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Scenes of the Season: All I Want for Christmas

is love. And of course I am not alone in that, which is why this movie resonated with so many people, found an appreciative audience.

A great cast, including Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Bill Nighy and Laura Linney. Very solid directing by Richard Curtis, writer of a number of excellent British productions of recent years, including the TV shows “Blackadder” and “The Vicar of Dibley” and the movie Four Weddings and a Funeral – and most recently the fun comedy Pirate Radio (aka The Boat That Rocked). And lots of happy endings.

Roger Ebert called it “a belly flop” and you can sort of see his point. There are too many love stories, and the quality of them is uneven, and some of the situations do seem contrived or far too obvious. But when you read what Ebert has to say about the movie, you get the idea that he enjoyed it far more than that “belly flop” would suggest. And with performances like those of Hugh Grant, never more winning than he is here, and Bill Nighy who, as usual, steals the show, there is plenty to enjoy – even if, in the end, there is maybe too much over all. But in any case, I am truly a sucker for holiday fare and I genuinely enjoyed this movie.

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is an over-caffeinated and under-employed grad school dropout, aspiring leftwing intellectual and cultural studies academic, film buff and occasional reviewer, and former private detective. Raised in San Francisco on classic film, radical politics, burritos and soul music, then set loose upon the world. He spends his time in coffee shops with his laptop and headphones, caffeinating and trying to construct a post-whatever life.

 

What's in a name... The handle "zerode" is a contraction of Zéro de Conduite, the title of Jean Vigo's 1933 movie masterpiece about schoolboy rebellion.

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