31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 17
Thursday, we hit the festive TV specials once more with a fine triple-bill: Blackadder's Christmas Carol (Boden, 1988), Knowing Me Knowing Yule with Alan Partridge (Brigstocke, 1995) and The League of Gentlemen's Christmas Special (Bendelack, 2000). All three still make me laugh out loud.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 18
Yesterday it was the turn of a movie I first saw only last year (or might've been the year before) but which, for me, has already cemented its position as a yuletide staple: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Helander, 2010). Sure, it all goes a bit Goonies towards the end, and the tease of the boss-level "Santa" which never pays off seems to get more infuriating each time I see the bloody movie but, hey! THIS is still the only "Must-See" Saint Nick movie of the season as far as I'm concerned. The Santa Clause and Miracle on 34th Street can jog on.
31 DAYS of CHRISTMAS - DAY 19
Today, it's been a meat-and-potatoes offering, with a glut of Christmas episodes of The Simpsons, including the pilot episode Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire wherein we are introduced to Bart, Homer and co. just as they are being introduced to what will become the family dog, Santa's Little Helper. Looking at the show in 2015, it's quite sad to look at some of those infinitely superior earlier episodes and see how warm and relatable they could be. The whole bloody show has been shambling along like a mindless zombie version of itself for a good fifteen years now, and that's a shame. Ah well, there were some good 'uns today.