Cover of The Ice Harvest (Widescreen Edition)
As Wichita Falls... So Falls Wichita Falls.As I come up on the Yuletide, my common practice of watching seasonal fare is in its usual swing. However, in the last few years, I seem to be seeking a balance of light and dark wares whenever I am hip deep in Scotch tape and gift wrap, or the paper cuts in-between opening Christmas cards. For every viewing of The Santa Clause, I want to throw in Bad Santa. Have a jones for White Christmas? I want Die Hard, too. And when I think of one of my all-time favorite films, Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, all I can think about nowadays is its antithesis, the Harold Ramis directed The Ice Harvest from 2005. Fair warning, some of the plot points for both films are revealed in this post. If you haven't seen either, and don't wish to have your fun spoiled, it'd be best to stop right here. For the rest of you, I'll assume you've seen both, or at least the Capra film, and wonder why I think they're very much related.
Christmas Eve. Ho, ho, f*ckin', ho.The rest of the article has been updated and moved to my current blog, found here.