12/07/2005: Christmas season movies
Over at ReelThoughts, James Berardinelli graces us with his baker's dozen of Christmas seasonal flicks (no permalink; scroll to the post of December 6, 2005). Of the über-Christmas movie of all time (at least in the hearts and minds of Americans), he has this interesting observation:
For those who appreciate sentimental movies, where else to start but It's a Wonderful Life? Personally, I don't consider this to be a Christmas movie, but I can understand why it has been pigeonholed into the category.Actually, my one "can't miss it" Christmas movie isn't really what most people would think of as a Christmas movie: The Thin Man. Probably bespeaks a serious psychological abberation on my part to choose a murder mystery as my all-time favorite Christmas movie, but (1) hey, it's a lighthearted screwball comedy, (2) it is set during the holiday season, and (3) the Christmas morning scene of Nick and Nora Charles enjoying their presents in the living room of their hotel suite is one of the most delightful ever filmed:
Nick Charles: I'm a hero. I was shot 2 times in the Tribune.Though the Christmas party scene set the previous night is certainly another of them, too:
Nora Charles: I read where you were shot 5 times in the tabloids.
Nick Charles: It's not true. He didn't come anywhere near my tabloids.
Reporter: Say listen, is he working on a case?As long as I can give a viewing to The Thin Man and the Chuck Jones version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! my holiday will be complete.
Nora Charles: Yes, he is.
Reporter: What case?
Nora Charles: A case of scotch. Pitch in and help him.
Len on 12.07.05 @ 08:30 AM CST