Program Notes

From the Film Vault Blog

Program Notes: Scrooge (1970)

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Perhaps Charles Dickens was writing musicals and didn’t realize it. Scrooge has all the hallmarks of musical theater - emotional catharsis, bigger-than-life characters, and innate moral sense.

Program Notes: Scrooged (1988)

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Is Scrooged (1988) a Dickens movie or a Bill Murray movie? A bit of both, actually. If the tale’s overall arc is familiar, some of the details are delightfully oddball.

Program Notes: The Road (2009)

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It seems a strange thing to say about one of the most depressing films ever offered, but The Road is beautiful in its depiction of parent/child love that transcends the worst the world can throw at us.

Program Notes: A Christmas Carol (2009)

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There are a few moments in the computer-animated A Christmas Carol when it seems bent on re-imagining the yarn as a theme park thrill ride. But despite these lapses, it delivers. And Jim Carrey gets most of the credit.

Program Notes: Miracle Mile (1988)

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Miracle Mile (1988) is about the last 24 hours of life on Earth. A nifty blend of conflicting moods, there’s terrific suspense and unexpected bursts of snarky humor set against an apocalyptic background.

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