Review by Logan
I’m not a big fan of most Christmas movies. I know that probably makes me a heretic or monster or whatever, but in my experience, Christmas movies have often ridden on the coattails of the holiday, relying on emotional identification to carry what is otherwise a lackluster plot. Such is the case with many Christmas movies. However, every once in a while, one shines through with a story that is so terrific, so extraordinary, so heartwarming, that I not only enjoy it, but it even makes THE LIST, my inventory of must see films.
It’s a Wonderful Life is one of those movies.
Review by Logan
Unlike most guys, I am drawn instinctively to love stories. I like a good love story almost as much as a good action story, and in some cases, even more so. The problem is that good love stories are few and far between. Hollywood has produced so many of them that after a while, they all start to sound the same. Occasionally you get one that has a unique twist that makes it interesting.
There are also times that you have to go quite a ways back to find such a compelling story. That takes us back to 1940, in a little gift shop in Budapest, where we meet Alfred Kralik, played by the ever-popular Jimmy Stewart (It’s a Wonderful Life). With time, we’re also introduced to Klara, who is hired on at the shop. The two of them find it nearly impossible to work together in any capacity, and, in our 21st Century lingo, hate each other’s guts. Continue Reading
Review by Tres
The Greatest Show on Earth first arrived in 1952 directed by none other than Cecil B. DeMille, who also insisted on being the narrator for his film. It is an extravaganza of images of the circus. My first introduction to this film was with my great-grandfather when I was in third grade. Grandma made us some homemade chocolate chip cookies and I sat on the floor in front of his gigantic 13 inch television watching with amazement. The nostalgia of my great-grandparents laughter and us enjoying this movie is one of my fondest memories of them.