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Last night I had some friends over and somehow the topic of 'unconventional Christmas films' came up. You know the movies that you (and possibly only you) associate with Christmas even though there's not much Christmas in them? For me it's The Talented Mr. Ripley. I know that there is a brief and disturbing Christmas scene in it (the one where Ripley is busy unwrapping his Christmas gifts that he bought for himself while impersonating Dickie Greenleaf), but I wouldn't exactly call it a 'Christmasy Film'. I think it must of been released around Christmas many years back and that's why it sticks in my head as a must see around the holiday season. My friend Annie felt that for her it's 'The Shining'. I believe that there was a brief moment of confused silence before she explained that it was because of all the snow. Sure, why not. 'Black Christmas' was another one that came up, although there is the direct link to Christmas with that one, albeit a creepy link (and we're talking the original Black Christmas here not the remake). I still have yet to ask John, mainly because I'm worried his response would be something completely bizarre. Shall we take bets on what it will be?
And a note about originals. I've barely had any time in my studio this past week. Those darn print orders are taking up most of my time, plus I've been acting as the fill-in when John can't wait around in the post office line- up. It's typical that now that I have all kinds of ideas for new work, I can't find the time to go and paint. Hopefully I'll have an original ready for Sunday or Monday.
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