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The Christmas Hit List

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Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, Christmahannukwanzaka is upon us. And of course, stores all around us have been prepping for it since the day after Halloween. That means it’s officially the time of year where TV and theaters will inundate the public with Christmas-themed entertainment, insuring that we’ll all have the hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fuckin’ Kaye. If you’re like me, you’re more than happy to partake. Here’s the hit list of Christmas movies and TV specials I watch each December.

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How Much is Lost Watching a Movie at Home? Or John Gets a New Year’s Resolution

I recently journeyed out to the Moolah Lounge here in St. Louis to check out a holiday classic, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, on the big screen. It’s a movie that I first saw in December 1989 when I was 13 years old. I have seen it countless times since on television, as it has become a December staple on multiple networks through the years. But I hadn’t seen it on the big screen since 1989. This time, I found myself enjoying it in new ways that I had never enjoyed it before, not even in 1989. It was the hap-hap-happiest viewing of that movie since Bing Crosby tap danced with Danny fuckin’ Kaye. And this led me to wonder–how much of the movie experience gets lost in translation when you’re watching at home instead of in a theater? Continue reading

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