Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

In my family, the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving (or, some years, the day before).  Growing up, it meant going to grandma and grandpa’s house in Idaho and cutting down a Christmas tree.  The perpetual wafting of sage, thyme, garlic, and rosemary would accompany the two Als (Roker and Michaels), as parades, football, and good family conversation would culminate in the feast of feasts.  Continue reading

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Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

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So, it’s Christmastime.  Considering the fact that I have hit my recent “Great American Screenplays” saga pretty hard over the last few months, I think it is plenty fair to take a break and indulge myself—and you—a little holiday liberality. Continue reading