I have a confession to make, one that’s bound to cause old ladies to clutch their pearls in shock and make babies cry:
I absolutely cannot stand It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). I never liked it when I first saw it 30 years ago and I still can’t stand it to this day. And no, it’s not just because it eventually supplanted the far superior The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) as a movie classic.
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Everyone has this fear as they get older that somehow, new junk is going to supplant the classics in status. Anyone over the age of 40 and maybe even 35 knows what I’m talking about. We’ve all had that queasy moment when we’ve come across internet comments raving that Batman Begins is ten times the movie that 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Godfather were.
As much of a problem as this can be, it’s the least of any aging person’s worries. Why? Because sometimes it’s not “new junk” that supplants the classics, but old junk as well.
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