Elf

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I have never been able to watch this without laughing out loud. It’s a happy movie, plain and simple. Will Farrell captures the true spirit of childlike innocence (so well) as an elf raised in the North Pole. He is devastated when he discovers he is really a human. When he runs through the forest dramatically upset and crying, it’s hysterical. This story has echoes of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I promise you will like this movie even if you don’t like Will Farrell.

This film was so original and well done and has become a classic already. The cast is superb, from Bob Newhart as the deadpan adopted Pappa Elf, Ed Asner as Santa, and James Caan as the Sonny Corleone of clueless daddies.

If you haven’t seen this, you are in for a real treat, if for no other reason to see the spaghetti Buddy makes and to hear him argue like a 5 year old when an adult disagrees with him. The wonderful moments are too numerous to mention. The only thing I didn’t like as much was the ending. It just fell flat to me but the very ending scenes at the North Pole made up for it.

I am in a flurry of last minute touches to gifts, my beautiful daughter arrives on Wednesday so I have to have them done soon and wrapped. I’ve never waited this long to decorate. I just arrived at my friends home to house/pet sit for the next three weeks and will decorate once she leaves. Tonight is the last night of Chanukah and my friend Cam is attending a vigil for gun control. Chanukah is not just about gifts, but about taking a stand for things you believe in. Fitting, wouldn’t you say?

The horror of yesterday will haunt us all, for years to come. A sad reminder of the problem we have in this country with assault weapons and gun control. It takes a very, mentally disturbed person to carry out these crimes, all the better to make it impossible for them to have access. So hold your loved ones a little tighter, and be grateful for every chance you have to show, and tell someone how much they mean to you. Shalom.

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