Life Lessons from ‘The Bishop’s Wife’

My favorite Christmas movie is The Bishop’s Wife. Never heard of it? You’re not alone; I’ve met very few people who have heard of it, let alone seen it. My family first came across The Bishop’s Wife on TV one Christmas and we loved it. Starring our favorite actor Cary Grant (whom my brother writes … Continued

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The ‘A Christmas Carol’ You Should Be Watching

As Christmas approaches, the choice of which Christmas movies to watch over the remaining days looms. One standard selection is Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, but which version? Because the story is in the public domain, there are over a dozen representations out there, from a silent film in 1910 to a Hallmark special in … Continued

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Is Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gay?

It’s bad enough that Halloween has been ruined by overzealous monitors of political correctness, but now even cherished Christmas movies from childhood are being mined for social justice themes. Case in point: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the 1964 television classic which a writer for New York magazine claims is chock full of hidden gay themes. After … Continued

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We Miss “Elf” – and Other Decent Christmas Movies

It’s been thirteen very long years since Will Ferrell donned green tights for Elf. The 2003 comedy quickly became a holiday institution. And for very good reason. It’s funny, endearing, and timeless. Remember Buddy’s four food groups? How he took on one very stewed Santa? What about that angry elf, played by a pre-Game of … Continued

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It’s Still A Wonderful Christmas Movie

Would we be better off without It’s A Wonderful Life? Critics of the 1946 Christmas classic don’t go that far—yet. But their attacks on the Frank Capra-directed, Jimmy Stewart-starring holiday favorite come close, holding its morality dubious and its economics vacuous. Don’t let these naysayers hurl It’s A Wonderful Life into the cold, ever-churning river … Continued

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My Guilty Pleasure: Love Actually

  In his “Mr. Universe” routine, comedian Jim Gaffigan confesses that his biggest guilty pleasure is McDonalds—specifically, McDonalds fries, Big Macs, and milkshakes. Gaffigan’s McDonalds sketch is nine minutes of solid hilarity, but halfway in Gaffigan actually makes a profound observation about the nature of guilty pleasures. I’m tired of people acting like they’re better … Continued

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