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Sunday Open Thread

Adoration of the Magi by Rembrandt van Rijn

Adoration of the Magi by Rembrandt van Rijn

Sunday Gospel

3D Weekend Five: Specially Christmas Specials

A catch-all for hymn/secular singin’/TV ep/movie/character/scene favorites for this time of the year.

5.  Feliz Navidad (Jose Feliciano): Because there’s such joy — and even a Yee-haw! (close enough) — in his singing.  Plus which, I finally figured out that the words I mumbled over are “prospero ano y felicidad“, so now I can sing the whole thing.

4.  Harry Bailey’s toast (It’s a Wonderful Life): “To my big brother George: the richest man in town!”  All that’s wonderful comes before it, yet a self-centered minor character delivers the film’s biggest truth.

3.  Silent Night (Wilson Phillips):  A pop trio harmonizing on the simplest & sweetest of Christmas songs, simply and sweetly.

2.  A Charlie Brown Christmas:  I love every scene, but Linus’ scripture recital (“…for I bring you good tidings of a great joy…”) blows me away every time.  A low bow to Charles Schulz for not letting the network, his producers, or his closest friends talk him out of cutting that moment.  Hey, Sony! pull up a chair.

1.  Alastair Sim’s Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol, 1951):  This will come as a surprise to no one. I’m quite put out with TCM’s programmers, who left out (by their own admission!!) the greatest film Scrooge ever during last week’s night of adaptations.  Seymour Hicks looks like a cartoon; Reginald Owen overdoes it; Albert Finney’s older Scrooge wears a hunchback & a sour-lemon expression throughout.  It’s Sim whose elegant, handsome countenance gives us a man believable transformed.

 

Saturday Open Thread

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From The Trailer Park…American Sniper

I don’t know about anyone else, but the dust was really bad in the room when I watched this…

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Friday Open Thread

From the Trailer Park — ’71


This looks like the “must see film” of 2015 to me.

A young British soldier is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast in 1971. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.

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Thursday Open Thread

First Lady Grace Coolidge, Santa Claus, and children next to Christmas tree. 1927

First Lady Grace Coolidge, Santa Claus, and children next to Christmas tree. 1927