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Sunday Notebook

By admin Published: December 18, 2011

Good weekend so far. My younger son is home from Army training, giving us a chance to catch up after his being away nearly a year. Shopping efforts falling into place. More decorations around the house. And I had a few things for your amusement in today's Beacon Journal and on

For starters, there's this meditation on how a younger generation is looking past vintage Christmas movies to adopt its own favorites.

That story was accompanied by a quiz about holiday movies. The answers are here.

This week's video column focuses on "Midnight in Paris" and the "Glee" concert movie.

Not in the column but something I caught up with over then last couple of days is "Margin Call," the financial-crisis drama starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Paul Bettany and Demi Moore. From writer-director J.C. Chandor, a College of Wooster alum, it is at times suspenseful and the performances show what a good hand Chandor has with actors; Spacey, for one, has reined in his more melodramatic tendencies. That said, the movie -- most of which takes place in meetings among soft-spoken, calculating characters -- never soars. I liked parts of it but was less than excited by the piece as a whole. You can judge for yourself on Tuesday when it arrives on DVD and Blu-ray.

Some odds and ends from Saturday's print Heldenfiles.

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