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6 items from 2015


Less-known Christmas movies: The Santa Incident

16 December 2015 5:25 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We continue our hunt for quality bargain basement Christmas films! The Santa Incident is not one!

The Santa Incident contains all of the necessary ingredients for a Christmas classic. Santa? Check. People who don't believe in Santa? Check. Doubters being won over by Santa's jolly benevolence? Check. Cute but mildly irritating kids? Check. Absentee father? Check. Over-worked single mother struggling to bring up her kids? Check. Santa being shot down by a military fighter jet and then being pursued by over-zealous Homeland security agents who want to kill him? Erm... check?

Moments after taking a side-winder to the face and being propelled skywards from his sleigh at a thousand miles an hour, Santa's unconscious bulk thuds down on the cold concrete of a working dock. A young brother and sister skipping school save Santa from having his head crushed by a gargantuan piece of machinery, whereupon he's »

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Less-known Christmas movies: Home And Alone For Christmas

15 December 2015 10:49 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Our hunt for overlooked Christmas films? Well, we thought it was a Home Alone film we didn't know about. Turned out it wasn't...

I was wary the moment I opened the package from Den of Geek and saw the words Home And Alone For Christmas staring back at me. I’m a big fan of the original Home Alone films, the ones starring Macaulay Culkin, but it’s a franchise that took a heck of a nosedive after he left, with a series of increasingly obnoxious-looking child actors being asked to recreate Culkin’s head-in-hands pose for the DVD box. So if Home Alone 5: The Holiday Heist was bad, how bad was the film piggybacking on the franchise’s success going to be?

Despite promising some festive magic with its doesn’t-quite-work tagline ‘When all elf breaks loose’, Home And Alone For Christmas (original title 3 Day Test, »

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Less-known Christmas films: Santa’s Little Yelpers

10 December 2015 8:04 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Is The Asylum’s Santa’s Little Yelpers a hidden Poundland Christmas gem? Er, read on to find out…

Santa’s Little Yelpers (originally: Golden Winter, a name presumably changed to avoid sounding like something a sexual deviant would pick from the menu of a shady massage parlour) is a Christmas kids’ film made by The Asylum.

The Asylum, as a rule, does not make good films. Appreciating that, among the knock-off ‘mockbusters’ and Netflix-plumping mega-monster flicks, might there sit a shiny gem of a Christmas picture? A movie, yes, written in under ten days for less cash than the average parent spent on Minions Kinder Eggs this summer, but a real bobby-dazzler nonetheless?

No.

To begin with, Santa’s not even in it. That means the titular little yelpers—Rory (likes jumping out of boxes), Snoozer (narcoleptic), Tinkle (incontinent), Jumper (no discernible character traits) and Scarf »

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Less-known Christmas movies: Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever

5 December 2015 12:21 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We continue our hunt for an overlooked Christmas classic in the DVD bargain bin. Our latest treat? Grumpy Cat...

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever is a hard film to write about.

Without wishing to exaggerate its effect, it almost makes you feel like you need to unlearn everything you thought you knew about cinema in order to give it a reasonable assessment. I suppose I should start by saying it’s not a 'good film', but then value judgements feel futile in the (adorable and super-smooshy) face of Grumpy Cat. Besides, whatever insult you could level at this film’s content is redundant. Odds are it’s already been covered by the mega-meta self-loathing that oozes from every scene.

What makes it so compelling, though, is the simple fact that it exists. That you can buy it on DVD. That you didn’t just pass out »

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A Very Murray Christmas: a fun, bizarre, festive cocktail

4 December 2015 5:45 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Bill Murray festive special, A Very Murray Christmas, is available on Netflix now. Here's what we made of the musical variety show...

Bill Murray has become something of an enigmatic figure in recent years; he has a freephone number instead of an agent, is notorious for crashing private parties, and is inextricably linked with the phrase ‘No-one will ever believe you’. It’s perhaps appropriate, then, that the best word to sum up the actor’s new Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas would be ‘bizarre’.

One part comedy, two parts musical special, A Very Murray Christmas begins with the story of a doomed live holiday special, whose special guests have all had to pull out due to the dreadful weather. Despite his reservations, Murray is contractually obliged to go ahead with the performance. However, when further disaster strikes, he winds up spending his Christmas Eve »

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Less-known Christmas films: Christmas In Compton

2 December 2015 6:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Our continued quest to find a Christmas movie classic in the bargain bins! It's Christmas In Compton!

Family-orientated Christmas films broadly come in two flavours – the heartwarming tale of a selfish or immoral person redeeming themselves just in time for the big day, or straight out slapstick with lots of people falling over on ice and getting hit with snowballs. One Bad Christmas!, or Christmas In Compton as it's known in the Us, attempts to be both of these and more, without coming anywhere close to achieving its ambitions.

The story focuses on Derrick (Omar Gooding, brother to Cuba Jr), a law school dropout living in his father's house but with dreams of becoming a hit record producer. His father, disappointed with his son's never-realised ambitions, pressures him to make something more of his life. Derrick decides to prove once and for all he can be a »

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