December 2006, issue 20
"Just once, I'd like a regular, normal Christmas. A little eggnog, a...tree, a little turkey. But no. I gotta crawl around this...tin can." John McClane [Bruce Willis], Die Hard 2 
Our Holiday Gift Guide
First of all, if I were you, I wouldn't be taking my advice on holiday gifts. I always wait till the last minute. But hey, this was my idea, so as long as you're here, let's do this.
Second of all, you can't exactly give these to anyone, because they belong to the library, but you can borrow them and watch them together with some popcorn or Chinese food, and that way, you're giving [swelling string section here] the gift of cinema. Or, you can go buy a copy on Amazon. I'm just throwing some ideas out there. In the spirit of the season. The rest is up to you. So here goes, we're matching media with that special stereotyped personality on your list:
American Idol Wannabe/karaoke addict: Muriel's Wedding. One of the best karaoke scenes, in, dare I say it, the entire history of motion pictures.
Art Lover: Artist biopics are depressing, so we'll skip those. Sister Wendy, on the other hand, talks funny and looks funny, but boy does she love art and her enthusiasm is contagious. Even your snootiest art lover pal has to smile when she's on the TV.
Break Dancer: Beat Street.
Conspiracy Theorist: 24. The military industrial complex is the most rational explanation for the resuscitation of Kiefer's career.
Democrat: Jack. Documentary about JFK.
Diva: Mahogany. Do you know where you're going to?
Fashionista: Sabrina. Starring Audrey Hepburn with costume design by the legendary Edith Head. Sublime.
Foodie: Babette's Feast. This ain't no Rachel Ray show.
Head-Banger: This is Spinal Tap. It goes to eleven.
Jock: Yo, Rocky.
Librarian: Party Girl. Indie darling Parker Posey works at the NYPL.
Music Lover: Last month we directed your attention to a great set of recent acquisitions, The Jazz Icons series, a number of heretofore unreleased concert films of some of Jazz's greatest performers. Obviously, it's worth mentioning again, because that's exactly what I'm doing.
Nihilist: The Big Lebowski. Who said nihilism isn't funny?
Pharmacy Major: Drugstore Cowboy.
Poet: The Wings of Desire. Angels, humanity, a circus, the iron curtain, and Peter Falk, as himself.
Rapper: Fear of a Black Hat.
Rastafarian: The Harder they Come. Ladies and gentlemen, Mister Jimmy Cliff.
Republican: Dick. Wildly fictionized story of two teenage girls and their friendship with President Nixon.
Video Gamer: the Matrix trilogy.
"I don't know anything. I never did know anything. But now I KNOW that I don't know anything!" Ebenezer Scrooge [Alistair Sim], A Christmas Carol 
In the Mix: a random shuffle of some movies we've played recently in our Now Playing program:
Robert Altman, 1925-2006
Last March, on occasion of Altman's special award at the Oscars, we highlighted a number of his films in our collection, and we took a brief look at his extraordinary, controversial, and uncompromising career.
Betty Comden, 1915-2006
With Adolph Green, Comden was part of one of the great writing teams in film and theater, responsible for the light and joyous Singin' in the Rain, The Band Wagon, It's Always Fair Weather, and On the Town. Four nice ways to find a smile during this hectic holiday season.
Other sites we like:
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This issue of BCLMC is brought to you all the way from the back row by Media Assistant Patrick "What, Me Jolly?" Jewell. Tell your friends.
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