Tag Archives: Christmas

Miracle on 34th Street

EXPERIENCE THE MIRACLE.  A remake of the 1947 Christmas classic where a department store event director (Elizabeth Perkins) hires a friendly, helpful old man (Richard Attenborough) to be Santa… but then he turns out to actually believe in the myth. The film tries to update the story a little bit, but still goes for an … Continue reading Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

Macy’s event director Doris Walker (Maureen O’Hara) hires Kris Kringle (Edmund Gwenn) as a santa, first for the Thanksgiving Day Parade and then at the Macy’s store… but it turns out that Kringle actually believes that he’s Santa. A perennial Christmas classic, a cute story about a jolly, elder man who is a real believer … Continue reading Miracle on 34th Street

Eyes Wide Shut

After attending a Christmas party that results in an argument with his wife (Nicole Kidman), New York doctor Bill Harford (Tom Cruise) leaves their apartment and is ultimately tempted to go to a mysterious engagement at a country mansion… Stanley Kubrick’s last movie became his biggest commercial hit because of the leads’ star charisma and … Continue reading Eyes Wide Shut

A Christmas Carol

GREATER THAN DAVID COPPERFIELD! The cheap and miserable old Scrooge (Reginald Owen) is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former business partner who tells him that three more spirits are coming. Hollywood’s first prominent screen adaptation of the Dickens story has fallen in the shadow of the British Scrooge (1951) and is … Continue reading A Christmas Carol

Joyeux Noël: One Night of Peace

WITHOUT AN ENEMY THERE CAN BE NO WAR.  2015 has in many ways been an awful year, with heinous terrorist acts, a never-ending war in Syria, a refugee crisis in Europe, and a resurgent far-right movement visible not only on that continent but also in the U.S. Republican primaries. This planet needs a big hug… … Continue reading Joyeux Noël: One Night of Peace

Trading Places

THEY’RE NOT JUST GETTING RICH… THEY’RE GETTING EVEN. Two wealthy brothers (Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche) make a wager where they scheme to have two men (one rich, one poor) switch places in life – what will be the outcome? An old formula for this comedy, but in the hands of John Landis it still feels … Continue reading Trading Places

Joy

After the wacky American Hustle (2013), director David O. Russell reverted to a more solid kind of storytelling along the lines of his The Fighter (2011). This is the real-life story of Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), the hard-luck, single mom who invented the Miracle Mop and struggled to get her business off the ground. The … Continue reading Joy

The Night Before

THREE WISE MEN. ONE WILD CHRISTMAS.  Three best friends (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie) are going out on Christmas Eve in New York City as they always do… but a fourteen-year long tradition is about to end. The director and stars of 50/50 (2011) are reunited for a comedy that looks like they usually … Continue reading The Night Before

Carol: The Price of Love

SOME PEOPLE CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER.  In 1952, Patricia Highsmith was known as a mystery writer, having written a now-classic novel called “Strangers on a Train”, which had been filmed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. Her fans expected crime fiction, which is partly why Highsmith’s next novel was released under a pseudonym – and by … Continue reading Carol: The Price of Love