On a lighter note, I think, at the Guardian Joe Queenan wants to banish Christmas movies.. [Bah humbug? – Ed] Indeed.
Christmas movies come in four basic varieties: the cuddly, the cloying, the cretinous and the cute. It’s a Wonderful Life, a putatively heartwarming story about a small-time banker with a heart of gold, manages to combine all four elements, as it inexplicably lionises a lunkheaded ninny who risks the financial health of his community by making a series of bad loans to people who are in no position to repay them. Particularly unsuitable for holiday viewing this year, the 1947 Frank Capra classic should really be called It’s a Wonderful Subprime Life.