Looking at the so-called Christmas movies recommended by newspapers in the U.S. and Canada, the holiday must have mutated into something nasty and brutish when I wasn’t looking. Sweeny Todd and No Country for Old Men for Christmas?
Hard to believe, but the films most consistent with the sentiment of the season seem to be The Kite Runner and Charlie Wilson’s War which deal with, of all things, Afghanistan under the Russians, the Taliban and U.S. Armed Forces. Hard to believe but there you have it.
Personally, I recommend another movie set in an exotic locale, but one closer to home:
Image by Mike Licht, with apologies to Joseph Frank “Buster” Keaton.