A mostly pleasant surprise in a year that has produced a lack of stellar animated outings.
Rise of American authoritarianism; Dream of the political truth-teller; Jerry Lewis and Martin Scorsese; Hilarity of "The Lion in Winter"; Hollywood's costly lack of diversity.
The completion of our countdown of twelve great Chirstmas-set scenes from the movies. Check out #4–#1.
The Grand Poobah's report from the Michigan woods: I'm still out here flashing back for my memoirs. We drove to nearby Sawyer to load up on groceries for one of my recipes for The Pot; we're having the neighbors in for dinner. It is impossible to visit Sawyer without my assistant, Carol Iwata, visiting the soda fountain at Schlipp's Pharmacy. Here she's just finished slurping up a chocolate milk shake made with chocolate ice cream. If you look hard you can see the pharmacist in the mirror.
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