Notes on Short Film

Lengthy diatribe on brief cinematic experience.

Christmas in New York (1997)

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This film, directed by then Columbia University Mark Millhone (pictured above), takes a sardonic look at the holiday season from a struggling writer’s point of view. Honestly, this wasn’t one of my favorites. The tone of the film starts out pessimistic and ends up pretty hopeful, having explored some of the bitterness associated with the commercialism of Christmastime. IMDb seems to agree with me that this film is only worth a passing mention.

One thing I do find interesting is that after Millhone won the student award for this film, he went on to direct … absolutely nothing. His bio states that he went on to teach screenwriting at NYU and then began writing a column for the popular magazine Men’s Health. He also wrote a memoir titled The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances. This is an all-too-uncomfortable example of “Those who can’t do, teach.” Yeesh!


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