Archive for December, 2008
Sure, when you think Christmas Movies, you think…Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life. Well, I’ll tell you right now. Those didn’t make my list. LOL. My tastes are a bit more unconventional than that.
My Christmas movies are not necessarily heartwarming, in fact, the only requirement is that they take place at Christmas and either the storyline or the atmosphere of the movie heavily feature Christmas.
So, without further ado, here they are – in no particular order:
A Christmas Story – come on, you knew this was coming. Fra-gee-lay. You’ll shoot your eye out. Fa ra ra ra ra. It’s a classic. 🙂
The Family Stone – I loved this movie. The writing, the casting, the dialogue, the unexpected poignancy. SO great.
Die Hard – Yes, this movie takes place at Christmas, and, in fact, even has a line which makes the assertion that Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” is a Christmas Carol. 🙂
Lethal Weapon – After four of these, they seem a little tired, but at the time, it was a pretty great movie. I watched it all the time on VHS as a teenager, and it takes place over the holidays – in fact, the scene which introduces Mel Gibson’s character is a drug deal in a Christmas Tree lot. 🙂
Prancer – This is about as schmaltzy as I go. A little girl who won’t stop believing in the spirit of Christmas despite the fact that her Grinch of a Dad is totally curmudgeon-y finds and hides a reindeer she believes is Prancer. How great is Sam Elliott?
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – This has got to be in the Top 5. Everyone thinks the impoverished and crass Herdmans will ruin a small town, conservative church’s Christmas pageant, but instead they end up casting a new and touching perspective on the Christmas story.
Christmas Vacation – Another that would definitely be in the Top 5, were I numbering. The Griswold family’s Christmas adventure, including Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie. Oh my GOD, hilarious!!!
The Preacher’s Wife – The acting in this movie is nothing compared to the music. SO great!!!!
Scrooged – My favorite of all the Christmas Carol remakes that have been done, this one features Bill Murray, Alfre Woodard, Carol Kane, Karen Allen, and full cast rendition of “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” What’s not to love? 🙂
The Ref – As much as I love Kevin Spacey, this is a Dennis Leary vehicle all the way – and it’s great. 🙂
The Nightmare Before Christmas – Is it a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? I don’t know. It’s both, I guess. Either way, it’s brilliant!
Go – This is a great little under-known movie that covers three inter-twining perspectives of a night not long before Christmas.
Love, Actually – Not really your standard Rom Com, because it covers so many storylines, it is still more mainstream than my tastes tend to run. Still, I like it. It has some very cute and clever moments.
This Christmas – Although I was distracted by the LA-area innacuracies (oh, hi, hello, the El Rey IS NOT A CLUB!), I have to say I was won over by this cute, character-driven comedy. Sure, it’s cliche (big family full of quirky characters start out with issues and grow to understand each other better by the end :D), but the performances (particularly by Loretta Devine and Regina King) are so much fun, you don’t really mind. You realize you’re being taken on a ride, but you’ll happily go along!
While You Were Sleeping – Often credited with launching Sandra Bullock’s career, although I will always maintain that was Speed :D, this cute little Chicago-centric story focuses on a series of misunderstandings that lead the family of a man in a coma to believe that the lonely train station token-taker who saved his life is actually his fiance. Hilarity ensues. Or, at least amusement and sweetness. And John Cusack’s dad is in it.
Did I leave out your favorite? Berate me in the comments! 😀 I can take it!
I know Californication gets a lot of heat and not enough respect in a lot of camps because of the raunchiness, but I really think that, in Californication, TV has found a new classic. One of the major reasons for this, obviously, is star David Duchovny.
David plays Hank Moody, a debaucherous writer who hasn’t written anything in years, since his tome, “God Hates Us All.” He’s estranged from his longtime girlfriend and the mother of his child, who is engaged to a boring-but-safe former architecture client. The series focuses on that relationship, as well as that of he and his daughter, and the long line of his many conquests.
There’s no way this one paragraph plot description can possibly get across the greatness that is this show, though. 🙂 It’s hilarious, and yes it’s raunchy – but it’s also so, SO poignant at times.
I just watched the Season 2 Finale, and I don’t mind telling you…I cried. 🙂 If you haven’t watched this show yet, seriously…get the Season 1 DVDs and do it in one sitting. The do Season 2 with OnDemand, if you have it. You’ll thank me. 😀
If you wanna go the eBay route on the DVDs, incidentally, here are some listings:
And I’m even including myself in that estimation. Haha.
Anyway, I’m moving one of my ‘series-style’ posts over here from Internet Marketing Chick, because I think the series is more fitting with the spirit of this blog. The series is Internet Crushes. Because I’m a nerd, so I love nerds. Makes sense, right? 😀
Basically, I’m re-blogging myself. Haha. Need any more proof I’m a nerd? 😀
Here’s the original post:
So the new series I’m starting is about my Cyber-Crushes, guys that are…well…WAY too hott to be on the internet, basically. Haha.
It will be updated semi-bi-annually, or whenever I feel like it.
Number one in said series, and number one in my cyber-crush heart, is the delectable Pete Cashmore.
Reasons why he is hott –
1) He created, in Mashable!, basically my favorite blog, and the only one that gets it’s own spot on my google reader instead of being part of a feed widget.
Like how I Perez Hilton’ed that for ya? 😀
2) The accent. Oh, dear GOD, the accent!
3) The dry, sarcastic wit.
4) Let’s be real. The boy is good-looking. 😀
Here’s some videos that prove my point. Watch how the wine chick is so flustered she can barely string a sentence together. HILARIOUS! 😀
Get ready, people. I have a truckload of new Christmas music for ya!
Christmas is by far my favorite time of year. I’m a HUGE Christmas nerd. In fact, this is the first in a series of Christmas-themed toplist posts I have planned for this season. Oh, yeah. I’m spreading Holiday Cheer. Whether ya like it or not! 😀
The first in the series of Christmas list posts is this one, new Christmas music. Of course, I’m taking a rather loose view of the term “new.” I’m going to adopt Stephen Merchant‘s definition of “New Music,” which is – “Music you’ve not heard before.” :s)
So, here we go. 😀
Jd Webb – Everything I Need This Christmas
Of course Jd is first! He’s my boy! 😀 Besides that, he’s also come out with the catchiest and most singable Christmas song in the history of ever.
Everything I Need This Christmas by Jd Webb
Barenaked Ladies – Elf’s Lament
It’s a Christmas song. About Organizing. How social justice-y awesome is that? ELVES UNION NOW!
The Weepies – All That I Want
This was the JC Penney commercial Christmas song last year, so you may have heard a snippet of it. I’d be willing to wager you haven’t listened to it as a SONG, though, and it’s really gorgeous.
David Ryan Harris – The Little Drummer Boy
I can’t even talk. It’s David. Just…beautiful, hilarious, touching, moving, amazing…it’ll give you goosebumps. But that was summed up when I said, “It’s David.” 🙂
Winter Song – Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
I’ll be honest, I’m not the biggest Ingrid fan. Nothing against her, just…meh. But Sarah B? Frickin’ amazing. And the harmonies are really pretty.
Kat Parsons – She’s a Nutcracker
Just hilarious. Watch it. I’m not wrong. 😀
Jd Webb – Mary Did You Know?
OK, I’m gonna start with Jd and end with Jd. Like I said, he’s my boy! 🙂
I gotta tell ya, for a three minute and sixteen second video, it basically hits all the high points of the issue. 🙂
Now, if only Doogie Howser could come in and save it in real life!