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Time to take in a movie

November 30, 2013
By Cindy Votruba , Marshall Independent

I was looking through my Facebook news feed earlier this week when I noticed one of my friends had taken a "list challenge" on the top 50 highest-grossing films of all time. The challenge was to check off how many of the movies you have seen. A couple of my friends had seen more than 40 of these flicks. So I buzzed through the titles. "Hmmhave I seen 'Shrek 3'? I'm not sure." At least I've seen the "Lord of the Rings" movies that are on the list, along with a couple of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. I think all of the "Harry Potter" movies were on the list, but I've only seen one. Truth be told, I haven't read any of the "Harry Potter" books either (throw your objects of choice now at me).

When all was said and done, I had only checked 18 movies. That's right, 18. Well at least I hit double digits. This challenge either shows that I'm either not one who watches the blockbusters or I just, plain and simple, need to watch more movies. That's what people tend to tell me all the time. "You haven't seen 'Airplane' yet? What's wrong with you?" Yeah, yeah, I'll get to iteventually.

Let's put it this way, at least I watch more movies than my parents. I remember my dad taking me to "E.T." and "Return of the Jedi" back in the early '80s. And that's probably the last time he stepped into a movie theater. The last time my mother was in a movie theater was the late'80s I want to say, when she and my aunt took me, my brother and cousins to see a movie. Sure they may have a DVD player now, but they rarely sit down to watch the latest releases.

In reference to the early '80s, it's hard to believe that it's the 30th anniversary of "A Christmas Story." Good grief, it's hard to believe that I'm old enough to remember the movie when it first came out. I stumbled across an article about it. Apparently when it hit the movie screens, it had mixed reviews. Also, Cleveland, where the movie was filmed, is having a big ol' celebration for the anniversary with leg lamps and holiday store windows. The anniversary was Friday and today, and original cast members will make an appearance.

Even though it's a holiday classic now, (especially since we're bombarded with "you'll shoot your eye out" for 24 hours during Christmas on TBS), "A Christmas Story" didn't get widely acclaimed. According to the article I found from Associated Press, one of the headlines for a review said "Bah, humbug."

But it's the memorable scenes that make "A Christmas Story" a holiday favorite. Whether it's the time that Ralphie's buddy Flick is "triple dog dared" to stick his tongue on a frozen flagpole to little Randy getting bundled up in his snowsuit and other winter gear that he can't put his arms down to the pink bunny costume Ralphie gets from his aunt. Plus, the movie has that nostalgic feel as well, since it takes place in the 1940s.

Since I'm not one to watch it during the TBS marathon, I guess it's time I revisit "A Christmas Story."



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