Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Christmas Torment

- - Very few things hold up decently twenty years after their creation, be it cars, movies, or whatever. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of the few films that has held up well after two decades, and still manages to capture the agony of the Xmas season, with its atmosphere of forced merriment, excessive decorations, and reunions with dreadful relatives. As Ellen Griswold expresses it in the film, "It's Xmas...we're all in misery."

If you've heard one Xmas carol too many, can't stand the thought of being in close quarters with relatives you can't stand, or are just sick to death already of a holiday that's come to span essentially two months, Christmas Vacation's the perfect antidote!

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