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(Mental Floss)   Watching TBS's endless loop of "A Christmas Story" today? If so, here are 25 things to watch for to make your holiday obsession even more obsessive. Oh fuuuuuuuuudge   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 74
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2013-12-25 11:56:22 AM
Jesus Christ, just watch and enjoy the movie.
 
2013-12-25 12:07:30 PM
You know what? It's not that good a movie.
 
2013-12-25 12:12:21 PM
I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.
 
2013-12-25 12:13:19 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: You know what? It's not that good a movie.


Dee Snarl: I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.


HEATHENS!
 
2013-12-25 12:15:12 PM
Liking that movie very much depends on how old you are.  I doubt if anybody under the age of 35 has any resonance with it at all.
 
2013-12-25 12:18:32 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: You know what? It's not that good a movie.


You're right, it's excellent.
 
2013-12-25 12:19:55 PM
No matter how many times I watch it, "Jinger berrs" cracks me up every time.
 
2013-12-25 12:20:18 PM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: Liking that movie very much depends on how old you are.  I doubt if anybody under the age of 35 has any resonance with it at all.


blogs.studentlife.utoronto.ca
 
2013-12-25 12:25:11 PM

scotty425: No matter how many times I watch it, "Jinger berrs" cracks me up every time.


"all the WAII!!!"
 
2013-12-25 12:28:31 PM

Dee Snarl: I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.


You didn't laugh when his bundled up lil bro fell over and couldn't get up?
 
2013-12-25 12:30:23 PM
People with short attention spans won't like it. period.


Those who grew up playing PC games HALO. W.OW....etc....
....and watching Michael Bay type films will no way get it.


Those of us who had childhoods where we went outside more and actually EXPERIENCED REAL LIFE will greatly appreciate this wonderful film. Myself and others like me respond to films that show genuine warmth and atmosphere and have a balanced sense of nostalgia. sorry....no CGI. No obnoxious fast edits and pointless action sequences with zero character development. This film makes me think of my dad and my grandparents. (did you hear that? ....this film makes me THINK!)

cheers,
Merry Christmas
 
2013-12-25 12:32:05 PM
My explanation for the anachronisms is that the story is being told from the point of view of a middle aged Ralphie, and the anachronisms are simply him misremembering the details.
 
2013-12-25 12:32:48 PM
A Christmas Story is the perfect American holiday film for the modern age:

-It takes place in the 1940s, back when America was great (have you hugged a baby boomer today?)

-It has sex, violence, foul language... but not really. So you can still enjoy thinking about the sex and foul language, and watching the violence, but you don't have to bear the shame of doing it out in the open.

-It has a moral lesson: authority is always right (you really WILL shoot your eye out, kid)

-There's JUST enough minorities. Not too few. Not too many. Still majority white.

-Product placement!

-The penultimate Christmas gift? A gun! Just like the founding fathers intended.

See? Perfect.
 
2013-12-25 12:36:22 PM

LeroyBourne: Dee Snarl: I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.

You didn't laugh when his bundled up lil bro fell over and couldn't get up?


No. That was stupid. Pretty much all the jokes are unbearably obvious. The whole enterprise makes Erma Bombeck look edgy. Also, I'm 43, and have Attention Surplus Disorder. But y'all keep on liking what I don't like. I'm just sayin....

/and no, I don't worship edginess in my entertainment
//but for the love of god
 
2013-12-25 12:37:59 PM
Meh, John Wayne on AMC!
 
2013-12-25 12:40:33 PM

Man On A Mission: To The Escape Zeppelin!: You know what? It's not that good a movie.

Dee Snarl: I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.

HEATHENS!


It's a heckuva lot better than watching "It's A Wonderful Life" or "Miracle on 34th Street" for the ump-teenth time.

/saw it 1st time last night
//actually liked it
 
2013-12-25 12:40:46 PM
I am under 35 and grew up playing video games and I enjoy the movie more so than any other Christmas movie.

/Stop generalizing my generation.
 
2013-12-25 12:42:33 PM
It's a great flick.  I'll probably never watch it again because I've seen it so many times before, but it's a classic and it's very well done.

/ Ralphie losing it and beating up the bully is the best scene
 
2013-12-25 12:43:15 PM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: You know what? It's not that good a movie.


Since when is that a prerequisite for a movie to be entertaining?
 
ecl
2013-12-25 12:43:55 PM

craigdamage: People with short attention spans won't like it. period.


Those who grew up playing PC games HALO. W.OW....etc....
....and watching Michael Bay type films will no way get it.


Those of us who had childhoods where we went outside more and actually EXPERIENCED REAL LIFE will greatly appreciate this wonderful film. Myself and others like me respond to films that show genuine warmth and atmosphere and have a balanced sense of nostalgia. sorry....no CGI. No obnoxious fast edits and pointless action sequences with zero character development. This film makes me think of my dad and my grandparents. (did you hear that? ....this film makes me THINK!)

cheers,
Merry Christmas


Anyone of any age can tell you're a dipdh*t after posting drivel like that.
 
2013-12-25 12:47:15 PM
"If the voice of the man who brusquely informs Ralphie and Randy that the line to sit on Santa's lap begins about two miles further back than they had anticipated, that's because it's the voice of the narrator, a.k.a. Adult Ralphie, who also happens to be Jean Shepherd, the man upon whose short stories the film itself is based. The woman behind Shepherd is his wife, Leigh Brown."

If....what?

Despite this article's author inability to complete a thought, the movie is great, and anyone who says otherwise had no soul.
 
2013-12-25 12:48:42 PM
I had never seen it until my early 30s. It was amusing. I won't watch it again.
 
2013-12-25 12:57:21 PM

Dee Snarl: LeroyBourne: Dee Snarl: I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.

You didn't laugh when his bundled up lil bro fell over and couldn't get up?

No. That was stupid. Pretty much all the jokes are unbearably obvious. The whole enterprise makes Erma Bombeck look edgy. Also, I'm 43, and have Attention Surplus Disorder. But y'all keep on liking what I don't like. I'm just sayin....

/and no, I don't worship edginess in my entertainment
//but for the love of god


Ehh, when I was a kid I laughed at it.  I wouldn't say its' aged well, but I'll just say it's quirky and mildly entertaining.  It's for the kids I think.
/when we were young my lil sister cried when the old man slammed the door in the dog's ear.  we all laughed and explained to her that it wasn't a dog's ear in that door.
 
2013-12-25 01:02:02 PM

LeroyBourne: Dee Snarl: LeroyBourne: Dee Snarl: I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.

You didn't laugh when his bundled up lil bro fell over and couldn't get up?

No. That was stupid. Pretty much all the jokes are unbearably obvious. The whole enterprise makes Erma Bombeck look edgy. Also, I'm 43, and have Attention Surplus Disorder. But y'all keep on liking what I don't like. I'm just sayin....

/and no, I don't worship edginess in my entertainment
//but for the love of god

Ehh, when I was a kid I laughed at it.  I wouldn't say its' aged well, but I'll just say it's quirky and mildly entertaining.  It's for the kids I think.
/when we were young my lil sister cried when the old man slammed the door in the dog's ear.  we all laughed and explained to her that it wasn't a dog's ear in that door.


No. It was the dog's tail.
 
2013-12-25 01:07:44 PM
All Ralphie wanted for Christmas that year... was a gun
 
2013-12-25 01:10:45 PM
The Blues Brothers is on VH1.
 
2013-12-25 01:13:08 PM
Little Orphan Annie left the air in 1942, so if you want to nitpick, the movie had to have taken place then, unless Ralphie had a magic radio.

Yeah, they made quite a few historical errors, but they manage to work within the tapestry of the flim. It isn't like we can spot a VCR with The Dark Crystal (1982) in it.

/used to think that was the dog's ear too
 
2013-12-25 01:18:30 PM
Oh ralphie.
 
2013-12-25 01:21:09 PM

Dee Snarl: LeroyBourne: Dee Snarl: I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.

You didn't laugh when his bundled up lil bro fell over and couldn't get up?

No. That was stupid. Pretty much all the jokes are unbearably obvious. The whole enterprise makes Erma Bombeck look edgy. Also, I'm 43, and have Attention Surplus Disorder. But y'all keep on liking what I don't like. I'm just sayin....

/and no, I don't worship edginess in my entertainment
//but for the love of god


I'm 44, and it's my opinion that you should go stick you head in a pig.
 
2013-12-25 01:28:25 PM
It's funny how I can watch many episodes of M*A*S*H with full attention, even though I've seen them all 100 times before.  But for me, A Christmas Story is played out.  So played out.  I haven't seen it since last year, and had it on this morning for about ten minutes, and couldn't take it.

I'm so burned out on this movie.
 
2013-12-25 01:31:02 PM

Khazar-Khum: LeroyBourne: Dee Snarl: LeroyBourne: Dee Snarl: I think my comment in the previous thread was stillborn, so I'll paraphrase. Watched it for the second time last night, suspicions confirmed: LAME. Corny, cloying, cutesy. Worst of all, not funny.

You didn't laugh when his bundled up lil bro fell over and couldn't get up?

No. That was stupid. Pretty much all the jokes are unbearably obvious. The whole enterprise makes Erma Bombeck look edgy. Also, I'm 43, and have Attention Surplus Disorder. But y'all keep on liking what I don't like. I'm just sayin....

/and no, I don't worship edginess in my entertainment
//but for the love of god

Ehh, when I was a kid I laughed at it.  I wouldn't say its' aged well, but I'll just say it's quirky and mildly entertaining.  It's for the kids I think.
/when we were young my lil sister cried when the old man slammed the door in the dog's ear.  we all laughed and explained to her that it wasn't a dog's ear in that door.

No. It was the dog's tail.


I'm not even sure how that would work, I've never owned a dog so I'm no expert but I don't see a whole lot of them chasing people running backwards.
 
2013-12-25 01:32:46 PM
I have never seen this movie so I was going to ask if it's actually any good and if I should watch it. After reading this thread I still have no idea.
 
2013-12-25 01:32:59 PM
Has anybody besides me been to the A Christmas Story House?

/of course you haven't, it's in Cleveland
//took my folks last year, they enjoyed it
 
2013-12-25 01:33:49 PM
It's funny how popular A Christmas Story is these days. Many of the exterior scenes were filmed in Cleveland, including the house. A few years ago there was this guy who had a business selling leg lamps online. He bought the house in an online auction (sight unseen) and turned it into a museum. It is now quite the tourist attraction.

http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/
 
2013-12-25 01:35:02 PM
However, The Wizard of Oz was re-released in 1949, which would account for many of the historical mistakes.

Richard C Stanford: My explanation for the anachronisms is that the story is being told from the point of view of a middle aged Ralphie, and the anachronisms are simply him misremembering the details.


I go with that, but just for fun it's possible Ralphie simply got the radio show wrong thus allowing for many of the mistakes to fit into the historical continuity.

Thanks for submitting that, subby! It's cool that people still love that flick. (heh, flick)
 
2013-12-25 01:41:40 PM
It's one of the best Christmas movies of all time.

Deal with it.

/.GIF of the Unskewed Polls guy with sunglasses.
 
2013-12-25 01:49:28 PM
Just the dad is worth it. McGavin was perfect all the way down to when he turns his head and rubs his chin when the bartering begins for the tree.
 
2013-12-25 02:15:33 PM

milkyshirt: I have never seen this movie so I was going to ask if it's actually any good and if I should watch it. After reading this thread I still have no idea.


It's good once.  Not so much on loop.  On the other hand it is different for me.  When my son was Ralphie's age, people were always comparing them, and asking if I had seen A Christmas Story.  And some of Ralphie's silliness is pretty similar to stuff I saw at home.
 
2013-12-25 02:16:53 PM
a can of Simoniz
 
2013-12-25 02:26:59 PM
Has anyone seen Flick?
 
2013-12-25 02:38:46 PM
best xmas movie, evar,
Melinda Dillon was so hot
 
2013-12-25 02:43:29 PM

E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: best xmas movie, evar,
Melinda Dillon was so hot


She was much hotter in Close Encounters.

/getoffmylawn.jpg
 
2013-12-25 02:59:38 PM

Winterlight: E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: best xmas movie, evar,
Melinda Dillon was so hot

She was much hotter in Close Encounters.

/getoffmylawn.jpg


Huh.  I never knew that was her.  Cool.
 
2013-12-25 03:17:31 PM
Jean Shepherd has noted/admitted that the time-setting is a little slippery, being vaguely late-30s-early-40s, rather than One Particular Christmas. The Toronto and Cleveland papers of winter 1982-83 (during the filming) have all kinds of trivia about casting, locales, costuming, etc.

For big-budget, wide-screen gloss, my go-to holiday film is "White Christmas" (1954).
For weeping and wackiness, it's "Home Alone."
"A Christmas Story" has certainly gained traction over the years, profound or not. I wish it well, but have no idea how it will resonate with those with no memory of 1983 (much less the period of the film).
 
2013-12-25 03:38:29 PM

lifeboat: Winterlight: E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: best xmas movie, evar,
Melinda Dillon was so hot

She was much hotter in Close Encounters.

/getoffmylawn.jpg

Huh.  I never knew that was her.  Cool.


Yes, but she was hottest in Slap Shot, or at least she was most naked in Slap Shot
 
2013-12-25 03:40:45 PM

AbiNormal: Has anyone seen Flick?


Flick? Flick who?
 
2013-12-25 04:00:09 PM
No matter how many times I've seen it, I can't tell you if I actually LIKE the movie or not. But it's family tradition, just like listening to Andy Williams, and it reminds me that I'm fortunate to have a great family. Merry Christmas, Farkers. :D
 
2013-12-25 04:04:47 PM

dccc: lifeboat: Winterlight: E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: best xmas movie, evar,
Melinda Dillon was so hot

She was much hotter in Close Encounters.

/getoffmylawn.jpg

Huh.  I never knew that was her.  Cool.

Yes, but she was hottest in Slap Shot, or at least she was most naked in Slap Shot



::Googles images of "Melinda Dillon Slap Shot"::


oi42.tinypic.com
 
2013-12-25 04:05:21 PM

dccc: lifeboat: Winterlight: E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: best xmas movie, evar,
Melinda Dillon was so hot

She was much hotter in Close Encounters.

/getoffmylawn.jpg

Huh.  I never knew that was her.  Cool.

Yes, but she was hottest in Slap Shot, or at least she was most naked in Slap Shot.


Like a pair of pencil erasers.

/bunk time
 
2013-12-25 04:08:25 PM

Winterlight: dccc: lifeboat: Winterlight: E_Henry_Thripshaws_Disease: best xmas movie, evar,
Melinda Dillon was so hot

She was much hotter in Close Encounters.

/getoffmylawn.jpg

Huh.  I never knew that was her.  Cool.

Yes, but she was hottest in Slap Shot, or at least she was most naked in Slap Shot.

Like a pair of pencil erasers.

/bunk time


You'll poke your eye out kid.
 
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