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24 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas – Family Tradition Edition

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I have only repeated two movies since last year, even though it’s been very tempting to pull out some old favorites (I miss you, Elf! See you next year!). Those …

23 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas – The Missing Stocking Edition

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What if angels were real, and one of them wanted to bang your wife? Also… what if he looked like Cary Grant? For my second to last Christmas movie, I …

22 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas- Major Award Edition

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As I sit down to take in the perennially marathoned A Christmas Story, I realize that I don’t believe I’ve ever actually sat down and watched A Christmas Story before. …

21 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas – Hannukah Edition

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These days, it is simply accepted that Adam Sandler movies are going to be difficult to watch and yet increasingly generic. He’s made a very comfortable living by continually playing …

20 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas: Christmukkah Edition

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NOTE: It’s hard being Jewish at Christmas time, but nothing is quite as difficult as dealing with the complete dearth of Hannukah movies. In trying to put the “mukkah” into …

19 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas- Yippeekayyay Edition

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One of my non-obnoxious Film Studies TAs was struggling to explain to us the basics of plot. We were first year film students, dying to do avante-garde and unique things, …

18 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas- Here’s Some AIDS Installment

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As a regular movie, Rent doesn’t exactly have classic status. With Chris Columbus’ stagey direction and lack of personal voice, Rent isn’t even a particularly good adaptation of the Broadway musical …

17 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas – Existentialism Installment

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To say that A Charlie Brown Christmas is melancholy is not exactly a news flash, but it’s nonetheless affecting. From the first chords of Vince Guaraldi, you’re 100% into the …

16 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas – “I’m Dreaming Of A” Edition

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Aside from listening to the Bing Crosby tune “White Christmas,” I really knew nothing about the 1954 classic film by the same name. For example, I didn’t know it was …

15 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas – Nazi Referencing Edition

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Now that’s more like it. From the first frames of Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (fake newsreel footage of kids trying to get ready for the arrival of Santa …

14 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas – Frosty Reception Edition

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The second of our classic animation trifecta is Frosty. Shorter and less revolutionary than its reindeer brethren, Frosty looks less like Coraline and more like a classic Rocky and Bullwinkle …

13 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas: Claymated Installment

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Ah, claymation. The most sacred purview of Christmas movies. The next few installments of the 24 Days of Christmas will be going through the Christmas classics of the claymated and …

12 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas: Grinchy Edition

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Another new Christmas movie for me! Although I’ve seen the animated version more times than you can shake a stick at*, and have read the book pretty consistently since childhood, …

11 December 2011

24 Days of Christmas – Missed 80s Classic Edition

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Before this project, I had never seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, a fact that inevitably elicited gasps from whomever I told it. It’s a classic, sure, but like most of …

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