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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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Christmas Challenge Week 3

Posted on 06 December 2011 by VinnieAve

So now we’re deep in and I get another chance at the calendar

Monday: Scrooge (1970)
Tuesday: A Christmas Carol (2004)
Wednesday: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (Rankin-Bass Special)
Thursday: Cosmic Christmas
Friday: A Christmas Carol (Doctor Who Episode)
Saturday: The Santa Claus
Sunday: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (MST3K Episode)

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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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Day 5: Father Christmas Boozes it Up Around the World

Posted on 30 November 2011 by VinnieAve

First, I have to thank Eeeper for this one. I really enjoyed Father Christmas. This is a special that is not too well-known here but like others it think it should be. We start the show with Father Christmas ending his annual and starting to relax. Within the half-hour we follow him around the world as takes a vacation to various locations around the world. Starting with eating and relaxing in France (and having a heafty amount of wine) but getting sick from the water. He hopes that Scotland (an boy does he love his whiskey) has clean water but its too cold. One of the best montages of the film is in the next site when he visits Las Vegas and he gambles for a while.

This is a cute little piece that is worth seeing at least once and everyone of our readers should take a look at this one. It fits along with other great classics like Year without a Santa Claus.

Here’ s the big song at the end:


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The Christmas Challenge Schedule Part 2

Posted on 29 November 2011 by DM

Monday December 5 – A Year without A Santa Claus

Tuesday December 6 -National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Wednesday December 7 -The Holiday

Thursday December 8 – A Very Venture Christmas

Friday December 9 – The Snowman

Saturday December 10 – Star Wars Christmas Special

Sunday December 11 – A Muppet’s Christmas Carol

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Christmas Challenge: Day Four and Five

Posted on 29 November 2011 by DM

Day 4: Die Hard

Ok so more naysayers than not have said that this is not a Christmas movie but regardless it is on the list and this is what I think about it.  We have John McClain, a hard working New York cop, whose marriage is in trouble, coming to see his wife in California. You should know the gist of this movie. It helped cement countless action movie tropes after all.  In fact, if you have not seen this movie I am not sure how much I can help you here. In any case, while I would not consider it the best representation of a Christmas movie, I think it has some things going for it.  We get to see John suffering through his night as he struggles to do the right thing no matter how much it puts him in harm’s way. We have allies to support John as well as enemies large and small to thwart him.  It is practically It’s a Wonderful Life with guns. OK it is not but at least it has Christmas music.

Day 5: Father Christmas

What if Santa Clause was just a regular Joe from England who delivered toys to children one day a year? Father Christmas tells us what that would be like.  He is not the best man ever, he is a bit grouchy and crass, but he is certainly a good man.  We get to follow him as he takes a vacation in different places around the world and prepares for next Christmas while doing his everyday chores.

While this will not go down as the most meaningful of all Christmas cartoons, it is certainly a lighthearted Christmas romp.  Go watch it and remind yourself that Christmas is about having a few laughs as well.

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Christmas Challenge Day 3: That Classic Story of a Love

Posted on 28 November 2011 by VinnieAve

Continuing from yesterday when we went off the beaten path we keep going down that road a little. Today we tackle (and I do mean tackle) that classic story of man loves wife, German terrorist holds wife hostage, man kills German, also known as Die Hard. The nay sayers will say this is no Christmas film well to them I say, No you are wrong. Yes this is a Christmas movie but it doesn’t have to be Christmas to see it.

So when I watched it today I was consistently impresses yet again will how good action movies can be. Sadly, like most films in this series they are pretty popular, I suspect many of you have seen them. After a few days are more sentimental or comedic films it’s nice to have an action break. I like to have some diversity in the month of Dececember (and a bit of November).

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Challenge Day 2 and 3: A Favorite Of Mine And One Where I Expand My Horizons

Posted on 28 November 2011 by DM

Day 2: Scrooged

Bill Fucking Murray.  What more need I say?  This, in my opinion, is by far Bill Murray’s best role.  There is not one part of this film that he phones in and he definitely shows the emotional maturity that his acting would take on in more serious future roles. This more modern take on the classic A Christmas Carol gives us a darker comedic version of a classically serious story. Every time I watch the movie, I want to not take it seriously.  Christmas past as a cab driver? Christmas Present as a deranged fairy with violent tendencies? Bobcat Goldthwait?! Scrooged always manages to suck me in though.

Taken on a journey where the comedic miser Francis Xavier Cross learns that it is never too late to change and be a better man, we take a journey of our own that reminds us that Christmas is more than a day that we get presents on; it is also a chance to be a better person.

Day 3: Tokyo Godfathers

This was a gem I would have never found without this year’s Christmas Challenge. I owe Vincenzo a debt of thanks for putting this on the Calendar and so do you if you are trying to follow along. Tokyo Godfathers is an animated film that, as the best Christmas films do, only peripherally mentions Christmas.  Instead, the focus is on a trio of homeless people, a transvestite, a middle-aged drunk, and a bitter young runaway respectively, who find a newborn baby on Christmas.  The rest of the movie follows them as they struggle to care for the infant and figure out what the right thing to do is.  Coincidence is the alternative name of this film as serendipity strikes the three for better and worse allowing them some closure on their former lives as well as helping them on their journey.  Do yourself a favor and watch this film this Christmas season.

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