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3 things about Joe Dante’s GREMLINS

Gremlins [1984] 1. Melting fireplace Gremlin. 2. Gambler’s moll Gremlin. 3. Flasher Gremlin. 3 other things.

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3 things about Stanley Kubrick’s EYES WIDE SHUT

Eyes Wide Shut [1999] 1. Snackwells, a glass of milk, cigarettes. 2. Motif: glowing Christmas trees in empty rooms. 3. The way he spins the cue ball on the table. A nervous gesture.

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3 things about Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

It’s a Wonderful Life [1946] 1. A butterfly collection displayed on the wall of the dining room. 2. Burt gives the newlyweds a bottle of champagne. It’s during Prohibition! 3. Mr. Gower wears newspapers under his shirt to keep warm. … Continue reading

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3 things about W.S. Van Dyke’s THE THIN MAN

The Thin Man [1934] 1. “Hey, that’s my hat!” Nick wriggles it around like it’s a flapping bird and says, “Come and get it, while it’s hot.” 2. He takes a whiff of what’s under the concrete and shoos Asta … Continue reading

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3 things about Ernst Lubitsch’s THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER

The Shop Around the Corner [1940] 1. Her gloved hand inside the empty post office box. 2. A cacophony of cigarette boxes. 3. The way he tactfully gleans if anyone is without plans for Christmas Eve. Frank Morgan FTW.

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A new tale for Xmas from Barry Gifford.

In 2009 Chicagoist posted “The Starving Dogs of Little Croatia,” a newly written Christmas story by Barry. Seven years later and the annual tradition continues with “Role Models.” (It just might be included in my documentary!) Enjoy.

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3 things about Ted Demme’s THE REF

The Ref [1994] 1. “Is it real coffee, or some Scandinavian Christmas potion?” 2. Poodle sweater. 3. Daniel Lanois poster in his bedroom. The kid has taste.

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