've watched this film a few times over the years, and the pairing of Daly with Penelope Ann Miller doesn't disappoint. It's a fun romantic comedy centered around a gigantic bottle of wine produced over a hundred years ago. Here's the summary from IMDb:
An extremely rare bottle of wine (bottled during the appearance of the Great Comet of 1811) is discovered. Margaret Harwood is sent to retrieve it so it can be sold at auction. Oliver Plexico is assigned as her travel guide/bodyguard for the trip. However, other people desperately want the bottle and will stop at nothing to get it. A simple little trip becomes an international chase.
The screenplay was written by none other than William Goldman (Stepford Wives; Misery). It was no accident that Goldman picked 1811 as the vintage for wine that stars in the movie; apparently it was considered perhaps the greatest year ever for European wines. Yes The Year of the Comet is predictable, but it's also funny and perfect for escape viewing while drinking your own $9 bargain wine at home.

I had a surprisingly difficult time tracking down an embeddable trailer. If you get an ad, don't hesitate to click "skip this ad" and get right to the movie clip. I don't know if it's just my computer, but the sound seems to be a bit unsynched.

YEAR OF THE COMET: Movie Trailer. Watch more top selected videos about: Louis Jourdan, Tim Daly

Unfortunately, I didn't find a copy on Netflix, so I hope it's still available for rental. I wonder why this movie seems to have fallen off the radar--have you seen it?


Lisa@ButteryBooks 10/29/11, 7:48 AM  

Love Tim Daly...sans moustache. I thought it was Sean Penn when I first looked at him. I have never heard of this movie, but it sounds like a good one. Does Tim Daly shave his moustache at any point in the movie? That would be nice.

TheBookGirl 10/29/11, 8:09 AM  

I loved Wings, to the point where I still watch the re-runs when I can find them :)

I like Tim Daly but have never seen this movie, will have to check it out. I remember how surprised I was when I found out that he and Tyne Daly are related.

caite 10/29/11, 8:11 AM  

oh yes...old enough to remember Wings..

sounds fun. what was it I saw recently where they went to all this trouble to get this old, expensive bottle of wine and when they did and opened it...vinegar!

Beth Hoffman 10/29/11, 8:55 AM  

I must be living under a rock! Until today I've never heard of this movie, but the trailer made me laugh, so now it's on my "must see" list.

Happy weekend!

bermudaonion 10/29/11, 9:15 AM  

I'm a Tim Daly fan too, but it seems odd to see him with a mustache. The countryside in that video is gorgeous.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 10/29/11, 10:10 AM  

Tim Daly fan here, too! You don't hear much of Penelope Ann Miller these days. I'll be on the lookout for this one, I love a good romantic comedy.

Julie Goucher 10/29/11, 10:41 AM  

Like Beth, I am living under a rock and had never heard of this. The film looks good. Wonder if the video rental place as a copy?

Zibilee 10/29/11, 10:54 AM  

I used to love Wings as well, and really like Daly, but have never heard of this movie before. It sounds like something that I would really enjoy, but I don't know how I could get my hands on a copy!

Julie P. 10/29/11, 10:56 AM  

I'm with some others -- I've never heard of this one either, but I do like Tim Daly a lot!

Belle Wong 10/29/11, 11:31 AM  

I haven't seen this movie, but it does sound like a lot of fun!

Heather S-G 10/29/11, 12:42 PM  

Oh, this is one haven't seen or even heard of. I've got to find it!

Alex 10/29/11, 12:55 PM  

I like Tim Daly but my daughter absolutely loves him. I think I will track down a copy of this movie for her and put it the next care package I sent to her in China.
Thanks for this great idea.

Margot 10/29/11, 1:06 PM  

I'm not sure how I missed this movie but I did. It looks so sweet and fun. Now I'm off to find it.

Peggy@Faithful Friend Cafe 10/29/11, 4:54 PM  

I love Tim Daly too and never saw this movie will check it out on netflix.

Esme 10/29/11, 5:26 PM  

You always find the best food movies.

Cath @ Constance Reader 10/29/11, 8:39 PM  

Love Tim Daly, with or without moustache. I used to watch Wings as a kid just because I loved him so. The fact that I have never seen this movie is a travesty. Must remedy posthaste!

Uniflame 10/30/11, 3:32 AM  

I am not sure if I know him. Anyway, food movies are mostly good :)

Peppermint Ph.D. 10/30/11, 9:27 AM  

I've never seen this movie nor even heard of it...but I'm searching for it now...looks like a feel-good keeper! :)

Meg @ A Bookish Affair 10/30/11, 9:46 AM  

I haven't heard of that movie!

Peaceful Reader 10/30/11, 11:57 AM  

This movie sounds good. I remember him in Wings-adorable show.

Gilion at Rose City Reader 10/30/11, 1:34 PM  

I remember that movie! Time for a re-watch. My favorite Tim Daly movie will always be Diner, maybe because it is my favorite movie, with or without him. But he is so adorable in it.

Now I plan to make a batch of the caramel corn from my WC post and watch this movie. A perfect afternoon.

Daryl 10/31/11, 10:31 AM  

I hope this qualifies

Susan,  11/4/11, 1:28 AM  

It's funny you just wrote this, the movie was on Movieplex on cable tonight. My husband and I thought it was a cute chick flick. I would recommend to anyone that watches it to read about the movie after. If you're into the movies there's some interesting background stuff.

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