Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001)
We delve back into more than a century of A Christmas Carol movies to find the best and worst adaptations of Dickens' festive tale...
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the classic story of a time travelling pensioner who sees dead people, is a festive fairytale which has itself become part of Christmas folklore. In terms of favourite Christmas tales, Rudolph and Frosty may wrap up the children's vote, but for most people, it's Dickens’ seminal work which would get the nod.
The story was written by Dickens in order to tackle the relatively new issue of urban poverty, and in particular the growing underclass of impoverished townsfolk produced by the Industrial Revolution. With the rapid shift away from conventional farming and trade practices, and with the rise in new technological advancements, many people were suddenly without work and without the necessary skills to find a job.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (20th Century Fox) Sequel to the seminal 1980s film catches up with a weathered, but still determined Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, who seems to savor every syllable of Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff’s screenplay) just out of jail and back on the comeback trail. In attempting to repair his relationship with his estranged daughter (Carey Mulligan), Gekko forges a reluctant alliance with her fiancé (Shia Labeouf), himself an ambitious young turk who finds himself seduced by Gekko’s silver tongue and promise of riches. Lifeless film is further evidence of director Oliver Stone’s decline. Once America’s most exciting filmmaker, Stone hasn’t delivered a film with any teeth since 1995’s Nixon. Labeouf and Mulligan generate no sparks on-screen, and the story feels forced from the protracted opening to the final, Disney-esque denouement. Only a brief cameo by Charlie Sheen,
While this week’s special Warehouse 13 episode was more like “Scrooge lite,” it was still able to remind us what's important at the holidays.
I’ll say up front that SyFy very specifically-stated (in multiple places) that "Secret Santa" would not address anything related to Myka leaving on the September finale. Knowing this made it a bit easier to sit back and enjoy the episode.
Much like the recent animated version of A Christmas Carol - where Jim Carey did all the part - this installment featured workaholic Larry Newly as both the grumpy Larry Newly and the apparition/fun-loving “Larry Noodle” a.k.a. “Santa Newly.”
As reported in August, Judd Hirsh played Artie's father
Congratulations to… Slumdog Millionaire for winning best picture, best director for Danny Boyle, adapted screenplay, cinematography, sound mixing, film editing, original score and original song.
Celebrate by… Nabbing the soundtrack by A. H. Rahman which is a ha-yuge seller and features best
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