As I’m sure I have made clear, I am a pop culture junkie. I love movies, the theater, television, books, and just about everything else that makes you believe a story. Especially movies. In a not-so-fantastic childhood I was able to escape my own life for hours at a time by living through the characters I saw on the screen. Great 1950s musical stars, old Hollywood contract actresses, even the kooky Helen Hunt in Girls Just Want To Have Fun. Great way of taking your mind off of things.
At no time is there a larger plethora of feel-good movies than during the holiday season. From the classic Dr. Seuss to the lovely Charles Schultz, there are many to choose from. (Side note: Did you know that the Charlie Brown Christmas show was originally an ad for Coca Cola? They took that part out of the now-shown version. Cracks me up. Movie noted for maintaining the true meaning of Christmas was originally a 60-minute commercial.) I have my favorites, of course. But there are a few that don’t exactly thrill me either. I’ve never cared much for Christmas Vacation, for example. I have never cared for the Nutcracker on Ice.. Things like that.
But the one movie that I absolutely cannot stand is It’s a Wonderful Life. Continue reading