Scenic Routes: Putting Timothy Olyphant in a silly Santa hat only makes him more menacing

In Scenic Routes, Mike D’Angelo looks at key scenes, explaining how they work and what they mean.

Every year at this time, I like to devote a column to a scene from a Christmas movie. In the past, I’ve written about It’s A Wonderful Life, Bad Santa, Meet Me In St. Louis (which introduced the song “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”), and others. This year, however, rather than comb through lists of Yuletide cinema, I decided to just close my eyes and see what image popped into my head. What I got was Timothy Olyphant sitting shirtless in a Santa hat, which was not what I had expected.

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