Through revolution and repression, art was Marjane Satrapi's lifeline. She was 9 in 1978 when Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was deposed and the Islamic Revolution rocked her native Iran; 25 in 1994 when she left her homeland for France, where she put her youth into personal and historical perspective.
In the holly-decked history of holiday songs, before the Singing Dogs barked "Jingle Bells," before Cheech and Chong tittered "Santa Claus and His Old Lady," there was Dave Seville and the Chipmunks' chirping "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," a nifty novelty tune promoting that nifty novelty item, the hula hoop. You could hear the sleigh bells and cash registers ringing.
Carrie Rickey was born in L.A. around the time the Jennifer Jones/Laurence Olivier movie Carrie hit screens. Hence her name. Since then she's seen more than 12,000 films without losing her love of movies -- or wordplay. But don't envy her job too much. She has to sit through the likes of Battlefield Earth just so she can warn you not to.