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Classified Concepts End of the Year Wrap-Up

December 17, 2009

The Classified Concepts Team wants to say “Thank You” for being such a great customer this past year. Yes, things have been tough all over, and the newspaper industry has been getting, well, a lot of bad press. But together, we are weathering the storm and making the changes that will turn the tide, which is something we should all feel good about.

And in the spirit of “feeling good,” we decided this year that rather than send you the usual “Season’s Greetings” card signed by all of the folks here, we would gift you with something a little more personal. Something from our hearts to yours. Something that will provide you with hours of pleasure, and if you have Netflix, will cost you virtually nothing. And here’s the best part, if you want to re-gift it, please, be our guest!

So, with our sincere gratitude and best wishes for the Holiday Season, here is the official 2009 Holiday Movie Recommendation List, straight from the Classified Concepts Team to You. Sit back, relax with your loved ones and a cup of hot cocoa, and enjoy…

From the desk of Sarah, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas“:
“I grew up watching the original version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” every winter, so it is ingrained in my memory as an essential part of celebrating the season. I loved The Grinch’s dog Max, his unwilling partner in crime. I also loved the songs, the crazy contraptions, adorable Cindy Lou Who, and even the Grinch with his “heart two sizes too small.” The message that the holiday spirit lives on despite the lack of presents, trimmings and “stuff” is even more pertinent today at this often-over-commercialized time of year. So put away the Guitar Hero, turn off the cell phones and gather round the flat screen to sing along with all the Whos in Whoville as you welcome the holiday season with this animated classic.”

Jesse recommends “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles“:
“I like “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” because we can all relate to holiday travel delays. Everyone loves to tell of their worst travel experience, but John Hughes one-ups us all with this tale of Neal Page (Steve Martin) just trying to make it home for Thanksgiving while Del Griffith (John Candy) earnestly tries his best to help him achieve that goal. John Candy and Steve Martin are hilarious together in this classic holiday film.”

Andy’s pick, “Bad Santa“:
“This is one of my all-time favorites. Billy Bob was born to make this movie. Don’t waste your holiday watching “A Christmas Story” for the millionth time. Grab your loved ones, maybe a brandy and eggnog, and cuddle up with this hilarious holiday movie.”

Rachel gives 2 thumbs up to “Keeping the Faith“:
“A rabbi and a priest fall in love with the same woman. Need I say more? I absolutely adore this romantic comedy with Ben Stiller, Edward Norton and Jenna Elfman. The hilarity of mixing old values and traditions with modern beliefs and opinions all intertwined into our day-to-day stress and experiences makes for a rollercoaster that will have you rolling on the floor laughing. What do you get when you cross a rabbi service with a priest sermon, sprinkle in some karaoke, blind dates and a little alcohol? Well you’ll just have to watch “Keeping the Faith” to find out!”

Peter suggests “Elf“:
“Hands down one of the funniest holiday movies of all time, and one of Will Ferrell’s best performances as “Buddy the Elf”. This movie will have everyone rolling on the floor, from the kids on up to grandma and grandpa. The underlying themes of holiday spirit and focusing on what is truly important are things we can all relate to, especially at this time of year.”

Tina knows you’ll love “When Harry Met Sally“:
When Harry Met Sally has to be one of my all-time favorite movies. Not just for the holidays…Rob Reiner’s now classic romantic comedy is the gift that keeps on giving all throughout the year. I find myself quoting this movie in everyday life all of the time (just ask the CC Team). With stellar performances by Billy Crystal, an unlikely hero of romance (but you’ll find yourself strangely attracted to him, really), and cute-as-a-button Meg Ryan, backed up by Billy’s favorite movie sidekick, Bruno Kirby (miss him), and the all too believable Carrie Fisher, you’d have to be in a coma not to laugh out loud at this movie. Share it with your kids (you might have to put earmuffs on them for Meg Ryan’s famous diner scene)…show them what real life falling in love is all about.”

Classified Concepts wishes you Happy Holidays

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