Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Groundhog Day

Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, so it looks like we’re in for six more weeks of winter. Sigh. I’m not sure how exactly a groundhog becomes a meteorologist, but it’s a fun tradition.

I realized while writing this that many of you are young enough that you weren’t around when the Bill Murray/Andie MacDowell classic “Groundhog Day” was released in 1993. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you check your local listings or add it to your Netflix queue (sadly, it’s not available on Instant Play). Bill Murray plays a disgruntled meteorologist sent to cover the Groundhog’s Day festivities in Punxsutawney, and he gets trapped reliving the day until he learns to be a decent human being. It got me to thinking, there are a ton of movies about Christmas but not many about other holidays. What’s your favorite non-Christmas holiday movie? And are you ready for spring to just get here already, or are you enjoying the winter?

By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

20 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Groundhog Day”

I have seen the movie. The guy who plays Judas bugs me, so I just stick to the soundtrack. Also, it’s easier to do things like clean or cook when I’m listening to music than when I’m trying to watch a movie. I think the entire story is encompassed in the soundtrack, so I don’t feel like I’m missing much

I think winter left. Last week it felt like winter, this week it feels like early spring. Silly northeast.

My favorite non-Christmas movie would have to be a Halloween one. I just don’t have one, though. I only saw Hocus Pocus this year, and I really liked it, and I only saw The Nightmare before Christmas this year, and liked it…well, you get the picture. The only movie I tend to watch every year on a holiday is the Ten Commandments, at Passover. Although I’ve never seen all of it. It happens to be on the same place every year when we finish, so I see the same about half an hour’s worth every year.

I love The Nightmare before Christmas! I think I consider it a Christmas movie rather than a Halloween movie. However, that may be because I celebrate Halloween all year. No, really. Right now I have skeleton towels in my kitchen, and my house is full of bats and those little Halloween village ceramics.

I’ve never seen the Ten commandments, which is weird because it seemed like my granddad watched it all the time…

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