It’s the holidays, which also means it’s the time for holiday movies. You may take that how you will: There are all kinds of holiday movies, from the all-time classics (It’s a Wonderful Life, the 1951 A Christmas Carol, Elf), to the off-beat and overlooked (Die Hard, Gremlins, Eyes Wide Shut), to the ones that could just about kill your Christmas spirit (I won’t bother listing the truly bad).
All those are highlighted in this video essay on the movies of Christmases past. There’s no voice-over narration, but the video still manages to riff on everything from how different adaptations have played with A Christmas Carol to how many Christmas movies feature a surprising number of explosions. The music, also, is impeccable—it begins with Bing Crosby and ends with Judy Garland. It’s a surprise it’s hardly ever been seen, so I’m happy to spread some holiday cheer. Thanks to @mattzollerseitz for the tip.
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The Irritating Confidante
John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.
My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s
Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band
Can it be again?
The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?
Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
Driving in Circles
The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.