Monday, January 4, 2010

Movie Monday - Holiday Aftermath

Watched a few more holiday flicks.

A Christmas Story (1983)

[Melinda Dillon; Darren McGavin; Peter Billingsley; Ian Petrella; Scott Schwartz]

Plot: Humorist Jean Shepard's nostalgic view of Christmastime in Indiana during the 1940s. Nine-year-old Ralphie desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas and wages an all-out campaign to convince his reluctant parents that the toy is safe. Meanwhile, as Ralphie prepares for the big day, his brother has a strange relationship with food, and his dad fights the never-ending furnace battle.

Definitely a classic. We watched it off and on on Christmas Eve/Day via TBS 24-hour marathon. But we put it in again after Christmas to watch from start to finish. Great movie, nostalgic holiday fun.


A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)

[Dolly Parton; Lee Majors; Bo Hopkins; John Ritter; Dan Hedaya; Anita Morris]

Plot: A country/western singer on a trip through the Tennessee mountains to get away from it all runs into a reclusive backwoodsman, a family of orphans -- and a witch. Will it be a Merry Christmas for any of them?

Okay, I will be the first to admit that this is one cheesy, corny, Christmas flick. I mean, look at that cast! The Six-Million Dollar Man AND Dolly Parton! 80s TV magic right there.

If you just leave your cynicism and criticism aside and watch it for the simple pleasure of the movie, then you can have a good time. Christmastime is made for flicks that are a little on the corny side, right? Pull up a comfy chair, grab a glass of (spiked) egg nog and enjoy!

The movie is available to watch in 10 parts on YouTube. Here is part 1.


Home Alone (1990)

[Macaulay Culkin; Joe Pesci; Daniel Stern; John Heard; Roberts Blossom; Catherine O'Hara]

Plot: Families suck. That's the opinion of 8-year-old Kevin McCallister, whose family unwittingly leaves him behind when they go on vacation. In no time, Kevin makes the most of the situation, watching forbidden flicks and pigging out on junk food. But when a pair of bungling burglars set their sights on Kevin's house, the plucky kid stands ready to defend his territory -- by planting booby traps galore!

Another Christmas classic in our house, we watch it every December. A fun movie, even if you have to suspend disbelief a little bit, it has a heart to it as well. I don't think Culkin was ever better than here.


Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

[Macaulay Culkin; Joe Pesci; Daniel Stern; Catherine O'Hara; John Heard; Brenda Fricker]

Plot: Instead of flying to Florida with his folks, Kevin ends up alone in New York, where he gets a hotel room with his dad's credit card -- despite problems from a clerk and meddling bellboy. But when Kevin runs into his old nemeses, he's determined to foil their plans to rob a toy store.

While not as great as the original, and also in need of the suspension of belief, this is a pretty decent sequel. The leads all shine and make the story work. Fun way to spend some time.


New Year's Evil (1980)

[Roz Kelly; Kip Niven; Chris Wallace; Grant Cramer]

Plot: It's New Year's Eve. You’re working alone at a punk rock station when the phone rings. A voice on the other end tells you that at the stroke of midnight in each time zone, someone will be murdered. So what do you do? Pray that you’re not next.

I have known about this movie for years, but never got around to watching it. The combination of the New Year and the flick streaming for free on FEARNet gave me enough reasons to finally watch.

Bleh. While not the worst movie I have ever seen, it is nothing great either. The acting is definitely direct-to-video fare, and the plot itself is pretty blah. Not really worthy of a second viewing, and for me, that says a lot.

Watch it for free on FEARNet!



  1. Quite the smorgasbord! You know, I have never seen Home Alone 2 - couldn't believe it could possibly be any good.

    Not saying I'm going to run out and rent it, or anything. :)

  2. an eclectic mix...have not seen anything with dolly in it in a long time...and yes, holiday movies are maybe the best when they have a little corn to them...

  3. I finally hired Trick or Treat. Not bad except I just didn't get the weirwolfy bit. Perhaps that's just me.

  4. I found a leg lamp like the one from Christmas Story at a flea market. I almost bought it. Shoulda woulda coulda.

  5. :) Seen them all (yes, even the Dolly one) and they are all good choices! Happy New Year.


  6. I did watch home alone 1 and 2,

    that's how I wrote a dog Haiku

    home alone
    I answer the phone
    with my barking sound...

    sweet dreams about more awesome movies.
    just in case.