Santa's back at the North Pole with an empty sleigh. Gifts have been used, enjoyed, or maybe exchanged. Wrapping paper and ribbon have been tossed or added to the stash. There is one thing that may be left to do - acknowledge those gifts.
It takes gall to riff on Raymond Chandler, which doesn't mean it
can't be done. Robert Altman did it brilliantly in his 1973 movie,
"The Long Goodbye." And now Jonathan Ames is putting a droll,
Brooklyn hipster spin on the genre with "Bored to Death."