Maybe it was the string of duds I was coming off enduring. Maybe it was the aligning of the sun and stars. Maybe it was the eggnog. Whatever the reason, halfway through the movie, I had to a realization. This wasn’t just a good Christmas movie. For increasingly cynical times, 'Elf' is just about the most perfect Christmas movie imaginable.
Detroit — a city whose past reminds us of the American Dream. Once drenched in streamlined chrome and automated wonder, Detroit was the hottest city this side of the Mississippi. Yet, in July 2013, Detroit became the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy, leaving the nation and world wondering: What happened to Motor City? What caused this once-booming city center of culture and life to drown in over $18 billion of debt?