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An intimate, hand-made film, Charles Poekel’s Christmas, Again has the sort of lovelorn sensibility that aligns with the previous century’s yuletide tales. At once highly specific to its Greenpoint location and readily accessible to just about any admirer of diligent character studies, Christmas concerns Noel (Kentuckey Audley), a lonesome Christmas tree salesman, who returns to Brooklyn for the holiday season following a breakup, all beautifully rendered by Sean Price Williams’ 16mm cinematography. When he...
Christmas trees are great and all, with their fresh pine scent and holiday cheer and so forth, but they're also an enormous pain. Not just the lugging home part or the dropping needles part, but the quest to actually find one that will fit into an already-crowded New York City apartment. Many of us can't fit a full-sized bed in our little overpriced hidey holes, let alone find a place for a purely decorative...
I don't care what holidays you do or don't celebrate, it's an incontrovertible fact that December is the best month to be in New York City because the normal New York street smells of garbage and urine and shit (dog or otherwise) are vanquished (temporarily, but still!) by the nutty aroma of roasting chestnuts and by the pine-infused air surrounding the borough's ubiquitous Christmas tree stands. You'd have to have a heart at least...