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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.

Orchestral Movie Themes

london_symphony_star_wars_michael_humphreyNothing makes a movie a timeless classic like a orchestral movie theme. There’s nothing like Kenny Loggins’ “I’m All Right”, or “Danger Zone” to anchor a movie in a set period of time. I prefer large orchestras over the latest top 40 flavor of the month as background music for movies. For this exercise I’m going to limit themes to the last forty years or so. Here are some notable examples. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments.

First of all there is the Legendary John Williams. If you haven’t heard this, crawl back under your rock.

Then there’s Hans Zimmer. His works include Red Tide, The Last Samurai, Interstellar and one of my all time favorite movies;

And another of my all time favorite movies obtains it’s soundtrack from Trevor Jones.

Then there is Michael Kamen (yes of S&M, Symphony and Metallica), Who has done so many soundtracks Wikipedia breaks it down by year.

And finally Michael Giachinno. I didn’t know this until I started research for this blog, he is credited for 31 soundtracks starting in 1977.

And for more music head over to  Western Hero on Saturdays for “Saturday Sessions”

 

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 casino pa natet 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?

Payback is a Bitch

Last Friday the website Techdirt posted a story about how Chris Dodd ex senator and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America issued treats to politicians who had taken money from Hollywood, but refused to pass SOPA/PIPA. His sin is that he talked about what everybody knew. If you receive money from donators then you are expected to return favorable legislation in return. Chris Dodd went on Fox News threatening politicians who receive MPAA donations. Dodd said: “Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,” This sparked an outrage a petition went up at the White House’s We The People site. It asks for a federal investigation of Dodd and the MPAA to see if they were “bribing” public officials. When I went to sign it had over 25,000 signatures on it. He is barred from becoming a lobbyist until 2013 but it seems like he’s acting as one now. It seems you can’t find a reliable crooked politician anywhere these days Politico Techdirt Tell the White House You’re Mad as Hell

Netfraks

No Sir I Don’t Like It

Monday I received an Email from Reed Hastings, CEO of Netflix. He announced that Netflix was going to split into two separate companies. Netflix being the streaming company and Qwikster being the DVD company. While he says the price will be the same, there will be two separate bills. And this includes two separate websites. Good god man, leave it alone. What about the needs of the customer? That’s what is missing here. Two separate lists? Many, many films that are not available to stream have to be on your DVD list. I don’t want to have two separate lists on distinct sites to update and cross-reference. Streaming and DVD service may be two different services for Netflix but for the customer, they are largely one in the same — access to films. If I can stream it, great, but if not, send me the DVD. Until all the films are available to stream , this doesn’t make sense. The new pricing structure was dumb, this is dumber. At last count on the Netflix blog there are about 25,000 negative posts. Maybe Netflix will see how they pissed off/on their customers and do a 180. I don’t need a DVD company or a streaming company. I need a movie company. With so much of the internet and companies touting integration this move seems like Netflix is taking a giant step backwards. This is like  if Amazon removed the 1-click buying button.

FromReedHastings Explanation

To Boldly Go

The Beginnings

I guess I could talk about Obama’s boring, pointless speech today like every other blogger is. I feel that much like Robert Mitchum’s death was over shadowed by Princess Di’s death, Current political events is towering above the 45th birthday of Star Trek. On September 8, 1966 NBC aired the first episode. The show’s creator Gene Roddenberry pitched the show as a Wagon Train to the Stars. But more importantly he secretly used the show to address social events of the day. He tackled war, interracial dealing, to the moral questions technology raised. Despite two fan based letter writing campaigns, the show was canceled after it’s third season.

Rebirth

After cancellation, Paramount studio sent the show into reruns in the fall of 1969, and by the late 1970s had been sold in over 150 domestic and 60 international markets. The reruns helped the show to develop a cult following greater than its popularity during its original run. In 1987 the show Star Trek: The Next Generation aired. It was set 100 years in the future and introduced a new cast, a newer Starship Enterprise, and a whole new set of aliens. I at first, being an old fuddy duddy, didn’t like it. But after the first season I came to like it just as good if not better than the original one. This was followed by Start Trek: deep space Nine (pretty good). Star Trek: Voyager (meh). And Star Trek: Enterprise (let it die already). There where also eleven feature films in the original Star Trek franchise.

Reboot

In May 2009 producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount released the reboot titled Star Trek. It introduced the original characters in a universe that implores the viewer to forget all other versions and accept the show as a new beginning. The film has earned considerable critical and financial success, grossing in inflation-adjusted dollars the most box office sales of any other Star Trek film. It also won the first Academy award for the Star trek franchise, for makeup. Paramount is planning to release a sequel to the reboot on June 29, 2012. Seek Out New Civilizations