Movies Watched in December 2015

I’ll be brief today, rushing to get this post in just under the wire. 2015 was a great year of movie watching and although I didn’t see as many films in December as I would’ve liked (I never do, it seems…), there were some good ones.

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River of No Return (1954) Otto Preminger

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River of No Return (1954)
Directed by Otto Preminger (and Jean Negulesco, uncredited)
Produced by Stanley Rubin
Screenplay by Frank Fenton from a story by Louis Lantz
Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle
Edited by Louis R. Loeffler
Music by Cyril J. Mockridge
20th Century Fox
(color; 1:31)

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Last year I picked up The Robert Mitchum Film Collection from a Fox Connect Black Friday sale for the absolutely insane price of $3.98. That’s right, a 10-movie set that retails for $48.98. It must’ve been a mistake, but I jumped on it and was charged $3.98.

I’m just now getting around to watching them, starting with the first film in the collection, River of No Return (1954) directed by Otto Preminger, a film whose Frank Fenton screenplay is based on a short story by Louis Lantz, who based his story on the 1948 Italian neorealist classic film Bicycle Thieves. River of No Return is similar to the Vittorio De Sica film only in that a farmer named Matt Calder (Mitchum) struggles to care for his son after his horse has been stolen. Aside from that, there’s very little to connect the two films.

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Christmas Movies and Traditions (Some of Them Possibly Weird)

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I know lots of people have Christmas movie traditions and I’m no different. Mine, however, is pretty standard: I watch It’s a Wonderful Life every year, which I never tire of seeing. My young nieces will be visiting this afternoon and evening, so I’ll probably pop in A Charlie Brown Christmas and/or How the Grinch Stole Christmas, favorites with both of them (and me).

So I’d like to know if you have Christmas movie favorites and/or traditions. Even more, I’d like to know what odd, perhaps off-kilter holiday movie traditions you have that really have nothing onscreen to do with Christmas. Here’s mine:

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