In Their Own League Advent Countdown: 3. The Godfather, Part 1

By Joan Amenn This film has been a source of pride and embarrassment for me personally, much like the actual Christmas holidays were when I was growing up. I am proud of being a fourth generation Italian American, but obviously, “The Godfather” series of films reinforced stereotypes about what it means to have my heritage. One thing that I can agree with is the depiction … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Countdown: 3. The Godfather, Part 1

In Their Own League Advent Countdown: 2. Doubt

By Morgan Roberts The 2008 film “Doubt” is a Christmas movie.  I know what you’re saying to yourself, “That’s a bit of a stretch, Morgan” or “Morgan, that’s super dark.” or “Um, Morgan, are you in therapy???” But hear me out!  “Doubt” is brilliantly a Christmas movie because it shows the complexity of the religion and the institution celebrating this holiday. Christmas is not merely … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Countdown: 2. Doubt

In Their Own League Advent Countdown: 1. The Thin Man (1934)

By Joan Amenn Mr. and Mrs. Charles (William Powell, Myrna Loy) have just arrived in New York City for the holiday season and they are ready to party! However, there seems to have been a murder committed and Nick Charles is called out of retirement to solve it, mostly to amuse his wife. Noir, comedy and season’s greetings all mix uniquely in “The Thin Man” … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Countdown: 1. The Thin Man (1934)