December 28, 2011

LEGO Space Shuttle Video
by docsmartypants

Last year I got Larry the LEGO Space Shuttle for his birthday. As he was building it, he took lots of photos so that he could make a little stop-motion video of the process. He finally got around to finishing that video. Here it is!

December 25, 2011

25 Days: The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe
by docsmartypants

Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow, and the Wardrobe (2011) Matt Smith, Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey

It’s Christmas Day, so Larry and I pulled some Christmas crackers, put on our paper crowns, and watched the new episode of Doctor Who. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 25, 2011

The Lights of Somerville
by docsmartypants

On Christmas Eve, Larry, Serif, Laura’s dog Lexi, and I went for a drive around Somerville to admire some of the more spectacular Christmas-decorating specimens on display. At our last stop we even got out of the car, and while Larry was taking photos of the most impressive house yet, Santa Claus himself came out the front door and posed for a quick photo with us. Only in Somerville, people.

Merry Christmas!

(click to see the photos)

Somerville Holiday Lights
December 24, 2011

25 Days: The Blue Carbuncle
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Blue Carbuncle (1984) Jeremy Brett, David Burke

Last year on Christmas Eve, Larry and I were watching Jeremy Brett’s Sherlock Holmes face off against his nemesis at Reichenbach Falls. Larry was briefly traumatized, we watched another episode, and in the end it all worked out, despite some brief confusion over the fact that between those episodes they swapped out the actor playing Dr. Watson. Keeping with tradition, we decided to watch The Blue Carbuncle this year, the most festive of the Holmes mysteries. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 23, 2011

25 Days: White Christmas
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White Christmas (1954) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen

Confession time: I didn’t watch White Christmas. I have watched it—loads of times. In fact I watch it every year, and I swear I own a copy. But when I went to watch White Christmas I could find no trace of it in my home: not on DVD, not on VHS, not on TV, not even on Netflix instant queue. So I guess I will go out and buy a new copy tomorrow, if I can find one. But in the meantime we watched The Ghost and Mrs. Muir instead, and I will write about White Christmas from memory, since clearly my copy was stolen by the ghost of Rex Harrison. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 23, 2011

Christmas Bonus: Elf
by Laura

Here’s a Christmas bonus I think you can all appreciate: Elf! Knowing that Elf is a popular Christmas movie that hadn’t made my list this year, the lovely Laura took time out of her busy schedule to watch this with me and write it up for you. Enjoy!  —DocSmartypants

Elf (2003) Will Ferrell, Ed Asner, Bob Newhart, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel

Elf is the story of a human baby who accidently gets transported to the North Pole on Christmas eve and is raised as an elf. The baby grows up to be Buddy (Ferrell), the largest and least productive “elf” Santa’s workshop has ever known. After a few too many bad days on the assembly line, Buddy’s true human nature is finally revealed to him and he embarks on a quest to New York City to find his biological father (Caan). The quest is complicated by the fact that Buddy’s dad, a high-powered publishing executive is *gasp* on Santa’s naughty list! Many adventures follow and Buddy ultimately triumphs in connecting with his father, finding love, and saving Christmas. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 22, 2011

25 Days: A Christmas Story
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A Christmas Story (1983) Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, Peter Billingsley, voice of Jean Shepherd

A Christmas Story came out in 1983, and my family has watched it pretty much every year since. It is permanently tied to my memories of Christmastime. I can quote from it endlessly. I know not everyone is a fan, but as far as I am concerned this is one of the funniest, most spot-on portrayals of a child’s experience of Christmas I’ve seen. It’s not a movie with a grand romance; there’s no holiday miracle or Santa-Claus-is-real reveal; it’s just a kid being a kid and dreaming of a toy he wants for Christmas, as kids do. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 22, 2011

Christmas Bonus: Holiday Inn
by Stacey

Yet another Christmas bonus! Stacey watched Holiday Inn, and since I wasn’t writing it up, and she had time and was nice and sober, she wrote the Great American Novel of blog posts about it for you all. Enjoy!  —DocSmartypants

Holiday Inn (old enough to be in black-and-white) Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, some chick who can sing and dance because they could all sing and dance back then. Read the rest of this entry »

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