On Entertainment Weekly’s website this morning, I saw a poll about “Love Actually,” asking which of the couples from that movie were most likely to stay together (David and Natalie, of course.) But I was more intrigued by the fact that a number of commenters noted that they watch the movie every year. I’m a little mixed on “Love Actually” myself — some of the subplots are great, some are just grim (though I do love Bill Nighy’s song and Rowan Atkinson’s gift-wrapper) — but I can see why it would become a holiday favorite. My own watch-it-every-holiday movie is an odd choice: “The Railway Children,” an utterly charming British movie from the ’70s that has nothing whatsoever to do with Christmas, but it always had a special Christmas-night TV airing every year when I was growing up in Canada, so for me the two are forever linked. For some of you, maybe it’s “It’s a Wonderful Life,” currently playing its annual holiday run at the Grand Illusion? (“Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!”) If you celebrate Christmas, is there a movie that you always associate with the holiday? If so, share it with the rest of us . . .
And here’s Billy Mack.