2009 years ago, left-wing activist Jesus Christ died so we could have shitty health care “reform,” and celebrate the 16th wonder of the world, the filibuster. I’ll be celebrating Lefty Christ’s ultimate sacrifice by staying away from the internet for a few days, like a holy man. Normal blogging will resume on Monday the 28th.
I’d like to take a minute, though, to celebrate the season in the laziest way possible–by reposting some of what I wrote last year around this time. (If this is familiar to anybody, thanks for sticking with me.)
My thoughts on It’s a Wonderful Life:
“Frank Capra’s ode to disappointment is often thought of as a sentimental movie, when really nothing could be further from the truth. Movie Guy extraordinaire and friend of the blog Ben Sachs once told us that Jonathon Rosenbaum, the movie reviewer for the Chicago Reader, wrote that It’s a Wonderful Life argues that only divine intervention can save the Idealist from himself, which is about as grim as it gets.
This scene below is amazing. The tension simmers until George (Jimmy Stewart) explodes in frustration directed at, but not towards, Mary (Donna Reed). He delivers his monologue through clenched teeth until he finally says, almost begging, “I want to do what I want to do.” It’s heart-wrenching. Enjoy.”
And, the only song for December in lovely/hateful New York City, Fairytale of New York, by The Pogues.
“Fairytale of New York,” by The Poguesis pretty much the only song this blog listens to for the entire month of December. It’s full of loneliness, missed opportunities, drunken nostalgia, and love gone sour, so it’s essentially the song version of It’s A Wonderful Life without the divine intervention.
Watch for the Matt Dillon cameo as the cop at the beginning. He looks like he doesn’t take guff from anyone. Enjoy.
“I could’ve been someone”
“But so could anyone…”
[link fixed, but no actual video. Sorry.]
Also, I haven’t posted these here before, but if any one’s interested you can watch the first three episodes of a web series I do with my sister here. It’s called John and Molly Get Along.