Home Alone: I love watching this one with kids, because they really appreciate the slapstick, as well as the dumb bad guys getting their asses kicked by an 8-year-old. I used to show the French version to my middle school students when I was in the classroom; half the lines still go through my head in French. The soundtrack is really good and adds a serious note to an otherwise straight-comedy movie; that and the talk Kevin had in the church with the neighbor. The house-rigging was great. All we needed was Legos. Those sons of *****es hurt under bare feet. The family gathering at the beginning looked a lot like family gatherings when I was growing up, with people, including a lot of kids, crowded in a tight space and arguing. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern were awesome as the "bandits". I enjoyed John Heard too. One part that gets overlooked but always makes me laugh is Kevin being chased by the burglars and hiding in the Nativity scene. "I think he went in the church." "I'm not going in there." "Me either." Apparently nobody in Chicago has seen "Angels with Filthy Souls" except Kevin. Not that it matters because the way he used the movie clips was funny.