[quote].... if he had wanted to be, say, famous governor, Supreme Court judge or movie star, yes, you're right--not everyone can achieve their dreams.[/quote] That isn't what I meant. George's dreams were not unattainable, but sometimes people still can't live their dreams out. I gave up a lot for family reasons, but if I just went and did what I wanted right out of college, I would not have met my wife or had my two sons; all of whom I would immediately and gladly give my life for. My mother also would not still be living in her own home. Sure, sometimes I've been a bit wistful about my life, but there has never been a single moment of regret nor would I change anything if I was given the opportunity to, although I concede my dreams were not as lofty as George's. We can't be certain that everything would have been perfect for George if he didn't take command of his family after his father's tragic passing. George had a deep vein of character running through him. Had his brother not been able to go to college and instead worked the mines, had the Building and Loan folded and the many of his friends forced to live in Potter's hovels, would George have been able to enjoy his life as much knowing what he left behind? He also wouldn't have married Mary, and a good wife is something that no man should take lightly. In any case, I don't think we should overthink this and look too deep for some meaning. I see this as a simple story of a man who didn't realize his dreams, but also didn't realize how loved and admired he was by his wife, kids, family, and friends. Not everyone can live out their dreams, and this movie certainly isn't the only one that covers that reality. As Dorothy found out, sometimes there is no place like home. [quote]Did the women and children Smokers deserve to die?[/quote] Why yes, yes they did. [quote]It would be like the plot summary of The Shawshank Redemption being "A man escapes from prison". [/quote] NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooo........................!! Sigh... too soon. Christmas Story is from a collection of short stories of the childhood memories by Jean Shepherd, and they take place over several years. The stories were combined for this one script. Since Shepherd was born in 1921, it would be from the late 20s to early 30s when he would have been the proper age to have been in grammar school. Indeed, he never mentions WWII at all. Still, the console radio looked to be a Westinghouse from the late thirties or early forties and his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring said 1940. The old man's Olds is a '37. My guess is that they didn't need a year and just placed it somewhere before WWII. [quote]For me, the problem is in the fact that an advanced species of spacefaring aliens apparently never discovered microbiology when even the humans back in the 50s were well aware of such a threat.[/quote] That also bothered me as well, but it still could have been addressed within the script if they didn't mind adding some more exposition. [quote]This film is falling apart before my very eyes.[/quote] LOL! He actually ripped no one off. I admit this ending leaves a lot of people cold, but the guy is in fact a land developer and paid top dollar for the tree farm. The woman sold the farm for what it was worth, but had second thoughts and wanted it back. No one else would pay more except those who foolishly let their feelings rule their business heads. His intention was to develop the property and make it more valuable. That takes investment. But if he thought the land was worth 3.0 million when fully realized, then he should have discounted the money he wouldn't have spent for clearing land, demolition of the house and village, costs of parceling up the property, permits, legal expenses, etc., but that's a different argument. I mean really, he was in his rights to ask what the land would *eventually* be worth. She had the option of buying it back or not. He was under no legal or moral obligation to back out of a deal that would make him money. What I was actually expecting (and this would just regurgitate most Hallmark type movie plots) was that the developer would have a Christmas Change of Heart (CCH - trademark pending) and hand over the property with moist eyes and a joyful spirit.. Those of us in the areas that get real winter snow weather know that an uninsulated attic is just a bit better than being outdoors. For instance, my attic is maybe 10 degrees warmer than it is outside, but we get sub zero days. An attic like that is well ventilated and has a vent along the entire ridge of the roof plus vents along both side soffits. Space heaters may help, but any wind outside will quickly change the air in the attic. Brrrr... I am forced to admit that is indeed a very serious and, yes, a MASSIVE plot hole, but that's nothing compared to the fact that [b]the attic Keven was banished to when he was punished was uninsulated!![/b] The little snot bucket would have frozen to death. Not sure Stoltz even *had* a career... [quote]...and will need a boost from international moviegoers to turn a profit.[/quote] I wonder how well this will play overseas.. Americans will love it but Europeans have a grudging respect for the U.S., but not much admiration. My father always said that the Europeans never forgave us for having to bail them out in two world wars. It might play better in Asia. I am forced to wonder how much of the bullshit these Hollywood leftists actually believe, or if they're just trying to keep a career alive lest it be blackballed into mothballs. [quote]Your apology sounds like it was written by a grad student. [/quote] Maybe Sandman is! But you're correct of course: Kevin was still furious over how Buzz went out of his way to humiliate him and how he seemingly caught all of the blame for the incident. I don't think his reaction to Buzz's obviously (except to everyone else) fake apology was unexpected for some kids. But I think this was script was written almost as if being retold by Kevin at a later time. Surely, everyone but himself would be blameless, and every adult was out to get him. CTE is no joke. An autopsy performed on Aaron Hernandez showed him to have the worst case of CTE they had ever seen for someone his age. What they never explained was, age aside, how bad he had it. If he had it bad, it would certainly explain his actions. By all accounts, he wasn't like that at all in high school. I hated Hernandez and wished him all the misery he could have in his 40 years behind bars. I was forced to reevaluate my judgemental attitude when his autopsy was published. Does O.J. have CTE? Considering the players who have it and claim huge personality changes, particularly those who haven't run afoul of the law or abused anyone, I'm given to believe that O.J.'s personality change could very well be a result of CTE. If it is, it makes the whole case even more of a tragedy. Sounds like the old Russian CIA director: "show me a man and I'll show you a crime". The Dems have been dumpster diving looking for a crime to fit their impeachment plan. Every fake story has failed miserably and is showing the country they are willing to disenfranchise millions of voters to unseat a president with no crime. I'm not even sure which fake story they're using this week, but if it's the Ukraine story, it seems that Ukraine was not aware of any attempt to coerce help from them, and in fact, the money that was supposed to be delayed in a quid pro quo was actually delivered before Ukraine even began an investigation or knew about the quid pro quo. Fun times. Well, yeah. But Rocky was still a better fighter for Apollo's involvement. Even while doing the rope-a-dope with Clubber he was able to (mostly) slip Clubber's punches better than his first fight. His footwork was also better. [quote]I’m pretty sure that’s where all the zippidy doo da comes from. [/quote] It does. My mother brought me and my brothers to see this back in the late 60s, and this wide eyed black boy loved it, as I did all Disney movies. I remember being moved by the injury to the little white boy Johnny, and how he called for Uncle Remus while barely conscious. What a great and moving film with no political overtones whatsoever. I streamed it through an android box and showed it to my nieces and nephews a couple of years ago. It looked like a VHS stream but the story got across. The kids loved it. Yes, but the Swedes can take great comfort in knowing they are more enlightened than those racist countries that carefully vett immigrants. Surely that's worth the bombings and rapes, no? This movie is from a child's perspective where all adults are mean and uncaring to kids.. But back to topic: if one of my kids was acting like a jerk, I would be mad at my brothers for NOT calling him one.