December 21, 2011

25 Days: The Year Without a Santa Claus
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The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974) the voices of the damned

Oh god, it’s another Rankin-Bass monstrosity! Why do these Rankin-Bass movies never make any sense? Is it really that hard to make a Christmas film with a coherent plot? Their movies remind me of craft projects made by little kids: They start out with a solid concept and somewhere along the way it just becomes a Frankenstein’s monster of Elmer’s glue, glitter, feathers, and Froot Loops. Read the rest of this entry »

December 20, 2011

25 Days: The Office Christmas Special
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The Office Christmas Special (2003) Ricky Gervais, Lucy Davis, Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook

I’m going to do my best to do this episode justice in the write up, but I was shanghaied by the local public transportation system for two hours this evening, so let it be known that my cup doesn’t exactly runneth over with holiday spirit at the moment. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 19, 2011

25 Days: Mixed Nuts
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Mixed Nuts (1994) Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Juliette Lewis, Liev Schreiber, Rita Wilson

Like an actual jar of mixed nuts, there are a few bits of this film that I love and a whole lot of bits I’d rather discretely spit into a waste basket when no one’s looking. It’s such a bizarre mix of stupid and delightful. Mostly stupid. I have really fond memories of watching this with Erin back in the ’90s, and maybe if we’d been able to watch it over the phone together this year I would have enjoyed it more, but sadly Erin’s pre-Christmas baking schedule got in the way, so I watched it alone. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 18, 2011

25 Days: Miracle on 34th Street
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Miracle on 34th Street (1947) Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne

Miracle on 34th Street is definitely on my list of top Christmas films. I like that it isn’t too sappy, that it has a sense of humor, and that it acknowledges the stresses of a commercialized Christmas without completely denouncing it. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 17, 2011

Christmas Bonus: Beware of Bears
by Larry

Here’s another Christmas bonus for you all. Tonight Larry and I watched A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, which he got from Netflix. Though it isn’t an official part of my 25 Days of Christmas, I invited Larry to write a guest post about it. Shockingly, he did. It’s a Christmas miracle! —DocSmartypants Read the rest of this entry »
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December 17, 2011

25 Days: Love Actually
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Love Actually (2003) Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy, Colin Firth, Every Actor in the UK

Love Actually has about a million plot threads going at once, but all you need to know really is that it follows the lives—romantic and otherwise—of a set of loosely related London-based characters in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Most of them live happily ever after, but some of them just live. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 16, 2011

25 Days: Vicar of Dibley
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Vicar of Dibley Christmas Episode (2006/2007) Dawn French, Richard Armitage

There’s more than one Vicar of Dibley Christmas special, but for the purposes of the 25 Days I’m focusing on the 2006/2007 episodes “The Handsome Stranger” and “The Vicar in White.” It wasn’t until I started watching it that I remembered that this Vicar of Dibley two-parter is the least Christmas-themed of all the films and TV specials I am watching this year. In retrospect I guess I should have chosen one of the show’s other Christmas specials, but I don’t care—this one makes me happy. Read the rest of this entry »

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December 15, 2011

25 Days: The Shop Around the Corner
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The Shop Around the Corner (1940) James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Frank Morgan

One of the joys of The Shop Around the Corner is that it is a Christmas film that doesn’t seem like a Christmas film. So, unlike White Christmas or Miracle on 34th Street, it actually occurs to me to watch The Shop Around the Corner at other times of the year. Almost the whole movie is set around Christmastime, so when you are actually watching The Shop Around the Corner it seems like a holiday film, but the plot of this romantic comedy really could have been set in any season. Read the rest of this entry »

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