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« on: November 18, 2007, 09:57:18 AM »

What's your favorite holiday movie?  What's your least favorite?
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« Reply #1 on: November 18, 2007, 02:06:14 PM »

I'm looking forward to renting "Fido," a film from British Columbia that applies some of the perspective of "Lassie" and Douglas Sirk type 50s melodramas to the subject of zombies which can be tamed and trained as house servants.   I'm not sure, but this strikes me as a very festive and fun way to approach the winter solstice based holidays.  I've heard that Billy Connolly plays an excellent zombie, and there's a strong supporting cast including Carrie-Anne Moss and Dylan Baker.

It just sounds heart-warming, and that's what I like during the darkest days of the year.

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« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2007, 02:20:37 PM »

"A Christmas Story" is my favorite.  Nailing down a firm commitment from Santa Claus for a B-B gun is not as easy as it seems.  I know the movie by heart, including how the house looks with the stockinged leg lamp in the window, but for the life of me, right now, I can't recall the actors names.
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« Reply #3 on: November 18, 2007, 04:04:21 PM »

Peter Billingsley (wonder if he's any kin to Barbara Billingsley who I think played Beaver Cleaver's mom) was Ralph, Darren McGavin & Melinda Dillon were the parents, have forgotten the rest. It is a fave at our house too, but probably my fave for the whole season is Barry Levinson's wonderful Avalon.  Check it out, and remember "Don't cut the toikey" until everyone's there.
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« Reply #4 on: November 18, 2007, 04:44:03 PM »

My favorite Christmas movie is The Apartment.  Nothing like an attempted suicide by Seconal overdose on Chirstmas Eve to get me in the proper frame of mind for the holidays!
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« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2007, 04:44:23 PM »

Thanks, Nytemps.  I've got "Avalon" but I haven't looked at it in ages.
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« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2007, 08:57:13 PM »

"Die Hard" - a classic case of the "the bad guy(s) make(s) the action picture" tenet.  It's got the Christmas thing going throughout the movie, but when "Ode To Joy" plays as they break the 7th lock on the safe and it opens and they gaze upon the door opening, that was one of many perfecto moments in the movie.  Yeah, you're rooting for Bruce Willis (and he's great in it) to save the day, but you still get a chill, nice moment, etc., when the bad guys manage to get the safe open.
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« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2007, 01:54:12 AM »

I saw the Charlie Rose interview of the Coens, Bardem, and the other fella...

...and I like Charlie, but he's like, I've talked to a lot of people who have played "bad guys," and they find some thing, something, that they like...

[silence]

No, yes, no, I guess it's the HUMANITY that we...

I don't know I just thought it was funny that Charlie was trying to make an evidently malevolent force out to be something that it's not, meaning "malevolent."

It struck me funny, because you could see the Coens, etc., trying to help him in a good-natured way, but sort of captivated by their understanding of the material, that is, I guess, if you are playing the Devil you don't have too many redeeming qualities, none that redeem you, and probably not too many to recommend you to others...
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« Reply #8 on: November 19, 2007, 02:00:05 AM »

"Die Hard," by the way, was emotionally made on the fact that Bruce Willis runs across glass, that is a construction of the imagination that brings everybody with feet into the movie, it's not only odd and visceral and original, but sorta, "WOW," if you are a movie geek, and thinking "I already like this guy, but now, Shane Black, you are on the board and you owe me a Cadillac like nice touch, well done.
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« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2007, 02:04:19 AM »




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« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2007, 02:05:46 AM »

What's your favorite holiday movie?  What's your least favorite?


The "holiday" you're referring to is Christmas, right?
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« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2007, 02:07:52 AM »

"Die Hard," by the way, was emotionally made on the fact that Bruce Willis runs across glass, that is a construction of the imagination that brings everybody with feet into the movie, it's not only odd and visceral and original, but sorta, "WOW," if you are a movie geek, and thinking "I already like this guy, but now, Shane Black, you are on the board and you owe me a Cadillac like nice touch, well done.

The only thing is that walking across glass is so trite, that only a young teenager might be wowed by such an act, especially given the nature of the movie.  That said, Die Hard was better than most action flicks in that John McClane had to rely on his wits more than firepower to out-maneuver Hans Gruber.  I had forgotten it was set during the Christmas season.
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« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2007, 02:43:42 AM »



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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2007, 10:31:18 AM »

Also trite, in the whole barefoot-action-hero theme, is when the hero finally grabs a pair of shoes off a corpse. 
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« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2007, 02:33:15 PM »

May I weigh in with a recent (2005),The Family Stone, for Dermot Mulroney and Claire Danes?

Forget about the potential mother-in-law played by Diane Keaton  who has a lovely bunch of boys and girls in her household who know the drill. Don't you? Or, don't you come from a "large family"? She has trained her female offspring to snicker sarcastically just like herself.

On the good side of this film besides the humor which is set in a lovely snowfall landscape of small town America somewhat north of where ever you are when this beautiful girl arrives on a bus to visit her fiance's family for Christmas.  Let this be a lesson to you if you have not been there/done that.
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