Christmas, were we meant to wonder what would have happened if Sofia Coppola had directed Rushmore (1998)?
2) Given that Paul Schaffer accompanies Bill Murray for much of the show on the piano, where was David Letterman?
3) Given that Bill Murray moodily looks out over the New York night skyline, romps around in a fancy hotel, and conveys a strong sense of being alone and sad in the indifferent city, how much is A Very Murray Christmas a continuation of Lost in Translation (2003)? As Sofia Coppola admits, "Him [Murray] singing in a tux was my motivation."
4) Given all of the previously mentioned parallels, where was Scarlett Johansson?
5) Isn't Sofia Coppola too cool to overly rely upon empty celebrity glamour, thereby placing both George Clooney and Miley Cyrus in a dream sequence (with Clooney fixing himself and Bill martinis on Schaffer's piano)? Or is the show inevitably all about celebrity glamour, but tastefully executed with enough existential Christmas blues and failure to make it palatable?
6) How much is A Very Murray Christmas an extended Saturday Night Live skit with Murray revamping his ironic "Nick the Lounge Singer" crooner shtick from the 1970s? Does the show succeed in part because Murray can't sing all that well?
8) Who would have thought that Miley Cyrus could sing a compelling version of Silent Night? It is refreshing to see her not have to work so hard (as she usually does) to hold the audience's attention. How much do Sofia Coppola's movies succeed in part because she does not appear to be trying too hard? Is that kind of naturalism in a director becoming increasingly rare?
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