12.31.2012

The Last of 2012 In Theaters!

Now that Christmas is over, let's take a look at some of the other films I've seen in theaters recently! But first.......we must announce the winner of the contest! A many thanks to all who entered. Maybe, just maybe we will have to do this again. But this time the winner is.......LAURIE ALLRED!

Congratulations Laurie. I think no one wanted this prize less than you. Haha! Thanks again everyone for their participation!

HITCHCOCK - An exceptional cast (minus Jessica Biel who was merely adequate) performs well....but with a script that is the equivalent to a Lifetime movie. Still, as both a movie fan and a Hitchcock lover, it definitely has its fair share of fun. Psycho is one of my favorite films of all time, so anything about the making of it I love...plus James D'Arcy and (surprisingly) Scarlett Johansson were spot on. It's too bad more of the focus wasn't more on the movie making as opposed to the silly relationship drama. As a result the film, though entertaining feels uneven. That's also due to tonal shifts....Hitchcock conversing with serial killer Ed Gein never really worked for me. Actually neither did the makeup of Anthony Hopkins. It was hard for me to see him as Hitchcock visually....even if he gave a good performance. I'd give the film a 6.7/10

JACK REACHER - This film is wildly entertaining. However I must admit, watching it so close to the Elementary shooting was extremely hard and a little unnerving... The film is incredibly violent, so if you are pretty sensitive to that I'd suggest that this film is not for you. I was expecting a very generic run of the mill action film, but the story and characters make this one far more memorable and above the average for this type of film. There's a good mystery at the heart of the film and seeing Tom Cruise's very cool Jack Reacher (trust me no one is more surprised at me typing these words than me...) unraveling the case is quite the delight. I'd give it a 7.3/10

LES MISERABLES - The film many people have been waiting for is finally here. The enjoyment of this film directly correlates to the expectations of the person going to see it. If you are expecting all of the cast's voices to be comparable to a Broadway production....you will be disappointed. If you love the story of Les Mis and just want to see it on the big screen...you will probably be pleased. I enjoyed the film, though I must say it took me awhile to get used to the fact that each and every word in the movie was sung. Usually in musicals I enjoy the breathing time between songs....so that accompanied with a few too many close ups kind of gave the film a claustrophobic feel at times. But the story, songs and performances make up for that (at least for me.) Hugh Jackman becomes Valjean and it's great to see. He has a very nice voice, but I'm not sure if he had the range for the part. "Bring Him Home" definitely felt refrained.... Though this could be due to the decision of having all the songs sung "live," a decision that probably hurt Jackman and Seyfried the most. That said, I still feel like Jackman was the only A-lister who could pull of this role, and I do enjoy his performance. I enjoyed everyone--- but Crowe (and to a lesser extent Seyfried) definitely seemed to be the weak link....still I think he has a nice presence even if he has a weak voice. But I thought he was decent. Let's just say it wasn't Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia bad. Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks (really Marius...choose Eponine. Chances are her feelings are a bit deeper than the infatuation you feel for Cosette...because she's known you longer than a day...) and Aaron Tveit were the standouts. Also I'm not a Hathaway hater (really don't get the hate) so I thought she did well acting wise. Her voice wasn't amazing....but it was serviceable. So yeah. I enjoyed it, but if you have sky high expectations and haven't seen this yet...lower them before you do. I'd give it a 7.9/10

PITCH PERFECT- I caught this film in the dollar theater and oh what a dollar theater experience it was. To be honest, it was kinda like the sing-a-long interactive shows they've been doing at the Tower recently because everyone felt the need to vocalize their love for the movie DURING the movie. It's understandable...it was pretty entertaining and definitely has quite a few moments of hilarity. Still...I'd like to be prepared for that kinda thing! Theater experience aside, I did enjoy this. Her love interest was absolutely adorable...but I'm not 100% sure she deserved him (as likable as Anna Kendrick may be..) Maybe he should walk into my life Purple Rose of Cairo style and I'll treat him right. However, the vomit jokes (and this is coming from a girl who likes vomit jokes) were a little too over the top. And some of the characters really only relied on one joke over and over. I get it. We can never hear what the quiet Asian is saying...that one girl is a lesbian, that other girl is a slut. I get it. But it did have enough genuine humor for me to probably watch again, i won't lie it was very entertaining. Oh and the singing was all pretty good actually in case you were curious :)

Well that's it for now. 2013 is going to be jam packed with new movies, and you can expect a preview on what the new year has to offer movie-wise in a few days!

12.27.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies: That's a Wrap!

Well it's finally over! I can't say I'm not a little relieved to have this post a day thing over with, but hopefully it was enjoyable to everyone :) Here's the complete list below in POLL form, so make sure you make your favorites known below in both the poll AND the comments. And just so you know, I included multiple choice in case you have a hard time limiting it to just one.... I already revealed MY all-time favorite yesterday, but in case you were wondering......here's my
 
 
Now.....as for the contest. I'll give you til midnight TOMORROW (MST) to get all your last minute entries in. Tell me your favorite in the comments for an entry, and any comment on any of the posts from the 25 Days of Christmas counts too for additional entries. I'll announce the winner on Monday. My gift to you: a trip to............the MOVIES! $15 Cinemark Gift Card up for grabs....so let me see those comments!

What is your favorite Christmas movie?
A Christmas Story
Die Hard
Love Actually
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Bad Santa
Frosty the Snowman
Scrooged
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Holiday Inn
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Santa Claus is Comin to Town
The Star Wars Holiday Special
The Santa Clause
The Holiday
Home Alone
Joyeux Noel
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Mickey's Christmas Carol
The Nativity Story
White Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Elf
Miracle on 34th Street
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
It's a Wonderful Life

Create your own poll

 

12.24.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 25: Every Time A Bell Rings An Angel Gets Its Wings



LAST MOVIE WATCHED: It's A Wonderful Life.
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: No question about this one. You absolutely MUST watch this film in your lifetime and certainly during the Christmas season. Honestly, it's one of the most touching and heartfelt films ever made.....and really one of the best films of all time period. If I were to tell you to only watch one Christmas film....haha I would NEVER tell you to watch JUST one Christmas film....but if you're short on time, limit it to this and A Christmas Story. It's not a perfect film by any means....it certainly has its flaws, as well as its unbelievable moments, (I mean come on, I'll never buy Donna Reed's alternate fate in a Georgeless world...), and at times it definitely shows its age. That said, while not perfect.....it's about as close to perfection as a movie can get. That might not make sense, but certain scenes and moments are far too powerful and perfect to really care about such minor issues. I don't think I've ever made it through this film without shedding a tear....celebrating the beauty of a life, as well as the generosity that mankind is capable of, is kind of what Christmas is all about. It is hard to think of anything that could top this, which is why I saved it for Christmas itself.
EMILY RATING: 10/10

It would get an 11/10 though if they left in the ORIGINAL ending ;)


UP NEXT? THANKFULLY this concludes the 25 Days of Christmas Movies series! Thursday I'll post the complete list and everyone can have their say on THEIR favorites.....AND have the chance to receive a $15 Cinemark giftcard. Good luck and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 24: Have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

Happy Christmas Eve readers! I saved one of my favorites for today, and my all-time favorite for tomorrow! I hope you've enjoyed the series.....it definitely hasn't always been easy! On Thursday I'll post the complete list of films on the series and then have a poll where you can all vote for your favorites. Then make sure to tell me in the comments which one was your favorite and you'll be entered to win a $15 Cinemark Gift Card. And in the meantime for more entries, you can comment on any post in the series for more chances to win. Good luck!



LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: This short little movie is simply a yearly tradition for me. Watching it instantly takes me back to my childhood. Sure it's dated and silly, but it's also a lot of fun and full of heart. Plus it's got great music. I know I've said that on a bunch of the entries thus far, but good music goes a long way. I can't really think of much else to say about it, it's just a staple, filled with lines (and more particularly delivery of lines) that always make me happy. "Herbie doesn't like to make toys!!!???" It definitely inspired a whole generation to become dentists. Well that and the lofty salary they get.
EMILY RATING: 9/10
UP NEXT: It's A Wonderful Life

12.23.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 23: Faith is Believing When Common Sense Tells You Not To.



LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Miracle on 34th Street
Initially I had both versions of this list for separate days, then I just decided to do just the old one....and THEN realized this was a prime opportunity for another matchup comparison post!! Christmas Edition. So instead of the brief write up I have been doing on the other posts in the series, I'll do a quick comparison of the different aspects of each version, pick a winner per category, then give a final rating for each film....so here we go:

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET MATCHUP



Kris Kringle: Edmund Gwenn vs. Richard Attenborough. Okay, I'll admit a bias....to me Richard Attenborough will always be John Hammond from Jurassic Park. There's just no way around it. Plus he seems to have a meaner streak than the very mild performance given by Gwenn. Santa shouldn't be threatening people with canes all the time! The kinder Gwenn is definitely a better fit. Attenborough has his moments...but gotta give it to Gwenn. WINNER: Edmund Gwenn.



Susan Walker: Natalie Wood vs. Mara Wilson. This is another very clear category for me. There's something about young Natalie Wood that was just so charming in this role. You could see how her mother influences her to act far beyond her years. It feels natural. Whereas Mara Wilson just seems uber precocious...and not in the cute way. Wilson did have a good bond with Kringle, but I felt that Wood's eventual faith in Santa seemed more natural and believable. WINNER: Natalie Wood.



Ms. Walker - Maureen O'Hara vs. Elizabeth Perkins. Maureen O'Hara is always solid and you really can never go wrong with her...but Elizabeth Perkins is surprisingly good too. I don't think she's ever looked prettier, and she was very believable in the role of successful business woman, yet concerned and protective mother. Both really stand out for me... WINNER: Draw



Fred Gaily/Bryan Bedford: John Payne vs. Dylan McDermott. I think both men play their roles very very well. Both made the case for their Santas and did a great job of convincing both the jury and the audience to believe in Kris. Payne probably is the most believable lawyer and believes in his Kris more...But it is the lines delivered by these men that carry the movie. McDermott probably has a slight edge since his character was a little more developed and well rounded (ie: we saw his romantic intentions a little more clearly, so the end doesn't just come out of left field) but really, both are great. WINNER: McDermott if I had to choose....and probably for shallow purposes...

WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER: I think both films are worth watching and have a lot going for them. Both have a lot of interesting things to say. I like the playful, light way the courtroom is handled in the remake, but I prefer how the hearing ends in the original. But I will say Susan's wish is a bit more fun in the remake since it seems even more impossible...and it's fun to see how all the pieces fall into place for it to come true. In the end though the original wins. I'd rate it as an 8.5 and the remake a 7.2.

UP NEXT: RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER

12.22.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 22: The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer

 
LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Elf
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: This movie is absolutely hilarious. It's one of the few modern day (modern meaning almost ten years old now....whoa) Christmas classics out there. In fact, it may be the only one! It's top notch all the way around, but Will Ferrell must be given a lot of credit for the film's success by giving the performance that he gave. For an actor who definitely can err on the side of too much, his Buddy walked the perfect line of being funny without being obnoxious....and that made him endearing. The set design and direction of the film also stand out to me in giving the film the lighthearted touch that made it unforgettable. This is definitely one of my favorite Christmas movies, and I have  been saving it for the last days of the season. It always puts a smile on my face and chances are it will put one on yours as well.
EMILY RATING: 9.5/10
UP NEXT: Miracle on 34th Street

12.21.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 21: What's This? What's This? There's Magic in the Air


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: The Nightmare Before Christmas
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: I'll be honest, I almost elected not to include this in my blog series, but a few people asked about it, so here it is. It's not that I don't like the movie....I do, I just never feel like there's a good time to watch it! When it's Halloween I think, nah.....I don't want to think about Christmas yet. When it's Christmas I feel like it's too suited to Halloween! I'm a person who doesn't like mixing holidays.....especially holidays as polar opposite as Halloween and Christmas. But I can't deny that it's a classic in its own very unique and weird way. The music is fantastic, the story is original and it's certainly a visually interesting film. I must say though, I never know what to make of the moral of the story. "Don't try anything new kids. Stick to what you're good at! Or else everyone will suffer!"
EMILY RATING: 8/10
UP NEXT: Elf

12.20.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 20: Snow Snow Snow!


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: White Christmas
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: This movie has a little bit of everything. A little bit musical, a little bit holiday fun and a little bit rom-com. It's charming and funny. ....and filled with likable characters (minus the obvious plot mechanisms thrown in to keep couples apart which at times was tedious, and other moments delightful...) I couldn't conclude which I liked better between this and Holiday Inn....but I'll say that the renditions of the song White Christmas were a bit more special in Holiday Inn. But really, any time you have Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" it's a win, and plus there are plenty of other fun songs in the film too.
EMILY RATING: 8/10
UP NEXT: The Nightmare Before Christmas



12.19.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 19: He is For All Mankind


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: The Nativity Story
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: I had never seen this film before now, but I put it on my watchlist to diversify the list so that not EVERY movie had something to do with Santa. The movie's purpose on my list was to represent the real reason for the celebration of Christmas... but.....unfortunately...I didn't exactly find it riveting. People sure complained about stretching small bits of material to make a movie (or three) out od The Hobbit, but that's nothing compared to the stretching done here. That's not to say there isn't interesting territory to explore in this story....there is and it even scratches the surface for a bit here and there. Unfortunately though, the characters are so dull and lifeless they failed to engage or captivate me. There's a fine line between portraying someone with a quiet strength and someone that seems utterly bland. Incredible circumstances are befalling these characters....yet somehow they make it all seem so humdrum. It had it's moments...but I didn't have much patience in getting to them. [Catty side note: Keisha Castle-Hughes was pretty miscast as Mary....that good light/bad light girl would never be the fair virgin that the bible described her as!] So yeah...pretty meh for me, I say you'd do better in reading the book ;)
EMILY RATING: 5.5/10
UP NEXT: White Christmas

12.18.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 18: God Bless Us! Everyone!


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Mickey's Christmas Carol
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: This short little film is a delight. Again, along with The Muppet Christmas Carol, this is one of my favorite adaptations (and YES, I've read the book in case you're wondering.) Sure it skips out on a few important scenes here and there, but it still manages to get the spirit of the story despite being only 20 minutes long or so. There's a simple sweetness and humor that just isn't captured every other time this story gets retold. As a child, this was always one of my favorites, and it still owns a soft spot in my heart to this day.
EMILY RATING: 10/10
UP NEXT: The Nativity Story

12.17.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 17: Play Ball!!!


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: This movie has plenty of laughs, however if you've seen it all before countless times, at least for myself, it loses a bit of its luster. Slapstick humor doesn't hold up as well over time as much as clever dialogue does, and while there is some of the latter there is far more of the former. But still I can't deny that it is a pretty good time and my favorite part for sure is the yuppie couple next door featuring Elaine Benes...I mean Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (who did not star in a Seinfeld spin-off called Elaine in case you were wondering). My least favorite part would be the slutty sales associate Clark flirts with and later fantasizes about...oh yeah he's SOME family man!
EMILY RATING: 8/10
UP NEXT: Mickey's Christmas Carol

12.16.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 16: Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men



LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Joyeux Noel
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: Sometimes I get really tired of seeing the ugly side of mankind represented so often in film....because let's be honest, it's bad enough in real life. So when a movie comes along that highlights the good found in humanity it is so refreshing....and even inspiring. War movies aren't what you would typically associate with a great Christmas story, but this World War I tale completely nails the wonderful influence the Christmas spirit can have in bringing people together and seeing them as they really are. It takes awhile to get going, but once the ceasefire begins I was pretty much captivated. FYI there is a quick sex scene near the beginning you might wanna skip if you are watching with the fam...and also there's a moment when another guy has a hard time leaving a corpse...and it gets weird. Otherwise the film is absolutely clean as a whistle and very much worth your time.
EMILY RATING: 9/10 (For the scene in the picture above alone!)
UP NEXT: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

12.15.2012

An Unexpected Delight

We interrupt the normally scheduled 25 Days of Christmas Movie Posts, to bring you my review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. And let me clarify what I mean by the title. I always expected to like this film....but when the less than lukewarm reviews came out, my expectations dropped severely and I went from overwhelmingly excited to still excited, but on the cautiously optimistic side.  So by that measure, I was not expecting to absolutely adore the film quite like I did. Maybe it was because I was just simply excited to be returning to Middle Earth once again....but I think the film has much more going for it than just that.

One of the best things this film has going for it is Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. He could very well be my favorite hobbit (nah.......Sam has got that pretty well wrapped up for now....) Don't get me wrong, I like Elijah Wood very much as well as his Frod,. but something about Bilbo is far more interesting to me.  Frodo always just rolled with the punches and tried meekly to do all that was asked of him. Bilbo you can see is just completely out of his element....and thus becomes a little more relatable to the viewer.



The other thing The Hobbit has going for it is the return of many things that made the trilogy so great: Ian McKellan's Gandalf, Cate Blanchett's Galadriel, the amazing scenery and the overall magic felt in Middle Earth. This film carries a very different tone than those films. It's far more lighthearted and less grave. So that might make one feel that it's less epic. Not so for me, but I suppose I could understand feeling that way. The thing is, they ARE different stories set in different times so they should be different. To me the  feel was much more how the Narnian films SHOULD have been. Just a wonderful, magical adventure. And let me just say......if somehow....SOMEHOWWWWW after Peter Jackson is done with this trilogy someone could hand him the reigns of Narnia and reboot it that would just be wonderful (Just start with The Magician's Nephew this time...) It absolutely breaks my heart when I see how fabulous these movies turned out, compared to how poorly Narnia was handled. Anyway....side tangent over. What I MEANT to say, was that the way Peter Jackson creates the film version of Middle Earth is fantastic. Tolkien obviously gave him all the great material, but material isn't all that's needed in making a fantastic film as seen by The Voyage of the Dawn Treader or Prince Caspian.

But back to An Unexpected Journey, another thing returning from the old trilogy that makes this film GREAT is Andy Serkis' Gollum. Seriously, every scene he and Bilbo share is just chilling....I was certainly on the edge of my seat. But, I will admit, I have not actually read any of these books (I don't know....something about the made up languages and the endless detail scared me to death...) so maybe that's why I'm not as upset as some people are with how the story is being stretched and liberties being taken. As a viewer with only knowledge of the previous films, I loved it. Someday maybe I will have to read them and then maybe I could sympathize. I mean..... it is hard to imagine two more films coming from this one adventure. I admit, I was shocked to find out that this movie would be 3 hours just like all the others (PJ sure has a hard time cutting stuff out doesn't he?) and it did kind of take awhile to get going....And yeah there ARE a lot of dwarves to keep track of that it does get overwhelming (and yeah I never thought I'd say this....but one or two of the dwarves are actualllllly hot.... side tangent!) But once the action started, I was thoroughly entertained and very much awake (remember how much I struggled during the Skyfall midnight showing? No problems here!) So yeah....I can understand some people's concerns in the validity of this being an actual trilogy. Is there enough material? Well....Peter Jackson has kept me pretty happy so far, so I'm just going to roll with it. Plus....I can't complain about the more trips I take to Middle Earth both real and cinematic (dang I STILL need to do my NZ post!) So that's all for now folks. I'll see you back in Middle Earth this time next year, and I can't wait :) Oh and I'll give it a 9.5/10

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 15: Keep the Change Ya Filthy Animal


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Home Alone
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: I must admit, it had been quite a few years since I last saw this....and watching it again I was in stitches. I have always loved to quote the lines....particularly the ones Kevin recalls his family saying "You're like a disease!" "You're what the French call: les incompetents." "Look what you did you LITTLE JERK!" But there's something about the delivery IN the film that's just fantastic. The movie is the ultimate kid fantasy (okay well maybe not THE ultimate....but definitely up there.) but watching it as an adult it's pretty darn entertaining too. The childhood nostalgia definitely helps too :) but the movie is very solid in it's own right....even if the slapstick humor violence can be overwhelming at times haha.
EMILY RATING: 9/10
UP NEXT: Joyeux Noel
 

12.14.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 14: Mr. Napkinhead.

Before I begin, YES I did see The Hobbit last night and I LOVED it. If you so desire (tell me so in the comments) I will post a review of it later today....otherwise I'll just keep chugging along with the Christmas movies uninterrupted. Just let me know :)


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: The Holiday
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: This is not a great movie. It's not. But I love it. That miiiiiight have something to do with the movie trailer spoofs and also the fact that Jude Law is insanely and unbelievably attractive here. (Seriously Cameron Diaz's character has THE LIFE!!) This film falls into the category of being set during Christmas and not being ABOUT Christmas...so really you can watch it anytime (so no, it's not a Christmas necessity.) The film is an enjoyable rom com that benefits greatly from Kate Winslet's performance (despite not being able to drum up chemistry with Jack Black...which is understandable, even as amiable he may be.). Though fluffy, it has a few moments of real truth that I very much appreciate.
EMILY RATING: 7.8/10
UP NEXT:Home Alone


12.13.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 13: Elves With Attitude


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: The Santa Clause
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: I always have enjoyed this film....it's very much akin to Hocus Pocus: fun and magical when you're a kid, and full of sarcastic silly humor when you watch it as an adult. Now that I think of it, quite a few things must have flown over my head as a kid....but being distracted by the magic at the North Pole, (their interpretation was close to how I always pictured it) I focused my intentions entirely and only on the story at hand. Like Satna Claus is Comin' to Town this movie has got all the answers for curious kids ha. Plus Judge Reinhold is kinda a hoot.
EMILY RATING: 8/10
UP NEXT: The Holiday

12.12.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 12: A Day To Celebrate the Light


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: The Star Wars Holiday Special
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: Have you ever wondered if there were holidays in the Star Wars universe? Or cooking shows? Or perhaps you wondered if old Chewbacca ever had a wife and kid. Or maybe you wondered what it'd be like if Princess Leia burst into song. Well....the answers are found in this mind numbingly horrible and unintentionally hilarious t.v. special. I don't know howwwww this movie got made, and even more shocking is how the entire cast (sans Alec Guiness which makes sense) agreed to be in it. Oh and Bea Arthur. She's in it too. As a singing bar tender. This movie is absolutely horrible....but it must be seen to be believed. As the unwanted and unforgotten sibling of the Star Wars saga.....I would never say DON'T watch it. But if you haven't noticed I'm incredibly biased. Is it a waste of time? Well yes, absolutely. But you may find a laugh or two :) Unless you're George Lucas


EMILY RATING: a loving 2/10 
UP NEXT: The Santa Clause

12.11.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 11: He's Making a List....and Checking it Twice


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Santa Claus is Comin' to Town
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: If you're a kid and you have any questions about Santa Claus, this is the movie that answers them all. Thankfully it does so in a fun, creative and entertaining way for viewers of all ages. Now watching them in this day and age you'll certainly notice they're dated....but if you ask me (now I'm really starting to sound like an old bag aren't I?) that's a good thing! Because they sure don't make them like they used to! Winter Warlock, Burgermeister Meisterburger, and Hopper the penguin......you don't get much better than that.....unless you have Fred Astaire narrating. Oh wait that's included in the package? See? This one is a classic.
EMILY RATING: 9/10
UP NEXT: The Star Wars Holiday Special



12.10.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 10: You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch!

ATTENTION READERS: As a Christmas present to my faithful readers, I'm going to offer you guys a contest. The winner will receive a Cinemark movie gift card so you can get out there and see the movie of your choice currently in theaters. Here's what's gonna happen: after the 25 days of Christmas posts are up, I'll do a post that lists the entire 25 days of Christmas Movies and it will be your job to tell me which one is your favorite! (DON'T DO THAT HERE! WAIT TIL THE END!) When that post airs leave a comment below telling me which one was your favorite and you'll be entered to win. In the meantime, every comment during each post in the 25 Days of Christmas Movies Series will count as an additional entry. The winner will be announced sometime between Christmas and New Years Eve. Good luck! And on with the 25 Days....



LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: I have always loved this movie....the original animated classic that is-- don't ever think I liked the horrible live action remake with Jim Carrey that completely botches up the wonderful simplicity found in the animated classic. The songs are great and the message is wonderful. You can't really watch this movie without having your heart touched a little bit when the Grinch realizes that "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store...maybe Christmas....perhaps...means a little bit more." Plus bonus points for Max the dog.....he probably has got to be up there with my favorite movie/tv pooches (which list is admittedly very small.)
EMILY RATING: 10/10
UP NEXT: Santa Claus is Comin to Town





12.09.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 9: May Your Days Be Merry and Bright



LAST FILM WATCHED: Holiday Inn
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: So this film actually focuses on ALL holidays, but the scenes set during Christmas are the very best and stand out the most. This is of course because the film features the debut of the classic Christmas song "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas." Besides that, the story is charming and features great performances from Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.....so as expected both the singing and dancing in the film are top notch. It's always interesting to see how differently people saw entertainment both then and now, and Holiday Inn is living proof of that. With the exception of The Artist, you definitely don't see elaborate tap dancing sequences in films anymore....and it's a shame
EMILY RATING: 8/10
UP NEXT: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

12.08.2012

25 Days of Christmas Day 8: Christmastime is Here


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: A Charlie Brown Christmas
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: I never remember particularly LOVING Charlie Brown cartoons...I just always remember feeling it was kind of "take it or leave it" pleasant....but it really wasn't my thing. However lately with the re-watches of both this and the Thanksgiving special, Charlie Brown is speaking to me. Is it bad I can relate with Charlie Brown (the character)? Probably. But the message in this short film about remembering the true meaning of Christmas is wonderful....I'm glad it has stood the test of time because we need what it has to say now more than ever. I just hope it can stay untouched.
EMILY RATING: 9/10
UP NEXT: Holiday Inn



12.07.2012

25 Days Of Christmas Movies Day 7: We don't want to scare the DICKENS out of people!



LAST FILM WATCHED: Scrooged
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH: This film is incredibly and unfortunately uneven. It has moments where it works, largely due to Bill Murray and the flashes of likableness he gives his Scrooge-esque character (kind of against the point I know, but still...you definitely need to find something redeeming so that you actually root for the character to change..) but the writing is too bi-polar for even him to carry off. The scenes where it gets slapsticky (AKA the entire segment of the Ghost of Christmas Present played by Carol Kane) are practically unbearable. You want the ghosts to move you to change, not to make you feel murderous towards them! But it's still a version of Dickens, and for that it's not a waste. But my advice would be unless you're a die hard Murray fan, go for another adaptation. 
EMILY RATING: 6/10
NEXT FILM ON THE LIST: A Charlie Brown Christmas



12.06.2012

25 Days of Christmas Movies Day 6: Look at Frosty Go


LAST MOVIE WATCHED: Frosty the Snowman
TO WATCH OR NOT TO WATCH? My favorite holiday story of all! A story about a pile of snow that melts. Oh wait that's just because I hate snow. Truthfully this is probably one of the animated specials that I don't really find to be all that special. The song is great and all... but I'd take Rudolph or Santa Claus is Coming to Town any day! Still, I suppose you could definitely do worse....so if you have young kids and you're not gonna pay attention anyway....might as well.
EMILY RATING: 7/10
NEXT FILM ON THE LIST: Scrooged