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Movie: The Ice Storm

"The Ice Storm" takes place as an early winter storm descends on Connecticut, casting over Thanksgiving a shroud of impending doom. In a wooded suburb, affluent adults stir restlessly in their split-level homes, depressed not only by their lives but by their entertainments, and even by their sins. Their teenage children have started experimenting with the same forms of escape: booze, pot and sex.
- Roger Ebert, ★★★★ [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 26, 2015 - 8 comments

Movie: Corpse Bride

When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Oct 30, 2015 - 3 comments

Mystery Science Theater 3000: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS  Season 3, Ep 21

"Santa Claus saves Christmas for the Children of the World!" "SEE: The Martians Kidnap Santa! Santa's North Pole Workshop! The Fantastic Martian Toy Factory! Earth Kids Meeting with Martian Kids! Space-ship Journey from Earth to Mars! Santa Turn Mars-Robot Into a Mechanical Toy!" St. Nicolas is kidnapped by Martians to help their kids and it's up to two Earth children, plus a mincing Martian named Dropo, to save Christmas on both planets. With a movie like SCCTM, it's difficult even to know where to start. I admire the movie's audacity, and once in a while it almost seems to work: Martian leader Kimar is kind of awesome, and villainous martian Voldar tries to kill our heroes sure but he's only acting on what he thinks is best for his home planet. But every time Dropo shows up I have to cover my eyes and ears. Truly, he is the secret archetype of Jar-Jar Binks. It's one of the best episodes of the whole run, a real must-see. YouTube (1h37m) Premiered December 21, 1991. [more inside]
posted by JHarris on Sep 10, 2015 - 9 comments

Holiday Movie Club 2015

Last year (2014) we had the wildly successful Holiday Movie Club. For 2015, Thanksgiving is 26 NOV. We had a couple movies a week, which I think was a good pace. The obvious dates are (American) Thanksgiving, a day the weekend after (American) Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 2, 2015 - 23 comments

Movie: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. [more inside]
posted by doctornecessiter on Jul 2, 2015 - 12 comments

Movie: Groundhog Day

It's Groundhog Day...again. Self-centered weatherman Phil Connors wakes up every morning in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 30, 2015 - 15 comments

Movie: Trading Places

A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Driected by John Landis, starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott, and Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 1, 2015 - 15 comments

Movie: Batman Returns

When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City over Christmas, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda. Directed by Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Michael Gough. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 31, 2014 - 18 comments

Movie: A Christmas Story

Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. Directed by Bob Clark, written by Jean Shepherd (and adapted from his novels/memoirs and radio show) and starring Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 25, 2014 - 12 comments

Movie: How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Chuck Jones' animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book, narrated by Boris Karloff [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 24, 2014 - 11 comments

Movie: It's a Wonderful Life

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 24, 2014 - 24 comments

Movie: Hogfather

It's Hogswatch on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened. Adapted from the novel by Terry Pratchett and directed by Vadim Jean, starring Michelle Dockery, Marc Warren, and David Jason and the vocal talents of Ian Richardson. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 22, 2014 - 15 comments

Movie: White Christmas

and Holiday Inn. In White Christmas, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye put on a show to save the General's Inn. In Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby opens an inn that only puts on shows on holidays. [more inside]
posted by drezdn on Dec 18, 2014 - 26 comments

Movie: Scrooge

A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale (1970). Directed by Ronald Neame, starring Albert Finney and more. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 15, 2014 - 7 comments

Movie: Miracle on 34th Street

A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. Directed by Les Mayfield, starring Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, James Remar, Mara Wilson and Robert Prosky. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 11, 2014 - 8 comments

Movie: Miracle on 34th Street

When a nice old man named Kris starts working at Macy's as a department-store Santa, he ends up claiming to be Santa Claus. Facing institutionalization, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Directed by George Seaton, starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart and a young Natalie Wood. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 comments

Movie: Die Hard

A hardworking NYPD officer arrives in LA to attend his recently-separated wife's corporate Christmas party, and has to deal with a bunch of party crashers. Directed by John McTiernan, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson and Paul Gleason, William Atherton, James Shigeta. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 4, 2014 - 36 comments

Movie: The Nightmare Before Christmas

'The Nightmare Before Christmas' is a heart-warming tale about Jack, who feels he is stuck in a rut of routine and repetition. In a flash of inspiration, he decides to spread Christmas joy and cheer to all the world, enlisting his friends and neighbors to help. Written by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Sellick, and starring the vocal talents of Danny Elfman (and a score by him), Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Paul Reubens, Ken Page, and many more, it's sure to be a fun Christmas classic for the whole family! [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 1, 2014 - 24 comments

Movie: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

A high-strung marketing executive must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving with an obnoxious slob of a shower curtain ring salesman as his only companion. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy, written and directed by John Hughes. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 27, 2014 - 13 comments

Movie: Eyes Wide Shut

THE SPIRIT OF 99 VIEWING CLUB - A New York doctor accuses his wife of infidelity, even just in her mind, and ends up on a series of strange, sexually threatening adventures through the city. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Oct 30, 2014 - 18 comments

Holiday Movie Club

American Thanksgiving this year is Thursday, NOV 27th. Christmas is DEC 25th. This suggests 28 days for a "Holiday Movie Club" [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 21, 2014 - 33 comments

Movie: Addams Family Values

A comical Gothic horror-movie-type family tries to rescue their beloved uncle from his gold-digging new love.
posted by mathowie on Jul 15, 2014 - 36 comments

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