Once again, the videos and DVD are all snug in their vaults, and my Santa hat is in storage for a long eleven-month nap, and we know what that means. As we turn the page to 2012, and pray that the Mayans were wrong on the end of the world as we know it, let's look at the best and worst that we got under the obscenely expensive JehriTron 12000 3-D HDTV this year.
No doubt, Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice was hands down the best special of 2011, and surpassed the original in every way possible. Fresh voices such as Rob Riggle, Chris Parnell and Emily Ayn Lind joined Dave Foley, Sarah Chalke and Derek Richardson to not only how the Spirit of Christmas and settling a family dispute whilst recovering an important piece of Naughty Intel called a F…
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Well, the videos and the films have been put back in their vaults, I've stored away my Santa Claus hat for another year, and we're about to turn the page on the history books on 2009. Before we do though, we're going to take a look at the best animated Christmas Specials that debuted this season.
Prep & Landing
(ABC, December 8, 2009; ABC Family December 17, 2009)
Delayed a week due to a speech by President Obama at West Point speaking about his military strategy in Afghanistan, this was a special that lived up to the publicity. First heard about back in May, and pre-screened to rave reviews at the first D23 convention in Anaheim the following September, this Christmas special-meets-spy-thriller introduced us to Magee, Wayne, Lanny and the re…
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For every great holiday movie just like It's a Wonderful Life, there are cinematic epic failures. Here's the worst of them all.
The criteria is the same as the Best Chirstmas Movies (must have been in a movie theatre, silent era through current times) and must have been an real bad movie to stink up reviewers' noses like reindeer droppings.
Any slasher movie with a Christmas theme/background. In this bloggers' opinion, slasher flicks are okay for Halloween, but at Christmas time, they happen to have a snowman's chance in Hades of succeeding. The most imfamous of them all was the 1984 flick Silent Night, Deadly Night, in which the killer was dressed as Santa Claus, and the victim's son is traumatized. Siskel and Ebert read the credits out loud…Read more >
Last year, I promised you the Best Christmas Movies of all time, and now it's time to deliver.
The criteria must be as follows: They must have played in an actual movie theatre between the days of silents and now, and have stood the test of time. Please note that there are no rankings, just an alphabetical listing of these films.
A Christmas Carol. More than thirty movies have been made based on this Charles Dickens story. The chestnut of them all is the 1951 British-made Alistair Sim version called Scrooge. We also have a kind heart to Disney's 1984 animated tribute Mickey's Christmas Carol, Bill Murray's 1989 Scrooged and now Jim Carrey's turn as many characters in the 2009 CGI animated version.
A Christmas Story. Jean Shepard was a great humori…Read more >