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One of the more classic Christmas movies of all time in my household. This is certainly something that gets watched every year.

Caulkin has basically disappeared from anything relevant since these movies, but perhaps no child actor is as famous as he was back then. Did a good job in the movie and will always be a Christmas icon.

The highlight for me is the torture chamber that Kevin sets up in his house. It was funny to see what happened to Harry and Marv. Harry and Marv definitely play off of each other brilliantly. Peschi is a really funny guy and it was funny to see him have to act in a reserved and more PG role than like Goodfellas.

I like the heartwarming touches to the film too. How Kevin misses his family and how he unfolds a relationship with his neighbor and eventually unfolds the importance of reaching out to family with his neighbor.

A good solid nostalgic pick for me here. Not a perfect movie, but a fun one.

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I tried watching Eight Crazy Nights earlier today. (I've always wanted to see it because there aren't a lot of movies about Hanukkah.) It was so bad that I had to turn it off about about 15 minutes.
It's a so bad it's good movie I thought. I haven't seen since it's theatrical release though. I have fond memories of that theater experience

I just thought it was a "so bad it's even worse than I thought it would be" movie.
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A Christmas Carol (1951)
This is a very dark and/or grim movie compared to the other movies that were nominated in this HoF, which kind of makes it hard to rank along with the other noms.

I like how we can actually see the changes in Scrooge as he sees more and more of how other people see him. From his girlfriend Alice, leaving him because he loves money more than her, to how people talk about him in the present, and him seeing that nobody is sad when he dies, we can see how he goes from being a mean and greedy person to being frightened of what will happen to him, and realizing that he still has a chance to change his ways. In only about 90 minutes, the movie goes from being dark and depressing to fun and uplifting.

I like how the different spirits are shown in this movie. The spirit of Christmas past looks like a ghost, maybe because it's all about the people in his past who have died, (or left him alone). The spirit of Christmas Present looks like a king because it's all about his money. And the spirit of Christmas yet to come looks like the grim reaper, because it's all about his death.

I love the way his maid is terrified of him while he's dancing at the end because she thinks he's gone crazy.
I've seen a few versions where it seems like you are just taking for granted that in the end he changes his way and you don't actually witness the change. This, for me, delves more deeply into Ebenezer's transformation. In both, the reasons, as well as Alastair Sim, expressing that arc incredibly.

Love the maid and her reactions to his giddiness as well.
Scrooge (A Christmas Carol) (1951)


A film I've seen so many times I don't really need to watch it again in order to review it. It certainly felt a bit weird watching it in November, since it's usually a Christmas Eve tradition in my family. This is a movie that my grandparents loved and my mum loved.

This is the version of A Christmas Carol to me, and Alistair Sim is the Scrooge. The way he goes from self-satisifed smugness in the 'are there no workhouses' scene to outright meanness and coldness to his complete transformation into as giddy as a schoolboy, standing on his head at the end is superb. I love the standing on his head part. There are some great supporting characters here, especially the lot that turn up at the pawnbrokers to flog his stuff after he's dead - I think the muppet version must be closely based on this version in that particular.

The music is great, too, the darker music mixing in with the Christmas carols, the snowy London scenes capture the cold atmophere and ghostliness of the story. My main complaint, every year, is the poshness of the Cratchitt children, talking about goose and pudding in their plummy accents.

A Christmas cracker.
I will be keeping an eye on that scene when I watch the Muppet version and remarking on it.

The children ARE a bit posh, ain't they? LOL
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I've seen a few versions where it seems like you are just taking for granted that in the end he changes his way and you don't actually witness the change. This, for me, delves more deeply into Ebenezer's transformation. In both, the reasons, as well as Alastair Sim, expressing that arc incredibly.

I think this is one of the things that makes this version stand out above the rest.



I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
I've seen a few versions where it seems like you are just taking for granted that in the end he changes his way and you don't actually witness the change. This, for me, delves more deeply into Ebenezer's transformation. In both, the reasons, as well as Alastair Sim, expressing that arc incredibly.
I agree with this absolutely. Sometimes he's too quick to change, sometimes it happens all at once when he wakes up, but here there is that subtle journey.





Nestor, The Long-Eared Christmas Donkey
(1977)
Directed by Arthur Rankin Jr and Jules Bass

Story of the donkey that carried the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem. Nestor was born in the northern part of Europe. All the animals in the stable would laugh and make fun of him due to his long ears. One night, the Roman Soldiers came for donkeys, thinking the owner of the stable was trying to cheat the empire, they took all the donkeys without paying the owner. The owner of the stable took Nestor and threw him out into the snowstorm. Nestor's mother ran after her son in the storm. She protected him with her body as the storm raged. In the morning, she died to save her son. Nestor wanders until he meets a cherub named Tilly. Tilly tells Nester to go to Bethlehem. On his way, he is taken in by another stable master. One night a man and his pregnant wife were wanting to buy a donkey to take them to the city. They picked Nestor saying, he had gentle eyes. During a great sandstorm, Nestor was able to protect her and the unborn babe.


I am not a religious person at all, but Nestor is a show that can bring a tear to anyone's eye. I had been watching this every year since I was 10 years old. This is one of the GREAT Rankin-Bass holiday shows. It will continue to be and it's a shame it's rarely played anymore.
I want to sneak this in sometime yet.



I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
Not one of the nominated films, but I watched Christmas Chronicles 2 last night. For what it is, I enjoyed it. My 9 year old enjoyed it too. I think there is a message in there for grumpy teenagers (and the parents of grumpy teenagers) so it is a shame my own grumpy teenagers don't watch movies. Maybe I'll put it on again some time nearer Christmas when they can't escape to Minecraft.