By Joan Amenn There are few stories so inextricably linked to the holidays than Charles Dickens’ tale of one man’s redemption of his many faults just in time to appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. That it was a ghost story and genuinely creepy in some chapters didn’t disturb the Victorians a bit. Dickens developed a one man show of reading his “Carol” aloud to … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 24. The Muppets Christmas Carol
By Joan Amenn Do you like your holiday entertainment a little on the dark side? Maybe you’re just tired of the same old sickly sweet films year after year? Well, we have the antidote to all that and you better watch out, better not cry because “Rare Exports” (2010) is going to blow your mind with its take on the origin of Santa Claus. A … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 18. Rare Exports
By Joan Amenn Turns out there is more than one film that references Christmas with guns, explosions, mayhem and world weary but good-hearted cops. No not THAT one, we’re talking about “Lethal Weapon” (1987). The first of a very profitable series directed by Richard Donner, which is strangely also the name of one of Santa’s reindeer, “Lethal Weapon” certainly doesn’t skimp on its action scenes. … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 16. Lethal Weapon
By Joan Amenn “Christmas means carnage!” For farm animals, Christmas is far from a holly, jolly good time. They may very well find themselves on the menu as “Babe” (1995) sets out to prove. The little porker referenced in the title is a complete scene stealer but a close contender for second place is Ferdinand the duck, voiced by Danny Mann. Neither critter wants to … Continue reading In Their Own League Advent Calendar: 15. Babe
Chances are you’ve got a few Christmas classics that you like to watch every year. Maybe you enjoy crime-capers like “Lethal Weapon”, “Die Hard”, or “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”. You might prefer holiday horrors with “Gremlins”, “Anna And The Apocalypse” or “Love Actually”. Or perhaps you go with family-fare such as “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, “Elf” or “Home Alone”. With Spanish animation “Klaus”, Netflix has released an instant festive classic for all the family, albeit with a lot of dark humour… Continue reading Review: Klaus
We all know the rules, and instructions can be important: No water, no bright lights, and no eating after midnight (though, when does that one- end?). If you break these very important details, you’ll take an adorable fuzzy creature and trade it with a hellion set to ensue chaos and eat everything in sight.
Of course, I’m talking about “Gremlins.” (1984) Continue reading Retrospective Review: Gremlins
But the question is, how come “Long Kiss Goodnight” is usually skipped in the movie list for the holidays? Continue reading Retrospect Review: Long Kiss Goodnight, a Holiday Film that Nobody Talks About