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How to watch “Love, Actually”

How to watch “Love, Actually”

There have been a lot of retrospectives written on Love, Actually this year. The Atlantic hates it. Mother Jones loves it. Jezebel makes fun of it. Having just watched it again last night as I do every year, I have my own issues with it: that “Colin goes to America” plotline is absolutely abysmal, a weird wank-fantasy in an otherwise tender movie. Also, it wouldn’t have killed Richard Curtis to replace that lacklustre storyline with a storyline about a queer…

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New story: A Very vN xMAS Special

New story: A Very vN xMAS Special

I have a real love for Christmas specials. Or, to be more accurate, Christmas episodes. If you gave me the choice between an unknown Christmas movie and a Christmas episode of The West Wing, I’d choose the latter every single time. I watch “A Very Supernatural Christmas” every year around this time. I like what a specific seasonal, cultural, emotional context can do for characters. Putting them through a regular event that your audience has a visceral understanding of is…

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Procrastination: Hawaiian Carols edition

Procrastination: Hawaiian Carols edition

Willie K. is a native Hawaiian performer of no small popularity, and he is also my favourite carol singer (next to Frank Sinatra). Please to enjoy his rendition of “O Holy Night,” which I look forward to all year: Willie K’s version is also called Po Hemolele, and I probably know it better than I do the actual version (which, coincidentally, was my maternal grandmother’s favourite).