MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY CHANUKAH/HAPPY KWANZAA EVERYBODY!
As I write this entry at 10pm on Christmas Eve, I do so while partaking in one of my favorite Christmas traditions: 24 Hours of A Christmas Story on TBS, a tradition that began for me about five years ago. Over the 24 period that TBS airs the movie, I will watch it in it’s entirety at least two times and another two times in the bits and pieces I see over the course of Christmas Day.
In the spirit of the season, today’s article will feature the thoughts and reflections that go through my head as I begin my first viewing of the movie this year, so if you have never seen the actual movie, please stop reading for the sake of spoilers and for the fact you will have no clue what I’m talking about. For those who know the joys of A Christmas Story, Enjoy!
-The way Ralphie looks at the Red Ryder BB Gun in the movie’s opening sequence reminds me of how I used to look at new baseball bats in sporting goods stores or the Nintendo 64 in Toys R’ Us.
I love how this movie is dated to take place in the late 1930‘s/early 40’s (pre WWII) but still feels current when you watch it. Also, despite the fact this is not a Disney movie, there is a ton of Disney intellectual property in this flick. Put Snow White and Mickey Mouse in a movie today like that and get ready to get sued.
- Is the Lone Ranger’s Nephew’s Horse really named Victor? If you know, please post a comment on my blog (found at the link at the end of the article)
If a bunch of escaped prisoners were in your backyard trying to rob you, trying to ward them off with an air rifle will do nothing, fellow students will not carry you around the classroom if you write a good paper, and soap poisoning will not result in adult-onset blindness. I feel like Ralphie may exaggerate a bit when he daydreams.
Ralphie seems to describe his father as someone who swears constantly yet you never really hear him say anything that is beyond a PG rating.
- Considering that I once got my tongue stuck to a metal part of an old freezer, I really wish I had seen this movie when I was a kid.
-There has been nor will there ever be a better name for a bully than Skut Farkus.
-Listening to Ralphie read his paper makes me think that he really only deserved a C+. Had I been the teacher, I wouldn’t have been as kind.
-One of my goals in life is to own a full-sized replica of the Christmas Story leg lamp. Or better yet, to have one given to me as a “Major Award”
-If this movie had taken place in modern times, I’m pretty sure a quick Google search would have prevented Ralphie from being crushed by Ovaltine’s Viral marketing campaign during the Little Orphan Annie show
-Seriously though, how does a plastic lamp shatter after being knocked off a table?
-I can never get over how big a jerk the super-creepy department store Santa was to all the kids. Santa should never tell a kid that they can’t have a gift.
-What was Ralphie thinking? Shooting a BB gun at a metal sign? I know the kid is supposed to be like 9 but he should at least have a basic knowledge of Newtonian Physics by that point in his life.
For those of you who enjoy the film, I hope you found this entertaining and for those of you who have never seen it, only 364 more days until the next marathon.