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Could 1990 comedy Home Alone be the best Christmas movie of all time? James lays out his argument...
Gremlins is great and Elf is ace. Bad Santa is bitchin' and The Muppets Christmas Carol is sensational, inspirational, celebrational and Muppetational. Die Hard is dead good, Miracle On 34th Street is magic and It's A Wonderful Life is truly, erm, wonderful.
None of them, though, can confidently state that they are the Best Christmas Movie of All Time. Only one film can claim that title, and that film is Home Alone, which is undoubtedly and without question the Best Christmas Movie of All Time. There's legitimate space for a debate as to whether Home Alone 2: Lost In New York deserves the prestigious label but, really, with Home Alone being the original article I think it's only right that we let it stand as number one.
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Every year I joke about how quickly time passes, as I can still vividly remember exclaiming how Dracula 3D would undoubtedly be the worst horror film I’d see in ages, but here we are at the end of 2014, agonizing over what could be one of the worst year-end recaps I’ve had to write since joining We Got This Covered. There were some very good horror movies released this year, but where I only awarded a single 1-star review last year, 2014 saw three in the horror genre alone. Seriously. Dracula 3D was last year’s stinkiest turd sandwich, but this year offered three different efforts that left me begging for salvation.
The theme this year seemed to be found footage follies, as a solid five selections (or six, depending on what webchatting is classified as) were dominated by atrocious first-person-camera blunders, from inept pacing to nonsensical character actions. Don’t get me wrong, »
- Matt Donato
There will be two films based on Stephen King's mammoth tome, It, and the first is set to shoot in 2015.
Big screen adaptations of Stephen King books are once again becoming more commonplace again, it seems. We already know that The Fault In Our Stars' Josh Boone is bringing The Stand to the screen, across four planned movies. And our chums at Den Of Geek Us have rounded up a look at every Stephen King movie and TV project in development right here. Spoiler: there are a lot of them.
And one of them is the planned new take on It. It - about the most search engine unfriendly title for anything you could come up with - was previously a successful miniseries, best known for Tim Curry's haunting take on Pennywise the Clown. Well, he's scared the bejesus out of us when we were younger, so »
In development for several years now, Cary Fukunaga’s re-adaptation of the seminal Stephen King monster tome, It, is finally making headway. Before the True Detective creator became a household name, he was already attached to direct a brand new version of It for Warner Bros. subsidiary, New Line Cinema. Warner’s original plan was to bring a new vision of the terrifying Pennywise to the screen via a script by Dave Kajganich (The Invasion.) That was reported back in 2009, and since then Fukunaga and Chase Palmer took command of the screenwriting duties. Currently, the plan is to split the hefty book into two parts.
For those who’ve not read or seen the TV miniseries, It tells the story of a group of young outsiders – who dub themselves The Losers Club – who face an ancient evil that lives beneath their hometown of Derry. Years later, the team reunites to »
- Gem Seddon
Producer Dan Lin has been developing a big screen adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel It for a few years already. He's brought on True Detective director Cary Fukunaga to bring this story to life on the big screen. In a recent interview with Vulture, Lin offers an update on the project and reveals that it will actually start shooting next summer!
“The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot. Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”
It is another one of my all time favorite books that King has written. I also really enjoy the 1990 TV movie that was made that starred Tim Curry as Pennywise the clown. The story is so big and »
- Joey Paur
After years of development, it looks like the film adaptation of Stephen King's iconic work "It" is ready to move forward at New Line Cinema. "Jane Eyre" and "True Detective" first season director Cary Fukunaga is helming the two-part film adaptation of the 1,138 page novel which Dan Lin is slated to produce.
Lin gave an update on the project this week to Vulture, saying that the extra time has helped get them ready for it:
"The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot. Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we've been with this for about three or four years, so we're super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited."
The original book follows a group of teen nerds and outcasts (nicknamed 'The Losers Club') in Maine in 1958 who encounter 'It', a shapeshifting creature which feeds »
- Garth Franklin
Good news, horror fans: After a very long development process, it looks like a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal horror novel It is finally going to happen. Vulture spoke with the project’s producer Dan Lin last night at an awards-season party celebrating The Lego Movie (which Lin also produced), and he confirmed that It will be his next live-action movie, with True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga confirmed to direct. “The idea is to start official prep in March for a summer shoot,” said Lin. “Cary likes to develop things for a while, and we’ve been with this for about three or four years, so we’re super excited that he stayed with it. You guys are gonna be really excited.”That’s an understatement: Aside from a 1990 ABC TV miniseries boasting a memorable performance from Tim Curry as the evil clown Pennywise (a human guise for »
- Kyle Buchanan
It's time for The Losers' Club to reconvene! Stephen King's "It" is getting a 21st century makeover for the big screen, and it's got a pretty fancy director. Cary Fukunaga, who dazzled critics with "Sin Nombre" and "Jane Eyre" before winning an Emmy for "True Detective," is attached to direct the first movie of what will be a two-part series, according to producer Dan Lin.
Lin told Vulture that they even got the a-okay from King himself. "The most important thing is that Stephen King gave us his blessing. We didn't want to make this unless he felt it was the right way to go, and when we sent him the script, the response that Cary got back was, 'Go with God, please! This is the version the studio should make.' So that was really gratifying." Right, because you know what would really stink? Angering one of the most essential modern horror authors, »
- Jenni Miller
Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.
One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »
- Gary Susman
Everybody has that one movie that they've watched so many times, "knowing it by heart" doesn't even begin to describe the relationship. It's the film that you drop everything to watch when it comes on TV, or that you bought and wore out the VHS copy, and then the DVD and the Blu-Ray... and you're still happy to watch it again on Netflix. Maybe it all started with what your family liked to watch (or what they hated) or what ended up in your stocking at holiday time, or what you fell in love with at the theater. Below, the HitFix editorial staff shares its most-watched movies of all time. What is yours? Tell us in the comments! Donna Dickens "Titanic" I was that fourteen year old girl. The one that saw “Titanic” in theaters multiple times (my personal tally was seven.) I bought the VHS two-pack. I recorded the »
- HitFix Staff
In one of my all-time favorite films, Ghost World, there is an exchange between the two lead characters at the lame party celebrating their recent high school graduation that I think is an apt description of the two ways I tend to feel about low-budget horror:
“This is so bad, it’s almost good.”
“This is so bad, it’s gone all the way past good and back to bad again.”
Goofy, gory B-movie horror tends to fall into one of those two buckets. It is either so fantastically, over-the-top bad that it becomes almost good (or at least entertaining), or it goes so far that it passes that very fine line by and becomes just bad. Gingerclown, alas, is one of the latter. A shame, given that it boasts a cast that includes cult all-stars like Tim Curry and Brad Dourif, not to mention some of the most outrageous »
- Lee Jutton
Walking After Midnight: Amirpour’s Expressive, Moody Debut
Described as an Iranian vampire film with all its characters speaking Farsi, yet filmed in California and set in the fictional locale of Bad City, there is an enigmatic, surreal aura to Ana Lily Amirpour’s exciting debut, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. An exploration of loneliness utilizing a set of nighttime creatures while evoking nostalgic cinematic traditions of the film noir and the adolescent rebel, Amirpour’s ambient film is startling in its rendering of expressive black and white cinematography in a film whose themes and sound designs recall the alternate universes of David Lynch.
Living at home with his junkie father (Marshall Manesh), Arash (Arash Marandi) is forced to give up the car he’s finally paid off to Saeed (Dominic Rains), the dealer and pimp to whom Arash’s father owes a large sum of money. Saeed »
- Nicholas Bell
The Winchesters pay homage to the murder mystery genre in this week's comedic episode. Here's Becky's review...
This review contains spoilers.
10.6 Ask Jeeves
Given how strong the 200th episode, Fan Fiction, was, I was a little worried that what followed it might be a dip in quality, particularly if we were swiftly dropped back into Winchester angst immediately. Instead, Ask Jeeves opts for the comedic approach and it makes for a great follow-up as the boys find themselves in a real-life version of Clue (Cluedo for us UK residents). Bobby’s old phone receives a message from the estate of Bunny Lacroix, a wealthy lady with one of those big houses adorned with a Beethoven doorbell. Cases are lacking so Sam and Dean head across to New Canaan, Connecticut where they swiftly become embroiled in family squabbles and the odd murder or two. Or four.
The Clue-esque aspects ensure that »
It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).
(Availability subject to change.)
1. "Anastasia" (1997) G
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
Gingerclown might be the strangest damn horror movie I review this year, a fate I valiantly accepted after discovering that rookie director Balázs Hatvani created the very first 3D horror comedy in Hungarian history. Hatvani’s ambitions are sky-high, but a horrid production quickly drags Gingerclown down to an Earthly realm filled with hammy acting, perverse puppeteering, and genre sensibilities that can’t decide between being a Gothic house of horrors or a slapstick comedy gag.
Filing Hatvani’s film under “horror” is an insult to movies that begrudgingly attempt a scare or two, even when laughs are at a premium, as this haunted attraction isn’t worth a lick in the terror department. With each passing moment of high-school-crushing and laughably inferior showmanship, the voices of Tim Curry and Brad Dourif are lost amidst stumbling villains with zero mobility. Cussing teacups, Eastern-European-Californians, shoddy costumes – what the hell did I just watch? »
- Matt Donato
With Daniel Radcliffe now sporting a pair of horns at screens worldwide, we decided to pit a few other big-screen Beelzebubs against one another in head-to-head combat.
An espresso-sipping, egg-peeling businessman with a luxuriant mullet – well, it was the 1980s – Louis Cyphre (De Niro) casts a quietly seething shadow across Alan Parker's dank New Orleans noir. Despite his "dimestore joke" name ("Mephistopheles is such a mouthful in Manhattan," he tells Mickey Rourke's fall-guy Pi) and lethal talons, there's a subtlety to De Niro's El Diablo that means he only needs to raise an eyebrow to convey an eternity of egg-bound malevolence.
More Gordon Gecko than genuine fiend, »
Concept Art by Christopher Ross The Shadow (1994) - Alec Baldwin stars with Penelope Ann Miller as the legendary crime-fighting superhero in "The wittiest action-adventure since Indiana Jones!" (NBC News). Donning his sweeping black cape and disguise, The Shadow takes on his most dangerous nemesis yet: the last descendant of the great Genghis Khan whose weapon of choice is an atomic bomb. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, they square off for a spectacular battle in a dazzling mixture of mind-blowing special effects, humor and a dose of the macabre that will hold you spellbound! Actors: Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, Tim Curry, Peter Boyle & Ian McKellen Director: Russell Mulcahy * Screenwriter: David Koepp »
Stars (the voices of): Martin Freeman, Newell Alexander, Noel Clarke, Joan Collins, Tim Conway, David Cowgill, Tim Curry, Holly Dorff, Pam Ferris, Nicholas Guest, Ashley Tisdale | Written by Tony Nottage, Ricky Roxburgh | Directed by Leon Joosen, Aaron Seelman
Every year there seems to be an inordinate amount of new CGI Christmas movies thrust upon unsuspecting supermarket shoppers – after all, most folks buy theses types of titles on impulse whilst browsing in the likes of Asda, Tesco et al. Titles that are watched once or twice and then sit on the shelf for the most of the next year or, even worse, are tossed in to the “get rid” pile (I know you all have one). Saving Santa is one such film.
Once upon a time, Santa operated with just a small workshop and a few elves. But, as Christmas has grown ever bigger, Santa has been forced to innovate! »
- Phil Wheat
The writer of The Worst Witch children's books has suggested that a new television adaptation of the series will soon begin production.
Jill Murphy told The Daily Telegraph that a new series is in development with the BBC, adding that she is excited by the revival.
"We're just in the process of working on it with the BBC," she said.
"They have much better special effects for the animals, so it should be wonderful. I'm really, really looking forward to it."
Murphy also opened up about the original 1986 television film adaptation of her novels.
"It was one of those things that starts up a great hope and bits go wrong," she said.
"The film was terribly disappointing because it had an appalling script and they made various mess-ups, like with the costumes. When the girls saw the costumes, they practically cried because the hats looked ridiculous.
It’s Halloween! Icicles are glistening from window sills. Chestnuts are roasting on open fires. North Pole elves are… hang on, no. None of that nice, fluffy stuff is happening. At Halloween, demonic creatures hunt for flesh, monsters creep out of their graves, and TV does its level best to freak us all the hell out.
In the spirit of all that, we asked our writers to select and share the TV episodes, horror or otherwise, that have made them whimper with fear. Here they all are, 31 of them, because, well, at Halloween, we like things to add up to 31.
Note that this isn’t a Top 10, or a Best Of, nor is it listed in order of scariness. It’s a collection of the particular »
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