Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Four

by Steve Schwieghofer “Merry Christmas Eve, bitch!” Strains of “Toyland” playing in the background, so begins Sean Baker’s fresh and wonder-filled Tangerine. We begin our miniature odyssey in a donut shop where trans-prostitute, Sin-Dee Rella, meets up with bff Alexandra after serving yet another short stint in jail. Baker’s film, which I have said before […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Three

How the Grinch Almost Ruined Christmas by Al Robinson First it was a book written by Theodor Seuss Geisel aka “Dr. Seuss” and published on Christmas Day in 1956. Then in was an animated short film that debuted on television on December 18, 1966. Most people up until then usually thought of the animated short […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-Two

It’s a Wonderful Life is now 70 years old, and its story remains fresh. Following George Bailey, a man who always seems to be held back on what he wants to do in life is one of cinema’s most relatable characters. James Stewart gives one of his all-time greatest performances that make him the charismatic, […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty-One

By Jonathan Holmes When we think of films centered on the holiday season, we think about old Scrooge letting his guard down and learning to care for others besides his greedy self, or we think about George Bailey realizing just how many lives he’s touched due to his philanthropic efforts, or we watch young Ralphie […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twenty

What’s this? What’s this? There’s color everywhere. What’s this? There’s white things in the air. What’s this? For many a reason, my mother is not someone I have an interest in film-debating with. “Have you seen XYZ? Did you enjoy it?” is about as deep as it gets. And that’s fine. A recent visit to […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Nineteen

I’m not here today to tell you that Eyes Wide Shut was not one of his finest hours. I’m here to simply remind you of his brilliance. The man was a genius, no doubt going through an artistic, internal struggle throughout his film-makng career. Intricate story-telling, immaculate tracking shots, the slow-burning tension and emotion – […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Eighteen

by Steve Schweighofer Henry II: HA! What shall we hang…the holly or each other?” For some reason it doesn’t appear on many Christmas movie lists, but the film version of James Goldman’s wonderfully acerbic and deftly scripted The Lion in Winter is most definitely a seasonal chestnut in every way. A yuletide gathering of a severely […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Seventeen

By Simone Cromer Set during Christmas time in Chicago, Home Alone is a comedy from the heart that demonstrates the importance of family during the holidays. Macaulay Culkin stars as a precocious 8 years old boy, Kevin McCallister, who causes so much annoyance and chaos as his family prepares for a Christmas trip to Paris, that […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Sixteen

by The Greek. At first glance, not a Christmas film by any means, The Godfather trilogy is what I consider a skeleton key of an epic that can be viewed and thoroughly enjoyed throughout the day, year, moods and epochs by adults and, yes, children alike. The dramatic violence is there to shake you but […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Fifteen

Christmas Movie Memories with our Family of Eight by Misty Fraker There is nothing quite as magical to a child as Christmas time. The music, the food, the movies… As a child, I couldn’t imagine anything better that sitting together with the family around the television, watching Christmas movies as the scent of sugar cookies […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Fourteen

So you think you hate Christmas? You think there is no Santa Claus? I don’t want to dig up any skeletons or unhappy memories for anyone, but when Kate Beringer declares casually that she now has another reason to hate Christmas, the audience watching Gremlins get sucker-punched. Billy Peltzer, too, is baffled. I mean, I know […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Thirteen

By Mike O’Donnell. It’s 1992, I’m a 13 year old boy, and I’m super excited for the new Batman movie. The first Batman film 3 years previous was epic. Batman is my new hero. Batman in Batman Returns is gonna blow my mind. I can’t wait. I go to the cinema with some friends. We […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Twelve

For a long time, as long as I can remember, in varying degrees of excitement and comfort, one of the things I have loved about Christmas, is when it is not exactly Christmas – but you can feel it. It’s certainly stronger as the festive season kicks into gear, but it is a feeling of […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Eleven

By Daniel Smith-Rowsey Last Christmas, I gave you my heart, but the very next day, Public Policy Polling released a crucial, world-changing poll that indicated 62% of Americans don’t feel that Die Hard is a Christmas movie. Thank baby Jesus that the internet didn’t leave it at that; Entertainment Weekly and Mediaite offered passionate defenses […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Ten

While you may scoff at the inclusion of 1994’s The Santa Clause on this list, I am here to defend it. I grew up with Tim Allen on Home Improvement, so I was enthralled to see him become Santa in this comedy about never forgetting to believe in the spirit of Christmas. Allen stars as […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Nine

Christmas Vacation, An Annual Tradition. Normally I’m not a guy that has movie traditions, but I do have one.  Every mid-December, my mom, her boyfriend, my roommate, and I congregate over at my mom’s house to have dinner and put up and decorate the Christmas tree.  Then, while were doing that, we play and simultaneously […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Eight

Quick Film Diagnosis: Love, Actually I know what I’m about to say may be traumatic for some to hear, but Love, Actually as a “romcom Christmas movie” is false advertising. The film is essentially a collection of sub-plots that we’ve already seen in lesser films and TV movies (ex. guy in love with best friend’s […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Seven

BY THOMAS POLLOCK – YOUTUBE CHANNEL While it is nowhere near a masterwork of comedy, Bad Santa is a film that has more heart and soul than appears on the surface. For the most part, it has crude humour and profanity, but manages to communicate something much more emotional. This is through Billy Bob Thornton’s […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Six

Mary Poppins is a Christmas film by definition of sitting and watching it around the holidays. Both as a child growing up, and an adult, still kind of growing up. I can’t count the times. Like how Star Wars or Superman would be on TV every single year. Or it seemed that way. Even when […]

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Christmas Movie Advent Calendar – Day Five

Christian Carion’s tri-lingual, six-character fictionalized re-creation of an actual 1914 event probably has more weight today than it did when it was initially released a decade ago. That the squabble between Europe’s royal houses erupted into WWI was not only the silliest, most futile and wasteful of conflicts that gave birth to nearly every political […]

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