Today we have a wonder-filled Throwback Thursday for you. Next month, nostalgic audiences will welcome the return of Diana Prince, better known as Wonder Woman.
First appearing in the 1941 comic, All Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman has since seen plenty of action through the decades, fighting an assortment of bad guys from Nazis to supervillans. She always prevailed, not only because of her exceptional fighting ability, but also because she had some handy super hero hardware to go along with her super hero patriotic tights (her sexy — or as some would say, sexist — version of the typical super suit worn by male super heroes). Bulletproof bracelets and shield, a telepathic tiara, and the Lasso of Truth have been mainstays to her crime-fighting arsenal. Add to that her invisible plane, and you have a super hero that has instilled wonder, in every sense of the word, in generations of DC Comics fans and critics alike. (She has sparked continuing debate in some interesting articles such asthis oneandthis one and this one).Continue reading “Wonder Woman: A Nostalgic Hero Returns to the Big Screen”
According to recent research by the Pew Research Center:
“[Y]oung adults – those ages 18 to 29 – are more likely than their elders to have read a book in the past 12 months. Fully 80% of young adults read a book, compared with 71% of those ages 30 to 49, 68% of those 50 to 64 and 69% of those 65 and older.”
This holiday season, let’s improve on those statistics. You probably have at least one of these classic Christmas books in your home right now. If not, go get one or more of them from the library or the bookstore. Gather the family. Kids. Mom and Dad. Grandpa and Grandma.
See? Dozens and dozens of lists just like this one. Some have 10 movies. Some 25 or 50. Some have 100.
I dunno . . . seems like a “Top 100 Christmas Movies” list would cover just about every Christmas movie you could possibly want to watch. One wonders what kind of horribleness your Christmas movie has to be to not make a top 100 list . . .
In any event, you may be asking yourself: why should I read another Christmas movie list? What could The Nostalgia Diaries possibly add to the conversation?
Last Monday we featured 11 modern Christmas songs destined to become classics. For those of us who grew up listening to “classic” Christmas songs from the likes of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, it’s sometimes challenging to listen to modern Christmas recordings and have the same feeling we get when songs like White Christmas or Sleigh Ride come on the radio.
And that’s even true for contemporary remakes of those old classic standards. For me, it seems like only when the modern versions sound like the classic versions (a la Michael Bublé on, well, pretty much every song he sings) or when a new recording harkens back to a classic style (a la Brett Eldredge on Glow) do I feel that similar sense of nostalgia I have when Nat King Cole sings the Christmas Song. Now I’ve never had roasted chestnuts on an open fire, but when the guitar and strings and piano start playing the first few bars and Nat starts in with his gentle, pitch-perfect voice on his definitive 1961 recording, it takes me back. So many classic songs do that, and this time of year the local radio plays a fair amount of them, interspersed among the more recent holiday efforts by Carrie Underwood, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Justin Bieber.
Seems like every artist wants to put out a Christmas album some time during their career and inevitably, they fall back on doing a few of the “classics.” Some provide safe, traditional renditions of each song, staying faithful to the composer’s vision. Others change it up a bit, looking to bring new feelings or flavors to the mix.
From a nostalgic point of view, there are so many songs that give rise to warm, positive feelings during the Christmas season that it’s hard to narrow them down. But we think we’ve found a few fabulous holiday songs for your listening pleasure.