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My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Andrew Jackson in Movies

I recently finished “American Lion”, a book by Jon Meacham about Andrew Jackson’s White House years, and found it riveting. Jackson was the seventh President of the United States and Meacham really takes us to the calamity of Washington in those days, going through every crisis of Jackson’s tenure and making it clear to us just … Continue reading Andrew Jackson in Movies

It’s a Wonderful Life: Wing and a Prayer

IT’S A WONDERFUL LAUGH! IT’S A WONDERFUL LOVE! This Christmas I decided to catch Frank Capra’s last masterpiece again. Having seen it several times before, I knew what to expect. It’s a great story and I was instantly drawn into it once again. Still, I thought I was much too jaded, that I would resist … Continue reading It’s a Wonderful Life: Wing and a Prayer

Dinner at Eight: Touched by the Depression

The same year as George Cukor delivered an excellent version of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” he also found the time to make this adaptation of a 1932 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Unlike the Alcott story, this one was a modern depiction of the “problems” facing the upper class. There’s a … Continue reading Dinner at Eight: Touched by the Depression