December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve movie decision.

The nominees are:
"It's a Wonderful Life"

"One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest"

"Slacker"

"Some Kind of Monster"

What did we choose?

ADDED:
"Your hand is staining my window."...

"I'm talking about form. I'm talking about content. I'm talking about interrelationships. I'm talking about God, the devil, Heaven, Hell. Do you understand?"...

"Play the game, Harding. Play the game. Play the game. Play the game, Harding."...

"I don't think he's overly psychotic, but I still think he's quite sick."...

"What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or something? Well, you're not. You're not. You're no crazier than the average a**h*le out walking around on the streets, and that's it."...

"Time spent alone only increases the feeling of separation."....

"The best thing we can do is go on with our daily routine."

13 comments:

Ron said...

I'm thinkin Cuckoos Nest...Yes?

Gerry said...

"Slacker"

Karl said...

Cuckoo's, definitely Cuckoo's.

-kd

hdhouse said...

well cuckoo's nest certainly keeps in the neocon spirit. go with what you know.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas, Prof. Althouse. Thanks for an enlightening and diverting year of discussion and dissension.

Much as I love "Cuckoo's Nest," it's got to be Frank Capra's masterpiece, a far less sentimental movie than the popular impression has it. You could get a pretty good drinking game going based on how many times somebody angrily says to somebody else, "What's wrong with you?" or words to that effect.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you haven't mentioned Some Kind of Monster before. Seems long overdue.

Ann Althouse said...

Chuck, you missed this post.

Anonymous said...

Funny it doesn't come up when I type the movie title in Blogger search field. That usually works really well.

http://search.blogger.com/?as_q=some+kind+of+monster&ie=UTF-8&ui=blg&bl_url=althouse.blogspot.com&x=241&y=15

Anyhow, I don't think you're watching that movie tonight.

Anonymous said...

Christmas

Eve.

Rick Lee said...

Dragging "It's a Wonderful Life" into the world of politics and banking for a second... I recall some interesting discussion a few years ago after the big "savings and loan debacle"... that George Bailey would (and perhaps should) be jailed these days under our current laws and regulations. Watching the movie with that in the back of your mind really changes the experience.

reader_iam said...

Well, of course, you could have just watched Christmas Eve.

(And, yeah, I could have just gone for the Amazon or IMDB link--so much more efficient! direct! targeted!--but I liked the grouping to which I linked.

So it goes.)

TigerHawk said...

Interesting selection. I would have gone with Cuckoo's Nest as well, given the choices.

We also went for a "dysfunctional Christmas" movie, The Lion In Winter. I had not seen it in years, and did not realize that Timothy Dalton played King Phillip of France, who was either gay or the victim of child abuse at the hands of Richard the Lionhearted (son of Henry and Eleanor, played by Anthony Hopkins). That's a bonus, on top of Peter O'Toole and Kate H., of course.

Shanna said...

Merry christmas (late)!

We watch it's a Wonderful Life every year. I love that movie and although it ends happy it is actually very dark. Bailey's dreams are constantly frustrated and he is at times desperately unhappy.