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The Top 15 Non-Traditional Christmas Movies

25 December 2012 8:06 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Now that you’ve had your fill of peppermint, presents, and multiple viewings of AMC’s White Christmas and Miracle On 34th Street, how about a little snark to go along with that special Holiday movie – sans the warm and fuzzy. It’s time for some mistletoe carnage and crafty comedy Geek style. In our gift to you, Wamg presents our list of the 15 best non-traditional films. Lovers of It’S A Wonderful Life can consider yourselves excused cuz Santa Claus is coming to town in these “More Naughty Than Nice”. movies.

Black Christmas

Black Christmas (the 1974 version of course), generally acknowledged as the forerunner of the ‘slasher’. genre, is so graphic in its imagination that you don’t even need to see any gore or murder. Black Christmas, which holds up spectacularly well after almost 40 years, tells the tale of a group of sorority sisters that are hounded and »

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DVD Review: "Hook, Line And Sinker" (1969) Starring Jerry Lewis, Peter Lawford And Anne Francis

13 December 2012 3:16 PM, PST | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Lee Pfeiffer

The word "restrained" doesn't often fit into analysis of Jerry Lewis' film career, but in Hook, Line and Sinker, a 1969 black comedy, the legendary funnyman is indeed restrained, as least in comparison to most of the characters he played. The film is an unusual entry from this period of Lewis' film work in that he did not direct the movie. Instead, George Marshall, an old hand at helming diverse films, took on that responsibility. There isn't much discernible difference in the end result and one could easily be forgiven if they were to assume that Lewis directed. He plays Peter Ingersoll, a typical middle class suburbanite who is living the American dream. He has a boring but steady 9 to 5 job as an insurance salesman, a pretty wife (Anne Francis), two polite children, a comfortable home and a devoted best friend, Scott Carter (Peter Lawford), who also »

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Sidney Poitier Classic Movies

6 August 2012 11:46 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Sidney Poitier Movies Turner Classic Movies, Tuesday, August 7 6:00 Am Cry, The Beloved Country (1952) A South African minister travels to Johannesburg to find his missing son. Dir: Zoltan Korda. Cast: Canada Lee, Sidney Poitier, Charles Carson. Black and White-108 minutes. 8:00 Am Blackboard Jungle (1955) An idealistic teacher confronts the realities of juvenile delinquency. Dir: Richard Brooks. Cast: Glenn Ford, Anne Francis, Louis Calhern, Sidney Poitier, Paul Mazursky, Vic Morrow, Margaret Hayes, Rafael Campos. Black and White-101 minutes. Letterbox. 10:00 Am Good-bye, My Lady (1956) A stray dog brings together a young boy and an old man in the Georgia swamps. Dir: [...] »

- Andre Soares

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23 High School Movies That Get The Passing Grade

15 March 2012 1:17 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Considering it's where most of us (bar the weird home-schooled kids) spend our crucial formative years, where we have our first fights, our first loves, our first tentative steps into adulthood, it's no surprise that high school has long been a popular setting for movies. A range of genres (though generally leaning towards comedy) have taken place in those hallways, particularly from the 1980s onwards, when John Hughes, among others, made an entire career out of the lives and loves of 15-18 year olds.

The latest film to head back to class is "21 Jump Street" (review here) the big-screen reboot of the '80s TV show, which stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as youthful-looking cops who are sent back to high school in order to bust a drug-running ring. While you might assume this to be another lazy remake, you'd be very wrong, as Tatum, Hill, co-writer Michael Bacall, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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DVD Release: Fantasy Island: Season Two

15 February 2012 9:23 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012

Price: DVD $39.97

Studio: Shout! Factory

Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize welcome you to Fantasy Island.

Fantasy Island: The Complete Second Season arrives from Shout! Factory more than six years after Sony Pictures Home Entertainment issued Season One on DVD in the fall of 2005.


The popular fantasy-adventure ABC television series from the 1970s stars Ricardo Montalban (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) as Mr. Roarke, the sophisticated, near-mystical host of the titular, dream-granting tropical paradise, and Herve Villechaize (The Man with the Golden Gun) as Tattoo, his pint-sized assistant.

Produced by the legendary team of Aaron Spelling (TV’s Charlie’s Angels) and Leonard Goldberg (TV’s Hart to Hart), the 25 episodes of the classic show’s second season (it ran for seven years) feature such wide-ranging guest stars as John Astin (TV’s The Addams Family), Danny Bonaduce (TV’s The Partridge Family), Sonny Bono, »

- Laurence

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