Tuesday, December 12, 2006

It's A Wonderful Movie

Last night I watched "It's a Wonderful Life." Every Christmas since I graduated from college, I have watched this film. And I cry every time I watch it.

I know George Bailey will be okay, because I have seen the movie before. I know Mr. Gower will not kill that boy, and I know that Harry Bailey will come back at the end and tell George Bailey he is the richest man in the whole town. Personally, I think he says this because he married Ruth Dakin and gets to work doing research in a glass factory.

I will admit I don't really know who Frank Capra is – I mean, I know he directed the film, and he directed a lot of other films, but it is not like I know what he did. Sorry. That was when my grandparents were watching movies.

What I love is that there are all sorts of neat stuff to see in the movie. I once got a Trivial Pursuit question right – what film is on the marquee of the movie theater in It's a Wonderful Life. Well, it was not my Trivial Pursuit question; it was someone else's. But I knew the freekin' answer.

I wanted to compose a top ten list of Christmas movies. I know "It's a Wonderful Life" will be on the list. No doubt about it. It is a great movie, and if you have not seen it, I sort of screwed up all of the plot twists. I doubt there are few under 24 who have not seen this, at least once. For those of you who haven't, well sorry.

I would never put "A Christmas Story" on my list. I knew it was a classic, so I watched it a few years ago. I was not entertained. No warm feelings, no crying, no naked Santa. What is the point of the movie? That the main character will undergo years of psychotherapy because he grew up in a screwed up household? Sorry, not my cup of tea. Or cocoa, for that matter.

"Miracle on 34th Street" is another classic, and I bawl when they are bringing in all of the letters in the court scene. Kris Kringle seems like the best real-life Santa going on. And by the end of the film, I was wondering if in 1947, Santa Claus was stuck in a mental institution in New York. Hey, I believe in Santa Claus, and it could happen. The Great Pumpkin = Not real. Santa Claus = Real.

I always watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" too, but really, if I just listen to Linus's speech, I am good for the season. His voice is so sweet, and it just makes me feel so good. Yeah, I know, I am "feeling good" from movies, not from things that are real. But movies are part of my Christmas tradition, and darned it, I like 'em. I am not much of a television watcher, so these movies are sort of like my video indulgence.

Maybe I will make a list of good movies and why I like them. Not today, I have Christmas shopping to do. At work. I love the Internet.

16 comments:

LarryLilly said...

It would be a real stretch to see if you could use your writing skills to take characters in those movies, and weave them into one of your "stories"

I know you cant do it, the (movies) are too close to the inner child you are at times.

Have a fun time shopping
:-)

Tony said...

I've never seen "It's a wonderful life." Maybe this year. I agree with you regarding Linus' speech.

LarryLilly said...

What about "Santa Claus and his Old lady Song". I mean, to hear how santa gets around in the barrio, sheer magical. Magic dust. Magic dust? Yeah, magic dust. A little for me, a little for santa, a little more for me, a little bit more for santa....

It brings a tear to my eye....

LOL

Video X said...

Love that movie. I should make myself watch it.

Anonymous said...

I've always enjoyed "The Year Without a Santa Claus" myself.

Tony said...

I enjoy "A Nightmare before Christmas". The music score always get me and the kids love the animation. Still, it doesn't compare to Linus.

Reel Fanatic said...

A Christmas Story always works for me, but it is admittedly kind of a twisted take on the holiday .. one other I can't do without is that Muppet Christmas Carol

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Monica said...

It's A Wonderful life is my favoite movie. I cry everytime too, but not at the parts where most people do...Wen they're kids and Mary leans over the soda counter and whispers "george Bailey I'll love you till the day I die",the rock throwing scene(no, don't...it's a lovely old house..I'd like to live there some day..), the wedding night with the roasting chicken, when he comes back at the end and knocks the cap off of the newel post and kisses it and puts it back,
And the best part...it is the exact right length...on Saturday night we brought our fresh cut Christmas tree inside at the beginning and hung the last ornament as the final credits started.

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QUASAR9 said...

Not your cup of cocoa???

Empty Masses - sounds almost a contradiction - Mass & masses of people. Maybe they should just serve hot cocoa at midnight Mass.
Thick like liquid chocolate bar in a cup. I'll show them how to make some when I come over...

Sorry I think i might have slid back into previous post

Rick said...

I have the 60th Anniversary Edition of "It's a Wonderful Life" sitting on the tv. Saving it for Christmas Eve. ;-)

Leesa said...

larry: not sure I would want to write that.

tony: great movie; see it.

larry: you know, I have never seen that Cheech and Chong classic.

VX: you should.

joe: I love that movie as well.

tony: I always thought Nightmare Before Christmas was more of a Halloween movie, but I loved it too.

reel: different strokes for different folks.

monica: great comment. My favorite part is Mary leaning over. So sweet. I love the rock-throwing scene (she really threw the rock). I love when George kisses the cap off of the newel post (I did not know it was a cap nor a newel post before your message).

quasar: empty Masses. When two or more are gathered in His name ...

rick: good for you!

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