Per this discussion last year, I'm starting a thread for Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, assuming there's probably not a lot of people to discuss EACH movie in separate posts, but some folks may want to discuss them in general. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE CHRISTMAS DRAGON Season 13, Ep 13
"A Magical Journey to Save Christmas." This supposed kids movie opens with a kid's parents getting killed by a dragon. Merry Christmas! But wait, this is a fantasy world, with magic and dragons, do they have their own version of Jesus? In theme it can't decide if it wants to be Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, but whatever it is it went straight to DVD. Joel, Jonah and Emily hatch a daring plan to escape from Kinga's captivity, but they'll need a little help from an unlikely source. We're at the end of Season 13, and with it we're once again at the end of our trip through all of MST3K. Please see inside. [more inside]
Mystery Science Theater 3000: THE CHRISTMAS THAT ALMOST WASN'T Rewatch Season 11, Ep 13
Re-rewatch! Santa is gonna be put out on the streets (floes?) by his landlord, a Mr. Prune, unless Mr. Whipple can save him. Don't squeeze the Charmin! Previously and again.
Rick and Morty: Ricktional Mortpoon's Rickmas Mortcation Season 6, Ep 10
What starts as a merry Christmas in the Smith household takes an ugly turn when Morty uncovers a betrayal, thanks to a gift from a galaxy far, far away. [more inside]
On Christmas Eve, a widow casts a spell to resurrect her executed husband. However, when the spell goes wrong, the husband is brought back as an Evil Christmas Tree and is hell-bent on getting revenge on the one who caused his execution. [more inside]
The Simpsons: Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire Season 1, Ep 1
When Marge must use all the family's gift money to remove Bart's tattoo, it's up to Homer to save Christmas. [more inside]
Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner pals Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have grown apart and found new friends. As each is busy making holiday preparations, a mysterious package mistakenly arrives on Kumar's doorstep. Unfortunately, Kumar's attempt to redirect the package to Harold goes up in smoke -- along with a prize Christmas tree belonging to Harold's father-in-law. The pair's journey across New York City to find a replacement tree threatens to blow Christmas Eve sky-high. [more inside]
Workaholic Howard Langston (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wants to make things up to his son, Jamie (Mannequin Skywalker), and wife, Liz (Rita Wilson). He promises to get Jamie the hottest toy of the season, Turbo-Man -- even though it's Christmas Eve and the toy is practically sold out. As Langston hunts down the elusive gift, he runs into mailman Myron (Sinbad), another father on the same quest. With the clock winding down, Langston's moral code is tested as he starts to learn the real meaning of Christmas. [more inside]
In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in "A Christmas Carol," forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today. [more inside]
Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) is now all grown up and must deal with Christmas and all that comes with it... as a dad. [more inside]
(First?) Christmas episode. [more inside]
A priest welcomes a struggling couple into his house at Christmas time. What begins as a simple act of kindness quickly becomes the ultimate test of his faith. [more inside]
Three cowboys are lost in the woods without any food on the coldest night of the year. Will they succumb to the cold, cannibalism or the Christmas Spirit? [more inside]
Two college students share a ride home for the holidays. When they become victims of a hit and run during a snowstorm, they discover that the snowstorm is not the only deadly threat they face. [more inside]
The Guardians, who are on a mission to make Christmas unforgettable for Quill, head to Earth in search of the perfect present. On Disney Plus.
Each Christmas Eve, the Ghost of Christmas Present selects one dark soul to be reformed by a visit from three spirits. But this season, he picked the wrong Scrooge. Clint Briggs turns the tables on his ghostly host until Present finds himself reexamining his own past, present and future. [more inside]
A newly engaged, spoiled hotel heiress (Lindsay Lohan) gets into a skiing accident, suffers from total amnesia and finds herself in the care of a handsome, blue-collar lodge owner and his precocious daughter in the days leading up to Christmas. [more inside]
Luke Skywalker and Han Solo battle evil Imperial forces to help Chewbacca reach his imperiled family on the Wookiee planet - in time for Life Day, their most important day of the year! A variety show, powered by cocaine, disowned by George Lucas, and enshrined in our hearts forever. [more inside]
An orthodox Jewish blaxploitation hero (Adam Goldberg) saves Hanukkah from the clutches of Santa Claus' evil son (Andy Dick). [more inside]
Martian ruler Kimar (Leonard Hicks) is upset that the children of Mars are lazy and under the influence of too much pop culture from Earth. They are obsessed with the planet's television programs and don't want to do much of anything. In an attempt to get the kids peppy again, Kimar orders the kidnapping of Santa Claus (John Call), hoping that the jolly old toymaker will know how to cheer the children up again. But two Earth children are also nabbed, and this complicates things for Kimar. [more inside]
Frequently cited as "The Worst Christmas Movie Ever Made." A boy is given a ring by an old witch, he uses the ring to bring upon a magic Christmas that grants him 3 wishes. He uses/abuses them for, among other things, god-like power, and to make Santa Claus his prisoner and slave. [more inside]
A young woman discovers that she is the focus of an evil Nazi experiment involving selective breeding and summoned elves, an attempt to create a race of supermen. She and two of her friends are trapped in a department store with an elf, and only the renegade loose-cannon Santa Claus (Dan Haggerty, aka Grizzly Adams), can save them. [more inside]
Merlin the magician helps Santa (José Elías Moreno) save children tempted by the devil to be naughty. [more inside]
Christmas trees ripped out of their forest plan revenge against people enjoying the holidays. [more inside]
Two young Swedish children in the 1900s experience the many comedies and tragedies of their lively and affectionate theatrical family, the Ekdahls. [more inside]
"A war's on and a murder has been committed―and we sit here talking nonsense about almond whirls and mince pies!" [more inside]
An LA girl, unlucky in love, falls for an East Coast guy on a dating app and decides to surprise him for the holidays, only to discover that she's been catfished. This lighthearted romantic comedy chronicles her attempt to reel in love. Stars Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Harry Shum, Darren Barnet.
Ted Lasso: The Missing Christmas Mustache Season 2, Ep 13
A very short animated Christmas special, available to watch for free on YouTube, in which Ted loses his mustache.
Desperate to avoid his family's judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter convinces his best friend Nick to join him for the holidays and pretend that they're now in a relationship. (Netflix)
When a priceless relic is stolen, Queen Margaret and Princess Stacy enlist the help of Margaret's cousin Fiona teams with a man from her past to retrieve it, with romance and resulting in a very unexpected switch. [more inside]
Ted Lasso: Carol of the Bells Season 2, Ep 4
It's Christmas in Richmond. Rebecca enlists Ted for a secret mission, Roy and Keeley search for a miracle and the Higginses open up their home. [more inside]
Re-rewatch! One of MST3K's three (to date) Christmas movies, and one of their weirdest subjects overall. Martians, upset that their children are becoming joyless drones, come to Earth to kidnap Santa Claus to try to make them jolly again. Opposed to this is the villainous Martian Voldar, who doesn't want happy Martian children becoming a nuisance. And then there's Dropo.... Previously and again
When love comes knocking, would you be ready? Follow Johanne through another December as she continues her pursuit for eternal, warm, and real love. When her family and the world around her fall apart, how can she still believe in true and everlasting love? Does it even exist and will she find the one for Christmas this year? (Netflix, Norwegian) [more inside]
Kate Pierce, now a cynical teen, is unexpectedly reunited with Santa Claus when a mysterious troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas - forever. [more inside]
Meeting your girlfriend's family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family's annual Christmas dinner - until you realize that they don't even know she's gay - is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. [more inside]
The citizens of a small, middle-America town fight to save themselves from being bought out by a major corporation. (Netflix) [more inside]
Dash & Lily: Dash & Lily - Season 1 Books Included Season 1, Ep 0
Opposites attract at Christmas as cynical Dash and sunny Lily trade messages and dares in a red notebook they pass back and forth around New York City. (Netflix, YA book adaptation) [more inside]
A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions. A 2020 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature. Streamable on Netflix. With Jason Schwartzmann, J. K. Simmons, and Rashida Jones. [more inside]
A Christmas Carol: FX's A Christmas Carol, episodes 1-3 Season 1, Ep 0
A television adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale of the miser Ebenezer Scrooge. (FX Channel/BBC production) [more inside]
Into the Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work Season 2, Ep 3
Two coworkers are invited to a private dinner where they vie for a coveted promotion, but their hosts have some brutal ways of testing them. [more inside]
Home for Christmas: Season 1 - all episodes Season 1, Ep 0
After lying to her nosy family about having a boyfriend, Johanne sets out to find the real thing in time to introduce him at Christmas. (Netflix Original, Norwegian production, 6x30mins) [more inside]
A medieval English knight is magically transported to present day where he ends up falling for a high school science teacher.
This is the public planning/suggestion thread for the Christmas Marathon. If you have any awesome examples of Yuletide Ridiculousness to suggest, you can do it here!
Kate (Emilia Clarke) is a young woman who works as Santa (Michelle Yeoh)'s elf at a year-round Christmas shop. There she meets Tom (Henry Golding), and they strike up a romance.
Rewatch! And of course we'll be rewatching it again when the Christmas thingy roll back around. There are now three Christmas movie episodes of MST3K; this is the one that's "classically" the worst, appearing on many lists of the worst of all time.I like the idea of it, the willingness to take an absurd premise seriously, and the energy (most of) the actors bring to it. But then there's Dropo.... Previously. [more inside]
The Twilight Zone: A Traveler Season 1, Ep 4
On Christmas Eve in the small Alaskan town of Iglaak, a mysterious man in a suit appears in a jail cell with no explanation and asks the chief of police for a pardon. [Starring Marika Sila, Greg Kinnear, Steven Yeun, and Patrick Gallagher] [more inside]
The ABC Murders: Hercule and the new Inspector Season 1, Ep 1
Rupert Grint was the surprise star, here. Malkovich being stilted and precise suits the character of Poirot, but put him together with Crome, they warm up to each other in an organic and compelling way, and it's on Grint's natural talent as a supporting actor. I would watch a series based on Poirot and Crome discussing the weather, so good.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: SANTA CLAUS Rewatch Season 5, Ep 21
Rewatch! Santa sees, hears, knows all. Up at his workshop in a castle hovering above the north pole he keeps his helpers, children from every nation. There they work on toys, singing all day long. They can do naught else, lest the forces of hell gain the upper hand. Fortunately Santa has the aid of Merlin and his magical inventions. Kind of a spin-off of the (nearly defunct) Santa's Workshop chain of theme parks, and deeply, deeply insane. Previously.
Trying to survive the family Christmas, Cody makes a wish to be alone, which ends up backfiring when a shark manifests and kills his entire family.
Saturday Night Live: Matt Damon / Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus Season 44, Ep 9
Christmas Episode [more inside]
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