Jingle All the Way - It’s rather funny in a dire kind of way I suppose, although unconsciously it says a lot about the crass commercialisation of Christmas (Must have toys! Shown in a big-budget, must-see film! ::)).
Yeah, I’m about forty minutes into it right now and it’s bouncy and high-energy enough, and it’s always good to see Danny “Mickey out of Seinfeld” Woodburn, but there is an odd queasiness to watching people rip each other to shreds in the name of capitalism (like watching those scenes of Black Friday on the news last week).
A boy and his dog – a young Don Johnson, Vic, talks with his dog, called Blood, in a post-apocalyptic America. The dog is able to sniff women and Vic is responsible for organizing food, in return - sounds weird. Some say it’s a cult movie, others say it’s crap.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 7
Yesterday, we were supposed to be following up our Sunday roast by nodding off in front of Nativity! (Isitt, 2009) but, alas, familial shenanigans put paid to all that. So, I’m going to have to squeeze it in somewhere else. Tomorrow, maybe.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 8
It’s a double-bill today: First up will be the Laurel & Hardy classic Babes in Toyland (Meins/Rogers, 1934), and then later on we’ll be enjoying the excellent Finnish festive creature-feature Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Helander, 2010), in which Santa is presented as a vicious cryptozoological wild beast. Highly recommended if you haven’t seen it.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 9
Rules For Owning a Mogwai:
-Don’t expose him to sunlight.
-Don’t get him wet.
-NEVER feed him after midnight.
-Don’t sing ‘What I got, you got to get it, put it in you’ at him. Even as a joke.
-Don’t make fun of his tiny, furry penis. Even though it’s hilarious.
-Don’t poke foreign objects up his bumhole.
-Don’t point at him when he’s having a poo.
-If he’s humping a teddy bear, let him finish.
-Don’t let him gamble for Christ’s sake. He has a real problem.
-Don’t throw him at velcro surfaces ‘for a laugh’. He’ll bite your cock off.
-Don’t dress him like a little hairy cowboy and make him ride a dog like a horse.
-If you own a Furby, he will f*ck it, kill it, eat it and wear its skin.
There’s not much point in owning one is there, really?
Today, it’s Gremlins (Dante, 1994).
Wow, Gremlins was WAY shitter than I remember it. I mean I don’t remember it all that fondly to begin with but, f*ck! Terrible film. At the time, I was desperate to see it because I was twelve and it was a 15 rated movie so it had an allure that Ghostbusters (Reitman, 1984) - the other BIG movie that Christmas, and a much better movie - just didn’t have. Anyway…
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 10
It’s A Christmas Carol (Zemeckis, 2009) today, a film I’ve never seen and the first of four adaptations of the Dickens classic that I’ll be taking in this month. It’s also the one out of those four which I’m looking forward to the least, but hopefully it won’t be too bad. Hah, bumhug!
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 11
A UK TV comedy double bill today: The Father Ted Christmas special A Christmassy Ted (Lowney, 1996), and Knowing Me, Knowing Yule with Alan Partridge (Brigstocke, 1995). A-HA!
Probably BLACK CAESAR
Recorded the movie and the sequel HELL UP IN HARLEM this week from a movie Channel and they look like easy viewing. Had a couple of busy days (exams) and need a straightforward, not to complex action movie.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 12
Today, we’re going to be busy sticking it to Hans Gruber, in a white vest. It’s Die Hard (McTiernan, 1988). Now I have a machine gun. Ho-Ho-Ho.
Croatian television is having a Spaghetti western double feature. And not just any double feature! First in couple of minutes is starting [size=14pt]The Ruthless Four/Ognuno Per Sé[/size] (which is at the top of the list of the ones I haven’t seen yet).
And then tonight it is time for…
(all together now: you must face another day…)
[quote=“titoli, post:8010, topic:372”]Croatian television is having a Spaghetti western double feature.
Prepare your Coffin
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 13
Yesterday’s title was the Halloween/Christmas hybrid The Nightmare Before Christmas (Burton, 1993). Wow, over twenty years old already! Where’s it gone?
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 14
It’s back to the sitcoms today as we look in on one of our all-time favourites at casa.caress, [b]Frasier /b. We’re going to take in every Christmas episode they aired, so that’ll be eight episodes, unless I’ve missed one out. Well, nine episodes really because one of their Christmassy eps was the second leg of a two-part story, so we’re watching that too.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 15
"That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been about. Gifts, gifts… gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts! You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your garbage. I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice! The avarice never ends! “I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.” Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is… STUPID, STUPID, STUPID!"
Today, it’s Stanton: The Movie, which I believe was marketed theatrically as The Grinch (Howard, 2000).
The Bill Murray version. Do enjoy the first part of the film the most when Murray is being a super tight arse to his workers, and as the film goes on we enter more “nicer” ground so to speak.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 16
"'Christmas’ has an H in it, Mr Baldrick. And an R. Also an I and an S; also a T, an M, an A, and another S. Oh, and you’ve missed out the C at the beginning."
We’re at the halfway point, and it’s another TV sitcom Christmas Special double-bill today: Representing my second of four trips to the Dickens classic, we’re fighting the Sheepsqueezers of Splatticon Five with Blackadder’s Christmas Carol (Boden, 1988) and, after that , things become a little darker with The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special (Bendelack, 2000). Welcome to Royston Vasey. Yule never leave.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 17
"I haven’t taken leave of my senses, Bob; I’ve come to them."
Today it’s the third of four passes at Charles Dickens’ Yuletide chiller A Christmas Carol, this time in the form of the Alastair Sim classic Scrooge (Desmond-Hurst, 1951), arguably the best-loved ACC adaptation of all of them.
Fistful of Dollars and Minesota Clay at the cinema tonight. Anyone in the LA area, they’ re playing at the New Beverly Cinema
Danton (1983) Andzej Wajda
Awesome poster, hope the film is just as good.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 18
“Fck me, Santa! Fck me, Santa! F*ck me, Santa!”
A double-bill of Christmas fare today. First and as a family, we’ll be enjoying three modern animated Christmas Specials: Shrek the Halls (Trousdale, 2007), Merry Madagascar (Soren, 2009) and Toy Story That Time Forgot (Purcell, 2014), the last of which only debuted a couple of weeks ago so we’ve not seen that one yet. Then, later and definitely NOT as a family, mrs.caress and I will settle down to some Billy Bob Thornton-shaped shenanigans in the form of Bad Santa (Zwigoff, 2003).