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Christmas Challenge: A Lot of Catching Up To DO

Posted on 17 December 2011 by DM

Day 8 Rare Exports

Ok wow.  Not only do I have a new Christmas movie to add to my list but I have a new Halloween movie to add to the list.  This was a huge surprise with how much I enjoyed it.  We’ve got an Old Testament Santa Claus and the creepiest elves ever.  I think what really sells this movie though is some talented acting.  This is actually a pretty decent family flick as long as no one in the family scares too easy and you don’t mind seeing too much old man ass.

Day 9 Elf

I had no idea Zooey Deschanel could sing so well.  This is a nice modern day Christmas classic.  Will Ferrell does well in the roll of  an elf-raised human without being horridly over the top as he is in most comedic roles.

Day 10 Miracle on 34th Street

“I believe, I believe, I know it’s silly but I believe.”  Given the vague choice, I of course opted for the original black and white movie.  No modern adaptations for me thank you very much.  I will always love this movie and it will always signify the beginning of Christmas in my family.  Watch it with yours and realize Christmas is not just a day.

Day 11 A Year without A Santa Claus

Ugh.  I know Vincenzo loves this one but it was definitely not my favorite holiday special.  While the Heat and Cold Misers do add something to the mix I found this one a struggle to get through.

Day 12 National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

I will always remember this movie as the one that almost killed me with laughter.  One of the few National Lampoons movies I can get being, Christmas Vacation does well at conveying the Christmas Spirit without getting too…um dirty.  My Grandfather loved to watch this one with us and I watched it with him in my thoughts.

Day 13 The Holiday

A little birdie told me that Vincenzo fell asleep during this one but don’t let that scare you away.  I know for a fact he has very little good taste (except perhaps in friends).  Christmas takes a backseat in this one but there is plenty of kindness love and generosity of spirit to be found here.

Day 14 A Very Venture Christmas

Best line ever, “Hey fancy-pants, I’ve been naughty”  I do like this Christmas special.  It carries the same atmosphere of turning things loved in childhood on their ears as the show itself does.  Plus. Brock!

Day 15 The Snowman

A Frosty the Snowman with some poignancy.  A very under sung special that I definitely enjoyed watching.

Day 16 Star Wars Christmas Special

I should be destroyed for suggesting that anyone watch this.  I am ready for Cthulhu.  I have seen madness and come out on the other side of it.

Day 17 A Muppet’s Christmas Carol

Such a wonderful special to take Lucas’ horridness out of my brain.  I cant believe I didn’t watch this one for the first time until last year.  For more see our podcast.

Day 18 Scrooge (1970)

Eh ive seen better adaptations of A Christmas Carol.  But Vincenzo likes it so maybe give it a try.

Day 19 A Christmas Carol (2004)

A surprisingly good movie.  See our podcast (when its aired) for more.

Day 20 The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Rankin-Bass Special)

Burn in hell Vincenzo

Day 21 Cosmic Christmas

This was an ok film but coming so quickly off of TLASC it was not my cup of tea.  A bit too much of the religious meaning of Christmas for me as well.

Day 22 A Christmas Carol (Doctor Who Episode)

Wow. This was really really really good.  I might have to try a bit of The Doctor now.  Really really good.

Day 23The Santa Claus

AS much as I question having Tim Allen portray Santa Claus, he really does do a reasonable job at it. In my book this is another modern classic.

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Christmas Challenge: The Finale

Posted on 17 December 2011 by DM

Monday: South Park: A Critter Christmas (extra credit: South Park: Red Sleigh Down)

Tuesday: Olive the Other Reindeer

Wednesday: The Family Stone

Thursday: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Double Feature)

Friday: A Christmas Story

Saturday: Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Sunday: It’s Christmas Day, go out and enjoy it!

 

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Day 6 and 7: A Carol Turned On Its Head And A Yuletide Classic

Posted on 05 December 2011 by DM

A Blackadder Christmas Carol: I am not a huge British comedy fan but I have to admit that this one was a keeper.  In fact, my girlfriend, who I venture to say is even less of a British comedy fan than I am, could not stay away from my computer despite having a multitude of things to do.  Well played Blackadder.   This was a nice change of pace in the Christmas Carol genre where we have a pathetically nice Blackadder being shown the benefits of meanness by a ghost of Christmas.  I recommend this to anyone who likes a good Christmas movie and is not afraid to laugh a bit.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town:

This has been a favorite of mine since childhood and continues to be.  We get to see why Santa Claus wears those red pajamas and climbs down your chimney along with all of his other foibles.  I would say that the only part I really dislike about the show is how much more religious it gets than others of its ilk do, but it’s certainly easy to get past and very forgivable.  My favorite part is, of course, The Winter Warlock (Winter to his friends), who steals the show with some nice one liners.  I won’t lie to you on this one though, Santa Claus is a bit full of himself in this show and perhaps just a teensy bit creepy.  Maybe.  Check it out and see for yourself!

More to come tomorrow!

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Octobers Snow and Tree Evolution

Posted on 31 October 2011 by VinnieAve

So this weekend, like many in the Northeast of the United States I experience pretty heavy snow (considering it was October any snow could be considered heavy). Now with every snow storm tree limbs come down, it’s a bit of a given but this time there were many more, causing power outages and property damage. Now this got me to thinking about something that I love evolution and adaptation. In this case tree adaptation, many of the trees that were damaged this weekend were trees that have survived plenty of winters before, so what made this different? The leaves is my guess (or hypothesis, if you will).

Normally, when the heavy snows come there are only needles on the conifers and the deciduous trees have all gone bare. It wasn’t until today that I saw another adaptation to the losing of leaves, the main one being that during winter there is less light and it is not energetically efficient to maintain the tissue all year long. However, let’s leave that adaptation for a few minutes and think about surface area, which the factor that really comes into play here. Now, when there is snow normally, very little snow actually gets caught on the leaves, the branches get a little but really its minimal. This makes me think that a major reason that trees lose leaves in winter is to avoid limb breakage.

What’s the point of this story, well its two fold. One examples of adaptation of everyone and this is evidence of evolution so people need to realize it’s a true and natural process so stop saying otherwise everyone who is does that and two everyday we can think and science with simple things and this makes it all the more real and life more interesting.

 

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Comments on Caves of Steel Film Announcement

Posted on 27 September 2011 by VinnieAve

I am going to keep this brief since there isn’t too much to say.

Late last week it was announced the 20th Century Fox was developing a film adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Caves of Steel . This is big news for the science fiction fandom. There is not been a particularly good adaptation of an Asimov work in my lifetime, I, Robot was a film unrelated to the book and Bicentennial Man wasn’t really that impressive. Even with both of these dark spots on his works being adapted to the big screen I still have hope. Part of this is due to the nature of the conversion, I, Robot is a collection of unrelated short stories and Bicentennial Man is a novella about a robot trying to be human, but this is a generally boring story. The difference is that Caves of Steel is a detective novel, with a bit of a sci-fi twist.

I think that there is enough material to make a good movie. I think that people will enjoy a traditional detective film in the light of The Maltese Falcon or The Big Sleep. It could easily be turned into a generic action movie with only a minor resemblance to the original work. My hope is that this is not going to be the case. I also realize that this will most likely not happen, no film based on Caves of Steel will be made into film.

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