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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #28

It’s A Wonderful Life

Image“What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.”

Today is Thanksgiving.  Thanksgiving is my Christmas; it is the Disney World of Holidays (the happiest day of the year) THEREFORE, I get the day off from writing anything important (except my novel, which I need to finish).  Watch this movie.  You already know why.


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #27

The Philadelphia Story
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“Young man, remove yourself!”

 

    In high school, I had to watch The Philadelphia Story for a class.  I completely fell in love with the characters – and the actors who play them – and how they all worked with and played off of each other.  With an all-star cast, it is definitely in my top 100 must-see movies of all time.  It’s hilarious and dramatic.  The word-vomit that spews from the lips of these characters is brilliant and refreshing.  
    From what I’ve read about this week’s movies, Hepburn was not a joy to work with, especially for directors.  However, she did have quite a few scripts written for her, it seems, including this one.  Grant, on the other hand, seemed to have been very easy to work with, for everyone, and donated his salary from this film to the British War Relief Society.  Stewart won Best Actor at the academy awards, and the film also won Best Adapted Screenplay.


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #26

Harvey
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“Nobody ever brings anything small into a bar.”

 

   A púca is a mythical being said to bring good and/or bad fortune.  Púcas were said to be able to change shapes and would appear in the shape of a horse, goat or rabbit.  Quite possibly a giant rabbit, standing beside a light post.  
    Last year, my mother got me an amazing birthday present and took me to go ese Harvey, starring Jim Parsons, in New York City.  It was an amazing experience, and she was so great to go with me.  Parsons did an amazing job in that role, as he always does.  He’s a fantastic actor.  You could tell that he was patterning his performance after Jimmy Stewart’s performance, which was not his best idea.  Stewart was absolutely flawless in that role; every line sounded like it originated in his own head, and every movement and reaction seemed effortless.
    This is one of the most quotable movies I’ve seen; the writing is deep and brilliant.  Elwood P. Dowd proves to be one of the gentlest and sweetest characters in cinematic history.  If you have not yet seen this movie, you should.  There’s a chance it will change your outlook on life, or at least open your mind a bit. 

Now more than ever, watch Harvey.