12 Days of Holiday Movies | Going My Way

Movie #8 – Going My Way Bing Crosby’s Father O’Malley is an unusual but not unreal priest who sings, jokes, listens, and is unfailingly patient as the people around him act like… well, human beings. I don’t have any religious affiliation and yet have met two...

12 Days of Holiday Movies – The Bishop’s Wife

Movie #6 – The Bishop’s Wife.    I have the 1947 version and pretty much know all the dialogue. The characters are more than appropriate symbols for the frailties of people being people. Dudley the angel;  Julia the good wife; Henry, the bishop losing his way,...

12 Days of Holiday Movies-White Christmas

Movie #5 – White Christmas. Why is this still a favorite? Despite oozing the 1950s gender perspective, where Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen, two very obvious adult women are called “girls” and “kids,” I watch this DVD every year. Relationship portrayals are...

12 Days of Holiday Movies | Love Actually

Movie # 4. Love Actually.  “Love is all around.” Intimate love, loyalty love, kids love, love across cultures, gender, and sexual expectations. It’s still love–it’s wonderful, it hurts, it happens, and this movie does it with humor, tongue-in-cheek self-deprecation,...

12 Days of Holiday Movies- Miracle on 34th Street

1. Miracle on 34th Street We did it again this year. On Thanksgiving Day, we watched the black-and-white 1947 version with a young and very precocious Natalie Wood. The movie is set in NYC. What’s not to love about that? The upper West Side apartment overlooking...