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Holiday Challenge Day 1 (DM’s Version): The Best Fucking Christmas Movie There Is

Posted on 26 November 2011 by DM

I was more than pleased to see that Vincenzo had selected Frank Capra’s perennial classic It’s A Wonderful Life to kick off this year’s Christmas challenge. It has always been something of a tradition in my household to watch it on Christmas Eve before bed (something I will still be doing) and I was happy to get an early dose in this year.

I really do not know what it is about the movie that captures my heart and mind.  Is it the struggle of George Bailey to live up to everything his father was all the while chomping against that bit of selflessness and goodwill? Is it the cast that so well portrays the people and their struggles in a small town in the early 1900s? Is it Donna Reeds timeless beauty? It is all of that and more.

I have not stopped to read Vincenzo’s take on the movie yet because I want to give you my own untainted view but I will proceed by answering the question in his title.  We watch It’s A Wonderful Life because we crave to see a man fight against his worse nature and instincts and come out on the side of goodness and prosperity.  You see it is my theory that George Bailey is the other side of Mr. Potter’s coin.  Both are intelligent, shrewd, and frustrated men.  Both men want to see themselves better and have that secret voice whispering in their ears that if other people were meant to succeed then they would work harder to do so.  The difference is, of course, Peter Bailey and his role in George’s life.

Being raised by Peter Bailey instilled within George the idea that not every person gets the breaks they need to prosper in this world.  Every person needs a helping hand now and then.  Perhaps the most poignant scenes in the film are those in which we see George fight internally against his own nature and come out on the side of charity without fail.  Seeing George chose to help people again and again at the expense of his own happiness makes the final scene wherein we see how appreciated his efforts have been all the more joyous.

I will leave you with these corny but nonetheless true words: No man is a failure who has friends.

Atta boy, Clarence

DM
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Challenge Day 1: Why We Watch It’s a Wonderful Life

Posted on 25 November 2011 by VinnieAve

So today I started the long awaited All Geek Considered Christmas Challenge with Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life. I suspect that with the political atmosphere right now many people will talk about this film with respect to how a financial industry should run (I bet there have been a few over the past few years). I don’t particularly want to talk too much about the financial crisis so I am going to try and say what makes this film so appealing. I am writing this presuming everyone has already seen the movie, that might be a bad assumption but I’m going to make so beware spoilers lie ahead.
I have seen this film numerous times and I find that what makes this film uplifting is not George Bailey’s life which in general is getting stuck in bad spot while everyone around him succeeds and prospers but George Bailey as a person. The man who even though he sees all his friends and family become successful in everything they do but still manages to put everyone else before himself. It is this spirit that makes the film a successful story. The viewer is meant to both pity and envy George Bailey. I don’t want to say much on the film since I hope that everyone will at least give it a watch and I am sure some cynical asshole will say it is just sentimental drivel but if there is one time of the year when sentimental drivel is allowed its between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you intend on reading the complete series of the Christmas Challenge get ready for a lot of drivel since I’ve got at least 3 versions of A Christmas Carol coming down the pipeline.

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