Christmas Open Thread

If you're looking for a movie to watch on Christmas, check out Fun with Dick and Jane.  I'm biased, since my brother is one of the screenwriters.  I saw it last night, and it's good.  It's a nice exploration of the crushing of the American dream that Enron and Worldcom represented to so many employees.

Oh, whatever, it's a delightful madcap romp.

Merry Christmas.  Discuss what you like.  And if you have seen it or any other recent movies, chime in on this thread.

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Best underseen film of the year
"A History of Violence".

Beautiful red herring adveritising this fim had.
Underseen, but the best movie I saw all year.  SUPERB acting, every scene is necessary, and, oh yeah, lots of great sex, untraviolence and humor.
And William Hurt in a completely insane role.

While lots of people and critics carp on and on about good but vastly overrated flicks like Syriana, Good Night..., and Ring of Fire...."History of Violence" delivers the goods and then some.

by Sam Loomis 2005-12-24 12:24PM | 0 recs
Best Christmas movie?  That's easy.
"Christmas Vacation".  Not even close.

Mornin'!  Shitter's full!

by Sam Loomis 2005-12-24 12:26PM | 0 recs
seeing as you have an interest
I will go see it.  Wouldn't want to brother to think you hvae no clout whatsoever.

I only see about one movie a year so he should be honored.


by goplies 2005-12-24 02:56PM | 0 recs
Re: seeing as you have an interest
by Matt Stoller 2005-12-24 03:14PM | 0 recs
It's a what?
Matt, did you seriously say that the movie is "a delightful madcap romp"? Now how awesome would it be if the studio decided to put that in the ad?

"It's a delightful madcap romp."
- Matt Stoller,

I wonder if anyone reads film ads closely enough to raise an eyebrow at the Stoller name...

by Scott Shields 2005-12-24 06:01PM | 0 recs
Re: It's a what?
It is a delightful madcap romp.  I doff my cap to the film, indeed.
by Matt Stoller 2005-12-24 08:02PM | 0 recs
If you feel like renting a video
I just saw The Island and it was the best sci-fi futuristic thriller I've seen in a long time.
by Ken Camp 2005-12-24 08:45PM | 0 recs
Christmas Armistice
I worry sometimes about the radical polarization taking place in America. So it is with that in mind, I was just thinking this morning about the passing last month of Alfred Anderson of Scotland, at 109 years old, the last living man who remembers the guns going silent on Christmas Eve, 1914.

A spontaneous truce broke out across German and English lines on Christmas Eve, 1914, when the troops started singing carols to each other. Anderson enlisted in the Army at 18, and fought for two years before being wounded in 1916, then being sent home to Scotland where he took over his father's boat building business.

It was difficult not to be moved, listening to a audio clip of Anderson being interviewed a few years ago talking about the almost sudden and eerie silence over the front, then hearing the sound of Silent Night being sung in German rising softly from the opposing trenches... For me, the meaning and hope of Christmas resides in extraordinary moments like the 1914 Christmas Eve Truce.

It just seems like lately we have become all about our own anger, cyncism and enmity. I want to remember a time when I didn't feel like this all the time, and hope for a day when I can put that all away again.

If soldiers could look across that "short deadly space" of no-man's land and remember their humanity on Christmas, even for just a few hours, then perhaps I can too...

It reminds me of the line from the Tommy Sands song "Roses:" I don't know what the moral is or how the song should end/but I wonder just how many wars are fought between good friends."

Sorry, didn't mean to moralize or bring anyone down... just seems like it's been a while since we've had any light around here...


mojo sends

by vanmojo 2005-12-25 03:37AM | 0 recs
I'm waiting for December 26th....
by Liberal 2005-12-25 09:27AM | 0 recs


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