Christmas movies, like Christmas music, are difficult to avoid when the month of December rolls around. Streaming services feature “Holiday Classics Collections” on their home page. Cable television channels air Christmas movie marathons. Commercials spoof iconic scenes like Flick’s tongue frozen on the flagpole in A Christmas Story (1983) and Andrew Lincoln holding cue cards on the snowy doorstep of Richard Curtis’ Love Actually (2003).
With a single shot in Boogie Nights, director Paul Thomas Anderson subverted the romantic comedy tropes associated with New Year’s Eve in cinema. Read More