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Survived Another Xmas

Another Christmas has come and gone.

I have to admit, Halloween and Thanksgiving are my favorite holidays. Christmas has always been too stressful, at least since I became an adult (a long long time ago). But this year's was relatively mellow. I spent it at home with Parris, friends, and cats, and a good time was had by all.

There are things I like about Christmas, though. Watching Christmas movies, especially. A CHRISTMAS STORY is a favorite, and I also like to binge watch all the various versions of the Dickens classic CHRISTMAS CAROL. Alastair Sim, George C. Scott, Reginald Owen, Mickey Mouse, Albert Finney, Bill Murray... they all have their points, and it's fun to compare and contrast. On balance, I still think the Sim is the best of the adaptations. And when you cross over to the parody side of the ledger, there's nothing but nothing comes close to the Blackadder version.

This year we also watched FOOTLIGHT PARADE, which has nothing to do with Christmas but is a fun film. One of the last of the great pre-Code films, it's amazing to see how risque it is compared to what Hollywood would be making a year later and for decades to follow. And the musical numbers are unforgettable, especially Cagney in "Looking for My Shanghai Lil."

Anyway... merry merry to all my friends, fans, and readers out there. I hope Santa was good to you. At least those of you who were nice. As for those of you who were naughty.. come sit here next to me.


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Dec. 27th, 2016 12:19 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas to you and your family, Mr. Martin. Thanks for sharing your work with all of us and we can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2017.
Dec. 27th, 2016 12:21 am (UTC)
How about Magoo's version?
I agree Sim's is still the best adaptation- I actually think Mr Magoo's version is my second favorite. Maybe childhood nostalgia but I love it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dec. 27th, 2016 12:44 am (UTC)
Re: How about Magoo's version?
Hahaa I came here to ask the exact same thing. I love that version.
Laura King
Dec. 27th, 2016 12:39 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas and a happy new year you, too!
I hope you get to relax some more
Dec. 27th, 2016 01:02 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas George!
I remember seeing a story on CBS Sunday Morning where they had two Dickens historians both list The Muppets version of A Christmas Carol as their favorites.

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Jenessa Davis
Dec. 27th, 2016 04:39 am (UTC)
Muppet's Christmas Carol
I do believe Muppet's Christmas Carol is a superior version.
Re: Muppet's Christmas Carol - Donald Jones - Dec. 27th, 2016 07:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
RE: Merry Christmas George! - Kane Gregory - Dec. 27th, 2016 11:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 27th, 2016 01:23 am (UTC)
I've been watching the reruns of GOT on Atalantic , even after the amount of times I've seen them , I pick up and hear new things . Great nights viewing still .

Glad your Christmas was enjoyable :)
Tanmay Kulkarni
Dec. 27th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Very merry Christmas to you George. Please don't be stressed for any reason. Enjoy your life to the fullest. And thanks for everything.
Frances Marion Platt
Dec. 27th, 2016 02:07 am (UTC)
Happy Boxing Day
I should really be out hunting wrens today, but you've just sent me way back in time, to watching Footlight Parade whilst under the influence at the Elgin Theatre in NYC (probably as a double feature with 42nd Street or one of the Golddiggers musicals). Busby Berkeley had to be on something. Weird dude.
Alex Alexis
Dec. 27th, 2016 04:47 am (UTC)
Got your plush doll for Christmas, the battle ready version. Hope you enjoyed your Christmas as much as I did!

Edited at 2016-12-27 04:49 am (UTC)
Dec. 27th, 2016 05:23 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas from Indonesia
Selamat hari Natal dari Indonesia

Westeros Indonesia
Amy Soyka
Dec. 27th, 2016 06:18 am (UTC)
...Yippie kayee.
I recommend watching Die Hard if you want a good Christmas movie. :)
Dec. 27th, 2016 11:34 am (UTC)
Merry Christmas!

You are right about Blackadder's Christmas Carol, it is superb.

As for the Footlight Parade, Pre-Code stuff is great, Code really changed the landscape. Although Footlight Parade is great and historic in regard to multiple thing, I am somewhat partial to Bacon's previous feature, 42nd Street, which is similar to the Footlight Parade. I don't know whether you watched it, but either way it could make for a nice entertainment next Christmas.

Watching movies for Christmas is great tradition, I frequently watch Ben Hur, it has somehow became quintessential Christmas movie (regrettably, new one is trash)

Enjoy the holidays.

Dec. 27th, 2016 11:36 am (UTC)
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Dec. 27th, 2016 11:39 am (UTC)
The George C. Scott version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL will always be my favorite but Mr. Magoo's is definitely a close second!
Merry Christmas George! Did Santa bring you anything to read? THE LIES OF LOCKE LAMORA was under my tree and I can't wait to start it.

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Dec. 27th, 2016 12:13 pm (UTC)
Ahh, Christmas
When I was in primary school, I always enjoyed reading, but as I moved into my teenage years I was engulfed by social media instead. For Christmas 2014, my mum and dad got me ASOIAF, which resparked my love for reading. Those books have honestly changed my life. Thank you!
Dec. 27th, 2016 01:38 pm (UTC)
There is a Black Adder Christmas Carol? How have I gone this long without seeing it? I will remedy this oversight, on my part, this evening. Thank you for your faithful tutelage in all that is good.
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