I’m a grumpy, short-tempered knockabout. I keep dropping and forgetting things. I try to take it easy but it would probably be best if I took my entire vacation all at once this time of year. Being aware that I am affected by the shortness of days only makes me feel more self-conscious of my shortcomings. I find myself wanting to sleep but unable, wanting to go outside but unable, wanting to feel happy but …well, that’s why I blog. When I share something I hope it will help or entertain someone so that I don’t view my day as another one mooched off Mother Earth.
What helps me is a good Christmas film. I remember when I discovered “The Bishop’s Wife”. Cary Grant, or rather his double, ice skating is my fave. Olympians should attempt to recreate this scene in a pair’s competition.
That’s one dapper gent. Wait ’til you see the taxi driver skate!
I have two new favorites films this year. Like “The Bishop’s Wife” and “A Christmas Carol”, they address the illusion of money’s value. These aren’t new movies but ones you may want to revisit each year, like the tree decorations you can’t throw out.
“Millions” came out around 2002. The only name I recognized on the DVD cover was Danny Boyle as director. “Millions” makes many best Christmas movie lists. It looks like a kid’s film but one where the kids say “Our mother is dead,” in order to get cookies. The Saints are probably the best part in the movie for me. I love how St. Joseph gives acting notes and steps in to cover a missed line. I also enjoyed the donkey.
I just finished watching “It happened on 5th Avenue” which should have a stage adaptation so that I can play the divorcee. It’s heart is very good but unlike “Millions” which is magical and wryly funny, “5th Avenue” is more old fashioned, its humor coming from the ye old role reversal of rich and poor.
In this still, Aloysius, the poor but happy man enters the mansion.
Here is the same entryway after his many new friends join him.
I guess this reflects some choices in my life. I choose to live with others. I choose to work at a job that gives me more joy than money. I still enjoy classic Christmas films like “Die Hard” but I’m glad I saw these too. If you have any suggestions for me, please comment. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays!