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Helen_S
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Hope to get more in than the 33 I did last time!

Join me! [Smile]


November:

01. Tales From The Crypt (1972) - 10
02. A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) - 7
03. White Christmas (1954) - 7
04. Santa's Slay (2005) - 7
05. Amazing Stories: The Movie II (1985) - 8
06. Wishin' And Hopin' At Christmas (2014) - 6

December:

07. Call Me Claus (2001) - 7
08. Amazing Stories: The Movie III (1990) - 7
09. The Christmas Tree (1966) - 6
10. Merry Kissmas (2015) - 6
11. The Holly And The Ivy (1952) - 7
12. Christmas In Britain (1969) - 6
13. Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (2014) - 2
14. Paddington (2014) - 7
15. A Christmas Carol (2009) - 7
16. Black Nativity (2013) - 6
17. A Christmas Without Snow (1980) - 6
18. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011) - 9
19. The Elf That Rescued Christmas (2011) - 2
20. A Monster Christmas (2012) - 6
21. Flowers In The Attic (2014) - 7
22. Gremlins (1984) - 10
23. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) - 10
24. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) - 10
25. Mickey's Twice Upon A Christmas (2004) - 7
26. The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol (2011) - 6
27. Scrooge (1970) - 10
28. The Light Before Christmas (2007) - 7
29. Jingle All The Way (1996) - 7
30. While You Were Sleeping (1995) - 10
31. Scrooge (1951) - 10
32. The Gruffalo's Child (2011) - 7
33. The Lady In The Van (2015) - 6
34. Three Wise Boys (1963) - 6
35. Christmas Is A Legal Holiday (1960) - 6
36. 12 Disasters (2012) - 5
37. Petals On The Wind (2014) - 8
38. Casper's First Christmas (1979) - 8

January:

39. Jump (2012) (Walsh) - 7
40. Elf (2003) - 9
41. The Holiday (2006) - 9
42. Scrooged (1988) - 9
43. A Christmas Carol (2000) - 4
44. The Snowman (1982) - 9
45. A Perfect Christmas (2016) - 5
46. Grudge Match (2013) - 8
47. Ethel & Ernest (2016) - 8
48. Under The Tuscan Sun (2003) - 7
49. Father Christmas (1991) - 10

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Started off with a horror [Razz] Tales From The Crypt (1972) - Utterly flawless and foul and it never fails to make me blubber during the Peter Cushing segment. 10/10

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A Street Cat Named Bob (2016) - A nice little film. Performances were good, especially Anthony Head. He wasn't in much of it but he stole the film for me in that scene towards the end, I welled up. Only negatives were some parts were a little overly mawkish and I don't know how much is true to the real story, but there just didn't seem any need to force the love angle here. It woulda been nice and felt more natural for them to just be great friends for once. 7/10

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White Christmas (1954) - Cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese [Big Grin] 7/10

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Skru U! Tales from the Crypt rocked!

Honestly, when someone says "cheesy Christmas" I think of Hallmark and Lifetime and anything by 'Larry Levinson'. There are a bazillion of them, but I find most of them watchable (and hugely syrupy).

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Huh? And my 10/10 says otherwise? [Confused]

I find many of those watchable too.

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Just watched Santa's Slay (2005) It's silly beyond belief but so enjoyable. 7/10

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On my DVD it says 'Makes Bad Santa look like a kitten' haha.

Can't wait for Bad Santa 2!

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Santa's Slay is a blast Helen have you watched the Christmas horror anthology A Christmas Horror Story before which while nothing Overly amazing is still fairly decent and at least worth a watch!

https://youtu.be/7Z3ybMTpqFw - A Christmas Horror Story trailer (2015).

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Looks fun, will have to give it a looksee [Smile]

I loved that random stop motion part in Santa's Slay most!

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quote:
Originally posted by Helen_S:
Huh? And my 10/10 says otherwise? [Confused]

YES!

Ok... no. I was referring to the 'cheesy' bit.

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It's just what I titled the thread last year to be kind of the opposite of the October thread and because Christmas is one big giant ball of cheese. You didn't take issue with it then so not sure why you're picking now. Anybody who knows me or who has read my posts in the 70s section knows my obsession for Amicus films.
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I don't take issue with it now... I'm playing with you! I think you're taking me too literally - this is me here! [Razz]
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Trapped in Paradise!!!

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Saw this in the theatre back in the day. First time I rematched it more recently, I didn't like it. Gave it another try and it grew on me quickly. Now I love watching this one every Christmas.

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I watched that one for the first time last year after Chris the CandyFanMan recommended it. It was one of the most gorgeous looking films. Will watch it again soon [Smile]


I just watched Amazing Stories: The Movie II (1985) - All four were really enjoyable. 8/10

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Never seen 'Trapped in Paradise' (I don't think?!) These 'warm' winter reviews make me want to see it.
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Trapped in Paradise, filmed in one of Canada's prettiest little towns, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, does looks smashing. (And yes, the town name is hyphenated like that to distinguish it from Niagara, Ontario, which has the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.) Even though it was written and directed by George Gallo, who did the classic comedy Midnight Run, I thought that Trapped in Paradise was awash in missed opportunities. Nic Cage is great as a screwball, and Madchen Amick is welcome in any movie, but John Lovitz gets the most laughs. I always laugh out loud at his speech before the parole board at the beginning of the film when he talks about soaring high above his problems like the mighty Pterodactyl, "Awk, awk!" But other than that, Dana Carvey, who does his annoying moron voice, is fairly worthless, and they could have made even better use of the locale. (Believe it or not, N-on-the-L is actually even prettier than depicted in the film.) That said, it's not as terrible as its reputation suggests. It just could have been so much more, knowing that it was done by the Midnight Run guy.
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I plan on watching It's a Wonderful Life, like I do every year. I picked it up on VHS a little while back, and also Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer on DVD. I also watch a Hallmark movie every year, The Christmas Card. My poor husband just rolls his eyes. 😊
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Again, if we choose to count holiday specials:

-A Very Merry Cricket: A forgotten gem, Chuck Jones follows up his 1973 adaptation of George Selden's classic with this holiday sequel, featuring Tucker and Harry bringing Chester back to New York to help the people remember what makes the holiday special. Jones's take on the Big Apple is wonderfully trippy and crass, and the dialogue is sharp and witty (Tucker's threats to sue the Connecticut cat that repeatedly tries to eat him always crack me up) 9/10

-Twas the Night Before Christmas: it's easy to see why this lasted 20 years on network TV, as the message of faith vs. logic and that sometimes you just have to believe is a good one. While as an adult, one does note a few lapses in logic (mice can contact the North Pole to learn of Santa's moods but humans can't? And if you're going to lambaste a guy for seemingly breaking the town clock, doesn't it certainly help to have a backup plan to fix it rather than apparently just letting it lie idle while no one comes up with a better plan to make Santa happy again?), it doesn't detract from an overall well written story; there's just something very likeable about the concept of town council meetings to try and decide how to deal with an upset Santa. Some great vocal performances--John McGiver's take as the mayor is among the most amusing in any holiday special--and among Maury Laws's best Rankin/Bass scores. 9/10

-The Leprechaun's Christmas Gold: perhaps the most forgotten Rankin/Bass holiday special of them all, but not a bad one. Probably its half hour running time would have been better suited for an hour, as the story does seem a bit rushed, but it's a nice original take on the holidays--banshees need gold before Christmas day or they'll turn into tears--with an overarching theme of forgiveness. 7/10

-Garfield's Christmas Special: another one that earned a long network run, this is Garfield at his very best, with a surprising amount of genuine heart. Not to mention it can be pretty darn funny too--Pop Arbuckle forced to read his grown sons Binky, the Clown That Saved Christmas being a prime example. 10/10

-The Stingiest Man in Town: Rankin/Bass's Christmas Carol seems to have fallen through the cracks today, but it's a pretty good adaptation, considering it was adopted directly from a live action version of the same name from the 50s and go a bit far in shoehorning in all of that production's songs. Nonetheless, Walter Matthau makes for a great Scrooge, and this has one of the most unnerving Marley sequences yet put to film; this version of the Marley-head knocker literally almost gave me a heart attack the first few times I saw it. 7.5/10

-A Christmas Angel: For Better or Worse's holiday special--this being the first time I saw it ever--primarily dealing with Elizabeth struggling to come to terms with being the middle child and no one wanting to seem to want her around/be quick to blame her for everything. Reasonably good, with a nice example of the family dynamic that made the strip popular. 6.5/10

-Cricket on the Hearth: while a bit of a loose adaptation of ****ens' original story--Rankin and Bass choosing to go with the more family friendly B story of toymaker Caleb Plummer than the presumed-adultery main plot of the book--it's a pretty good adaptation, if a little far-fetched with several plot points. Not quite as memorable songs, but they service the story well enough. 7/10

-The Great Santa Claus Caper: Chuck Jones returns to Raggedy Ann and Andy, this time having them stop Wile E. Coyote's apparent cousin Alexander G. Wolf from covering all of Santa's toys in unbreakable Gloopstick. Interesting plot, a nice way of bringing about the villain's redemption by having him essentially impaled on his own sword, and the usual great Jonesian character design. 8/10

-Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus: while the recent CGI adaptation of Virginia O'Hanlon's tale is probably the best holiday special of the last decade, I'd still give Bill Melendez's original from 1974 a slight edge. The Peanuts-style character designs make it really stand out, and the story's fleshed out in just the right way. 8/10

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Lucky Stiff (1988)

"Ron Douglas has no luck in women, and when his bride runs away on their wedding day, he goes on holiday up in the mountains,
only to be reminded more of his misery when placed in the honey-moon wing of the hotel. However he finds love with Cynthia, a beautiful blonde, and his self esteem improves.
Cynthia invites him for Christmas dinner, and he accepts, only to meet Cynthia's eccentric cannibal family, and finds out HE is the main course."

This was one of the worst films i´ve seen in a long time.
Written by Pat Proft who´s usually pretty funny and directed by Anthony Perkins (his second and last one).

The leading "star" Joe Alaskey (passed away last year) is so unfunny i almost started to cry.
No wonder he only used his voice in cartoons after this one.
This is a very short film but it stinks big time!

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They've got a half decent looking copy of Lucky Stiff on YouTube Atomik,I'll check it out soon but from just watching the first couple of scenes I don't feel that inspired by what I've seen!

If i didn't no different as well it's certainly not a film that I would have associated with the late Anthony Perkins that's for sure!

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