Saturday Evening Movie Thread 12-12-2020 [TheJamesMadison]

Coincidence at Christmas while Home Alone in New York

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In terms of narrative devices, coincidence does not belong at the end of a story. Your protagonist overcoming the odds because something coincidentally falls into his lap for unrelated reasons that provides him the ability to win is inherently unsatisfying. We want our protagonists to earn their victories and losses, not for them to have no say in the matter.

However, coincidence has a more natural fit when stories begin. Two people who don't know each other meeting in a place because they both happen to be there can be the sort of thing that starts an adventure. In Romeo and Juliet the entire action of the story is driven by the coincidence of the two titular characters being at the same party at the same time. It's not the only way stories can begin, but it's common and never really stretches the audience's imagination.

However, can a movie take it too far? As an example, I provide the Home Alone films.

Staying at Home

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So, the Home Alone films are about a young boy, Kevin McAllister, who, on subsequent Christmases, gets separated from his family for several days and must content against a pair of thieves. The first one sees him, well, home alone at his family's house in Chicago.

In order to get Kevin home alone without anyone realizing it long enough for the situation to remain for a while, several things have to play out. First, Kevin must want to be separated from his family, his ticket must be misplaced, the family must not notice his absence on the way to the airport or through the airport or onto the plane until the airplane they are all taking to France gets into the air. Seems easy enough. In order for that to happen, several things need to coincidentally happen.

Kevin needs to get angry with his family. For an eight year old boy, that's easy enough when he's small, one of the youngest members of the extended family, all of whom are staying in the large house his father owns. All he needs is to get pushed around a bit and for his favorite pizza to get eaten before he gets a single slice. Easy.

He needs his ticket lost, so when some Pepsi gets spilled, it hits Kevin's ticket and in the mad dash to clean up his ticket gets thrown in the trash. Um...okay. Sure. That could happen. It's a bit of a stretch on its own and it happening in the middle of the chaos of fourteen people staying in one house is the sort of coincidence that's easy enough to accept.

Next, Kevin needs to be removed from the chaos of everyone getting ready to leave the next morning, so, because of Kevin's bad behavior due to his frustration over the pizza, his mother sends him to the attic bedroom to sleep alone. So far, all of this happening together feels fine.

Then, the chaos of leaving needs to be heightened. It can't be an orderly organization where Kevin gets forgotten, so a tree falls on the powerlines that night and the house loses power along with their alarm clocks. That's the exact sort of thing that happens to start stories. It's good.

Then, the count needs to happen, and the movie takes half a step too far. As everyone is lining up by the pair of airline vans ready to take them to the airport, a neighbor boy who is Kevin's height lines up along with them, speaking endlessly to anyone who's nearby, and he gets counted as Kevin. This neighbor boy is then never seen in the movie again. It's a stretch, but as the final piece of the puzzle, it's good enough. The family is off, and Kevin is home alone.

Going to New York

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The sequel was never supposed to happen. The first ended up being so insanely successful, though, that 20th Century Fox couldn't say no. Bringing back the original team to make a new movie that was completely different but entirely the same all at once, Chris Columbus chose to essentially just remake the first movie but have Kevin end up in New York alone with his family in Florida instead of home alone with his family in France. Totally different.

That's fine, and all, but how does the movie get Kevin to New York alone? The series of coincidences that kept Kevin at home the previous year stretched the concept just to the breaking point before pulling back, but in order to get Kevin alone in New York, they went well beyond the breaking point to a degree of ridiculousness that would have benefited a take on the story that was more satirical and parodic. I'm not saying they should have gone Gremlins 2: The New Batch for the Home Alone sequel, but they totally should have done that.

Anyway, the coincidences are just massive and overbearing for the first half hour of this film. Kevin gets mad at his family again. The family loses power in the middle of the night again. The family rushes to the airport again. Then, with Kevin actually in the van and at the airport, the movie has to start piling on new coincidences. None of the family have tickets sitting next to each other on the plane, so Kevin can get forgotten. Kevin needs new batteries for his voice recorder, so he takes his dad's bag which has the batteries in it (along with hundreds of dollars in cash and his credit cards), slows down in the middle of the chase to the gate, and ends up following another man, who is coincidentally dressed like his dad, to another gate. Okay, so we have all of the first movie's coincidences with the final coincidence in the first replaced with a similar coincidence in the second. This becomes hard to take not just because of the number of coincidences that pile on top of each other (I feel like the man wearing the same clothes as Kevin's dad to be less bearable than the random kid), but also because of the repetition from the first. This is where a more satirical tone would have done the movie some good instead of treating it straight.

The final series of coincidences that sets up the movie, though, are what makes it ridiculous. The Wet Bandits (rebranded as the Sticky Bandits), played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, went to jail at the end of the first movie in Chicago. They start this movie by breaking out of prison, going to New York, arriving on the same day as Kevin, and then coincidentally bumping into him multiple times in one of the world's largest cities. Coincidentally, they both end up going to the same toy store that the Sticky Bandits are planning to rob and Kevin just decides to go shopping in. The effort to get the protagonist (Kevin) and the chief antagonists (Harry and Marv) into the same place so they can butt heads ends up feeling ridiculous after the already stretched thing series of coincidences that happened just to get Kevin to New York.

Moderation is Key

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I think one of the key problems with how Home Alone 2: Lost in New York sets itself up is its use of tone. It tries to capture everything about the first movie including the first's overall sweet tone. In a movie that takes the "bigger is better" approach to sequelizing, the same nice tone doesn't fit. Going back to the Gremlins sequel, Joe Dante, the director of both of the Gremlins movies, rejected any call to a sequel until the studio allowed him to do whatever he wanted, and what he wanted ended up being making a vastly different movie than the first. The first was a child friendly, dark, horror movie, but the second was a satirical cartoon. It repeats most of the same beats from the first, but in such a different way that the repetition becomes incidental rather than distracting. Home Alone 2's insistence on doing everything the same way undermines it, but when combined with the fact that it needs to pile even more coincidence onto an already near the breaking point set of coincidences, the movie ultimately breaks under its own weight.

Coincidence in an Ending

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However, Home Alone 2 takes the coincidence into its final act. There is early word in the film that some relative has a house in New York, and Kevin ends up going there where he can repeat the part of the first movie that everyone remembers: the traps in a house that should kill Harry and Marv but don't because the movie can't quite admit that it's a cartoon. That coincidence exists purely for that repetition, and it makes sure that the movie could never stand on its own. There's fun to be had with the cartoonish nature of the action in the final big sequence, but getting there is simply such a chore as the movie destroys any suspension of disbelief as one improbable thing gets piled onto another onto another seemingly endlessly.

Coincidence, like anything else in storytelling, is a tool like a hammer, and not every problem is a nail. The problem of follow ups to self-contained, high concept movies with definitive endings isn't, I think, just to repeat with bigger is better. You need to offer some real change to the formula. Gremlins 2 changed the genre completely, but another example could be Aliens that kept the original genre of the film, but altered the subgenre, changing it from the haunted house horror film into an action based horror film.

In the specific example of Home Alone 2, though, the bigger is better approach was applied lazily without any real thought about how increasing the number of coincidences that set up the story without applying a different approach to the underlying story would operate. I mean, I get it. Fox was throwing the creative team money and demanding a product based on a release date. There wasn't a whole lot of time to figure things out, but this feels like basic stuff to me.

Movies of Today

Opening in Theaters:

Freaky

Movies I Saw This Fortnight:

Samurai Rebellion (Rating 4/4) Full Review "This movie is great. It's absolutely fantastic and heart breaking." [Netflix DVD]

Ivan's Childhood (Rating 3/4) Full Review "Ivan's Childhood is a good film from a great filmmaker, his first that shows real promise for his future. Oddly enough for his shortest feature film, I just think it's the one with the biggest problem with focus. What's there is never bad, not even close, but I just wish that it all flowed together more seamlessly." [Personal Collection]

Apocalypto (Rating 4/4) Full Review "The simple nature of the story is partially key in the telling of a tale in a place so far removed from what the audience knows, and, more importantly, Gibson keeps the intensity and interest up for a whole 140 minutes." [Personal Collection]

A Beautiful Mind (Rating 2/4) Full Review "This could have been something special. Instead it's thin Hollywood entertainment that, I don't think, has particularly stood the test of time all that well." [Personal Collection]

Cabaret (Rating 4/4) Full Review "Compelling, wonderfully acted, and a great watch, Cabaret really is a great film." [Personal Collection]

Singin' in the Rain (Rating 4/4) Full Review "It's a deliriously fun accident of a movie that looks lovingly at Hollywood's own past and gives the current audience a fun time." [Personal Collection]

I Vitelloni (Rating 4/4) Full Review "Fellini made something intensely personal and incredibly universal at the same time with I Vitelloni. There's such a special feeling to it, and it marks the man's first great film." [Personal Collection]

La Strada (Rating 4/4) Full Review "This movie is great, perhaps even could be called a masterpiece. It's tragically sad and affecting, pulling the audience in to the story of these two people with incredible skill." [Personal Collection]

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1 Popcorn time

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 07:51 PM (Cxk7w)

2 Movie Sign!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 07:51 PM (Dc2NZ)

3 Oh hey, Mack gets to be on RLM and Ace's.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 07:52 PM (Ojki1)

4 I bet I would like Samurai Rebellion

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 07:53 PM (Cxk7w)

5 I tell below nood

Posted by: will choose a nic later at December 12, 2020 07:54 PM (GIeIM)

6 4 I bet I would like Samurai Rebellion
Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 07:53 PM (Cxk7w)

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Feels like a safe bet.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 07:54 PM (LvTSG)

7 My personal Holiday Movie Canon:


Trading Places
Groundhog Day (it has snow)
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)
Die Hard

FIGHT ME

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 12, 2020 07:54 PM (D2tGE)

8 RLM guys with Quarantine Catch-Up (Part V of II)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yQ-4EPXVrM

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 07:55 PM (Dc2NZ)

9 7 My personal Holiday Movie Canon:


Trading Places
Groundhog Day (it has snow)
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)
Die Hard

FIGHT ME
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 12, 2020 07:54 PM (D2tGE)

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The Apartment
Lethal Weapon
La Dolce Vita

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 07:55 PM (LvTSG)

10 Hiya James Monroe !

Welcome Back !

Posted by: JT at December 12, 2020 07:56 PM (arJlL)

11 7 My personal Holiday Movie Canon:


Trading Places
Groundhog Day (it has snow)
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)
Die Hard

FIGHT ME
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 12, 2020 07:54 PM (D2tGE)
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A Charlie Brown Christmas
Krampus
Bad Santa

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 07:56 PM (Dc2NZ)

12 10 Hiya James Monroe !

Welcome Back !
Posted by: JT at December 12, 2020 07:56 PM (arJlL)

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I was only mostly dead.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 07:56 PM (LvTSG)

13 I tell below nood
Posted by: will choose a nic later

Me Tarzan.

Posted by: JT at December 12, 2020 07:57 PM (arJlL)

14 What does Zemeckis have to do with Apocalypto ?

I thought it was Gibson.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 07:57 PM (2DOZq)

15 We want our protagonists to earn their victories and losses, not for them to have no say in the matter.
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*glare*

Posted by: Deus Ex Machina at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (Ojki1)

16
Apocalypto (Rating 4/4) ... Zemeckis took on a difficult job and made it seem almost effortless."


Err, whut?

Posted by: weft cut-loop at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (VsHYs)

17 I feel like you must be the last Netflix dvd subscriber ...

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (nUhF0)

18 Don't think I ever saw Homey Alone 2, I do like the 1st one

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (Cxk7w)

19 >What does Zemeckis have to do with Apocalypto ?

I thought it was Gibson.





still is

Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (iTXRQ)

20 And now I want to see Home Alone done Gremlins 2 style.

And what, no love for Home Alone 3-5?

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (Ojki1)

21 16
Apocalypto (Rating 4/4) ... Zemeckis took on a difficult job and made it seem almost effortless."

Err, whut?
Posted by: weft cut-loop at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (VsHYs)

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I, um...I totally don't know what you mean...

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 07:59 PM (LvTSG)

22 17 I feel like you must be the last Netflix dvd subscriber ...
Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (nUhF0)

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I think Eris is one too.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 07:59 PM (LvTSG)

23 Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Santa Claus (the Mexican one)
but only with the MST guys. natch.

A Christmas Story.

The animated Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas.

that's about it.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 07:59 PM (x8Wzq)

24 Nancy Pelosi played one of the gremlins in Gremlins 2

Posted by: Anna Puma at December 12, 2020 07:59 PM (0dt4f)

25 And what, no love for Home Alone 3-5?

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5 was the all-Lesbian version.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 12, 2020 08:00 PM (D2tGE)

26 I still get DVDs! Not everything is on streaming. In fact, most of the weird niche stuff isn't.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:00 PM (Dc2NZ)

27 20 And now I want to see Home Alone done Gremlins 2 style.

And what, no love for Home Alone 3-5?

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (Ojki1)

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I know, I threw the idea on the page almost randomly and then it seemed so amazing.

A self-aware Home Alone sequel that takes the concept to the most ridiculous ends.

I want it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:00 PM (LvTSG)

28 I think a kid following a person he mistakes for his parent is pretty common - it's happened to me a couple of times : random kid will grab my hand in a crowd thinking I'm Mom

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:00 PM (nUhF0)

29 10 Hiya James Monroe !

Welcome Back !
Posted by: JT at December 12, 2020 07:56 PM (arJlL)

Gotta say, in these bleak times, I love seeing JT pop up with a 'Hiya"

Makes me smile it does!

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:00 PM (BgMrQ)

30 I dunno, what about suspension of disbelief ?

jeez, it's a movie ferchrissakes, not a science textbook !



but that's me, I am not into movies as an artform, just as entertainment, so by definition we are gonna see things differently.

The fiendish ingenuity Kevin displays in tormenting the badguys is just as improbable.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at December 12, 2020 08:00 PM (/On2j)

31 Movie time!
Husband has completely commandeered the TV and we are watching Yellowstone.

Posted by: Jmel at December 12, 2020 08:01 PM (bVhJi)

32 My personal Holiday Movie Canon:


Trading Places
Groundhog Day (it has snow)
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)
Die Hard

FIGHT ME
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 12, 2020 07:54 PM (D2tGE)



Christmas In Connecticut
Baltasar Kormákur's The Sea
Smila's Sense of Snow
It's a Wonderful Life



Posted by: runner at December 12, 2020 08:01 PM (zr5Kq)

33 28 I think a kid following a person he mistakes for his parent is pretty common - it's happened to me a couple of times : random kid will grab my hand in a crowd thinking I'm Mom
Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:00 PM (nUhF0)

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The problem isn't that the individual event happens, but that it's so many levels into the layers of coincidence that it becomes ridiculous.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:01 PM (LvTSG)

34 5 was the all-Lesbian version.
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 12, 2020 08:00 PM (D2tGE)

I thought that was the plan for Disney's new remake.

Guess all trans it is.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:02 PM (Ojki1)

35 "A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version) "

Best modern version. Best black and white Scrooge is Alastair Sim.

Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:02 PM (gLRfa)

36 Just watched two more Keanu Reeves movies.

Street Kings and Feeling Minnesota.

That boy knows how to pick a script. I give them both 4/4.

His hit ratio for me is over 90% .

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:02 PM (2DOZq)

37 Oh, and of course "The Nightmare Before Christmas". To me, it's a perfectly realized fantasy world, like "The Wizard of Oz".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:03 PM (Dc2NZ)

38 Sometimes things have to happen, because story.

Sometimes they become a splinter in the minds eye and sometimes it's the only way to move things along.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:03 PM (V9+3c)

39 If you haven't seen Kormakur's The Sea you don't know what you are missing.

Posted by: runner at December 12, 2020 08:03 PM (zr5Kq)

40 *pauses*

Home Alone 6.9: Trans Symbian Ohmy!

Posted by: Anna Puma at December 12, 2020 08:03 PM (0dt4f)

41 Gremlins / Phoebe Cates

or

Adventures in Babysitting / Elisabeth Shue

I'll take your calls offline...

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:03 PM (BgMrQ)

42 And what, no love for Home Alone 3-5?

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (Ojki1)

Scarlett Johansson is in one of those.

Posted by: Jordan61 - 2020 TX MoMe Bacon Wench
TRUMP WON
at December 12, 2020 08:04 PM (X8Oz/)

43 Nancy Pelosi played one of the gremlins in Gremlins 2
Posted by: Anna Puma at December 12, 2020 07:59 PM (0dt4f)

And the villainette in100 Dalmatians.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:04 PM (lgiXo)

44 I would add Trading Places to my Christmas movie pile, but my elder son is an ordained minster in his church, and, while not a prude in any way, does not really want to see Jamie Lee Curtis's chest with his Pop in the room.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:04 PM (x8Wzq)

45 The Ref, is my go to Christmas movie.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 12, 2020 08:04 PM (W1RB+)

46 Never saw any of this nut-busting Home Alone franchise.

My boy would have had access to a semi-auto 12 ga. shotgun and everything after that would have been academic for the butt-scratchers in the inept FBI.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at December 12, 2020 08:04 PM (WOYcU)

47 Yay movie night!

I just saw an article about the house that the Home Alone movie was filmed in. Apparently the owners and their kids were there for parts of the filming, and had to crawl around on the floor to avoid being in some of the shots.

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 08:05 PM (l1C8z)

48 >>117 My personal Holiday Movie Canon:

Not 'White Christmas.' Mrs. watches it, and I have 'Sisters' stuck in my ear for two hours. Because Rosemary Clooney only sings it 17 times in the movie.

Humbug.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:05 PM (xK9An)

49 Here is what we need to do. We need to do a watch party (let me know if you need this one explained) - Baltasar Kormakur's The Sea.

Posted by: runner at December 12, 2020 08:05 PM (zr5Kq)

50 The Ref, is my go to Christmas movie.
Posted by: Ben Had at December 12, 2020 08:04 PM (W1RB+)

I've always liked that one.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:06 PM (x8Wzq)

51 Husband has completely commandeered the TV and we are watching Yellowstone.
Posted by: Jmel at December 12, 2020 08:01 PM (bVhJi)

When we got Pluto, hubs found The Walking Dead channel. He has it on all effing day.

Posted by: Jordan61 - 2020 TX MoMe Bacon Wench
TRUMP WON
at December 12, 2020 08:06 PM (X8Oz/)

52 I think Gibson's best film directing wise was Treasure of The Sierra Madre.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:06 PM (V9+3c)

53 Gremlins was on yesterday and saw a bit of it, don't think I seen it since it came out

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 08:06 PM (Cxk7w)

54 No love for the Rich Little "A Christmas Carol"!

*stomps off*


*slams door*

Posted by: Beartooth at December 12, 2020 08:06 PM (Ezr0J)

55 Eris-

Watch this !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55cF-kA-zY

You too, James Monroe !

Posted by: JT at December 12, 2020 08:07 PM (arJlL)

56 Robert William Pedro Hightower.

The Three Godfathers.

Posted by: Infidel at December 12, 2020 08:07 PM (QoPXA)

57 The local theater (we only have one in town) was showing A Christmas Story this evening. Still hilarious after all these years. The theater was about as full as it was when my wife and I watched it when it first came out back in the 80s.

Posted by: windbag at December 12, 2020 08:07 PM (M9qxJ)

58 Loved "Home Alone". John Williams score and soundtrack is the true star.


I have not watched any of the listed movies.

Well. That's about it.

Posted by: deplorable unperson - refuse to accept the Mask of the Beast at December 12, 2020 08:08 PM (QUOVv)

59 Love Actually is still the best Christmas film.

Any film with Rowan Atkinson is a good film.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:08 PM (V9+3c)

60 Case in point: "The Sea" is only on DVD (and now at the top of my queue).

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:08 PM (Dc2NZ)

61 Thanks to Ralphie, pink bunny suits are still sold to this day.

Posted by: Anna Puma at December 12, 2020 08:08 PM (0dt4f)

62 I remember seeing Home Alone 2 as a kid and enjoying it despite that it was just a copy of the first one.

But yeah, it strained my suspension of disbelief that the kid's relative's home was laid out identically to the home in the first movie.

But being a dumb kid I still laughed my idiot head off.

Posted by: Robert at December 12, 2020 08:08 PM (1Yy3c)

63 We used to watch Christmas Vacation a lot. It has gotten old. But there are plenty of very funny quotable moments.

Also Beverly Di'Angelo.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:08 PM (x8Wzq)

64 I'm watching The Curse of Oak Island. Kevin could have designed those booby traps.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:08 PM (lgiXo)

65 Stalag 17 is a Christmas movie.

Posted by: I'm Peter Graves at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (ZH63n)

66 Gave up on Walking Dead few years ago, it was getting stale with murder and mayhem.

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (Cxk7w)

67 Rowan Atkinson? Time for the Blackadder version of A Christmas Carol...

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM guy 🍺 at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (ZSK0i)

68 I may be in the minority but I never did like A Christmas Story.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (2DOZq)

69 Also The extended version of Emmit Otters Jug Band Christmas is hard to beat.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (V9+3c)

70 Sometimes things have to happen, because story.

Sometimes they become a splinter in the minds eye and sometimes it's the only way to move things along.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:03 PM (V9+3c)

True, but there is only so much one can do. Once upon a time the "Bible" for Doctor Who stated you could only do one "impossible" thing an episode without breaking everything and making it too impossible to believe. Presumably this is cumulative, as the time travelling alien is already 2 (though I don't recall them stressing how alien in the introduction story arc).

This can also then be like the Marvel movies, where each movie builds on the legacy so you wind up with a film 10 years later the audience would reject in moment one.

On the other hand The Matrix relied on the computer thing as its core reason why anything/everything could happen in the film, but the super power stuff was limited to inside the Matrix in that film.

To much "because movie has to happen" can damage the whole product.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (Ojki1)

71 Battleground is kinda a Christmas movie

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (Cxk7w)

72 65 Stalag 17 is a Christmas movie.
Posted by: I'm Peter Graves at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (ZH63n)

Judges????

Unlike Texas v Penna, we'll allow it!

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (BgMrQ)

73 >>"The Sea" is only on DVD

If you liked the John Banville novel, you might also like Jim Crace's 'Being Dead.'

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (xK9An)

74 My holiday must watch movies

"Holiday Inn"
"Remember the Night"
"The Man Who Came to Dinner"
"A Christmas Carol" Sim version
"The Bishop's Wife"




Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (gLRfa)

75 I rewatch Apocalypto all the time. I still laugh at the Elder telling the kid to rub the herbs on his junk.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (W1RB+)

76 Ooh. Forgot about the Star Wars Holiday Special.

Hey. Happy life-day, pal.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (x8Wzq)

77 Mel Gibson directed Apocalyptico.

Posted by: BourbonChicken at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (LxTcq)

78 41 Gremlins / Phoebe Cates

or

Adventures in Babysitting / Elisabeth Shue

I'll take your calls offline...
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:03 PM (BgMrQ)

Embrace the power of "and."

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (Ojki1)

79 Rowan Atkinson? Time for the Blackadder version of A Christmas Carol...

*slaps forehead*

Not another cunning plan!

Posted by: Anna Puma at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (0dt4f)

80 68 I may be in the minority but I never did like A Christmas Story.
Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (2DOZq)

Come sit at the bar with me...

***pats empty stool***

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (BgMrQ)

81 fwiw, I did buy Die Hard on DVD so it can join the Christmas Movie Parade here at Chateau D'Eez.

Agree w/ Tuna above on Christmas Carol versions, though really it's such a good story I don't think there is any bad version of it ...

Charlie Brown Christmas, yes indeed. Owned the soundtrack even longer than the movie ... I often use "Linus and Lucy" as an eraser for unwanted earworms.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at December 12, 2020 08:11 PM (/On2j)

82 Trailer for a ridiculous Alien Overlord movie:

https://tinyurl.com/Psycho-Gorman



Also, an even more outrageous trailer for Shadow In The Cloud with Cloe Grace Moretz:

https://tinyurl.com/WTF-Gremlins-and-B17s


I don't care if you throw bricks at me. I'm watching both of these movies and loving it.

Posted by: Sharkman at December 12, 2020 08:11 PM (1YlHz)

83 Stalag 17 is a Christmas movie.
Posted by: I'm Peter Graves at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (ZH63n)

Don't remind me. That part was unnecessary IMHO. Guys dancing together as they were.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:11 PM (2DOZq)

84 Case in point: "The Sea" is only on DVD (and now at the top of my queue).
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:08 PM (Dc2NZ)


drat. I though it was on prime. Eris, make sure it is Kormakur. There is another version. Sharks or something.

Posted by: runner at December 12, 2020 08:11 PM (zr5Kq)

85 The Godfather is a Christmas movie

Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 12, 2020 08:11 PM (iTXRQ)

86 82 Also, an even more outrageous trailer for Shadow In The Cloud with Cloe Grace Moretz:

https://tinyurl.com/WTF-Gremlins-and-B17s


I don't care if you throw bricks at me. I'm watching both of these movies and loving it.
Posted by: Sharkman at December 12, 2020 08:11 PM (1YlHz)

========

It looks like a live action cartoon. I can dig it.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:12 PM (LvTSG)

87 Embrace the power of "and."
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (Ojki1)

I can see sir, you're a man to be reckoned with.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:12 PM (BgMrQ)

88 55 Eris-

Watch this !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R55cF-kA-zY

You too, James Monroe !

Posted by: JT at December 12, 2020 08:07 PM (arJlL)
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NEVER tell Bronson "you can't skateboard"!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:12 PM (Dc2NZ)

89 Dickensian is a good Christmas series.

Posted by: Ben Had at December 12, 2020 08:12 PM (W1RB+)

90 "Not 'White Christmas.' Mrs. watches it, and I have 'Sisters' stuck in my ear for two hours. Because Rosemary Clooney only sings it 17 times in the movie. "

But the matching dresses she and Vera Ellen wear in that number are quite pretty.

Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:12 PM (gLRfa)

91 22 17 I feel like you must be the last Netflix dvd subscriber ...
Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 07:58 PM (nUhF0)

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I think Eris is one too.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 07:59 PM (LvTSG)

--------------------------

We still get discs from Netflix (well, mostly my wife does). And even then, there are still some movies we can't get. There was one we put on our queue (because we found out our neighbor was an extra in it). That was probably a couple years ago, and it's still in "very long wait" status.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:12 PM (CAJOC)

92 I liked Home Alone. The snow covered neighborhood, the red and green decor throughout the house including the wallpaper, it was funny and sweet and even had a little boy going to church on his own. A really nice Christmas movie.

Then there's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation which makes me laugh every year.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 12, 2020 08:13 PM (NpAcC)

93 The Walton's Homecoming is one of my favorite Christmas movies. Simple story, Cleavon Little, the crazy Baldwin sisters, and the homeliest group of kids thrown together as a family in the history of television.

Posted by: windbag at December 12, 2020 08:13 PM (M9qxJ)

94 Battleground is kinda a Christmas movie
Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (Cxk7

The ending always makes me choke up. In a Viking way of course.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:13 PM (2DOZq)

95 Oliver! (old version) is kind of a Christmas/Holiday movie.

Posted by: runner at December 12, 2020 08:13 PM (zr5Kq)

96 Any film with Rowan Atkinson is a good film.
Posted by: Thomas Bender


You obviously haven't seen the Mr. Bean movie.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at December 12, 2020 08:14 PM (VsHYs)

97 "...barely an inconvenience!"

Posted by: t-bird at December 12, 2020 08:14 PM (jacU8)

98 47 Yay movie night!

I just saw an article about the house that the Home Alone movie was filmed in. Apparently the owners and their kids were there for parts of the filming, and had to crawl around on the floor to avoid being in some of the shots.

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 08:05 PM (l1C8z)

The Home Alone sets were built in a high school gym, so they probably didn't shoot much at the house.

Same high school as Ferris Bueller was filmed I just found out.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:14 PM (Ojki1)

99 I like watching the odd cheesy Christmas movie.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:14 PM (lgiXo)

100 like watching the odd cheesy Christmas movie.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:14 PM (lgiXo)

CHristmas In Connecticut ! Very cheesy. Very fun.

Posted by: runner at December 12, 2020 08:15 PM (zr5Kq)

101 *slaps forehead*

Not another cunning plan!

Posted by: Anna Puma at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (0dt4f)



Ebeneezer Blackadder : In fact, there is something in your stocking, Baldrick, something I made for you.

Baldrick : Ah, well that's the best kind of gift, Mr. B. What is it?

Ebeneezer Blackadder : It's a fist. It's for hitting people with. (Punches Baldrick) And the great thing is, you can use it again and again! (hits Baldrick again)

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM guy 🍺 at December 12, 2020 08:15 PM (ZSK0i)

102 Following the wrong adult as your parent is about the only realistic thing in that movie. I did it as a kid and my kids did it too. Its pretty scary how into their own world kids are.

A bit off topic but...
I remember my mom taking me with her on a shopping trip- an unusual experience In my family. I was old enough to know this was Christmas shopping snd some how Id figured out or overheard it was aimed at picking up a present for me. I was old enough to question Santa but was still on the fence

I vowed I would figure this out and that I would never let my mother leave my sight

I remember walking in to the store. It had toys out in front, including slot car racers snd other things you could actually touch . Thats it.

The next thing I remember, my mom was telling me it was time to go.

The present ( which was for me) was already wrapped, paid for, and was safely in the trunk of our 55 Ford.
Its like I was hypnotized for 30 minutes. It seemed like a second.





Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:15 PM (Ed8Zd)

103 Mel Gibson directed Apocalyptico.
Posted by: BourbonChicken at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (LxTcq)


I always thought this was an underrated movie.

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 12, 2020 08:15 PM (89T5c)

104 Take a drink every time the Oak Island narrator says mysterious and then try to stand up.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:15 PM (lgiXo)

105 Tokyo Godfathers is fantastic for those who enjoy anime.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:15 PM (Ojki1)

106 A Christmas Story
Die Hard
Four Christmases

Peter Billingsley who was Ralphy in A Christmas Story was the executive producer of Four Christmases and also made an appearance. If you haven't seen Four Christmases, you should.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (0jZnq)

107 Home Alone and Ferris Bueller were loving tributes to the Chicago area.

It was John Hughes hometown.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (BgMrQ)

108 Hated Christmas Story too. Watched it all the time as a kid because you couldnt avoid the endless marathons and I still never understood what the fuck the movie was about.

Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (Vcoyy)

109 The Godfather is a Christmas movie
Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 12, 2020 08:11 PM (iTXRQ)

Good trivia question. What day was The Godfather's birthday?

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (2DOZq)

110 Saw an odd Christmas movie recently in TCM, "Holiday Affair" with Robert Mitchum and a young busty Janet Leigh

Posted by: JoeF. at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (dR6lV)

111 This is kind of an odd topic for a movie thread, but it works both as a critique and as a standalone, self-contained essay. I found myself agreeing, despite not having seen any of the movies involved, nor really having any interest in any of them.

Actually the only one of the movies in the entire post (aside from Alien/Aliens) that I've seen is Singin' in the Rain, which I liked. The part where Alex jumps out the window to escape from Beethoven's 9th is really powerful.

Posted by: hogmartin at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (t+qrx)

112 @70

As long as I don't have a, that's bullshit moment while watching a film, I'll let the movie have wide latitude in how it moves the story along.


Or sometimes you go into a film knowing it's going to own, that's bullshit, like the Fast and Furious movies, which are bullshit but fun bullshit.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:17 PM (V9+3c)

113 Lord Melchet : Greetings of the season to you, Blackadder! May the Yule log slip from your fire and burn your house down!

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM guy 🍺 at December 12, 2020 08:17 PM (ZSK0i)

114 108 Hated Christmas Story too. Watched it all the time as a kid because you couldnt avoid the endless marathons and I still never understood what the fuck the movie was about.
Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (Vcoyy)

==========

"Guns are awesome. Make sure to lie to your parents to get them and keep them."
-With a nostalgic twinkle in the eye

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:17 PM (LvTSG)

115 Told before I think a M Knight Shamalama movie made on the main line in a big house, they had is covered about halfway in tarps and scaffold, probably to control day/ night.

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 08:17 PM (Cxk7w)

116 A Beautiful Mind...I've seen exactly once.

There was a movie that came out that year with Cubs Gooding, Jr. and...shit, De Niro?

Okay, I can't remember the the name or a lot of details.

About these Navy deep sea rescue divers and Gooding is the first black guy integrated after Truman desegregated the services...De Niro has some accident and can't dive? also saw that once.

I just remember the two films being similar in their message and the Cubs Gooding film being a whole lot better.

Posted by: Robert, rambling on at December 12, 2020 08:17 PM (1Yy3c)

117 A pivotal scene in Boogie Nights takes place on New Year's Even

Posted by: JoeF. at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (dR6lV)

118 Then there's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation which makes me laugh every year.

*******

Whats that sound....

Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (Vcoyy)

119 Peter Billingsley who was Ralphy in A Christmas Story was the executive producer of Four Christmases and also made an appearance. If you haven't seen Four Christmases, you should.
Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (0jZnq)

Also one of the elves in Elf. And a good friend of Jon Favreau.

I like Elf.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (x8Wzq)

120 We bought the DVD "The Man Who Created Christmas".

The story of Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol.

Posted by: Beartooth at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (Ezr0J)

121 7 My personal Holiday Movie Canon:


Trading Places
Groundhog Day (it has snow)
A Christmas Carol (George C. Scott version)
Die Hard

FIGHT ME
Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 12, 2020 07:54 PM (D2tGE)

Donovan's Reef... in fact may just have to watch it tonight!

Oh, and The Santa Clause.

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (d9rwJ)

122 Mel Gibson directed Apocalyptico.
Posted by: BourbonChicken at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (LxTcq)

I always thought this was an underrated movie.
Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory

Agree. It was a fascinating flick.

I've been on a Cary Grant spree this week, thanks to Criterion Channel. A Touch of Mink, with Doris Day, was so much fun, and just a tight, snappy, light-hearted story. Well worth a watch.

Posted by: lizabth at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (L3Rsz)

123 I've never seen "A Christmas Story" all the way through.

Posted by: nurse ratched at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (U2p+3)

124 pretty ballsy of Will Ferrell to get into a tickle with with James Caan.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (x8Wzq)

125 93 "The Walton's Homecoming is one of my favorite Christmas movies. Simple
story, Cleavon Little, the crazy Baldwin sisters, and the homeliest
group of kids thrown together as a family in the history of television."

Postedby: windbag


Mine also, if I had to pick a favorite, it would be that.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (qH6FZ)

126 Home Alone and Ferris Bueller were loving tributes to the Chicago area.

It was John Hughes hometown.
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (BgMrQ)

And Uncle Buck which should have won an Oscar for best picture. Only half joking.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (2DOZq)

127 112 @70

As long as I don't have a, that's bullshit moment while watching a film, I'll let the movie have wide latitude in how it moves the story along.


Or sometimes you go into a film knowing it's going to own, that's bullshit, like the Fast and Furious movies, which are bullshit but fun bullshit.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:17 PM (V9+3c)

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It seems like you don't agree with me on Home Alone 2, but this points to my point.

Home Alone 2 plays everything straight, and as the coincidences pile up, it doesn't match with that tone. I really feel like it should have taken a hard left turn and been self-aware and satirical in order for that sort of pile up to fit better.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (LvTSG)

128 72 65 Stalag 17 is a Christmas movie.
Posted by: I'm Peter Graves at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM (ZH63n)

Judges????

Unlike Texas v Penna, we'll allow it!
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:10 PM (BgMrQ)

It is in that the audience comes away feel that William Holden's character is redeemed at the end, when it is really that he is the same character he always was but the audience now accepts the Grouch because he has outed the real traitor. (spoiler I guess)

So fake redemptive arc and the bastard was always right and the audience was wrong? Is that a trope?

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (Ojki1)

129 I like Elf.
Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (x8Wzq)

I loath Will Farrell!

Sorry Pug, can't back on this one.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (BgMrQ)

130

so if you watch Love Actually first then Diehard, you can see Allan Rickman tossed off a roof for not being nice to his wife, Emma Thomas

Posted by: will choose a nic later at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (GIeIM)

131 85 The Godfather is a Christmas movie

Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 12, 2020 08:11 PM (iTXRQ)


The Christmas Movie List is so long that it may be easier to list movies with no, repeat, no, tie-in with Christmas.

I'll stick my neck out first and list a few:

Terminator
Alien
Casablanca
Independence Day

Posted by: Gref at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (AMIL/)

132 A Christmas Story is a lot easier to watch without ten minutes of commercials every 15 minutes on TBS.....

Posted by: JoeF. at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (dR6lV)

133 My personal Holiday Movie Canon:

Not 'White Christmas.' Mrs. watches it, and I have 'Sisters' stuck in my ear for two hours. Because Rosemary Clooney only sings it 17 times in the movie.

Humbug.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:05 PM (xK9An)


Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister
And Lord help the sister that comes between me
And my man!

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (Ed8Zd)

134 116 A Beautiful Mind...I've seen exactly once.

There was a movie that came out that year with Cubs Gooding, Jr. and...shit, De Niro?

Okay, I can't remember the the name or a lot of details.

About these Navy deep sea rescue divers and Gooding is the first black guy integrated after Truman desegregated the services...De Niro has some accident and can't dive? also saw that once.

I just remember the two films being similar in their message and the Cubs Gooding film being a whole lot better.
Posted by: Robert, rambling on at December 12, 2020 08:17 PM (1Yy3c)

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Men of Honor.

I saw it once. On a plane.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (LvTSG)

135 "107 Home Alone and Ferris Bueller were loving tributes to the Chicago area.

It was John Hughes hometown.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (BgMrQ) "



I thought so ... seemed like I recognized some of the outdoor shots ... particularly the church.

Posted by: sock_rat_eez, we are being gaslighted 24/365 TRUMP WON! at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (/On2j)

136 I've never seen "A Christmas Story" all the way through.

********

Its one of those movies that can make an otherwise sexy female leg look creepy.

Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:20 PM (Vcoyy)

137 A Christmas Story is one of the best. and a few channels or at least one usually run it for 24 hours straight, just to make sure you got it.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (3frqk)

138 I've been on a Cary Grant spree this week, thanks to Criterion Channel. A Touch of Mink, with Doris Day, was so much fun, and just a tight, snappy, light-hearted story. Well worth a watch.
Posted by: lizabth at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (L3Rsz)

In that case:

The Bishop's Wife

Cary
David Niven
Loretta Young
Elsa Lanchester
Monty Wooley

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (BgMrQ)

139 For me its not Christmas until I finish watching March of the Wooden Soldiers.

Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (Vcoyy)

140 96 Any film with Rowan Atkinson is a good film.
Posted by: Thomas Bender

You obviously haven't seen the Mr. Bean movie.
Posted by: weft cut-loop at December 12, 2020 08:14 PM (VsHYs)

Or Rat Race.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (Ojki1)

141 Then there's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation which makes me laugh every year.

*******


He got a little Mississippi leg hound in him....

Posted by: Mr Aspirin Factory at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (89T5c)

142 I'm not a fan of Christmas Story, but my new neighbors down the street have a full-sized leg lamp in their front window. It is hilarious!

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (l1C8z)

143 We stopped watching Walking Dead after the murder of Glenn. Season 8 I think. It was so over the top gruesome I almost vomited. Just awful

Posted by: Jmel at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (bVhJi)

144 90 "Not 'White Christmas.' Mrs. watches it, and I have 'Sisters' stuck in my ear for two hours. Because Rosemary Clooney only sings it 17 times in the movie. "

But the matching dresses she and Vera Ellen wear in that number are quite pretty.
Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:12 PM (gLRfa)

And... Vera Ellen. She of about a 12 inch waste. Yum.

I'll be in my bunk.

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (d9rwJ)

145 >Good trivia question. What day was The Godfather's birthday?

December 7

Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (iTXRQ)

146 The Bishop's Wife

Cary
David Niven
Loretta Young
Elsa Lanchester
Monty Wooley
Posted by: browndog

Oh yes...an old fave!

Posted by: lizabth at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (L3Rsz)

147 143 We stopped watching Walking Dead after the murder of Glenn. Season 8 I think. It was so over the top gruesome I almost vomited. Just awful
Posted by: Jmel at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (bVhJi)

==========

I gave up after about 3 episodes into season 2 out of sheer boredom.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (LvTSG)

148 I love British humor, but Rowan Atkinson is not funny. Not even a little.

Posted by: nurse ratched at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (U2p+3)

149 You obviously haven't seen the Mr. Bean movie.
Posted by: weft cut-loop at December 12, 2020 08:14 PM (VsHYs)

Or Rat Race.
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (Ojki1)

I couldn't bring myself to watch the Nr Cean movie.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (lgiXo)

150 Or sometimes you go into a film knowing it's going to own, that's bullshit, like the Fast and Furious movies, which are bullshit but fun bullshit.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:17 PM (V9+3c)
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It's prime aged bullshit served with chanterelles in a bullshit reduction, and I loved all of them.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (Dc2NZ)

151 >>Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister /And Lord help the sister that comes between me And my man!
Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (Ed8Zd)

I deserved that. Some things should not be spoken of.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (xK9An)

152 Watched about 1 more season after Glenn was offed

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (Cxk7w)

153 148 I love British humor, but Rowan Atkinson is not funny. Not even a little.
Posted by: nurse ratched at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (U2p+3)

THANK YOU!!!

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (BgMrQ)

154 A Christmas Story, with the RedRider BB gun, is based on a book, the book is way better than the movie


Posted by: will choose a nic later at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (GIeIM)

155 Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister
And Lord help the sister that comes between me
And my man!

Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (Ed8Zd)

Ah, the good old days when Feminine Women actually LIKED Men.

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (d9rwJ)

156 They made a second Home Alone?

WTF knew?

My fave Christmas movie is Lady in the Lake.

Get Off My Lawn...now!

Posted by: Beatgirl at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (a1s18)

157

I saw it once. On a plance.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (LvTSG)

What is that, some kind of train?

Posted by: Robert, rambling on at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (1Yy3c)

158 We stopped watching Walking Dead after the murder of Glenn. Season 8 I think. It was so over the top gruesome I almost vomited. Just awful
Posted by: Jmel at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (bVhJi)

Yup. me too. First, Glenn was my favorite character. And it was unbelievably horrible. I was done. Because I knew that it was just an unending vortex of dystopia.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (x8Wzq)

159 Any film with Rowan Atkinson is a good film.

Posted by: Thomas Bender



You obviously haven't seen the Mr. Bean movie.

Posted by: weft cut-loop at December 12, 2020 08:14 PM (VsHYs)



Or Rat Race.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (Ojki1)

I liked the sitcom The Thin Blue Line. It was not great but it was fun. A couple of the actors went on to bigger things.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (3frqk)

160 The Bishop's Wife

I watched the black version with what's his name as the bishop.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (lgiXo)

161 151 >>Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister /And Lord help the sister that comes between me And my man!
Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (Ed8Zd)

I deserved that. Some things should not be spoken of.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (xK9An)

Horde? Have we found Zod's Kyptonite?

His weakness?

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (d9rwJ)

162 Its one of those movies that can make an otherwise sexy female leg look creepy.
Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge

I have a miniature leg lamp as a nightlight in the grands bedroom. I keep telling them it's a major award.

They'll get it one day.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (Rvt88)

163 I've never seen "White Christmas" in full, so I'm doing that now.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (Dc2NZ)

164 deserved that. Some things should not be spoken of.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2

I predict youll be thinking of me around 4 am , and not in a nice way.

Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (Ed8Zd)

165 155 Lord help the mister that comes between me and my sister
And Lord help the sister that comes between me
And my man!

Merry Christmas!
Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (Ed8Zd)

Ah, the good old days when Feminine Women actually LIKED Men.
Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (d9rwJ)

1950s?

Posted by: Insomniac at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (nakwk)

166 I saw it once. On a plance.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:19 PM (LvTSG)

What is that, some kind of train?
Posted by: Robert, rambling on at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (1Yy3c)


Jack Plance. Typecast as a tough guy.

Posted by: hogmartin at December 12, 2020 08:25 PM (t+qrx)

167 I have a miniature leg lamp as a nightlight in the grands bedroom. I keep telling them it's a major award.

They'll get it one day.
Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (Rvt8

Fra-geee-lay.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 12, 2020 08:25 PM (nakwk)

168 156 They made a second Home Alone?

WTF knew?

Posted by: Beatgirl at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (a1s1

I think they even made a few straight to video sequels.

Posted by: Robert, rambling on at December 12, 2020 08:25 PM (1Yy3c)

169 Speaking of Christmas movies and M. Night Shyamalan, time to rewatch The Happening.

Nothing quite puts me in the spirit like the scene where John Lequizamo snuffs it.

Ho, Ho, Ho

Posted by: Additional Blond Agent, STEM guy 🍺 at December 12, 2020 08:25 PM (ZSK0i)

170 120 We bought the DVD "The Man Who Created Christmas".

The story of Charles Dickens writing A Christmas Carol.
Posted by: Beartooth at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (Ezr0J)

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I think that's on Amazon Prime (or it was). Really enjoyed it.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:25 PM (CAJOC)

171 Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth:

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Shop Around the Corner
The Bishop's Wife
Going My Way
Christmas Carol (Sim or Scott)
White Christmas


Posted by: Caliban at December 12, 2020 08:26 PM (HgGBT)

172 Die Hard
Nightmare Before Christmas
Hogfather
Batman Returns

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:26 PM (nUhF0)

173 Thank you, as always, TheJamesMadison.

You're a Prince.

Posted by: Sharkman at December 12, 2020 08:26 PM (1YlHz)

174 160 The Bishop's Wife

I watched the black version with what's his name as the bishop.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (lgiXo)

It should never have been made.

Try to imagine Dudley as The Equalizer, might make a better movie.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:26 PM (BgMrQ)

175 That Home Alone kid is all growed up now, and an occasional guest with Red Letter Media.

He growed up looking kinda freaky-deaky, too(unless it's an RLM joke).

Posted by: davidt at December 12, 2020 08:26 PM (l3+k2)

176 Or Rat Race.
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (Ojki1)

Aw, I liked Rat Race.

Posted by: Jordan61 - 2020 TX MoMe Bacon Wench
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177 >Good trivia question. What day was The Godfather's birthday?

December 7
Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (iTXRQ)

Yes. Question for people who read the book, did the background always involve food like the movie?

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (2DOZq)

178 173 Thank you, as always, TheJamesMadison.

You're a Prince.
Posted by: Sharkman at December 12, 2020 08:26 PM (1YlHz)

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The Clown Prince of Crime, maybe.

You want to know how I got these scars?

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (LvTSG)

179 Plance is a dance by people who cant dance.

And if they cant dance and they dont dance then theyre no friends of mine.

Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (Vcoyy)

180 >>>The Godfather is a Christmas movie

Some say Pacino was nothing more than an elf dressed up like a toughguy neighborhood guido.

Posted by: Dr. Bone at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (WOYcU)

181 4 116 A Beautiful Mind...I've seen exactly once.

**********
That was a creepy movie.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (TdMsT)

182 160 The Bishop's Wife

I watched the black version with what's his name as the bishop.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (lgiXo)

Denzel and...Whitney?

Retitled The Preacher's Wife, I believe.

Saw that one once when it came out.

Posted by: Robert, rambling on at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (1Yy3c)

183 The Clown Prince of Crime, maybe.

You want to know how I got these scars?
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (LvTSG)

During the great Prometheus wars I'd wager.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (Ojki1)

184 Denzel and...Whitney?

Retitled The Preacher's Wife, I believe.

Saw that one once when it came out.
Posted by: Robert, rambling on at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (1Yy3c)

You are correct.

It still stinks on ice...

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (BgMrQ)

185 Enjoy them while you can. As the Home Alone films feature an appearance by Donald Trump, who is after all either a MONSTER or a DEMON, they WILL be swept away.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (zev9y)

186 179 Plance is a dance by people who cant dance.

And if they cant dance and they dont dance then theyre no friends of mine.
Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (Vcoyy)

Plancer is a Reindeer!

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (d9rwJ)

187 Coincidence is one of my pet peeves in movies. It's fine in a comedy, when for example, the hero is a good guy, but there's a floozy trying to woo him, and at one point she accidentally steps on a banana peel, and he catches her.

At that moment, the wife walks in.

Haha.

However, the original First Blood made this annoying obvious, when Rambo is taking on the whole damn town, and the national guard! He goes up a tree to hide from and ambush the cops. And wouldn't you know it, in the middle of the woods, one of them stops right below that very same tree!

What a co inky dink!

Countless examples of heros in movies who attempt a difficult maneuver, and it depends on the people shooting at him being terrible shots, or for him to leap and grasp the last rung of the ladder/very edge of a building.

I hate that crap. You're not the hero, you're just the luckiest man on the face of the oith.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (hku12)

188 @119 Pug Mahon-Thats right he was in Elf. I agree definitely a fun movie.
I know Billingsley and Vince Vaughn are pretty tight share the same politics so they're not left wing a-holes which is nice for a change. They've done some work together like Four Christmases, Couples Retreat and a movie on Netflix right now called Term Life.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (0jZnq)

189 Goodfellas was a Christmas movie I suppose. I hate the argument as much as the sandwich argument. But if it is going to be a thing in this world, and we all know it is for some reason, you have to include Goodfellas. Hell, the guy walks in the house carrying a tree and saying Merry Christmas.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (3frqk)

190 "Men of Honor" was just 90 minutes of DeNiro overacting. I wanted to like it but the script was so over the top in fake dialogue and an obvious attempt to evoke emotion. Did not like.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (qH6FZ)

191 185 Enjoy them while you can. As the Home Alone films feature an appearance by Donald Trump, who is after all either a MONSTER or a DEMON, they WILL be swept away.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (zev9y)

They edit that part out when they show it on TV.

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (d9rwJ)

192 185 Enjoy them while you can. As the Home Alone films feature an appearance by Donald Trump, who is after all either a MONSTER or a DEMON, they WILL be swept away.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (zev9y)

The TV version already has cut him out.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (BgMrQ)

193 That was a creepy movie.

*******

I kind of liked it , it helped legitimized my efforts to create an imaginary girlfriend from Norway named Sobenella

Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (Vcoyy)

194 Do they play the entire movie Holiday Inn these days or do they edit out a scene? IYKWIM

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (2DOZq)

195 Woohoo! I've actually seen these movies! My granddaughters (5 & 3) love the Rockin' around the Christmas Tree song from the first one-so cute to see them dancing to it.

YD, prayers up for YDBaby-hope all turns out well.

Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (/c+mq)

196 They edit that part out when they show it on TV.
Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (d9rwJ)

The TV version already has cut him out.
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (BgMrQ)

Horde Mind...

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (BgMrQ)

197 Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale.

Posted by: Sharkman at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (1YlHz)

198 A Christmas Story, with the RedRider BB gun, is based on a book, the book is way better than the movie


Posted by: will choose a nic later at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (GIeIM)
***********
I think it was a chapter in the book about his life- In God We Trust All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.
He narrated the movie and had a bit part in the movie.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (NpAcC)

199 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMI6xwM-WcA

The Drinker is my homie! Enjoy his review of a classic Christmas movie.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (zev9y)

200 154 A Christmas Story, with the RedRider BB gun, is based on a book, the book is way better than the movie


Posted by: will choose a nic later at December 12, 2020 08:23 PM (GIeIM)

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Though if I recall, the movie flipped the order of things around a bit (and to better effect, I think). In the book, Ralphie saw Santa first, who suggested the football. Then he turned in his theme, where he said a football wouldn't be a very good gift.

I think it was more entertaining the other way around.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (CAJOC)

201 @127

I completly get and agree with your point it's just that as I said, I will allow a film to have wide latitude with how it moves the story along as long as it doesn't begin to piss me off


Like Inception, by the end of it I wanted to figure out if it would be worth it to get close enough to Christopher Nolan to slug him.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (V9+3c)

202 "Shop Around the Corner "

Another great classic

Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (gLRfa)

203 They've done some work together like Four Christmases, Couples Retreat and a movie on Netflix right now called Term Life.
Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (0jZnq)

Four Christmases is good. I love the part with Jon Favreau and his wife playing Taboo.

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204 I found Whitney Houston very easy to look at in The Preacher's Wife.

Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:31 PM (lgiXo)

205 The Bishop's Wife

I watched the black version with what's his name as the bishop.
Posted by: Brother Northernlurker just another guy at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (lgiXo)

Denzel and...Whitney?

Retitled The Preacher's Wife, I believe.

Saw that one once when it came out.
Posted by: Robert, rambling on at December 12, 2020 08:27 PM (1Yy3c)


Point of clarification: Denzel is the angel. I can't remember the name of the actor who played the preacher, might have been Courtney something or other.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:31 PM (hku12)

206 Couples Retreat and a movie on Netflix right now called Term Life.
Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (0jZnq)

Couples Retreat was a funny movie, but I don't like how my wife purrs when that Spaniard emerges from the sea.

Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:31 PM (x8Wzq)

207 I hate that crap. You're not the hero, you're just the luckiest man on the face of the oith.

**********

Well truth be told Id rather be lucky than good.

Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (Vcoyy)

208 Bell Book and Candle.

A Christmas movie.

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (d9rwJ)

209 202 "Shop Around the Corner "

Another great classic
Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (gLRfa)

or

You've Got Mail

I got a thing for Meg Ryan (pre-plastic surgery)

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (BgMrQ)

210 oh just remembered a GREAT Christmas movie:
Krampus

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (nUhF0)

211 178 173 Thank you, as always, TheJamesMadison.

You're a Prince.
Posted by: Sharkman at December 12, 2020 08:26 PM (1YlHz)

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Ditto. I enjoy and learn from your posts I had never watched any of Charlie Chaplin silent movies before I read your reviews. The ones you recommended were awesome

Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (Ed8Zd)

212
Though if I recall, the movie flipped the order of things around a bit (and to better effect, I think). In the book, Ralphie saw Santa first, who suggested the football. Then he turned in his theme, where he said a football wouldn't be a very good gift.

I think it was more entertaining the other way around.
Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (CAJOC


Th most contrived, boring Christmas movie ever.

Posted by: Ladyl at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (TdMsT)

213 Dang so many comments I want to respond to. So I'll just drop them here.

1. The new animated Grinch is good. Same basic story as the original but with some twists

2. Son-in-law bought me a smaller version of the Christmas story lamp. It's in the grandkids play structure next to Santa

3. Christmas in Connecticut is a favorite "catastrophe!

Posted by: Beartooth at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (Ezr0J)

214 192 185 Enjoy them while you can. As the Home Alone films feature an appearance by Donald Trump, who is after all either a MONSTER or a DEMON, they WILL be swept away.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (zev9y)

The TV version already has cut him out.
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (BgMrQ)

Not good enough.

Even owning a copy on VHS will make you subject to arrest.

Everyone who had anything to do with making it will likewise be arrested.

SWEEP AWAY ALL MONSTERS AND DEMONS!!!

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (zev9y)

215 208 Bell Book and Candle.

==

I liked that movie

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (nUhF0)

216 "Do they play the entire movie Holiday Inn these days or do they edit out a scene? IYKWIM"

Don't know. I own that one.

Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (gLRfa)

217 I hate that crap. You're not the hero, you're just the luckiest man on the face of the oith.

**********

Well truth be told Id rather be lucky than good.
Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (Vcoyy)

That was the all time best super hero in Deadpool 2. It cracked me up. That's the super hero I'd choose to be.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (2DOZq)

218 211 Ditto. I enjoy and learn from your posts I had never watched any of Charlie Chaplin silent movies before I read your reviews. The ones you recommended were awesome
Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (Ed8Zd)

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Well, Chaplin did make movies gooder than most.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (LvTSG)

219
Th most contrived, boring Christmas movie ever.
Posted by: Ladyl at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (TdMsT)

All this time I thought I was the only one anywhere who was completely unimpressed by A Christmas Story.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (zev9y)

220 "Shop Around the Corner "

Another great classic
Posted by: Tuna

Oh, an absolutely fine Christmas movie. My fave with Jimmy Stewart. Beats It's a Wonderful Life, imo.

Posted by: lizabth at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (L3Rsz)

221 On Rt 73 in Blue Bell Pa at Christmas time the Leg Lamp is put up in the 2nd floor window. Monday going that way should see if it's there again this year.

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (Cxk7w)

222 >>163 I've never seen "White Christmas" in full, so I'm doing that now. Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:24 PM (Dc2NZ)

Predictions:
1. You'll want that 120 minutes of your life back.
2. You'll find yourself wondering if Bing Crosby is wearing blue eyeshadow when his eyes are closed, or if the Technicolor...whatever. His eyes are Other.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (xK9An)

223 Like Inception, by the end of it I wanted to figure out if it would be worth it to get close enough to Christopher Nolan to slug him.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:30 PM (V9+3c)


Yay! A kindred spirit, with Chris Nolan.

You're not that clever, Chris. Just annoying.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (hku12)

224 The B-17 in Heavy Metal was more accurate than the one in Shadow in the Cloud.

"Fool's Errand" when first seen is a late model B-17F fitted with the chin turret since there is no cheek .50 fitted, just a .50 fitted to a ball socket in the plexiglass. They have the ball turret hanging too far out. Later when the guy is shooting the other .50 in the nose have to wonder why he isn't using the chin turret... oh right there is no gun sight or controller at the bombardier station. I won't even rant on how big the interior of the B-17 seems. And finally a matter of paint, when first seen this B-17 has the late war low fade Olive Drab but at the end when it is all exploding, that is called Olive Drab 41.

No Army Air Force crew would be ignorant of the WAAF.

Stupid movie.

Posted by: Anna Puma at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (0dt4f)

225 215 208 Bell Book and Candle.

==

I liked that movie
Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (nUhF0)

Kim Novak, in her prime.

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (d9rwJ)

226 All this time I thought I was the only one anywhere who was completely unimpressed by A Christmas Story.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33

I am not a fan either

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (nUhF0)

227 Do they play the entire movie Holiday Inn these days or do they edit out a scene? IYKWIM"

Don't know. I own that one.
Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (g

That's the movie with the Blackface number right? Am I misremembering?

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:35 PM (2DOZq)

228 A movie I NEVER have seen mentioned here or really anywhere else is Uncommon Valor. Everyone goes on and on on the Youtubes about First Blood but never a review or recollection of Uncommon Valor. Hell, you have heartfelt personal loss, you have action, and you have humor. I am not saying it is the equal of First Blood, but it is in the same realm.

You also have old school movie stars like Robert Stack, newbies like Patrick Swayze, and a nut like Randall Tex Cobb. For some reason that movie seems to have been disappeared.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:35 PM (3frqk)

229 225 215 208 Bell Book and Candle.

==

I liked that movie
Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (nUhF0)

Kim Novak, in her prime.
Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (d9rwJ)

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Kiss Me, Stupid

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:35 PM (LvTSG)

230 191 185 Enjoy them while you can. As the Home Alone films feature an appearance by Donald Trump, who is after all either a MONSTER or a DEMON, they WILL be swept away.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (zev9y)

They edit that part out when they show it on TV.
Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:29 PM (d9rwJ)

Not NEARLY good enough (see above).

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:35 PM (zev9y)

231

It Happened on Fifth Avenue

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 12, 2020 08:36 PM (63Dwl)

232 That was the all time best super hero in Deadpool 2. It cracked me up. That's the super hero I'd choose to be.

*********

Shes based on an actual comic book mutant with the same superpower, and both are nommy nom

Posted by: Illegitimate Offspring of Scrooge and The Grinch at December 12, 2020 08:36 PM (Vcoyy)

233 Enjoy them while you can. As the Home Alone films feature an appearance by Donald Trump, who is after all either a MONSTER or a DEMON, they WILL be swept away.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 08:28 PM (zev9y)


Pres Trump also has cameos in an episode of Sex In The Cityb and in First Wives Club with the awful and hated Bette midler

Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:36 PM (Ed8Zd)

234 All this time I thought I was the only one anywhere who was completely unimpressed by A Christmas Story.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33



I am not a fan either

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (nUhF0)

it was good for what it was. It is just a fun Christmas story I would think the nostalgia for a simpler time alone would ring true with many.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:36 PM (3frqk)

235 Along with Die Hard, we also like to watch Long Kiss Goodnight around Christmas in my hobbit hole.

Posted by: She Hobbit at December 12, 2020 08:37 PM (ftFVW)

236 "The new animated Grinch is good. Same basic story as the original but with some twists "

I will forever associate The Grinch with the Boris Karloff narration and the guy with the deep bass who sang "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch "

Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:37 PM (gLRfa)

237 Shop Around the Corner "

Another great classic
Posted by: Tuna

Oh, an absolutely fine Christmas movie. My fave with Jimmy Stewart. Beats It's a Wonderful Life, imo.
Posted by: lizabth at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (L3Rsz)

The remake is You've Got Mail.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:37 PM (2DOZq)

238 A movie I NEVER have seen mentioned here or really anywhere else is Uncommon Valor. Everyone goes on and on on the Youtubes about First Blood but never a review or recollection of Uncommon Valor. Hell, you have heartfelt personal loss, you have action, and you have humor. I am not saying it is the equal of First Blood, but it is in the same realm.

You also have old school movie stars like Robert Stack, newbies like Patrick Swayze, and a nut like Randall Tex Cobb. For some reason that movie seems to have been disappeared.
Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:35 PM (3frqk)

Hubs LOVES that movie.

Posted by: Jordan61 - 2020 TX MoMe Bacon Wench
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239 Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:37 PM (gLRfa

I love Roast Beast

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:38 PM (2DOZq)

240 I will forever associate The Grinch with the Boris Karloff narration and the guy with the deep bass who sang "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch "
Posted by: Tuna

Thurl Ravenscroft

Also did the Tony the Tiger "It's GREAT!!" voice.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 08:38 PM (Rvt88)

241 Christmas Vacation

Posted by: Brian in New Orleans at December 12, 2020 08:38 PM (IbxQb)

242 The remake is You've Got Mail.
Posted by: Mr. Meeseek

Ha...I guess that would be sorta true on a certain level.

Posted by: lizabth at December 12, 2020 08:38 PM (L3Rsz)

243 Great. Google has co-opted the "I Can't Wait" Powermix by Nu Shooz for a Christmas ad. Now I won't ever be able to hear that song without thinking of their hideous hate machine.

Thanks, Google. Merry Christmas to you, too.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at December 12, 2020 08:39 PM (PBmdd)

244 236 "The new animated Grinch is good. Same basic story as the original but with some twists "

I will forever associate The Grinch with the Boris Karloff narration and the guy with the deep bass who sang "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch "
Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:37 PM (gLRfa)

Brian Setzer (of Stray Cats Fame) has an Orchestra that does a Christmas show every year.

Think Old School Big Band and early Rock, Christmas tunes.

He does the Grinch Song, with a Stray Cats lead guitar.

FUN concert is you ever get the chance to go.

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:39 PM (d9rwJ)

245 The Man who Came to Dinner is a Christmas movie. with Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, - and Anne Sheridan gorgeous as ever and having a terrific time hamming it up.

Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 08:40 PM (USW1s)

246 All this time I thought I was the only one anywhere who was completely unimpressed by A Christmas Story.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33

I am not a fan either
Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (nUhF0)


I've never seen it. I've seen the clips, hear people talk about it incessantly, and decided my life would go on just fine without it.

Just looks ugly to me.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:40 PM (hku12)

247 @203 Jordan61-Funny how they nailed all the questions playing Taboo.
The scene where the baby threw up on Witherspoon causing Vaughn to gag n dry heave had me in tears. That shit was funny as hell.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:41 PM (0jZnq)

248 Does Beautiful Girls take place during Christmas or just winter?

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:41 PM (2DOZq)

249 "Oh, an absolutely fine Christmas movie. My fave with Jimmy Stewart. Beats It's a Wonderful Life, imo.
Posted by: lizabth at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (L3Rsz)

The remake is You've Got Mail."

Margaret Sullivan and Stewart had chemistry. Hank and Ryan...kind of

Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:41 PM (gLRfa)

250 Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:40 PM (hku12)

Its like a Seinfeld episode.

Lots of little vignettes, without really being about anything in particular.

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:41 PM (d9rwJ)

251 @223

He tends to make technically brilliant high concept trash movies.

And he's got to stop it with his soundtracks, they sound like hornets fighting wolverines in garbage cans punctuated by an elephant kicking said garbage can.

That being said he has made a handful of really good films.


Dunkirk being his best.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:42 PM (V9+3c)

252 My holiday favorites, In no order:

Holiday Inn
A Christmas Story
Elf
When Harry Met Sally
Its A Wonderful life
Charlie Browns Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:42 PM (Ed8Zd)

253 A movie I NEVER have seen mentioned here or really
anywhere else is Uncommon Valor. Everyone goes on and on on the Youtubes
about First Blood but never a review or recollection of Uncommon Valor.
Hell, you have heartfelt personal loss, you have action, and you have
humor. I am not saying it is the equal of First Blood, but it is in the
same realm.



You also have old school movie stars like Robert Stack, newbies like
Patrick Swayze, and a nut like Randall Tex Cobb. For some reason that
movie seems to have been disappeared.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:35 PM (3frqk)



Hubs LOVES that movie.

Posted by: Jordan61 - 2020 TX MoMe Bacon Wench
TRUMP WON
at December 12, 2020 08:37 PM (X8Oz/)

and Hackman of course. Damn I haven't seen that movie in a long time.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:43 PM (3frqk)

254 "The Man who Came to Dinner is a Christmas movie. with Bette Davis, Jimmy Durante, - and Anne Sheridan gorgeous as ever and having a terrific time hamming it up."

You can tell every single actor in that movie was enjoying themselves to the max.

Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:43 PM (gLRfa)

255 Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:41 PM (0jZnq)

Plus, Robert Duvall!

Posted by: Jordan61 - 2020 TX MoMe Bacon Wench
TRUMP WON
at December 12, 2020 08:43 PM (X8Oz/)

256 I'm not a fan of Christmas Story, but my new neighbors down the street have a full-sized leg lamp in their front window. It is hilarious!
Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 08:21 PM (l1C8z)
**********
My house is decorated really tasteful white and red lights, white lights lining the windows, wreaths in the windows etc.
Mr. big bad wolf decided he would order the large tacky leg lamp a few years ago and put it in the window.
Parents came over and thought we forgot to take down Halloween.
That was the last time I ever allowed it to be put up.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 12, 2020 08:43 PM (NpAcC)

257 2. You'll find yourself wondering if Bing Crosby is wearing blue eyeshadow when his eyes are closed, or if the Technicolor...whatever. His eyes are Other.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:34 PM (xK9An)
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I'll just pretend it's Aleister Crowley.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:43 PM (Dc2NZ)

258 The main appeal of A Christmas Story is the nostalgia.

Posted by: davidt at December 12, 2020 08:44 PM (l3+k2)

259 The remake is You've Got Mail."

Margaret Sullivan and Stewart had chemistry. Hank and Ryan...kind of
Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:41 PM (gLRfa)

But Meg was still cute...

Don't you go blaspheming now!

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:44 PM (BgMrQ)

260 @206 Pug Mahon-Positive side to that is at least your wife still has a pulse. I'd say thats good thing for you.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:44 PM (0jZnq)

261 I fell asleep watching "Dunkirk",,, in the movie theater. That's how boring it was to me.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:45 PM (qH6FZ)

262 228 238 My favorite story about Tex Cobb is, that during an interview, he was asked about the most serious beating Larry Holmes gave him. Howard Cosell said after that beating, he would no longer cover boxing. Tex Cobb replied, when this was brought up, that he might try out for the NFL if it would mean Cosell quit covering football.

Posted by: bill in arkansas at December 12, 2020 08:45 PM (I58tH)

263 231 It Happened on Fifth Avenue
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 12, 2020 08:36 PM (63Dwl)

Yes! It was just on the other day. Great movie!

Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:45 PM (/c+mq)

264 Oh, since everyone is talking about Christmas movies, here's an tragically unknown movie:

Remember the Night

Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray. Written by the great Preston Sturges, but not directed by him.

Stanwyck is a petty thief, McMurray is a prosecutor. Just before Christmas, Stanwyck is arrested and she's being arraigned on Christmas eve, I think. Judge says she's going to have to be held until sometime in January, because that's just how this works, I guess.

McMurray argues it's cruel to hold someone (especially one as lovely as Ms. Stanwyck) in jail for what I guess is a couple weeks. So the judge orders McMurray to take custody of her, and make sure she gets to court when it resumes after the holidays.

Or else.

It's a funny romp, and it's a serious social commentary in ways that will surprise you, if you're paying attention. Brilliant film, I would highly highly recommend it. Not sappy at all... except people behaving in ways they did in the 40s, that they don't now.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:45 PM (hku12)

265 Miracle on 42nd Street

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:46 PM (Dc2NZ)

266 Posted by: bill in arkansas at December 12, 2020 08:45 PM (I58tH)

Cobb had a good sense of humor. He was also in the second Fletch movie.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:47 PM (2DOZq)

267 I've seen Christmas Story one time. I liked it ok, but its not something I really wanted to watch again. Not like Die Hard. I can watch Die Hard while doing other stuff or surfing the web and I still enjoy the good bits. But I love sardonic Willis action dramady/comedyies in general.

Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at December 12, 2020 08:47 PM (Aashi)

268 Did ya ever notice they rarely show Christmas in Westerns? I guess I sounded like Andy Rooney there.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:47 PM (3frqk)

269
Now do coincidences involving boxes of ballots and synchronized shutdowns of vote counting.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars (TM) at December 12, 2020 08:48 PM (pNxlR)

270 227 Do they play the entire movie Holiday Inn these days or do they edit out a scene? IYKWIM"

Don't know. I own that one.
Posted by: Tuna at December 12, 2020 08:33 PM (g

That's the movie with the Blackface number right? Am I misremembering?
Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:35 PM (2DOZq)

I think they play the whole thing on TCM, but they have to give a big lecture about how we don't do that anymore, m'kay?

Posted by: Sal at December 12, 2020 08:48 PM (KTdeA)

271 @255 Jordan61-LMAO. That TV scene, and when they're up on the roof and Duvall is telling Vaughn that their mother "was a common street whore".....

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:48 PM (0jZnq)

272 >>261 I fell asleep watching "Dunkirk",,, in the movie theater. That's how boring it was to me.
Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:45 PM (qH6FZ)

Then you missed the scene toward the end when the Germans capture Kenneth Branagh and torture him for 20 solid minutes of the movie. It's written that that's the part where most cinephiles cheer wildly.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:48 PM (xK9An)

273 Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:40 PM (hku12)

Its like a Seinfeld episode.

Lots of little vignettes, without really being about anything in particular.
Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:41 PM (d9rwJ)


Good to know. I got tired of Seinfeld the show, after about the fourth season. Everyone says it got better after that.

I watched plenty of those episodes up to and including the finale.

No it didn't.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:49 PM (hku12)

274 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre had a lot of Christmas lights in it.

Posted by: Justsayin' at December 12, 2020 08:49 PM (Fs5vw)

275 272 >>261 I fell asleep watching "Dunkirk",,, in the movie theater. That's how boring it was to me.
Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:45 PM (qH6FZ)

Then you missed the scene toward the end when the Germans capture Kenneth Branagh and torture him for 20 solid minutes of the movie. It's written that that's the part where most cinephiles cheer wildly.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:48 PM (xK9An)

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If you know German it falls apart because the chief torturer is screaming about Branaugh's Frankenstein for a solid 7 and a half minutes. That sort of breaking of the fourth wall really shouldn't have happened.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:50 PM (LvTSG)

276 Couples Retreat was a funny movie, but I don't like how my wife purrs when that Spaniard emerges from the sea.
Posted by: Pug Mahon

*slaps someone's behind*
Encouragement...YES!!

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 08:50 PM (l1C8z)

277 254- You know, now that you mention it...you're right. Everyone seems to be having a blast. It was like the director told everyone to take it up to 11.

Billie Burke at her flutteriest, Monty Wooley at his most bombastic, even the younger players...jeez, even the bit parts. There are four black guys playing porters for Anne Sheridan when she gets off the train.They're carrying her luggage and they stop when she tells her maid to stop so she can pick out some jewelry to wear. All four guys had ear to ear grins.

Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 08:50 PM (USW1s)

278 Did ya ever notice they rarely show Christmas in Westerns? I guess I sounded like Andy Rooney there.
Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:47 PM (3frqk)

You'd have to watch Roy Rogers movies to see it.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:50 PM (2DOZq)

279 I know "The Man Who Fell To Earth" didn't take place during Christmas, but if it had, it'd have ramped up the weirdness to 11.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (xK9An)

280 Miracle on 34th Street


Posted by: redridinghood at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (NpAcC)

281 No love for Muppet Christmas Carol? *weeps*

Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (/c+mq)

282 "Then you missed the scene toward the end when the Germans capture
Kenneth Branagh and torture him for 20 solid minutes of the movie."


I chuckled. I did like his new Poirot movie though.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (qH6FZ)

283 No love for Muppet Christmas Carol? *weeps*
Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM

Dry your eyes, I love that one, too.

Posted by: She Hobbit at December 12, 2020 08:52 PM (ftFVW)

284 Did ya ever notice they rarely show Christmas in Westerns? I guess I sounded like Andy Rooney there.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:47 PM (3frqk)



You'd have to watch Roy Rogers movies to see it.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:50 PM (2DOZq)

good tip.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:52 PM (3frqk)

285 281 No love for Muppet Christmas Carol? *weeps*
Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (/c+mq)

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I've read that they've found the original elements to the song they cut, "When Love is Gone", and they're going to reinsert it into the movie for a 4K UHD release.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:52 PM (LvTSG)

286 Agree on:

"Remember the Night"- a lovely movie. kind of the anti-matter to "Double Indemnity". Stanwyck was the best tough girl, ever.

"Shop Around the Corner"- not only a great performance by Stewart, but a wonderful ensemble cast, and I'm a pushover for good ensembles. Everyone is pitch-perfect.

Posted by: Sal at December 12, 2020 08:52 PM (KTdeA)

287 I love a Christmas Story. I turn it on Christmas Eve and it runs in the background until late Christmas day, when my husband finally can't standanymore. Its one of my very favorites.

Posted by: Megthered at December 12, 2020 08:53 PM (SM/op)

288 I will forever associate The Grinch with the Boris Karloff narration and the guy with the deep bass who sang "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch "
Posted by: Tuna

Thurl Ravenscroft

Also did the Tony the Tiger "It's GREAT!!" voice.
Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 08:38 PM (Rvt8


There's a short on the blu ray for Grinch, with Phil Hartman narrating... which is sad, in and of itself. Phil is talking about how Karloff was kind of a surprise casting, and they had been considering others for the role, including narrating the story.

So Hartman goes to imagine and impersonate some others who might have been cast instead: Nicholson, John Wayne, Sinatra, that sort of guy. It was a hoot.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:53 PM (hku12)

289
I like anything opening in theaters, and I'd even see Freaky even though it appears to be the umpteenth take on the same trick and I can't imagine how the serial killer is funny.

Posted by: Blonde Morticia, now 99% news-free! at December 12, 2020 08:53 PM (W04rT)

290 Bowie as Space Jesus? Yeah, I can see it.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 08:53 PM (Dc2NZ)

291 >>That sort of breaking of the fourth wall really shouldn't have happened. Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:50 PM (LvTSG)

"You don't have to yell Shakespeare to make it work, you grinning kvatchkopf!"

"Gefreiter. Begin punishing his genitalia."

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:53 PM (xK9An)

292 Thanks, TJM! And thanks for the movie posts!

Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:53 PM (/c+mq)

293
Couples Retreat was a funny movie, but I don't like how my wife purrs when that Spaniard emerges from the sea.

Posted by: Pug Mahon



*slaps someone's behind*

Encouragement...YES!!

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 08:50 PM (l1C8z)

interesting. I am a Vince Vaughn fan in general, but that movie seemed a hot mess to me. Even the French guy, that has to be one of his worst roles. But maybe I don't get it, that is very possible.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 08:54 PM (3frqk)

294 Would all the A Christmas Story haters please kindly line up against this wall? Thanks.

Posted by: Robert, cocking his pistol at December 12, 2020 08:54 PM (1Yy3c)

295 "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence."

That's what made me think of "Man Who Fell To Earth."

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:54 PM (xK9An)

296 281 No love for Muppet Christmas Carol? *weeps*
Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (/c+mq)

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One of my favorite tellings of the tale. George C. Scott is my other favorite. Haven't seen the Alistair Sims version yet.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (CAJOC)

297 And Samurai Rebellion is awesome. I love Toshiro Mifume.

Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (USW1s)

298 Speaking of The Christmas Carol, I liked "Scrooged". Watched it some huge theater in Chicago when it came out. First movie I ever attended where the audience applauded, it was weird to me.

Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (qH6FZ)

299 Great. Google has co-opted the "I Can't Wait" Powermix by Nu Shooz for a Christmas ad. Now I won't ever be able to hear that song without thinking of their hideous hate machine.

Thanks, Google. Merry Christmas to you, too.
Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at December 12, 2020 08:39 PM (PBmdd)

The Horst Wessel Lied is still under copyright?

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (mzC78)

300 294 Would all the A Christmas Story haters please kindly line up against this wall? Thanks.
Posted by: Robert, cocking his pistol at December 12, 2020 08:54 PM (1Yy3c)

Gonna shoot em with yer Red Ryder BB gun?

Be careful, you'll shoot yer eye out kid!

Posted by: Romeo13 at December 12, 2020 08:56 PM (d9rwJ)

301 Agree on:

"Remember the Night"- a lovely movie. kind of the anti-matter to "Double Indemnity". Stanwyck was the best tough girl, ever.

"Shop Around the Corner"- not only a great performance by Stewart, but a wonderful ensemble cast, and I'm a pushover for good ensembles. Everyone is pitch-perfect.
Posted by: Sal at December 12, 2020 08:52 PM (KTdeA)


Stanwyck is my all-time favorite, bar none.

For years I didn't realize she had a movie career, and only thought she was that old lady in that western show I never watched.

Ball Of Fire, The Lady Eve, off the top of my head, along with Remember the Night, are my favorites.

I've never ever seen Shop Around the Corner, I'll have to rectify that!

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:56 PM (hku12)

302 285 281 No love for Muppet Christmas Carol? *weeps*
Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (/c+mq)

=======

I've read that they've found the original elements to the song they cut, "When Love is Gone", and they're going to reinsert it into the movie for a 4K UHD release.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:52 PM (LvTSG)

Honestly shocked Disney is doing that as previously they claimed they aren't releasing any of their older movies on 4K anymore (before then doing so with the animated Mulan) and they clearly have no clue what the want to do with The Muppets in general.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:56 PM (Ojki1)

303 294 Would all the A Christmas Story haters please kindly line up against this wall? Thanks.
Posted by: Robert, cocking his pistol at December 12, 2020 08:54 PM (1Yy3c)

--------------------------------

Pistol? Surely you mean a Red Ryder BB gun with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time?

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:56 PM (CAJOC)

304 Is "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" a Christmas movie?

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:56 PM (xK9An)

305 294 Would all the A Christmas Story haters please kindly line up against this wall? Thanks.
Posted by: Robert, cocking his pistol at December 12, 2020 08:54 PM (1Yy3c)

The only redeeming scenes in that movie are the shots of downtown Cleveland: Higbees / Halles / Public Square
the way it was when I grew up there.

Otherwise, feh...

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:56 PM (BgMrQ)

306 296 One of my favorite tellings of the tale. George C. Scott is my other favorite. Haven't seen the Alistair Sims version yet.
Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (CAJOC)

My husband loves those two versions- the Sims one was on this morning. He just shakes his head when I say the Muppet one is my favorite.

Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:57 PM (/c+mq)

307 It's a Wonderful Life always cracks me up and makes me think of the Horde because of the scene where they show the newspaper headline

HARRY BAILEY WINS THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

I can hear the wailing and and knashing of the teeth.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:57 PM (2DOZq)

308 Is "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" a Christmas movie?
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 08:56 PM

Nah, Thanksgiving.

Posted by: She Hobbit at December 12, 2020 08:57 PM (ftFVW)

309 297 And Samurai Rebellion is awesome. I love Toshiro Mifume.
Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (USW1s)

=========

If you haven't seen Harakiri from 1962, also made by Masaki Kobayashi, I'd highly recommend it.

Takashi Miike remade it a few years ago, and it's also quite good, though I prefer the original.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:57 PM (LvTSG)

310 Is "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" a Christmas movie?
Posted by: Zod

Thanksgiving, I think.

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 08:57 PM (l1C8z)

311 @129

And then the Von Family storms the beach singing, Ich fühle mich hübsch, Oh so hübsch, while shooting phased plasma rifles.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 08:58 PM (V9+3c)

312 Would all the A Christmas Story haters please kindly line up against this wall? Thanks.
Posted by: Robert, cocking his pistol at December 12, 2020 08:54 PM (1Yy3c)


I don't hate it. I'm wholly indifferent to it.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 08:58 PM (hku12)

313 No love for Muppet Christmas Carol? *weeps*
Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (/c+mq)

Best Muppet movie EVAR!

Fight me!

Posted by: Robert, fists up at December 12, 2020 08:58 PM (1Yy3c)

314 302 Honestly shocked Disney is doing that as previously they claimed they aren't releasing any of their older movies on 4K anymore (before then doing so with the animated Mulan) and they clearly have no clue what the want to do with The Muppets in general.
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 08:56 PM (Ojki1)

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Actually, I recall that I never read that it would be UHD. It was just 4K, so it may be for purely Disney+.

We'll see.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:58 PM (LvTSG)

315 @294 Robert, cocking his pistol-I know, so many respected commenters here are now under suspicion of being communists for the Christmas Story hate/criticism. : )

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:59 PM (0jZnq)

316 Good movie, and much of the dialogue is close to the book. I'm impressed with how much zany Muppet stuff they crammed in without losing the story.


281 No love for Muppet Christmas Carol? *weeps*
Posted by: Toni at December 12, 2020 08:51 PM (/c+mq)

Posted by: windbag at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (M9qxJ)

317 Speaking of The Christmas Carol, I liked "Scrooged". Watched it some huge theater in Chicago when it came out. First movie I ever attended where the audience applauded, it was weird to me.
Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (qH6FZ)


I like that movie too.

Posted by: Justsayin' at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (Fs5vw)

318 Pres Trump also has cameos in an episode of Sex In The Cityb and in First Wives Club with the awful and hated Bette midler
Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 08:36 PM (Ed8Zd)

Arrest, arrest, arrest.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (zev9y)

319 I love a Christmas Story. I turn it on Christmas Eve and it runs in the background until late Christmas day, when my husband finally can't standanymore. Its one of my very favorites.
Posted by: Megthered at December 12, 2020 08:53 PM (SM/op)


"...when my husband finally can't stand anymore..."

Hmmmmm.......

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (hku12)

320 Actually, I recall that I never read that it would be UHD. It was just 4K, so it may be for purely Disney+.

We'll see.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020

We got the DVD years ago, and it had the song added back in if you were willing to watch full screen format rather than widescreen.

Posted by: She Hobbit at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (ftFVW)

321 One of my favorite tellings of the tale. George C. Scott is my other favorite. Haven't seen the Alistair Sims version yet.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (CAJOC)



It was odd though that in the middle of the movie Scott said, "Dickens. You magnificent bastard. I read your book!"

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (171Gy)

322 I like A Christmas Story but not the story or acting necessarily. The sets remind me of when I was a kid especially the kid's home. The muted exterior colors, the stairwell with a landing, and the linoleum covering the kitchen floor trigger memories of the house I spent my youth in. I even can feel the cold drafts running along the floor.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (Rvt88)

323 I did not like Home Alone. I don't recall seeing the sequel, though I probably did.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (H5knJ)

324 The Santa Clause

Posted by: redridinghood at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (NpAcC)

325
Takashi Miike remade it a few years ago, and it's also quite good, though I prefer the original.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:57 PM (LvTSG)

Is there a more eclectic and perhaps erratic director today that Miike? And I don't know if that is cause or result of him trying to keep up with Roger Corman's directing pace.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (Ojki1)

326 Diehard... A Christmas movie?
He sneaks around a tower at night, trying to avoid Alan Rickman. Obviously, that makes it a Harry Potter movie.

Watched a trailer for a movie called Nobody. If you put the characters John McClain, Bryan Mills and Deadpool in a blender it would be this movie. Comes to theater in February.

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (Vxu+H)

327 317 Speaking of The Christmas Carol, I liked "Scrooged". Watched it some huge theater in Chicago when it came out. First movie I ever attended where the audience applauded, it was weird to me.
Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (qH6FZ)


I like that movie too.
Posted by: Justsayin' at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (Fs5vw)

Karen Allen = Freckles = Scrumptious!!!

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (BgMrQ)

328 I don't Twitter. But I wish I could tell tracybeanz how awesome she is.

Posted by: deplorable unperson - refuse to accept the Mask of the Beast at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (QUOVv)

329 I spite-like It's a Wonderful Life. My MIL hates it so I like it.

Posted by: Weasel at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (MVjcR)

330 Judge Jeanine is on fire tonight

Posted by: redridinghood at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (NpAcC)

331 The only redeeming scenes in that movie are the shots of downtown Cleveland: Higbees / Halles / Public Square
the way it was when I grew up there.

Otherwise, feh...
Posted by: browndog

Only missing Captain Penny, Barnaby and Woodrow the Woodsman.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (Rvt88)

332 And Die Hard is not a Christmas movie, never was meant to be a Christmas movie and never will be a Christmas movie. You people who think it's a Christmas movie are crazy.

Posted by: Megthered at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (SM/op)

333 >>I may be in the minority but I never did like A Christmas Story.
Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 08:09 PM


Same here...Don't get the hype and have never gotten all the way through it

Posted by: Bigsmith at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (G/mW5)

334 The reason I love Christmas Story is because it's a fading polaroid snapshot of the America I still wish I lived in.

Posted by: Tom Servo at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (V2Yro)

335
I deserved that. Some things should not be spoken of.
Posted by: Zod

I sincerely wish you hadn't brought that movie up and I especially think it was especially gratuitous for the posting of the lyrics.
Sigh.
Earworm.
Sigh.

Posted by: AZ deplorably isolated at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (gtatv)

336 One of my favorite tellings of the tale. George C. Scott is my other favorite. Haven't seen the Alistair Sims version yet.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (CAJOC)



It was odd though that in the middle of the movie Scott said, "Dickens. You magnificent bastard. I read your book!"
Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (171Gy)


And slapped Tiny Tim and told him to quit faking.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (hku12)

337 325
Takashi Miike remade it a few years ago, and it's also quite good, though I prefer the original.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 08:57 PM (LvTSG)

Is there a more eclectic and perhaps erratic director today that Miike? And I don't know if that is cause or result of him trying to keep up with Roger Corman's directing pace.
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (Ojki1)

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I had written off Miike after watching Ichi the Killer, which I found just hard to watch, but he can make solidly good stuff. I also like Audition, though I was a little worn out by the extended action showcase that ended 13 Assassins.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (LvTSG)

338 267 I've seen Christmas Story one time. I liked it ok, but its not something I really wanted to watch again. Not like Die Hard. I can watch Die Hard while doing other stuff or surfing the web and I still enjoy the good bits. But I love sardonic Willis action dramady/comedyies in general.
Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at December 12, 2020 08:47 PM (Aashi)

Mr. Willis didn't always pick the right roles/movies, but he is a damn good actor.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (zev9y)

339 332 And Die Hard is not a Christmas movie, never was meant to be a Christmas movie and never will be a Christmas movie. You people who think it's a Christmas movie are crazy.
Posted by: Megthered at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (SM/op)

You pinko commie.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 09:03 PM (zev9y)

340 Only missing Captain Penny, Barnaby and Woodrow the Woodsman.
Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (Rvt8

Brother...

***fistbump***

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:03 PM (BgMrQ)

341 And Die Hard is not a Christmas movie, never was meant to be a Christmas movie and never will be a Christmas movie. You people who think it's a Christmas movie are crazy.
Posted by: Megthered at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (SM/op)


Man flies all the way across the country to be with his estranged wife, on Christmas.

Would YOUR husband do that?

It's a Christmas movie.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:03 PM (hku12)

342
Watched a trailer for a movie called Nobody. If you put the characters John McClain, Bryan Mills and Deadpool in a blender it would be this movie. Comes to theater in February.
Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (Vxu+H)

Just saw that ad. It is from people who worked on John Wick.

And it looks like a John Wick reboot. Can you reboot a franchise while the original franchise is still in production?

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (Ojki1)

343 331 On Halles second floor, we'll be looking for, him to turn the key. Woodrow the Woodsman.

Posted by: bill in arkansas at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (I58tH)

344 The Indiana welcome center has an annual A Christmas Story show.
Will report to Morons this week if Flick statue has a mask.

Posted by: DaveA at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (FhXTo)

345 LA Confidential, Christmas movie with an unsatisfying ending.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (xK9An)

346 Never liked Home Alone. My kids love both of the, them and and watch them on an endless loop around this time of the year.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (22mNy)

347 345 LA Confidential, Christmas movie with an unsatisfying ending.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (xK9An)

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But...Russel Crowe is horribly maimed.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:05 PM (LvTSG)

348 343 331 On Halles second floor, we'll be looking for, him to turn the key. Woodrow the Woodsman.
Posted by: bill in arkansas at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (I58tH)

Oh g-d damn, I can hear that tune in my head even today!

And it's Mr. Jing-a Ling, not Woodrow...

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:06 PM (BgMrQ)

349 346 Never liked Home Alone. My kids love both of the, them and and watch them on an endless loop around this time of the year.
Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (22mNy)

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As does Junior.

I actually came up with the idea for this post last year while the two were on a constant loop.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:06 PM (LvTSG)

350 I got a thing for Meg Ryan (pre-plastic surgery)
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 08:32 PM (BgMrQ)\

She was so bloody hot back in the day. Totally understandable.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 09:06 PM (zev9y)

351 Speaking of The Christmas Carol, I liked "Scrooged".
Watched it some huge theater in Chicago when it came out. First movie I
ever attended where the audience applauded, it was weird to me.


Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 08:55 PM (qH6FZ)

there
have probably been a hundred versions of that play in some shape or
form. I recall one b tv presentation called Karroll's Christmas or
something like that.(I had to look up the spelling). It had Wallace
Shaun of Princess Bride fame. For some reason that show resonated with
me at the time. God it must have been a couple decades ago and it was
just a Hallmark style presentation. But I did enjoy it.

We used to go to A Christmas Carol at Fords theater many, many moons ago.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:06 PM (3frqk)

352 I spite-like It's a Wonderful Life. My MIL hates it so I like it.
Posted by: Weasel at December 12, 2020 09:01 PM (MVjcR)


I don't really get worked up about the story, I just love the characters. Everyone in the movie is great, Stewart is one of my all-time favorites, and even crotchety old Lionel Barrymore is perfect.

Donna Reed gives me tingles in my no no square.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:07 PM (hku12)

353 I had written off Miike after watching Ichi the Killer, which I found just hard to watch, but he can make solidly good stuff. I also like Audition, though I was a little worn out by the extended action showcase that ended 13 Assassins.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (LvTSG)

You found Ichi the Killer hard to watch because it is hard to watch.

I was also prepared to write him off post that but a number of his other films won me back.

But a few then turned me a bit around. Nothing to the level of Ichi though, but he is on the list of if I see his name on box art it causes me some pause and wonder which version of the director I am getting with this film.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:07 PM (Ojki1)

354 Ichi the Killer is a severely fucked-up movie.

Posted by: Insomniac at December 12, 2020 09:08 PM (nakwk)

355 >>Oh g-d damn, I can hear that tune in my head even today!

Another White Christmas ear-worm!

"SNOW! Blahblahblahblahblahblahblah snooow! I wanna blahblahblah in snoooow!"

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:08 PM (xK9An)

356 Christmas Vacation is the best holiday movie. Ive seen A Wonderful Life too many times to be able to see it again. No mas.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:08 PM (22mNy)

357 348 Yep, you're right. Can't keep track of the important things anymore. Covid, I guess, or pushing 70.

Posted by: bill in arkansas at December 12, 2020 09:08 PM (I58tH)

358 Well, I am going to put the car in the garage. Was going to go to Wally World, and buy a few things, but I don't have the energy.

Posted by: Alberta Oil Peon at December 12, 2020 09:08 PM (mzC78)

359 @308 She Hobbit-If you watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles the day after Thanksgiving then I think it qualifies as a Christmas movie. I have to admit I kinda see it as a Christmas movie.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:09 PM (0jZnq)

360 Another White Christmas ear-worm!

"SNOW! Blahblahblahblahblahblahblah snooow! I wanna blahblahblah in snoooow!"

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:08 PM (xK9An)

Oh, how I'd love to be back in the AARRRRRRMMMMYYYYY

Better now???

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:09 PM (BgMrQ)

361 LA Confidential, Christmas movie with an unsatisfying ending.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (xK9An)

===========

But...Russel Crowe is horribly maimed.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:05 PM (LvTSG)


Supreme douchebags Kevin Spacey and James Cromwell die miserably.

What's not to like?

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:10 PM (hku12)

362 Man flies all the way across the country to be with his estranged wife, on Christmas.

Would YOUR husband do that?

It's a Christmas movie.
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:03 PM (hku12)

There's another thing here and I swear another poster wrote something along these lines some time back:

Perhaps the best thing about Die Hard is that all the bad guys/dirtbags get theirs in the end. Even if it is as simple as Holly decking the dirtbag "journalist" (that scene will be deleted in future editions) or Hans Gruber falling off the Tower. Every one of them pay.

I would gush on but I got to the job.

Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 09:10 PM (zev9y)

363 353 You found Ichi the Killer hard to watch because it is hard to watch.

I was also prepared to write him off post that but a number of his other films won me back.

But a few then turned me a bit around. Nothing to the level of Ichi though, but he is on the list of if I see his name on box art it causes me some pause and wonder which version of the director I am getting with this film.
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:07 PM (Ojki1)

=======

I get the sense that directors with that kind of wild variety in quality in their work tend to be just bringing the script to screen with little consideration beyond technical aspects. They don't sit down with the writer to try and iron anything out. They don't sit with the actors to iron out characters. They don't sit with the editors to find the scene that they should have shot.

It's just about getting the script to screen and then moving on.

There's worth to that kind of director, but they end up being mere technicians that don't really merit much attention on their own.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:10 PM (LvTSG)

364 >>Planes, Trains, and Automobiles...I have to admit I kinda see it as a Christmas movie. Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:09 PM (0jZnq)

Ditto.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:10 PM (xK9An)

365 Christmas Vacation is the best holiday movie.

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Ha, I just finished that one (for the 2nd time) 10 minutes ago. It is hilarious.

Posted by: Lady in Black at December 12, 2020 09:11 PM (O+I8R)

366 >>Supreme douchebags Kevin Spacey and James Cromwell die miserably. What's not to like?
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:10 PM (hku12)

Danny DeVito and Russell Crowe survive. That's what.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:11 PM (xK9An)

367 If you watch Planes, Trains and Automobiles the day after Thanksgiving then I think it qualifies as a Christmas movie. I have to admit I kinda see it as a Christmas movie.
Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:09 PM

Fair enough. We watched it this summer while we were cooped up, and it was just as funny then, far from any holiday.

Posted by: She Hobbit at December 12, 2020 09:11 PM (ftFVW)

368 322
I like A Christmas Story but not the story or acting necessarily. The
sets remind me of when I was a kid especially the kid's home. The muted
exterior colors, the stairwell with a landing, and the linoleum covering
the kitchen floor trigger memories of the house I spent my youth in. I
even can feel the cold drafts running along the floor.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 09:00 PM (Rvt8


Exactly.To appreciate the vignettists, not really a story, you had to live through the period, much like "Forrest Gump".

Posted by: Javems at December 12, 2020 09:11 PM (8SSHh)

369 No one mentions the Patrick Stewart A Christmas Carol

Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 12, 2020 09:11 PM (iTXRQ)

370 357 348 Yep, you're right. Can't keep track of the important things anymore. Covid, I guess, or pushing 70.
Posted by: bill in arkansas at December 12, 2020 09:08 PM (I58tH)

Not to worry Bill.

I had a very traumatic experience with the Mr Jing-a-Ling show.

Stage Fright...tears...screaming parents.

Like I said, the song was indelibly imprinted in my then 5 year old mind

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:12 PM (BgMrQ)

371 While You Were Sleeping is a Christmas movie. I watch it every year. Love the slippery ice on the sidewalk scene.

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 09:12 PM (l1C8z)

372 Man flies all the way across the country to be with his estranged wife, on Christmas.

Would YOUR husband do that?

It's a Christmas movie.
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:03 PM (hku12)

There's another thing here and I swear another poster wrote something along these lines some time back:

Perhaps the best thing about Die Hard is that all the bad guys/dirtbags get theirs in the end. Even if it is as simple as Holly decking the dirtbag "journalist" (that scene will be deleted in future editions) or Hans Gruber falling off the Tower. Every one of them pay.

I would gush on but I got to the job.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 09:10 PM (zev9y)


It's a damn near perfect movie.

Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:12 PM (hku12)

373 365 Christmas Vacation is the best holiday movie.

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Ha, I just finished that one (for the 2nd time) 10 minutes ago. It is hilarious.
Posted by: Lady in Black at December 12, 2020 09:11 PM (O+I8R)

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"Shitter's full!"

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 09:12 PM (CAJOC)

374



The Charlie Brown Christmas is on PBS now. They'll probably interrupt it 3 times to beg for money.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 12, 2020 09:12 PM (171Gy)

375 @362

Die Hard is a film Capra would make if he made 80s action films.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (V9+3c)

376 I see Planes Trains and Automobiles as a drama with funny parts. It is very sad to me.

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (l1C8z)

377 >>Oh, how I'd love to be back in the AARRRRRRMMMMYYYYY Better now???
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:09 PM (BgMrQ)

(gulps melatonin with cough syrup.)

This is gonna be a 'weird-dream' night.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (xK9An)

378 Gotta call out the people getting sad over no love for the Muppet Christmas Carol when as far as I can tell no one has mentioned Emmett Otters Jug-Band Christmas.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (0jZnq)

379 (gulps melatonin with cough syrup.)

This is gonna be a 'weird-dream' night.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (xK9An)

Love ya Zod...

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:14 PM (BgMrQ)

380 Die Hard is a movie about 75 cent a gallon gas That scene where they do a close up on the gas station price always stands the time for me. I never hear it mentioned. But that is either the biggest flaw a timeless movie can have, or a plea for a better time.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:14 PM (3frqk)

381 338 267 I've seen Christmas Story one time. I liked it ok, but its not something I really wanted to watch again. Not like Die Hard. I can watch Die Hard while doing other stuff or surfing the web and I still enjoy the good bits. But I love sardonic Willis action dramady/comedyies in general.
Posted by: PaleRider is simply irredeemable at December 12, 2020 08:47 PM (Aashi)

Mr. Willis didn't always pick the right roles/movies, but he is a damn good actor.
Posted by: Catch Thirty-Thr33 at December 12, 2020 09:02 PM (zev9y)

This statement is half true over the last half dozen years. Willis now only seemingly picks what ever role he can do on a weekend that will pay his salary request and then appears offended he has to work the weekend. I don't think I have seen a film he actually looks like he gives a damn about being in made since maybe 2012, or a couple years before.

He is an actor that I see is in a film and I assume it is being made as direct to bargain bin film.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:14 PM (Ojki1)

382 345 LA Confidential, Christmas movie with an unsatisfying ending.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:04 PM (xK9An)

I liked to point out to the kids that I was exactly 12 days old when that scene took place. It got old like the third time I said it...

Posted by: Sal at December 12, 2020 09:14 PM (KTdeA)

383 378 Gotta call out the people getting sad over no love for the Muppet Christmas Carol when as far as I can tell no one has mentioned Emmett Otters Jug-Band Christmas.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (0jZnq)

Fuckin' Riverbottom Nightmare Band...

Posted by: Insomniac at December 12, 2020 09:14 PM (nakwk)

384 Go is a great Christmas movie.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:14 PM (22mNy)

385
I don't really get worked up about the story, I just love the characters. Everyone in the movie is great, Stewart is one of my all-time favorites, and even crotchety old Lionel Barrymore is perfect.

Donna Reed gives me tingles in my no no square.
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:07 PM (hku12)


It's A Wonderful Life is full of innocence. Something we lost some time ago.

I love that movie. Reminds me of the America we lost.

Posted by: Justsayin' at December 12, 2020 09:14 PM (Fs5vw)

386 The reason I love Christmas Story is because it's a fading polaroid snapshot of the America I still wish I lived in.

--

Ditto. Even though it's set in '39/'40 and I didn't come along until the early 60s. It's still reminiscent of what we once were. And I extend that back to the year it was made, '83.

Posted by: Lady in Black at December 12, 2020 09:15 PM (O+I8R)

387 I can tell no one has mentioned Emmett Otters Jug-Band Christmas.

Posted by: JROD

It was mentioned above. Love that movie!

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 09:15 PM (l1C8z)

388 378 Gotta call out the people getting sad over no love for the Muppet Christmas Carol when as far as I can tell no one has mentioned Emmett Otters Jug-Band Christmas.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (0jZnq)

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Can't tell if it's serious or not, but go back to comment 69

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 09:15 PM (CAJOC)

389 Home Alone is the second movie I remember from theaters. Unlike the first one (Roger Rabbit), I remember nothing about the movie.

I remember two things:

1.) This movie was so hugely popular that I had to wait for hours with my mom and Joe Mannix to get in.

2.) I looked exactly like Culkin at that time. I mean, weirdly like him. After it was over and the movie was letting out, this guy stopped us to ask for an autograph, and my mom bursted out laughing.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at December 12, 2020 09:15 PM (lJuMe)

390 I love British humor, but Rowan Atkinson is not funny. Not even a little.

Posted by: nurse ratched at December 12, 2020 08:22 PM (U2p+3)


Blackadder is very funny.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 12, 2020 09:15 PM (171Gy)

391 Groundhog Day--strictly speaking not a Christmas movie, but feels like one.

"I got you, babe..."

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:16 PM (xK9An)

392 The three godfathers is a good Christmas movie.

Posted by: Archer at December 12, 2020 09:16 PM (7r9mG)

393 @378

Not true, mentioned it up thread, best version is the original version with Kermit narration.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 09:16 PM (V9+3c)

394 392 The three godfathers is a good Christmas movie.
Posted by: Archer at December 12, 2020 09:16 PM (7r9mG)

The John Wayne version

or

The Tom Selleck version

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:16 PM (BgMrQ)

395 385

Did that America exist though? That movie is so sappy and over the top sweet that I doubt that reality ever existed or anything close to it. Still a fun move though.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:17 PM (22mNy)

396 (gulps melatonin with cough syrup.)

This is gonna be a 'weird-dream' night.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (xK9An)

*Takes notes*

Probably not FDA approved but fuck it.

Posted by: Robert, updating his bucket list at December 12, 2020 09:17 PM (1Yy3c)

397 >>Did that America exist though? That movie is so sappy and over the top sweet Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:17 PM (22mNy)

Yes--it did in Great Bend, Kansas, once upon a time.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:18 PM (xK9An)

398 Donna Reed gives me tingles in my no no square.
Posted by: BurtTC

Yep - her and Gloria Grahame too. But Wow, Grahame really went off the rails in real life, didn't she?

Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 09:18 PM (Rvt88)

399 Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

Posted by: Skip at December 12, 2020 09:19 PM (Cxk7w)

400 396 (gulps melatonin with cough syrup.)

This is gonna be a 'weird-dream' night.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:13 PM (xK9An)

*Takes notes*

Probably not FDA approved but fuck it.
Posted by: Robert, updating his bucket list at December 12, 2020 09:17 PM (1Yy3c)

----------------------

I do believe copulating with medication is contra-indicated

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 09:19 PM (CAJOC)

401 Peter Billingsley who was Ralphy in A Christmas Story was the executive producer of Four Christmases and also made an appearance. If you haven't seen Four Christmases, you should.
Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 08:16 PM (0jZnq)

Also one of the elves in Elf. And a good friend of Jon Favreau.

I like Elf.
Posted by: Pug Mahon at December 12, 2020 08:18 PM (x8Wzq)
**************
I forgot about that. I think he was the lead elf.

Posted by: redridinghood at December 12, 2020 09:19 PM (NpAcC)

402 397 >>Did that America exist though? That movie is so sappy and over the top sweet Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:17 PM (22mNy)


It most certainly did. Grew up in it.

Posted by: Justsayin' at December 12, 2020 09:20 PM (Fs5vw)

403 @376 squeakywheel- Sad? I'm surprised you see it that way. The payoff was at the end. Such a sweet part of the movie.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:20 PM (0jZnq)

404 Supreme douchebags Kevin Spacey and James Cromwell die miserably. What's not to like?
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:10 PM (hku12)

Danny DeVito and Russell Crowe survive. That's what.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:11 PM (xK9An)


Eh, DeVito does not.

And I'm not sure what the Crowe hate is about, but surviving may be worse than not surviving.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:20 PM (hku12)

405 I always liked Mr. Potter in "It's A Wonderful Life".

He tells it like it is.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 12, 2020 09:20 PM (R/m4+)

406 Did that America exist though? That movie is so
sappy and over the top sweet that I doubt that reality ever existed or
anything close to it. Still a fun move though.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:17 PM (22mNy)

for some people, sure it did. It is like when people here talk about the 80s. Some say they were the best of times, others say they sucked. Sure that movie was a feel good film. But most of it rang true about a kid in the 'burbs reminiscing about a Christmas.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:21 PM (3frqk)

407 American Psycho could be a Christmas movie. If Die Hard is, then so it is as well.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:21 PM (22mNy)

408 >>405 I always liked Mr. Potter in "It's A Wonderful Life". Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 12, 2020 09:20 PM (R/m4+)

Whoville needs an Old Man Gower.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:21 PM (xK9An)

409 I've already been subjected to Love Actually, which my wife insists on around this time of year. It's manageable, I guess. But Bad Santa is my Christmas movie.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at December 12, 2020 09:22 PM (H5knJ)

410 I always liked Mr. Potter in "It's A Wonderful Life".

He tells it like it is.

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 12, 2020 09:20 PM (R/m4+)

Eh except he steals poor Uncle Billy's money.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 09:22 PM (2DOZq)

411 Did that America exist though? That movie is so sappy and over the top sweet that I doubt that reality ever existed or anything close to it. Still a fun move though.

--

Take a look at Antifa's mugshots. Or the inundation of ads with men in lipstick with the declaration that we must "rethink" families. Or drag queen story hour. Or dopes that must broadcast their preferred pronouns and will get you fired if you don't use them. I could go on and on, but I'm sure you catch my drift. I'd go back in time and stay there forever if I could.

Posted by: Lady in Black at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (O+I8R)

412 Groundhog Day--strictly speaking not a Christmas movie, but feels like one.

"I got you, babe..."
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:16 PM (xK9An)


A movie that takes place, on precisely one specific day of the year. A day that is NOT Christmas.

Not "strictly speaking" a Christmas movie?

What are you smokin'?

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (hku12)

413 @376 squeakywheel- Sad? I'm surprised you see it that way. The payoff was at the end. Such a sweet part of the movie.
Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:20 PM

I'd call it a comedy with some heart. The end is poignant, but there are so many great laughs setting us up to care about both men.

Posted by: She Hobbit at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (ftFVW)

414 @393 Thomas Bender-A ha, figures. thats why I said as far as I can tell. In case I didn't see it. : )

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (0jZnq)

415 There's a band from Long Island named "Old Man Gower."

Huh.

Snooooww...

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (xK9An)

416 @376 squeakywheel- Sad? I'm surprised you see it that way. The payoff was at the end. Such a sweet part of the movie.
Posted by: JROD

Yeah, Steve Martin's character was so fussy and unlikeable, even at the end. Poor John Candy is so incredibly and profoundly lonely he pretends his deceased wife is waiting for him. In the end Candy has a new friend, which I suppose is better than being alone, except that the new friend is a pill, Steve Martin. Sad.

Posted by: squeakywheel at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (l1C8z)

417
The three godfathers is a good Christmas movie.
Posted by: Archer

The John Wayne version
or
The Tom Selleck version
Posted by: browndog


The Chester Morris version

www.imdb.com/title/tt0028367

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (63Dwl)

418 Well, movie thread so the Bee lists the premises for the next 15 Star Wars movies.

https://bit.ly/3qKUAKO

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (+y/Ru)

419 Do not like....
Its a Wonderful Life
Polar Express
Home Alone
Christmas Story
Holiday Vacation


Do like
George C Scott Christmas Carol
How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey ( his kind of crazy works in that role)
White Christmas
The Santa Clause
Santa Claus the Movie
Almost every Rankin and Bass cartoon
Claymation Christmas

Posted by: Madamemayhem (uppity wench) at December 12, 2020 09:24 PM (Vxu+H)

420 Posted by: Lady in Black at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (O+I8R)

moi aussi.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:24 PM (3frqk)

421 394 392 The three godfathers is a good Christmas movie.
Posted by: Archer at December 12, 2020 09:16 PM (7r9mG)

The John Wayne version

or

The Tom Selleck version
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:16 PM (BgMrQ)

The John Wayne version is a remake - the original is by far the best of all, but no one since had the nerve to make it the way it was originally. All three of the convicts die saving the child, but the child lives. That's their redemption; they have to freely give their lives to save an innocent.

Posted by: Tom Servo at December 12, 2020 09:24 PM (V2Yro)

422 @409

Lauren Graham screaming, fuck me santa, what's not to like.

Favorite line: When I'm through with her, she ain't gonna shit right for a week!


Shakespeare would die to write lines like that.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 09:24 PM (V9+3c)

423 >>A movie that takes place, on precisely one specific day of the year. A day that is NOT Christmas.
Not "strictly speaking" a Christmas movie?
What are you smokin'? Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (hku12)

Melatonin and cough syrup.

Kneel.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (xK9An)

424 Hi. I'm no cinemaphile, so I'm often barely lurking here, but I watch movies. (Now imagine I construct similar comment for bibliophile and hoplophile threads.)

I enjoy looking up actors on IMDb.

Watched Planes, Trains, and Automobiles a couple of nights ago. Who was that colleague of Steve Martin's at the start? Oh, yeah - Ferris Bueller's dad.

That short, bald guy, train conductor talking with Bing and Danny in the early part of White Christmas? Thought I recognized his raspy voice. He was the drunken Santa in Miracle on 34th Street (the real one, not the refake with the Jurassic Park guy).

Really enjoy going through the credits on some of those old character actors. No marquee credit, sometimes not even credit at all, but they've been hard-working, in lots and lots of films or (once it came along) TV.

The kid in It's a Wonderful Life who is talking to Donna Reed when Stewart whisks her away, and later opens up the dance floor-swimming pool is the same guy who we see in a photograph, the wartime friend of Bing and Danny who is brother to the Haines Sisters, Sisters? Carl Switzer was the Little Rascal Alfalfa. (Sadly met his end too young.)

Last night we threw caution to the winds and watched Earnest Saves Christmas -- I always think, oh, we can't watch that ham-handed, over-acting, rubber-faced Varney. But he's still hilarious in an old-fashioned vaudeville kind of way, and it's really a nice movie on its own, with Earnest for comic relief. And their Santa, Douglas Seale, is one of my top 2 Santas, the other being, of course, Edmund Gwenn in 34th Street (the non-Dino one).

Ward Bond, Bert the Cop in Wonderful Life, was Major Seth Adams on over a hundred Wagon Trains.

Frank Faylen, Ernie the taxi driver in IaWL was Dobie Gillis's dad.

Whoa.

Posted by: mindful webworkerAre we Christmasy yet? at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (xdNUT)

425 I always liked Mr. Potter in "It's A Wonderful Life". Posted by: Hairyback Guy

What I like particularly in IAWL is the portrayal of the cast (if George was never born) as miserable creatures.

Old Man Gower as the broken, lost drunk.

Donna Reed as the old, lonely spinster.

etc.

Those characters were, for me, much more interesting than that of the happy versions.

Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (Rvt88)

426 George Bailey voted Biden. Potter was a Trumper.

Posted by: Gonzoloid at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (wo2j+)

427 Im not saying the late 40s wasnt a good time to be alive. Just questioning how accurate the aww shuks stuff was. There were shitty people around then as well as well as all sorts of societal problems. There were probably people in 1946 who thought how great the good old days of the 1890s were compared to modern day.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (22mNy)

428 Carl Switzer was the Little Rascal Alfalfa. (Sadly met his end too young.

Stabbed to death.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 09:26 PM (2DOZq)

429 "No gin, son. Not one drop."

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:26 PM (xK9An)

430 The John Ford John Wayne version

Posted by: Archer at December 12, 2020 09:26 PM (7r9mG)

431 The Chester Morris version

www.imdb.com/title/tt0028367
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (63Dwl)

Holy Cow...

I did not know that ***Johnny Carson voice***

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:26 PM (BgMrQ)

432 406 Did that America exist though? That movie is so
sappy and over the top sweet that I doubt that reality ever existed or
anything close to it. Still a fun move though.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:17 PM (22mNy)

for some people, sure it did. It is like when people here talk about the 80s. Some say they were the best of times, others say they sucked. Sure that movie was a feel good film. But most of it rang true about a kid in the 'burbs reminiscing about a Christmas.
Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:21 PM (3frqk)

It was my America as a kid in the 60's; building christmas tree forts in the back yard, weird gifts, everyone having fun but not a lot of money. It was wonderful.

Posted by: Tom Servo at December 12, 2020 09:26 PM (V2Yro)

433
"The Ref" is one of my favorite Christmas movies, because it reminds me most of Christmas with the family.

Posted by: Tom Servo at December 12, 2020 09:27 PM (V2Yro)

434 Frank Faylen, Ernie the taxi driver in IaWL was Dobie Gillis's dad.

Whoa.
--

He was gonna kill that boy. . . .

Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 09:27 PM (Rvt88)

435 test

Posted by: DB- just DB. at December 12, 2020 09:28 PM (iTXRQ)

436 Oh look, a troll sighting.

And he isn't even right as both people named voted Biden on account of them being dead.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:28 PM (Ojki1)

437 I grew up lower middle class but I wanted for nothing and never knew better. Christmas season was a special , wonderful time for me.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 09:28 PM (2DOZq)

438 It's my granddaughter's birthday so we had a little party. They had watched Home Alone last night so the conversation turned to that movie. We decided the biggest mysteries were what do people do to earn that kind of movie and why do people who earn that kind of money buy that wallpaper?

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at December 12, 2020 09:28 PM (+y/Ru)

439 I hated a Beautiful Mind because it was so fake and gave a very wrong impression of paranoid schizophrenia. Nash never had a visual hallucination, that was a Hollywood lie.

Posted by: DOJ is shivving us at December 12, 2020 09:28 PM (ONvIw)

440 Its a Wonderful is kinda socialist. Evil rich guy vs working man where the working man wins,p. Potter lent the money and expected to be paid back. Kinda how it works, no?

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:29 PM (22mNy)

441 Lauren Graham screaming, fuck me santa, what's not to like.

Favorite line: When I'm through with her, she ain't gonna shit right for a week!


Shakespeare would die to write lines like that.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 09:24 PM (V9+3c)

I read that as Gloria Graham, and thought: I don't remember that in It's a Wonderful Life?

And I'm not drinking tonight.

Maybe I should hit some of Zod's cough syrup and melatonin?

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:29 PM (BgMrQ)

442 @427

The aww shucks films of the 40s were a counter to how miserable life was for the average person.

Your life was shit, your boys and men were half way around the world dying, disease, rationing, etc.

God and Hollywood was all people had to hold onto.

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 09:29 PM (V9+3c)

443
Carl Switzer was the Little Rascal Alfalfa. (Sadly met his end too young.



Stabbed to death.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 09:26 PM (2DOZq)


Besides the Little Rascals the only other thing I remember him in is Going My Way.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 12, 2020 09:29 PM (171Gy)

444 Yep - her and Gloria Grahame too. But Wow, Grahame really went off the rails in real life, didn't she?
Posted by: Tonypete at December 12, 2020 09:18 PM (Rvt8
Married her step son or something like that?

Posted by: Pres elect LA Sue at December 12, 2020 09:30 PM (Ed8Zd)

445 Its a Wonderful is kinda socialist...
Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:29 PM (22mNy)

Kinda?

You're being awfully generous A...

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:30 PM (BgMrQ)

446 Freaky was just okay. Had its moments. I watched the whole thing, so that's usually a sign that it's at least competent.

I think the main difference between it and Happy Death Day is Jessica Rothe hoists and then carries the latter movie on her surprisingly supple shoulders. She can act and has some real comedy chops.

Happy Death Day is also more well thought out story. OTOH, Vince Vaughn is pretty good playing Jack Black from Jumanji, and the main character is good in her role too.

Posted by: ... at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (WESyw)

447 Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:29 PM (22mNy)

Not even close IMHO.

Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (2DOZq)

448 442 @427

The aww shucks films of the 40s were a counter to how miserable life was for the average person.

Your life was shit, your boys and men were half way around the world dying, disease, rationing, etc.

God and Hollywood was all people had to hold onto.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 09:29 PM (V9+3c)

And then Whoreywood decided they wanted God out of the picture, and here we are.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (Ojki1)

449 I loved "A Christmas Carol" with Mr. Magoo.

Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (USW1s)

450 George Bailey wanted his community to prosper, Potter wanted cheap labor . Bailey would have gone for PDT

Posted by: CN at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (ONvIw)

451 Did that America exist though? That movie is so sappy and over the top sweet that I doubt that reality ever existed or
anything close to it.

-
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (+y/Ru)

452 Melatonin and cough syrup.

Kneel.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (xK9An)

You forgot the:

Do it!...Do it now!

your eminence.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (BgMrQ)

453 438

The wallpaper was purposely green and white as was the entire house. They built the set with that in mind. And yeah it was a set built in a gym of an abandoned Hs gym. Only the exterior shots were real and that house is still there in suburban Chicago.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (22mNy)

454 Im not saying the late 40s wasnt a good time to be alive. Just questioning how accurate the aww shuks stuff was. There were shitty people around then as well as well as all sorts of societal problems. There were probably people in 1946 who thought how great the good old days of the 1890s were compared to modern day.
Posted by: Asshoes at December 1

-------

Yeah, everyone's inclined to think of the good more than the bad.

But I'm guessing from the way you talk that you're a similar age to me.

We grew up in a fairly shitty time compared to our parents.

My kids are growing up in a shittier time than us. So it goes.

Posted by: Yudhishthira's Dice at December 12, 2020 09:32 PM (lJuMe)

455 449 I loved "A Christmas Carol" with Mr. Magoo.
Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 09:31 PM (USW1s)

----------

Magoo was a pimp.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero43) at December 12, 2020 09:32 PM (D2tGE)

456 449 me too. Jack Cassidy was the best Cratchitt ever

Posted by: CN at December 12, 2020 09:33 PM (ONvIw)

457 I was a huge movie fan during the 80's. Me and my dad noticed there was always a Christmas scene and had fun pointing it out when it appeared.

That went away.

Posted by: ... at December 12, 2020 09:33 PM (WESyw)

458 Kamala Harris is more "interesting" than Mike Pence.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 12, 2020 09:33 PM (63Dwl)

459 The Real Ghostbusters did A Christmas Carol as well.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:33 PM (Ojki1)

460 427 Im not saying the late 40s wasnt a good time to be alive. Just questioning how accurate the aww shuks stuff was. There were shitty people around then as well as well as all sorts of societal problems. There were probably people in 1946 who thought how great the good old days of the 1890s were compared to modern day.
Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (22mNy)

You're overthinking it. It's just a dude looking back at his childhood thru rose colored lenses.

Now up against the wall. Would you like a blindfold and cigarette?

Posted by: Robert, updating his bucket list at December 12, 2020 09:34 PM (1Yy3c)

461 458 if you study human pathology, yes

Posted by: CN at December 12, 2020 09:34 PM (ONvIw)

462 the problem is arguing from the specific to the general, it never works. And A Christmas Story was made in 1983 right? Does anyone ever ask if Die Hard was realistic? If not, why not?

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:35 PM (3frqk)

463 458 Kamala Harris is more "interesting" than Mike Pence.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 12, 2020 09:33 PM (63Dwl)

Certain opposite people.

He makes sure he is never in a closed room with anyone other than his wife, she makes sure when in the closed room that the other person's wife isn't there.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:36 PM (Ojki1)

464 There were probably people in 1946 who thought how great the good old days of the 1890s were compared to modern day.

-
Ahhh, the gay '90s! Much better than the gay 2020s.

Posted by: Anonosaurus Wrecks, Tyrannosaur Wrangler at December 12, 2020 09:36 PM (+y/Ru)

465 There were probably people in 1946 who thought how great the good old days of the 1890s were compared to modern day.
Posted by: Asshoes

Aside from the Panic of 1893 which resulted in a depression that didn't end until 1897, the 1890s were gay.

Posted by: SFGoth at December 12, 2020 09:36 PM (KAi1n)

466 @462

Why would anyone ask whether Die Hard was real?


It would be like asking how can a shark dive with three barrels on him?

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 09:37 PM (V9+3c)

467 427 There were probably people in 1946 who thought how great the good old days of the 1890s were compared to modern day.
Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (22mNy)

===========

This was kind of the point of Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:37 PM (LvTSG)

468 462 the problem is arguing from the specific to the general, it never works. And A Christmas Story was made in 1983 right? Does anyone ever ask if Die Hard was realistic? If not, why not?
Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:35 PM (3frqk)

Because we don't want the realistic action movie where the hero is shot and killed by at least the third gun fight.

Or is severed in half by the fire hose he wrapped around himself before leaping off the roof.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:37 PM (Ojki1)

469 427 Im not saying the late 40s wasnt a good time to be alive. Just questioning how accurate the aww shuks stuff was. There were shitty people around then as well as well as all sorts of societal problems. There were probably people in 1946 who thought how great the good old days of the 1890s were compared to modern day.
Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (22mNy

It was a national innocence, for a lack of a better description. It was that innocence that started to be destroyed in the 60's and became a lost memory in the 90's. Hard to really explain it.

Posted by: Justsayin' at December 12, 2020 09:38 PM (Fs5vw)

470 There were probably people in 1946 who thought how great the good old days of the 1890s were compared to modern day.

Posted by: Asshoes at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (22mNy)



"Life with Father"with William Powell and Irene Dunne

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 12, 2020 09:39 PM (171Gy)

471 In the latest sequel, "Home Alone in L.A." Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern keep coming back to the house because they have figured out to steal less than 950 dollars at a time and are never charged. Additionally because of new policies they never have to post bail and feel free to start a tent city in front of the McAllister home without any police hassles. Meanwhile, D.A. George Gascon charges Kevin McAllister with 25 felonies and 20-life for defending his home and possession of multiple self-made automatic weapons made from heater coils, fans and broken ornaments.

Posted by: Josh Brolin's Blistered Taint at December 12, 2020 09:39 PM (Ri2IV)

472 @416 squeakywheel-What I read into the movie was two polar opposites, big hearted loving person meets cold cynical a-hole. John Candy's character finds love and belonging from the unlikeliest of people, Steve Martins character. Dell Griffith tore down that wall of cynicism and a-holery. In the end I thought it was a story of redemption for Martins character.

Posted by: JROD at December 12, 2020 09:39 PM (0jZnq)

473 Edward Scissorhands

Posted by: redridinghood at December 12, 2020 09:39 PM (NpAcC)

474 A movie that takes place, on precisely one specific day of the year. A day that is NOT Christmas.
Not "strictly speaking" a Christmas movie?
What are you smokin'? Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:23 PM (hku12)

Melatonin and cough syrup.

Kneel.
Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:25 PM (xK9An)


That must be difficult to roll and light.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:40 PM (hku12)

475 I always liked Mr. Scrooge too. It dawned on me one Christmas as a ute that he was right.

He turned into a lib after the visits by the Ghosts.

Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?

Humbug!

Posted by: Hairyback Guy at December 12, 2020 09:40 PM (R/m4+)

476 Cheaper By The Dozen

Posted by: dartist at December 12, 2020 09:40 PM (+ya+t)

477 Huh, Disney is remaking Cheaper by the Dozen.

I imagine Planned Parenthood and the overpopulation crowd will be outraged.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:41 PM (Ojki1)

478 471, nice.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:41 PM (3frqk)

479 defending his home and possession of multiple self-made automatic weapons made from heater coils, fans and broken ornaments.
Posted by: Josh Brolin's Blistered Taint at December 12, 2020 09:39 PM (Ri2IV)

(Jump to top of page)

You forgot the lawsuits from the criminals towards the estate for injuries incurred during the robbery

Posted by: A dude in MI at December 12, 2020 09:42 PM (BZBAG)

480 479 defending his home and possession of multiple self-made automatic weapons made from heater coils, fans and broken ornaments.
Posted by: Josh Brolin's Blistered Taint at December 12, 2020 09:39 PM (Ri2IV)

(Jump to top of page)

You forgot the lawsuits from the criminals towards the estate for injuries incurred during the robbery
Posted by: A dude in MI at December 12, 2020 09:42 PM (BZBAG)

=========

Disney+ spinoff series.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:42 PM (LvTSG)

481 476 Cheaper By The Dozen
Posted by: dartist at December 12, 2020 09:40 PM (+ya+t)

477 Huh, Disney is remaking Cheaper by the Dozen.

I imagine Planned Parenthood and the overpopulation crowd will be outraged.
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:41 PM (Ojki1)


Woah, how the hell did that happen as I was typing this while the previous comment was posted.

*Hopes for good omen on lottery ticket*

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:42 PM (Ojki1)

482 477 Huh, Disney is remaking Cheaper by the Dozen.

I imagine Planned Parenthood and the overpopulation crowd will be outraged.
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:41 PM (Ojki1)

Nah, you got the premise all wrong.

It's the new sales gimmick at PP.

...and I'm going to hell for that snark.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:43 PM (BgMrQ)

483 Battleground is kinda a Christmas movie

Posted by: Skip




That is a classic.

Posted by: Sharkman at December 12, 2020 09:43 PM (1YlHz)

484
You forgot the lawsuits from the criminals towards the estate for injuries incurred during the robbery
Posted by: A dude in MI at December 12, 2020 09:42 PM (BZBAG)

=========

Disney+ spinoff series.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:42 PM (LvTSG)

Kathleen Kennedy will rework this into a feminist Star Wars piece.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:44 PM (Ojki1)

485 The aww shucks films of the 40s were a counter to how miserable life was for the average person.

Your life was shit, your boys and men were half way around the world dying, disease, rationing, etc.

God and Hollywood was all people had to hold onto.
Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 09:29 PM (V9+3c)


Miserable for the average person? I might think life was in
ways better then. More meaningful and tragic.

Posted by: Garrick at December 12, 2020 09:44 PM (YaTIT)

486 482 477 Huh, Disney is remaking Cheaper by the Dozen.

I imagine Planned Parenthood and the overpopulation crowd will be outraged.
Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:41 PM (Ojki1)

Nah, you got the premise all wrong.

It's the new sales gimmick at PP.

...and I'm going to hell for that snark.
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:43 PM (BgMrQ)

Yeah, your going to hell.

*Hopefully the fact that crack occurred to me while typing the original comment and I left it out doesn't count against me*

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:45 PM (Ojki1)

487 Although I apparently liked a lot of crap growing up, I was always overly critical of movies.

After McClane grips on to the duct while falling at near terminal velocity, I became suspicious of whether I wanted to even see any more of Die Hard. It was slightly too much to bear, and very early in the film.

Minutes later he is looking down on the terrorists through the vent and pointing his gun at them. I think to myself "if he gets in a gunfight with them through that vent and lives, I'm turning this fucking thing off". I remember it as clear as day.

When the terrorists get called away but Karl fires a shit ton of rounds into the vent and McClane comes within an inch of being killed, I was back on board and never got off the train.

Of course it now turns out that Die Hard is in my all time Top 5, essentially making it my favorite movie.

Posted by: ... at December 12, 2020 09:45 PM (WESyw)

488 My dad really likes Meet John Doe which climaxes on Christmas Eve. I find Gary Cooper to be kind of meh but I do like Barbara Stanwyck.

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at December 12, 2020 09:46 PM (WlqoL)

489 Didn't they just remake Cheaper by the Dozen not to long ago with Steve Martin?

Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 09:46 PM (qH6FZ)

490 And the McCallisters are charged after inviting the misunderstood scary old man across the street to Christmas dinner a violation of lockdown rules The misunderstood scary old man was also charged with use of excessive force for defending Kevin with a snow shovel in the final denoument.

Posted by: Josh Brolin's Blistered Taint at December 12, 2020 09:46 PM (Ri2IV)

491 Look! If I say you like A Christmas Story, you like A Christmas Story!!

Posted by: Scuk Farkus at December 12, 2020 09:46 PM (l3+k2)

492 Meanwhile, back on Planet Earth:

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Shop Around the Corner
The Bishop's Wife
Going My Way
Christmas Carol (Sim or Scott)
White Christmas


Posted by: Caliban

The original "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) was a really fun and sweet old movie.

"Going My Way", another movie from another era, that is disappearing fast in the rear view mirror.

Was the original "The Thing" a Christmas movie because it had snow?

I like "It's A Wonderful Life", but it's been so overplayed I almost can't stand to watch it.
I remember Jimmy Stewart talked about making that movie, and just said a lot of the guys in it had been WWII veterans, and they just wanted their old lives back. Frank Capra (who directed it) didn't think much of it when it was made; he was kind of disappointed in it.

Posted by: Bozo Conservative....outlaw in America at December 12, 2020 09:46 PM (ZCiJZ)

493 489 Didn't they just remake Cheaper by the Dozen not to long ago with Steve Martin?
Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 09:46 PM (qH6FZ)

Yes and Bonnie Hunt

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:47 PM (BgMrQ)

494 watching Devil Punisher
comedy
end of ep 2 is dating advice that woukd fit right in the Horde advice column

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 09:47 PM (nUhF0)

495 Was the original "The Thing" a Christmas movie because it had snow?
---

Ha!

Now I want "Muppet The Thing".

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 09:48 PM (Dc2NZ)

496 495 Was the original "The Thing" a Christmas movie because it had snow?
---

Ha!

Now I want "Muppet The Thing".
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 09:48 PM (Dc2NZ)

=========

Muppet Salo: or the 120 Days of Gonzo

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:49 PM (LvTSG)

497 The Cult of A Christmas Story is not like Scientology. It is more like The Cult of Ardbeg, it is a bit in jest, but really, it is serious.

Posted by: Quint at December 12, 2020 09:49 PM (3frqk)

498 Muppet Salo: or the 120 Days of Gonzo



DUDE!

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 09:49 PM (Dc2NZ)

499 Pingu: The Thing

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 09:49 PM (nUhF0)

500 For you Chicago area goombahs Thurl Ravenscroft did the jingle for Bouschell Furniture Cleaners....Hudson 3-2700

Posted by: Big Fat Meanie at December 12, 2020 09:50 PM (WlqoL)

501 Now I want "Muppet The Thing".
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 09:48 PM (Dc2NZ)

Imagine the possibilites:

An Alien Christmas

The Predator's Wife

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:50 PM (BgMrQ)

502 Pingu: The Thing

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 09:49 PM (nUhF0)


Shoe Leather Biden: You know...the thing....

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 12, 2020 09:51 PM (171Gy)

503 Gonzo would definitely be Windows.

Posted by: bear with asymmetrical balls at December 12, 2020 09:51 PM (H5knJ)

504 watching The Return of the Vampire on Svengoolie right now. Dr. Lady Jane is played by the gal who played the snotty high class bitch in Pride and Prejudice, which I saw last night. Funny how they moved it to London during the Blitz.

Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 09:51 PM (USW1s)

505
Huh, Disney is remaking Cheaper by the Dozen.

I imagine Planned Parenthood and the overpopulation crowd will be outraged.
Posted by: Bete


A "planned parenthood" type social worker visits the home in the original 1950 Cheaper by the Dozen movie looking for a donation and is outraged by the size of the family.

Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr. at December 12, 2020 09:52 PM (63Dwl)

506 489 Didn't they just remake Cheaper by the Dozen not to long ago with Steve Martin?
Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 09:46 PM (qH6FZ)

If 2003 counts as "not to long ago."

The new one is scheduled for 2022, so that is basically a generation ago.

Posted by: Bete at December 12, 2020 09:52 PM (Ojki1)

507 483
Battleground is kinda a Christmas movie

Great movie.

Posted by: dartist at December 12, 2020 09:52 PM (+ya+t)

508 I considered Die Hard a Christmas movie well before Netscape Navigator was even a thing.

Posted by: ... at December 12, 2020 09:52 PM (WESyw)

509 Now I want "Muppet The Thing".
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 09:48 PM (Dc2NZ)

Imagine the possibilites:

An Alien Christmas

The Predator's Wife

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:50 PM (BgMrQ)


The aforementioned Muppet Die Hard.

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:53 PM (hku12)

510 509
The aforementioned Muppet Die Hard.
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:53 PM (hku12)

==========

Only if Kermit plays Hans Gruber.

Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:54 PM (LvTSG)

511 500
For you Chicago area goombahs Thurl Ravenscroft did the jingle for Bouschell Furniture Cleaners....Hudson 3-2700

Lol, blast from the past.

Posted by: dartist at December 12, 2020 09:54 PM (+ya+t)

512 I'm at the "Sisters" number, and I can envision a Kubrickesque torture scene employing this song.

Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 09:54 PM (Dc2NZ)

513 LOLGF
How the GOP tried to topple a pillar of democracy
from the NYT

Posted by: a dude in MI at December 12, 2020 09:55 PM (BZBAG)

514 "It's a Wonderful Thing?" - a real upbeat horror flick, lots of snow.

Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 09:55 PM (USW1s)

515 512 I'm at the "Sisters" number, and I can envision a Kubrickesque torture scene employing this song.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 09:54 PM (Dc2NZ)

Zod would agree, but he's deep in thrall to cough syrup and melatonin at the moment.

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 09:55 PM (BgMrQ)

516 Nood ONT

Posted by: lowandslow at December 12, 2020 09:56 PM (qH6FZ)

517 >>512 I'm at the "Sisters" number, and I can envision a Kubrickesque torture scene employing this song.
Posted by: All Hail Eris, Iron Fist in Velvet Glove in Iron Gauntlet Clutching an Iron Mace at December 12, 2020 09:54 PM (Dc2NZ)

Hive mind.

Posted by: Zod at December 12, 2020 09:56 PM (xK9An)

518 Christmas Chainsaw Massacre?

Posted by: vivi at December 12, 2020 09:56 PM (USW1s)

519 The aforementioned Muppet Die Hard.
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:53 PM (hku12)

==========

Only if Kermit plays Hans Gruber.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:54 PM (LvTSG)


Not sure who played John McClane then. And I wanna hear Kermit say "Yippeekiyay, motherf**ker."

Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:56 PM (hku12)

520 Hollywood is dead. They just don't know it yet.

Posted by: dartist at December 12, 2020 09:56 PM (+ya+t)

521 Only if Kermit plays Hans Gruber.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:54 PM (LvTSG)

Is Ms Piggy John McClane?

Posted by: vmom Trump Won! at December 12, 2020 09:58 PM (nUhF0)

522 Battleground is kinda a Christmas movie

Great movie.


Posted by: dartist at December 12, 2020 09:52 PM (+ya+t)


Agreed. Great movie.

Posted by: TheQuietMan at December 12, 2020 10:00 PM (171Gy)

523 Carl Switzer was the Little Rascal Alfalfa. (Sadly met his end too young.

Stabbed to death.
Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me at December 12, 2020 09:26 PM (2DOZq)



Buckwheat was the prime suspect but the never got an indictment.

Posted by: Burnt Toast at December 12, 2020 10:03 PM (/Dgcm)

524 Die Hard is a Taco, which makes it a sandwhich, sandwhich is from the Earl of Sandwhich, sandwhiches are German Christmas delacies.

So there you go, Die Hard is a Christmas movie.

---
Gus Portokolos

Posted by: Thomas Bender at December 12, 2020 10:04 PM (V9+3c)

525 Yeah, Steve Martin's character was so fussy and unlikeable, even at the end. Poor John Candy is so incredibly and profoundly lonely he pretends his deceased wife is waiting for him. In the end Candy has a new friend, which I suppose is better than being alone, except that the new friend is a pill, Steve Martin. Sad.
Posted by: squeakywheel


In a way, it's a homage to Dicken's "Christmas Carol", in that in the end, Steve Martin's character opens his heart to John Candy and brings him home.
It's kind of redemptive.

Posted by: Bozo Conservative....outlaw in America at December 12, 2020 10:04 PM (ZCiJZ)

526 Just watched two more Keanu Reeves movies.

Street Kings and Feeling Minnesota.

That boy knows how to pick a script. I give them both 4/4.

His hit ratio for me is over 90% .
Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me

I recently saw Knock Knock. Pretty dark and demented, as Reeves' film roles go. Worth every minute, but it definitely aint for the kids.

Posted by: THE Lonebadger at December 12, 2020 10:04 PM (lIDCz)

527 519 The aforementioned Muppet Die Hard.
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:53 PM (hku12)

==========

Only if Kermit plays Hans Gruber.
Posted by: TheJamesMadison, marching in the Felliniesque circus at December 12, 2020 09:54 PM (LvTSG)


Not sure who played John McClane then. And I wanna hear Kermit say "Yippeekiyay, motherf**ker."
Posted by: BurtTC at December 12, 2020 09:56 PM (hku12)

----------------------------

I think you could keep Bruce Willis as McClane. Fill the rest of the parts with Muppets.

Posted by: No One of Consequence at December 12, 2020 10:06 PM (CAJOC)

528 526 Just watched two more Keanu Reeves movies.

Street Kings and Feeling Minnesota.

That boy knows how to pick a script. I give them both 4/4.

His hit ratio for me is over 90% .
Posted by: Mr. Meeseek, Look at me

I recently saw Knock Knock. Pretty dark and demented, as Reeves' film roles go. Worth every minute, but it definitely aint for the kids.
Posted by: THE Lonebadger at December 12, 2020 10:04 PM (lIDCz)

Try Sweet November with Keanu and Charlize Theron

Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 10:08 PM (BgMrQ)

529 It was a national innocence, for a lack of a better description. It was that innocence that started to be destroyed in the 60's and became a lost memory in the 90's. Hard to really explain it.
Posted by: Justsayin'


I don't think there was much innocence in the late 1940's. Millions of American men had returned from WWII, and saw a lot of really bad shit.
And people had to work really hard during the war. I mean, really hard.
A lot of people had it rough. It wasn't a good war; it was a dirty mess, a large part of the world was wrecked. I think a movie like "It's A Wonderful Life" was trying to recapture a feeling about 'things were going to be alright' again.
Capra was ever the optimist.

It's still a sweet movie, and reminds us of a time and culture that is now long gone, a culture that would even make such a movie, even if it was a myth.
A lot like "The Best Years of Our Lives".

Posted by: Bozo Conservative....outlaw in America at December 12, 2020 10:12 PM (ZCiJZ)

530 A "planned parenthood" type social worker visits the home in the original 1950 Cheaper by the Dozen movie looking for a donation and is outraged by the size of the family.
Posted by: Bertram Cabot, Jr


That was true, and even in the original book. The original book was really funny (and then a little sad at the end), and the movie made in the 50's with Clifton Webb was somewhat faithful to it.

The remake with Steve Martin was stupid.

Posted by: Bozo Conservative....outlaw in America at December 12, 2020 10:17 PM (ZCiJZ)

531 Try Sweet November with Keanu and Charlize Theron
Posted by: browndog

Will do. I too feel Mr. Reeves really has a knack for picking great projects to participate in. If he is in it, I shall watch it.

Posted by: THE Lonebadger at December 12, 2020 10:18 PM (lIDCz)

532 Try Sweet November with Keanu and Charlize Theron
Posted by: browndog at December 12, 2020 10:08 PM (BgMrQ)

Is that the one from the early 2000s and Theron plays a free spirit dying from cancer?

Saw it once at the theater.

Saw lots of movies once at the theater.

I remember thinking it was okay.

Posted by: Robert, updating his bucket list at December 12, 2020 10:27 PM (1Yy3c)

533 Nobody's Fool by Richard Russo and starring Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy is an excellent Christmas movies.

Posted by: Desultory joe at December 12, 2020 10:43 PM (L9P9s)

534 Greetings:

"Going to New York,
Going if I have to walk."

Climax Blues Band

Posted by: 11B40 at December 12, 2020 11:18 PM (evgyj)

535 Your protagonist overcoming the odds because something coincidentally falls into his lap for unrelated reasons that provides him the ability to win is inherently unsatisfying.

It worked for "House, M.D.," however many seasons that fucking paean to cargo-cultist magical thinking polluted the airwaves and reduced this country's collective IQ by fifteen percent.

Posted by: fktheleft at December 13, 2020 05:12 AM (lvXKd)

536 The other day I stumbled up Bad Times at the El Royale on FXX channel. Starring Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth among others. The setting is a run down, single-employee motel in Tahoe in the 60s. All have something to hide or run from. Mystery, murder, mayhem ensue. The film has a weird vibe. I couldn't stop watching. Definitely recommend it.

Posted by: Kathleen at December 13, 2020 08:57 AM (F3GXg)

537 Producers who try to recreate the tone of an original movie by repeating the same gags, tricks, tropes, etc are like people who try to recreate the magic of their childhood Christmases by repeating the same traditions. The magic isn't in the traditions. It's in the memories. It's in the moments. The magic can be recreated with different traditions each time.

Posted by: katya the designated driver at December 13, 2020 10:21 AM (cS0Va)

538 Alien was essentially a slasher movie, while Aliens was a zombie movie. And I think that simple thing, which keeps the sequel from just being a rehash of the original, is one of the key elements of it working so well. In a similar way, the first Terminator film has reactive protagonists while T2 has more proactive ones, which helps keep it from feeling repetitive.

Posted by: Ken at December 13, 2020 08:12 PM (FQKgp)

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