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As crappy a Christmas as I'm having this year, I know that watching ACS will bring me right back into the mood. That and drinking Crown Royal...
Dec. 23, 2009, 5:07 p.m. CST
Atlanta rapper Clifford “T.I.” Harris Jr., was released from prison Tuesday morning after serving about 7 months at a low-security penitentiary in Forrest City, Ark. He is expected to serve the remainder of a reduced sentence in a correctional center near Fulton County Airport.
Dec. 23, 2009, 5:35 p.m. CST
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Seconding jimbojones123 here. The "Peter and the Wolf" orchestration is what I think of with CHRISTMAS STORY. It's used brilliantly in the movie, with "Scut Farkus" getting the ominous wolf theme whenever he appears.
Dec. 23, 2009, 8:25 p.m. CST
That people watch during the holidays. And it's a masterpiece unlike it's "sequel".
Dec. 23, 2009, 9:27 p.m. CST
Dec. 23, 2009, 9:35 p.m. CST
it was just not out long enough. it did huge numbers considering how many screens it was on, and that it was released in a really slow time of the year. it was really the My Big Fat Greek Wedding of it's time...the big difference being that the studio in that case saw a potential for a huge hit, and expanded it's release, and no one did shit for A Christmas Story. I hope someone got fired for that, even if it was 15 years later!<p>really sad that Bob Clark and his son died so randomly. I own the 20th anniversary DVD of A Christmas Story and his commentary with Billingsly is so great. he speaks glowingly about the subtlety and precision of Zaza's score, and he couldn't be more right. all the little moments of (um) xylophone? vibraphone? that accompany the fantasies, or the quieter moments...just perfect. and the huge MERRY CHRISTMAS horns in the finale, it's just iconic.<p>this is one of those rare movies where everything and everyone just came together perfectly, and a big part of that is the fact that they had NO studio interference. (more than just not wanting the movie, as Zaza mentions, they didn't care at ALL. Clark said he didn't send them one daily the entire time.)<p>thanks ScoreKeeper for a great interview with a great composer. now I have to see if I can get to the store to get this CD for my stepmom!
Dec. 23, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST
no studio can let a movie get out there without fucking something up while the filmmakers are editing it...
Dec. 23, 2009, 9:46 p.m. CST
I didn't know the studio "buried" A Christmas Story, I hate it when studios do shit like that, fucking assholes, anyway at least according to BadMrWonka it didn't bomb though
Dec. 23, 2009, 9:48 p.m. CST
to hear about those deleted scenes! I had never heard anything about those before, they sound cool, but they would have broken up the perfect momentum of the movie
Dec. 23, 2009, 9:52 p.m. CST
and it still made $20 million. that ain't bad at all for a smaller budget, period comedy. the smart move would have been to let it keep playing through christmas, building on the hugely positive word of mouth. it could have made $40-50 million easily.<p> but hey, it's a film icon now, so what are you gonna do?
Dec. 23, 2009, 10:51 p.m. CST
I saw it at the local theater. I remember really liking it. It got more popular once it hit VHS.
Dec. 24, 2009, 6:38 a.m. CST
to my knowledge it has never been on tv in the UK so have never seen it. Acquired it recently so watched for the first time 2 days ago. It was OK but no Muppet Christmas Carol. Chinese bit was funny though
Dec. 24, 2009, 8:43 a.m. CST
Laughed my ass off. Later would routinely rent it around Xmas on VHS, then bought it in the 90s when it's popularity really started to snowball. Got it on DVD and Blu-Ray now and always have it on during the marathon. At my house, Xmas viewing consists of the Christmas Story marathon on TBS or the Yule Log, no other shows need apply. Figures the suits tried to kill it back in the day. Of course, these are the same people who decided to turn Sherlock Holmes into Die Hard, so no surprise there. One more thing: if you hate A Christmas Story, you are inarguable a scrooge of the worst kind!
Dec. 24, 2009, 10:21 a.m. CST
To me, he's the glue that holds this movie together. Melinda Dillon is great as EveryMom, but McGavin's cranky Old Man is note-perfect. I still tear up a bit when he points out the BB gun hidden in the corner, and looks just as enthused as Ralphie as he loads it. You think the kids were kind of invisible to the Old Man throughout the flick, but when we see him give the gun to Ralphie, we realize he was paying a lot closer attention than any of us viewers knew. Geez, I'm tearing up again, thinking of my own dearly departed Dad. Merry Christmas to all, even the crankiest of talk-backers!!!
Dec. 24, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST
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Dec. 24, 2009, 10:58 a.m. CST
by Abominable Snowcone
Blanket-Man, right you are. It's one of the movie's finer points. We think Old Man is profane and buffoonish--funny, to be sure--but a little too wrapped up working, fighting furnaces, and worrying about the "Bullfrog" trade to pay attention to the kids. But then we get to the end and, after rejections in three parts from Mom, Mrs. Shields, and Santa, the plea for Red Ryder is heard and answered by, of all people, "My Old Man."
Dec. 24, 2009, 12:20 p.m. CST
by Alice Cooper Stalker
Hammond, Indiana, where the movie is supposed to take place, has a festival around this each year. http://tinyurl.com/y9eaajb Enjoy!
Dec. 25, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST
That's the real heart of the film is the role of the Old Man. Yes, he's buffoonish and all the while Ralphie tries to coax his mother into getting the BB gun. But in the end, it's the father who is the hero. As a dad myself I do tear up a bit each time he says, "say...what's that behind the desk?" You can see the magic light up in Ralphie's face at that moment. Watched it again twice last night and wow! what a great moment. Really it's the Old Man who is the hero of the movie and it's completely unexpected.
Dec. 25, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST
by Flying Spaghetti Monster
I owe you one Scorekeeper; Silvestri's alternate score is blowing my mind.
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Dec. 29, 2009, 12:27 a.m. CST
as a kid, with my Grandmother. Loved it then, love it now. Only recently started laughing at the "Not a finga!"
Dec. 29, 2009, 12:28 a.m. CST
until this year! How is that possible?
Dec. 29, 2009, 12:29 a.m. CST
What the hell was that? An antenna?