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You’re a mean one, with an unconvincing character arc.Title: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Author: Dr. Seuss

Rank: 61

Blurb: “The Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, hates Who-ville’s holiday celebrations, and plans to steal all the presents to prevent Christmas from coming. To his amazement, Christmas comes anyway, and the Grinch discovers the true meaning of the holiday.”

Review: “I don’t get the story. What makes it so good? I love how the Grinch is sooooo bad, but am extremely disapointed how quickly his little heart turns to mush.”

Customers Also Bought: The cartoon, of course.

Footnote: And what’s the deal with Little Red Riding Hood? Have you ever looked at a wolf? Does a wolf even vaguely resemble a human? And speaking of wolves, do you have any idea how much wind it takes to knock down a wooden structure? Magic realism has gone too far.

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27 Comments

We own The Grinch with Jim Carrey and watch it nearly every year. And Christine Baransky looks amazing in that outfit. Just sayin’ ….

@blogenfreude: While I enjoy many of the Christmas movies released in my lifetime, from Scrooged and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation to Home Alone and Elf, none of them holds a candle to It’s A Wonderful Life. Sure, it’s schmaltzy as all get-out, but isn’t that the point, really?

@mellbell: I don’t like Jimmy Stewart. I know this makes me a bad person, but that’s what it is.

@mellbell: A Christmas Story – I think it’s WPIX that runs it 24 hours a day on Christmas.

@Dodgerblue: Even Rear Window? I thought that was a nice piece of casting.

@blogenfreude: I love watching that with my dad. The setting is a little before his time (born a skosh before the baby boom), but he definitely relates to the material.

@Dodgerblue: You’ll have to pry Vertigo out of my bay-cold, false-dead fingers.

@Dodgerblue: And so long as we’re haranguing you, what about Rope?

@mellbell: To be fair, Rope is a gimmick on top of a bad stage play.

@nojo: Speaking of faux continuous takes, have you seen Birdman yet?

@mellbell: Not until Netflix has it. Going to movies in Sandy Eggo is a chore.

@nojo: Last thing I saw in the theater was Star Trek into Darkness. It was a 10:45am showing opening day for $7.50. Only reason I went. And did I mention it had a tribble in it? Plot holes be damned, I loved it.

@mellbell: My favorite part of It’s a Wonderful Life is when drunk Jimmy Stewart yells, “Why do we have to have all these kids?” I can switch it off after that.

Marion Barry died. Lived in DC through one of his ‘administrations.’ We were not amused.

/paraphrasing/

So sad, yet true: “The Republicans are commandeering your uterus, and there’s not enough room for both of you.”

@mellbell: Liked the movie, also Rear Window and Vertigo, but I just can’t buy Jimmy in any of those roles. To me, he’s Ronald Reagan without the chimp [ducks].

Good job St. Louis County DA. Making the decision more obvious.

@ManchuCandidate: And the tanks with gun turrets move into Ferguson with tear gas blazing. Surreal to see the split screen with Obama speaking for peace. At least there’s not a no-fly zone over Ferguson like in the past.

@Mistress Cynica: Obviously my favorite scene, too. And I’m sure you’re amused by the *hellish* alternate existence as a librarian that awaits the spinster version of Mary Hatch who never met George Bailey. That said, it’s my favorite holiday movie.

Fuck. I need to get myself another martini, pet the cat on my lap, turn off MSNBC, and play some Bach.

@SanFranLefty: Cutting cable means I have to wait for the Maddow video podcast later tonight, which is fine by me, since I wouldn’t be able to do anything with my anger anyway.

@nojo: FAA just announced a “no fly zone” over portions of St. Louis County. Start rolling the tanks, boys!
/FFS

@redmanlaw: As is the first sequel, no? The one that was very much not shot at Dulles, which people here have a chip on their shoulder about? I’ve still only seen the original. Perhaps my favorite thing about Die Hard is that the German title, Stirb Langsam, translates literally to “die slowly.”

@mellbell: Stirb Langsam would be a great band name, even if you didn’t know what it meant in German.

I go away on account of the horror that is my life and I come back to find reckless statements re Rear Window (trash) and It’s a Wonderful Life (good till the wretched ‘angel’ shows up).

J Stewart: 4 thumbs up. Also H Fonda. I saw them live in ‘plays’. Grand.

@mellbell: Rope? Srsly?

@nojo: The best thing to do is not watch Maddow at all. You will be slightly trembly for a week but then the morning will come when you throw back the covers, slip your feet into the Bugs Bunny slippers, micturate to relieve the stress, and realize that you don’t give a fuck

I haven’t worked out in a month (elbow fracture) and I’m going to a second Thanksgiving dinner tonight. It’s not a pretty picture.

@Dodgerblue: But you found your Fitbit. The daily 10,000 steps competition IS.ON.

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