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Egg nog and 'Valkyrie:' quite a combination

November 30, 2008 - Per Peterson
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Miracle of 34th Street,” “A Christmas Story,” “Christmas Vacation.” Four classic/semi-classic Christmas movies. You watch these movies, you automatically think of Christmas. They’re all time-honored flicks, some of which have been woven in family traditions. Now, thanks to Hollywood, we can add another one to this list: Valkyrie, the touching story of the plot to kill Hitler. The United States release date: Dec. 25, or, as I like to call it, Christmas. Ahh, nothing makes you think Christmas more than Tom Cruise and Adolph Hitler. Why Hollywood, why? I guess I’m naive, and I admit I don’t know much about Hollywood and how they determine theatrical releases, but I just can’t imagine spending my Christmas afternoon sitting in a movie theater watching a movie about the plot to assassinate one of history’s most evil leaders. But this is nothing new for Hollywood. Some of the movies that have been released on Christmas Days past: Cast Away (2000), Dracula 2000 (2000), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). The IMDb Web site listed a number of movies that have been released on Christmas Day and none of them have to do with Christmas. Some are horror movies and many didn’t even do that well at box office anyway. I’m not against going to a movie on Christmas Day. For some families, it’s probably a tradition. That’s cool. But Valkyrie? That’s like buying a Christmas CD featuring Snoop Dog. Ho, ho, ho.


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