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Christmas at the Movies 2018

This is the third installment of Christmas Movies. Search the post for the other two. Starting off is one I recently saw on FXM.

Krampus

This story revolves around a boy names Max. He belongs to a modern suburban family , a mother and father that are consumed with the hectic problems of everyday life. A teenage older sister. And a kindly grandmother that mostly speaks German. Add to that the redneck hillbilly relative that are dropping in for the holidays. This group’s patriarch is played by David Koechner if that tells you anything.

Max gets disillusioned about the whole Christmas thing and disavows Santa Clause. This causes a demonic evil Santa called Krampus rise and start detroying the neighborhood in a whiteout blizzard. After much death and destruction, only Max believing in Santa again can save them.

All in all a nice dark comedy / horror movie. I had passed it up before but found it entertaining.

Prep and Landing

While not technically a movie, it a television show. The Dawg’s brother Rob told him about this one. There are two 30 minute specials Prep and Landing and Prep and Landing: Naughty vs Nice. These were co-developed by Disney and ABC. You can find these on one of their affiliate channels. I know Freeform channel is airing them this year. These revolve around the behind the scene elves that make Christmas possible. Wayne, a Christmas elf, is part of an elite organization known as “Prep & Landing”, whose job is to ready millions of homes around the world for Santa Clause’s visit. Nice story combined with good animation, something that Christmas cartoons aren’t known for.

Four Christmases

About a couple, Brad and Kate played by Vince Vaughan and Reese Witherspoon, was filmed at the airport after their flight to Fiji was cancelled due to fog. A local TV news crew filmed them at the check in line. After all of their divorced parents see them on TV they are forced to go pay them visits individually. Naturally each visit is a different type of train wreck. Starring Robert Duvall and Mary Steenburgen as Brad’s parents. Jon Voight abd Sissy Spacek as Kate’s parents. Vince Vaughan plays the lovable straight man that seems to get constantly psychically abused.and Reese Witherspoon as always her generations go to comedic actress .

This movie is loaded with an all star cast and I highly recommend it. Go check out the cast list at IMDB.

The Santa Clause

And there’s The Santa Clause staring Tim Allen as Scott. A toy salesman. When Santa lands on his roof he wakes Scott’s son Charlie. Scott rushes outside startles Santa and falls off the roof unconscious. Scott finds a card on Santa that reads put the suit on the reindeer will know what to do. After Tim Allen puts on the suit Santa disappears. Son Charlie persuades Scott to deliver the rest of the toys. They climb up the roof into the sleigh and the reindeer fly off to the appointed houses. Afterward the head elf tell him that because he put the suit on he is legally obligated to be Santa. He goes on to tell him that he has one year to get his affairs in order before reporting back to the North Pole next Thanksgiving. During the next year he starts to transform into Santa. I’ll stop right there.

Tim Allen goes on to star in two more Santa Clause movies. All in all a fun filled movie. Tim Allen delivers a good old fashion holiday spirited movie. The Santa Clause movies are becoming Christmas classics. As a bonus on Tim’s show Last Man Standing he makes a tongue in cheek reference when he says: “Who do you think I am, Santa?”

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Texas Style

‘Twas the night before Christmas, in Texas, you know.
Way out on the prairie, without any snow.
Asleep in their cabin, were Buddy and Sue,
A dreamin’ of Christmas, like me and you.


Not stockings, but boots, at the foot of their bed,
For this was Texas, what more need be said,
When all of a sudden, from out of the still night,
There came such a ruckus, it gave me a fright.

And I saw ’cross the prairie, like a shot from a gun,
A loaded up buckboard, come on at a run,
The driver was “Geein” and “Hawin”, with a will,
The horses (not reindeer) he drove with such skill.

“Come on there Buck, Poncho, & Prince, to the right,
There’ll be plenty of travelin’ for you all tonight.”
The driver in Levi’s and a shirt that was red,
Had a ten-gallon Stetson on top of his head.

As he stepped from the buckboard, he was really a sight,
With his beard and mustache, so curly and white.
As he burst in the cabin, the children awoke,
And were so astonished, that neither one spoke.

And he filled up their boots with such presents galore,
That neither could think of a single thing more.
When Buddy recovered the use of his jaws,
He asked in a whisper, “Are you really Santa Claus?”

“Am I the real Santa? Well, what do you think?”
And he smiled as he gave a mysterious wink.
Then he leaped in his buckboard, and called back in his drawl,
“To all the children in Texas, Merry Christmas, Y’all”

Christmas at the movies 2016

Back in 2014 I listed some movie classics to enjoy at Christmas. Here are a few more to enjoy. this Christmas.

Merry Christmas, Shitter is full

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was reminded after I erroneously left it out during my last Christmas movie post, that I should have included National Lampoon’s A Christmas Vacation.

 

Some may not know it but I consider Lethal Weapon as a Christmas movie also. It did happen at Christmas time.

 

And then there is Gremlins

I recently saw this gem on cable the other day. A Christmas Horror Story. Hey it even has William Shatner in it.

 

Then there is The Family Man. Because well, heck, you hardly ever see Nic Cage anymore.

 

And there there is Jingle All the Way

 

Normally I wouldn’t put anything on this list that wasn’t already a classic. But I liked the first one so much I’m going on a leap of faith unseen. It had it’s theatrical release last month. You won’t get to own the DVD / Blue Ray until February 21. I give you Bad Santa 2.

 

What’s your take? Do you have a favorite? Leave it in the comments below.

Christmas at the Movies

Christmas 2014 is almost upon us. Nothing like settling down and watching some Christmas movies. Sure there are the classics like It”s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street. But here are some from the last 30 years or so.

Yes Die Hard. It and Die Hard 2 is set during Christmas.

http://youtu.be/dovpxiPCC4M

Only one thing in the world could”ve dragged me away from the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window.

Some men are Baptists, others Catholics. My father was an Oldsmobile man.

Type in the address in Google  Maps for the Christmas Story house and then go to Street View.
3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH

Then walk inside

Here”s a little gem, Unaccompanied Minors.

Here is one of my favorites.

And finally there is Rare Exports. Different.

This is just a few of the offbeat ones. There are plenty more. What”s some of yours?

Cinco De Mayo As American as Apple Pie

Today marks the 150th anniversary of Cinco De Mayo.(5th of May in gringo speak) No it’s not Mexican Independence day. That’s September 16. Two days before the Air Force Birthday and three days before Talk Like a Pirate day.But I digress. In 1861 France seeing a newly liberated Mexico, deep in debt, decided to call in their loans. This was a way to establish a colonial French empire in the Americas. France was sympathetic to the Confederate cause during the American civil war. And they saw a foothold in Mexico as a way to supply the Confederate States. 6,000 French troops set out to attack Puebla de Los Angeles, a small town in east-central Mexico. Benito Juarez rounded up  2,000 to defend the town. Led by Texas-born General Ignacio Zaragoza (1829-1862), the vastly outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexicans fortified the town and prepared for the French assault. On May 5, 1862, French forces withdrew. I guess this could be seen as a Mexican Alamo. Later after the Civil War ended America was able to provide more assistance to expel France from the new world. Since that battle, no country in the Americas has been invaded by a European military force.. Cinco De Mayo is primarily observed in the township of Puebla de Los Angeles.

Most of Mexico treats the fifth of May as any other day. It’s not a federal holiday. Banks and stores are open. In America Mexicans and Latinos living in California during the American Civil War are credited with being the first to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the United States. On June 7, 2005 Congress issued a concurrent resolution calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities. Today revelers mark the occasion with parades, parties, mariachi music, Mexican folk dancing and traditional foods. So grab your favorite Mexican beer and Tex-Mex dishes, no not that, and have some fun today.

Labor Day

History

Today is labor day. What does that mean other than BBQ and a free day off? It became a federal holiday in 1894, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military and U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike, President Grover Cleveland reconciled with the labor movement. Legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike. This was done out of fear or further conflicts.

Modern Time

Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer.
In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white.

Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and NCAA football seasons. At Indianapolis, the National Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race.

Ironic

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in August, United States employers added no net new jobs, and the unemployment rate stayed the same at 9.1 percent. This is because Congress is hindering private sector job creation. This is a time when the government should be incentivizing job creation through tax breaks for new investments. Instead it is hindering jobs by increased taxation fears bringing an atmosphere of uncertainty to businesses.