Here’s a “hundred best” list of Christmas movies that pretty much covers the territory. For those of us who are of a certain age, the fact that five of the “top eight” movies are pre-1950 ensures that the standbys that have become part of the season are not just included, but highlighted.
Nora Ephron’s Mixed Nuts made number 68, which is an unusually high rating for a movie that initially bombed both critically and at the box office. I’ve just looked over the initial reviews, which asked how such talent could make such a mess. Fueled by slapstick, Mixed Nuts has a special place in my heart, not just because it includes the truly down-and-out in a inclusive way. Steve Martin tries to keep a suicide-prevention hotline with eviction problems open over Christmas in Venice, California, perhaps the most unlikely of Christmas settings. Steve, of course, ‘mans’ the phone in his deadpan way, and the late Madeleine Kahn is her irrepressible self. Just to show I’m not completely alone in my admiration for this work, here’s a “passionate moviegoer” who also loves this movie.
Causes Kevin Arnold Supports
Poetry Center San Jose, East Palo Alto Police Activities League (EPA PAL), Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Yale Writing Conference, Gold Rush Writers