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I love Christmas. It’s been my favorite time of the year as far back as I can remember – which, these days, may be last week. I think, in many ways, it was the run up to Christmas, also known as Advent, that I loved the most. It was the anticipation that made it special; what presents would we get, buying the present we would give, the Advent Wreath and the Advent Calendar. The day itself could be a bit of a let-down because it as never as good as the dream, the anticipation. How could it be? So long as it was a dream, it was perfect. The reality of something is always less than the dream of it.
While I was in grade school, each Christmas Eve I wound up at Midnight Mass (did I mention I was raised Roman Catholic?), singing in the Boy’s Choir. We »
- John Ostrander
Instead of watching the usual seasonal fare, why not deck the halls with a little less holly and a bit more gore? Here are seven of the craziest, most murderous holiday flicks to watch this Christmas! Just a heads up: You probably shouldn't watch these with your kids.
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Jack Frost (1997) - In this ridiculous campy cult classic, which takes place in the town of Snowmonton, serial killer Jack Frost is being transported to his execution when the police van crashes into a "genetic research" truck full of… genetics? It's not really clear. However, they mysterious substance kills Jack and causes his body to fuse with the snow. Soon, he comes back to life as a vengeful »
The holidays! They are stressful! Even moments that should be relaxing, like lounging in front of the television while the rest of your merry band of relatives putter around you, demanding ham or presents or whatever it is that your family likes best (I like ham and presents best, personally), can be fraught with issues, especially when someone asks that a family-friendly offering hit the tube. “Family-friendly”? What does that even mean? The last film that made a big splash when it hit Netflix was Wolf of Wall Street and, surely, that can’t be good for the lil cousins! Right? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, with a massive list of truly family-friendly titles that are currently available to stream on Netflix right now. This is your bible, people. Love it. And happy holidays! 1. Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas It’s Mickey. It’s classic holiday tales. Nothing »
- Kate Erbland
Im Dreaming of a Darker Christmas Ten SongsCovers You Probably Wont Hear on Your Local Station Christmas. While some people might think Horror Freaks would be diametrically opposed to the holiday it and its season have given us some genre classics like Black Christmas Silent Night Deadly Night Rare Exports A Christmas Tale and And All Through the House from both the Tales from the Crypt TV show and movie. A Christmas Carol in all its various forms and incarnations is built upon a leadup to a dark deathrelated climax. And of course all of us have a soft spot for at least one more traditional classic whether it be Rudolph Frosty The Grinch A Christmas Story National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or my »
Clips of It’s A Wonderful Life appear in all sorts of TV shows and films, some predictable Christmas fare and some you might not expect…
Thanks to NBC’s long-standing tradition of airing Frank Capra’s 1946 festive fantasy drama every 24th of December, It’s A Wonderful Life has become a Stateside Christmas institution. The film’s story of a small town family man facing financial ruin being coaxed back from suicide by an angel who shows him how important he is to the world is now as festive as overspending and overeating.
Its ubiquity means that It’s A Wonderful Life is one of the first ports of call when shows and movies want to inject a festive feel into their fictional worlds, hence it having been subject to more on-screen references, quotes, parodies and homages than you can shake a jingle bell at. The Muppets, The Simpsons, »
At this time of year, one of the old chestnuts we know for sure will be warmed up is the great Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, an unforgettable tale that has instilled warmth, joy, and hope in generations of… Continue Reading →
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- Travis Yoder
This review contains spoilers.
3.6 The Incontrovertible Truth
Ripper Street has been rattling along nicely now for a few episodes, weaving through the streets of Whitechapel as the Leman Street trio continue to deal with the fallout from the locomotive disaster that opened the series. The Incontrovertible Truth pulls all of that back for a murder mystery set entirely within the confines of the station as Reid returns to work. After a woman is murdered in a Whitechapel room, the Lady Vera Montecute, found covered in blood in the same bed, is brought in and arrested on suspicion of murder. Given her connections to the ruling classes, Reid surmises that they have until dawn to crack the case and provide incontrovertible proof that Lady Montecute was the one wielding the murder weapon.
The Incontrovertible »
Most of the specialty screenings around town this week are related in some form or another to Christmas. The Alamo Drafthouse Ritz is giving you multiple ways to enjoy Home Alone on the big screen, including all-you-can-eat pizza parties along with standard showings and quote-along versions. There are also standard and quote along screenings to choose from of Elf and Love Actually, while Tough Guy Cinema has 35mm showings of Die Hard on Sunday and Tuesday. Music Monday is showing a brand new documentary called Jingle Bell Rocks about people who are obsessed with Christmas music and even Terror Tuesday is getting into the spirit with Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Alamo Lakeline and Alamo Slaughter are screening a digital restoration of It's A Wonderful Life on Saturday and Sunday and A Christmas Story will be featured as a quote-along screening that comes with a Chinese dinner at Alamo Slaughter on »
- Matt Shiverdecker
Christmas is on the way! I’m not a yay, rah Christmas! kind of guy, but I’m not all bah humbug, either. I can’t stand Christmas music, but I do love egg nog and gift-giving. I get by, is my point. I’ve seen some Christmas films, and probably more than you’d expect, considering the nature of this column. I may have grown up without cable or much of a video collection, but Christmas films pretty much always turn up on broadcast TV somewhere in the month of December. I actually had to hunt a bit to find films to watch for this month, believe it or not. Let’s start out with Scrooged, a Bill Murray take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” which, with a meta angle, actually features a production of said classic tale within its plot. (Weirdly, they only refer to it as “Scrooge” throughout the film.) And »
- Ashe Cantrell
You have to go from convincingly nasty to convincingly nice, with convincingly terrified along the way. And while everyone is rooting for your conversion, the character is a lot more fun when he's dispensing bile and insulting wisecracks. Plus, there are the ghosts of Scrooges past, from TV and film, that everyone remembers and will measure you against.
Still, Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" is elastic enough to accommodate all kinds of Scrooges -- bitter and bemused, male and female, live-action, and animated. Here is an alphabetical list of 17 of the diverse Scrooges who've made an impression on the big or small screen. »
- Gary Susman
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Rosewood! The Pretty Little Liars came back together - after a shocking summer finale that culminated in beloved villain Mona Vanderwaal's (Janel Parrish) demise - for a special Christmas episode Tuesday night. The glistening, snowy streets and festive decor was a sharp contrast to the usual Halloween special viewers are used to. But despite the change of holiday, the episode gave fans legitimate scares peppered with some answers, and in true Pll style - even more questions. Spoilers Ahead! Spencer (Troian Bellisario) is out on bail for the murder of Bethany Young »
- Stephanie Robbins, @stephrobbins
As Winter sets in, all we really want to do is make some hot cocoa and navigate to Netflix. A ton of great movies are arriving in December, and there are already some holiday classics available for streaming. We've gone ahead and rounded up the best of Netflix's Christmas-themed movies for your viewing pleasure. Whether you're looking for nostalgia, animation, or something slightly spooky, take a look at what Netflix has to offer! Love Actually Source: Universal Pictures Does it get any more heartwarming than Love Actually? The holiday film starring Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, and a handful of intertwining love stories is fantastically perfect for the season. Watch it now! Scrooged Source: Paramount Pictures This Bill Murray comedy is a favorite of curmudgeons and holiday-lovers alike. Watch him as he takes on the role of Frank Cross, a cold-hearted TV executive who learns the meaning of Christmas in »
Channel 5 has announced its full Christmas schedule.
The broadcaster's special 'Sing-Along Christmas Day' schedule kicks off with Andre Rieu's Christmas Around the World at 9.25am, followed by 1970 musical Scrooge.
Family favourites The Sound of Music - Live! and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang follow at 12.25pm and 3.25pm respectively. Michael Buble's Christmas Songbook will air at 6.10pm, followed by Chas & Dave's Xmas Knees Up at 7.05pm.
The primetime schedule continues with three-hour countdown programme Britain's Favourite Christmas Songs beginning at 8pm. 1994 comedy film Muriel's Wedding will conclude the day, airing from 11.05pm.
Boxing Day's 'Best of British Comedy Day' schedule includes a Carry On triple bill between 10.05pm and 3.15pm. Morecambe & Wise Live! from 1973 begins at 8pm, followed by Tommy Cooper's Christmas Special from 1974.
The full Channel 5 Christmas Eve »
As the turkey digests and cold weather moves in, actors, directors, and designers across the country are launching a slew of holiday-themed plays and musicals. Seeing these family-friendly, feel-good shows is a beloved tradition for many communities, and holiday productions find a welcome home on many an actor’s résumé. Here are some festive titles you’re sure to recognize, along with a few fresh winter picks! “A Christmas Carol”Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic may be the mother lode of all Christmas shows, in part because it’s so open to re-imagination. With nearly as many adaptations as productions, the heartfelt story of a lonely rich man finding redemption via ghostly messenger is presented annually at schools, community theaters, and esteemed regional houses across the country. Less traditional versions include “A Klingon Christmas Carol” (it’s exactly what it sounds like!) at Commedia Beauregard in Chicago, and “A Christmas Carol, Oy Hanukkah, »
Peter Capaldi is among the many big names in the new Paddington movie (alongside Hugh Bonneville of Curse of the Black Spot and A Christmas Carol‘s Michael Gambon) and you can get a glimpse of thim in this clip which features the animated bear many of us in the UK grew up with. What do you...
- Christian Cawley
In Charles Dickens's immortal "A Christmas Carol," Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts: the ghost of Christmas present, the ghost of Christmas past, and the ghost of Christmas future. When it comes to Christmas movies, there are plenty of titles that you've watched in the past, a few that you watch now, and even less that you'd watch in the future. Somehow, this analogy made more sense before I downed several jumbo-sized cartons of egg-nog.
What we're trying to say is that there are Christmas classics, Christmas movies that you maybe watch if it's on television but don't think about, and then there are Christmas movies that have just aged horribly. The very notion of a Christmas movie is one that has an air of timelessness, since you want to be able to watch those movies once every year (tis the season); we've decided to choose some of »
- Drew Taylor
★☆☆☆☆Even as far back as 1843, when Charles Dickens penned his illustrious novella A Christmas Carol, the materialism of Christmas was already apparent. Dickens wrote “Christmas is a poor excuse every 25 December to pick a man’s pocket” and it’s a cynical, yet astute statement that resonates even to this day. Fast-forward 171 years and we have Zach Clark’s pitch-black Christmas comedy White Reindeer (2014) – a film that appropriates the distilled essence of contemporary consumerism and the gauche spectacle of the holiday season and examines it through an excruciatingly pretentious and emotionally detached tale of grief and forced self-discovery.
- CineVue UK
Jim Carrey is back on top with his first No. 1 since 2009's A Christmas Carol. The sequel to his much-funnier buddy film with Jeff Daniels, Dumb and Dumber To, had enough in nostalgia appeal to take the box office this weekend with $38 million. The movie edged out last weekend's heavy hitter Big Hero 6, which still had a strong showing with $36 million, bringing its two-week total to $111.7 million. Interstellar dipped but stuck around in third for $29.1 million. The romantic drama Beyond the Lights debuted in semi-wide release with $6.5 million. Gone Girl stuck around the top five with $4.6 million.Meanwhile, over in limited release, Foxcatcher flexed its muscles for $288,000 in just six theaters for a per-screen average of $48,000. Jon Stewart's Rosewater brought in $1.2 million for a somewhat lackluster PSA of $3,235. Tommy Lee Jones's bleak, Oscar-studded Western, The Homesman, took in $48,000 »
- E. Alex Jung
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for ZombieWorld, casting updates on The Private Eye and Desolation, DVD release details announced for Fantasm, a teaser poster from One Night of Fear, a Q&A with writer, Duncan Ralston, and much more:
ZombieWorld Trailer and DVD Release Details: “ZombieWorld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21, 2014 and May 30, 2014 on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring »
- Tamika Jones
Frequently described as "Britain's nicest man", Michael Palin really has done it all. From playing a singing, cross-dressing lumberjack to travelling Around the World in 80 Days, the star has no plans to stop yet. He's even about to venture further than ever before, as he joins the Clangers' little moon planet as their new narrator.
Palin is a household name in the UK and around the world, thanks to his globetrotting adventures and most prominently his Monty Python fame. But here are some facts you may not know about the comedian...
1. Michael Edward Palin was born in Broomhill, Sheffield on May 5, 1943. He attended Birkdale Preparatory School and had his first acting - and possibly cross-dressing - experience at the age of 5 in a performance of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in which he played Martha Cratchit... and fell off the stage.
Undeterred by this unfortunate turn of events and despite his extreme stage fright, »
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