Almost everyone has some sort of Christmas/holiday television tradition. Whether it's football, the Frosty cartoon, or forcing the younger set to watch an old black-and-white movie, we all enjoy a bit of holiday entertainment. Now, I'm the first to admit my mistletoe tastes are less serious than most, shall we say. I love Bing Crosby, but the only way I'm watching White Christmas is at gunpoint. Like most movies, the way I decide if something is a classic is simple: If it came on at 10:30 at night, would I stay up and watch it? So without further ado, these currently are my 10 favorite holiday comedies. I limited the list to comedies, although I'm not sure it would be much different if I opened the contenders up to all holiday films.
If you enjoy the finer things in life, you expect to travel in style and comfort. Fortunately, today’s automakers can provide luxury cars in a variety of price ranges.
Rolls-Royce. The name alone conjures up images of beautiful people getting out of fancy cars. For gearheads, though, a Rolls-Royce is an exquisitely engineered and built machine that represents the pinnacle of automotive fabrication.
Story: In part three of Richard Wagner’s mythical tetralogy, The Ring Cycle, the hero Siegfried spends his days cajoling Mime, the Nibelung dwarf and brother of Alberich who raised Siegfried after the deaths of his parents, Siegmund and his sister Sieglinde. For his part, Mime hopes to manipulate Siegfried so that he can possess the fabled Ring.
So last week, Rolling Stone magazine came out with its readers’ poll, listing the 25 funniest films of all time. It’s an easy out for the magazine: When outraged fans post about missing movies or complaints about certain ones on the list, the editors can simply fall back on the 'readers’ poll' excuse. No going out on a limb there.
A Pacific Parade cruise is the perfect getaway for someone not wanting to travel too far, but still enjoy exciting cities and wonderful adventures they may never have otherwise. After a plane ride to Vancouver, we boarded the Celebrity Century to embark on an 11-day journey down the west coast of Canada and the United States.
For those lucky enough not to need the practicality of a four-door sedan or an SUV, a sporty coupe can provide good looks, personal luxury and sporty performance.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Good things come in small packages. Automotively, small cars can be a great solution for people who don’t regularly have to haul around lots of people or cargo. Small cars can offer a smaller purchase price, good fuel economy and a lot of driving fun.
On a recent warm St. Louis night, Maserati St. Louis introduced the new four-door Quattroporte to a large and enthusiastic crowd gathered at Café Napoli in Clayton.
If you live with or are close to someone who smokes, you probably want that person to quit for their own sake. It’s true that there are many immediate and long-term health benefits to smoking cessation. But by encouraging your loved one to quit, you also may be protecting your own health and well-being.
The new 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish was recently unveiled in St. Louis to great acclaim and fanfare, during a first-class affair hosted by J.J. Mills and Graham Hill of St. Louis Motorsports. The guest list included Julian Jenkins, the regional director for Aston Martin of the Americas, who led the introduction of the new 2014 Vanquish in the beautiful newly remodeled Aston Martin showroom.
Say hello to LN’s newest Lil’ One, F. Weller Meyer III!
In celebration of Earth Day this month, we focus on electric/hybrid automobiles. Though some may think electric cars are something new, from about 1900 to the late 1920s, there were a number of electric cars built and sold in America, including Milburns, Bakers and Detroit Electrics. They were mainly driven around town by women who didn’t want to deal with the oil, gas, fumes and shifting of an internal combustion engine.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some higher temps and warm sunshine. Of course, the best way to enjoy all spring has to offer is in a convertible automobile. Convertibles come in all shapes, sizes and prices these days, with attractive options for just about anyone seeking some open-air fun.
Story: Walter Huff makes his living selling insurance policies in Los Angeles. He meets with gruff businessman Herbert Nirlinger to discuss the latter’s insurance needs. While at Nirlinger’s impressive home, Huff strikes up a conversation with Herbert’s wife, Phyllis.
Aerodynamics seems to be shaping most cars these days. And for sedans and coupes, that means a sharply raked rear window, which, in turn, translates to a relatively small trunk opening, making it hard to insert and remove large objects. An easy solution to this problem is the hatchback. Long popular in Europe, this extremely functional body style is under-appreciated here in the U.S.
I have to admit, I went into this movie with the bar set low. The trailer looked dreadful and what’s worse, you sort of got the feeling that they put all the funniest bits into it. This is what I describe as a frustration comedy—a nice guy is getting screwed and a bad/ annoying/ overbearing character is doing all the damage. There’s a fine line with this type of comedy: The good guy has to have just enough of a negative in his personality that the audience can tolerate his abuse, and the foil has to have just enough of a soft side that we forgive him or her in the end. The question here is, is this Planes, Trains and Automobiles or The Cable Guy?
Families these days come in many shapes and sizes. Similarly, cars for families come in a variety of shapes, sizes, trim levels and prices. If your family doesn’t require the space of a minivan or SUV, a sedan can be a great way to get the family around in style and comfort at a price commensurate with your desired level of performance and luxury.
The biggest automotive trend in the last 20 years or so has to be the sport utility vehicle, or SUV. They have all but replaced the family station wagon, and then some. Even business types often choose to drive SUVs for the extra space and for the reassurance of four-wheel-drive surefootedness in wet or snowy weather.
Unless you’re pushing 100 years old, you probably don’t remember the first wave of electric cars that rolled along America’s roads in the early 1900s. Fast-forward, and what’s old is new again, as a number of automakers are building cars that run on electricity alone.
Have you ever woken up to a shiny, beautiful car sitting in the driveway topped with a big red bow and your significant other standing there, jingling the keys? These local car dealers could help your holiday dreams come true.
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With the recent surge in gas prices, people are looking for smaller, more fuel-efficient cars. That’s why in the automotive world, everything old is new again. Case in point, the Crosley automobile, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, and built in Richmond and Marion, Ind., by Crosley Motors from 1939 to 1952. Crosley Motors was founded by Powel Crosley Jr., who manufactured Crosley radios and refrigerators, and also owned the Cincinnati Reds. Believe it or not, a Crosley could be purchased at selected Macy’s stores, along with other Crosley appliances. Talk about one-stop shopping.