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Film News: Get Your Xmas Films on with ‘Pat & Ken At the Holidays’

Chicago – It’s the Eve of Christmas Eve, and what better time to figure out what the holiday film what-to-watch list will be. Enter “Pat & Ken At the Holidays,” featuring Patrick McDonald of and his faithful companion Ken Candela, whose off-kilter commentary has blessed him with the nickname, The Movie Wag.

Since 2009 on their YouTube channel, the holiday duo has been assessing the myriad numbers of Christmas-themed films … old, new and weird. Embedded below is an example from 2019, “The Hollywood Palace.’ In the tumultuous and divisive year of 1968, ABC-tv turned to its old pal Bing “Der Bingle” Crosby and his second family to get the nation through its year of riots, assassinations and war, with a Christmas TV special for the ages. Ho ho ho …

For the rest of the 2019 line up, click the appropriate link …

A Christmas Carol” (1984) With George C. Scott as Scrooge, click here.

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Link Tank: 10 Facts About Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

Spencer Mullen Dec 19, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, Baby Yoda, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here's how a twenty-four year old mystery was solved by a shark tooth.

"This summer, a crack team of scientists used advanced DNA technology to solve a shark-attack cold case. In 1994, a shark bit Jeff Weakley while he surfed off the coast of Florida — the bite left him with a tooth in his foot. The shark was never found. The mystery would have remained unsolved if it wasn’t for the victim and the tooth in his foot."

Read more at Inverse.

Here's why praise for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker's queer representation is unmerited.

"It’s almost 2020, and we’re still supposed to grin and bear it whenever the tiniest scraps of recognition that queer people exist are tossed down by the studios on high.
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‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ to Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime

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Amazon has added “It’s a Wonderful Life” and 30 additional holiday movies to its Prime Video streaming service, the company announced on Thursday.

This is the first time that the 1946 holiday classic will be made available on a streaming service.

The new selections are included in Amazon’s Prime Video subscription service which costs $13.99 per month or $119 for an annual subscription.

Also Read: Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Service Could Be Its Ticket to Winning India

Among the 30 additional holiday films that are available on Amazon Prime Video are “A Christmas Wedding Tail,” ” “Christmas That Almost Wasn’t,” “Holiday Inn,” “Let There Be Light,” “Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year,” “Christmas with the Kranks,” and “The Adventures of Tintin.”

Amazon also has holiday-themed movies available to rent, meaning that even with a subscription to Prime Video, users will need to pay
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Horror Highlights: I Kill Giants, Comet TV December Viewing Guide, Twin Peaks Fan Film, The Temple Of Lilith

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The renowned graphic novel from Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura comes to life in the feature film I Kill Giants, which has been acquired for Us distribution by Rlje Films. In today's Horror Highlights we also have a look at Comet TV's December viewing guide, the Indiegogo campaign for a Twin Peaks fan project, and we also enter the woods to watch the eerie short film The Temple of Lilith.

Rlje Films Acquires Us Distribution Rights to I Kill Giants: Press Release: "Los Angeles, Dec. 5, 2017 – Rlje Films, a brand of Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje), Umedia and Xyz Films announced today that Rlje has acquired the U.S. rights to the highly anticipated I Kill Giants, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to critical praise. Based on the acclaimed Man of Action graphic novel by Joe Kelly and Ken Niimura with a screenplay by Joe Kelly, the film was directed by Anders Walter,
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Santa Claus Conquers The Martians Screens at Schlafly Bottleworks December 7th

“Santa, you will never return to Earth, you belong to Mars now.”

Santa Claus Conquers The Martians screens Thursday December 7th at 7:00pm at Schlafly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue Maplewood, Mo 63143).

What on Earth would we do if martians invaded and kidnapped Santa Claus for their own? Find out Thursday November 7th at Schlafly Bottleworks when The A Film Series presents a screening of the 1964 Christmas classic Santa Claus Conquers The Martians!

Even though Santa Claus Conquers The Martians is often listed as one of the ‘worst movies ever made’, it’s not as bad as you would think. The story is simple: Santa Claus is kidnapped by Martians to provide joy and toys to the children of Mars when they become overly depressed. Sounds like an ingredient for one of the worst movies of all time, right? Wrong! This movie is pure entertainment from beginning to end! It doesn’t ever get Really boring,
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Make Your Christmas Spooky with Spectacular Optical’s Yuletide Terror

The season of scares may be over in the public’s popular opinion, but horror films are hardly regulated to one month of the year. Some of the most effective genre fare takes place in snowbound cabins and quaintly decorated suburban homes during the season of joy. Santa suits become costumes for deranged murderers, and carolers drown out the screams that echo upstairs.

The combination of Christmas cheer and icy terror may seem culturally nonsensical, but what better time to explore horror than the darkest nights of the year? For those who celebrate their winter holidays with a dash of arsenic in the eggnog, Spectacular Optical presents a perfect Christmas gift: their new book, Yuletide Terror: Christmas in Horror Films.

The Canadian publisher has graced us with a number of brilliant academic tomes, exploring macabre topics such as Jean Rollin’s Gothic cinema and paranoid occult horror in the ’80s.
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Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection Review

Brad Cook reviews Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection…

The end of Mystery Science Theater 3000’s first run didn’t spell the end of riffing on bad movies. Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett continued the tradition with The Film Crew and RiffTrax, and Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Coniff, Mary Jo Pehl, and J. Elvis Weinstein created Cinematic Titanic. Shout! Factory was previously involved in The Film Crew, and now they’ve put out all 12 movies riffed by Cinematic Titanic in a new Complete Collection.

Hodgson and his fellow riffers play themselves in Cinematic Titanic. The premise is that a mysterious organization, perhaps a corporation or a military force, has kidnapped them and forced them to riff on bad movies as part of a complicated plan that has something to do with a tear in the “electron scaffolding.” It seems a bit convoluted and unnecessary – I have always
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New Photo of Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt in Mystery Science Theater 3000

A few weeks ago we got our first look at the new cast of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival series. Today we have a new photo that focuses on Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester, who is the daughter of the original mad scientist Clayton Forrester, and Patton Oswalt, who plays the Son of TV’s Frank.

Netflix picked up 14 episodes of the series, which was crowdfunded on Kickstarter. They raised $5.7 million during their funding process. The series will premiere on Netflix on Friday, April 14th.

While we wait for the series to return, Netflix is currently streaming 20 episodes of the original series. Those episodes were revealed to include:

Catalina Caper

• Eegah!

Future War

The Giant Gila Monster

Hercules Against the Moon Men

Horrors of Spider Island

I Accuse My Parents

Jack Frost

• Laserblast

• "Manos" The Hands of Fate

• Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders

Pod People

• Puma Man

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Newswire: Hooray for this RiffTrax exclusive about Santa Claus Conquers The Martians

The RiffTrax gang will be back in theaters this December, thanks to Fathom Events. Mike Nelson, Bill Corbett, and Kevin Murphy will be putting poor Dropo through the wringer once again as they rebroadcast their 2013 riff on the Mystery Science Theater 3000 favorite Santa Claus Conquers The Martians. In an A.V. Club exclusive podcast, the trio reminisce about Nicholas Webster’s 1964 sci-fi comedy—one of the lamest Santa Claus movies not featuring Dudley Moore—and discuss working with “Weird” Al Yankovic and getting into the Christmas spirit in the chilly climate of San Diego.

Listening to the podcast, it would appear that the trio is simply always on, making each other chuckle incessantly. In addition to Santa Claus, Fathom Events will be also be presenting 2009’s Christmas Shorts-stravaganza, in which Nelson, Corbett, and Murphy are joined by “Weird” Al. The shorts collection will also include Parade ...
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FEARnyc 2016 Lineup Includes Hocus Pocus, The Lost Boys, Night Of The Living Dead (1968)

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Over 65 films, the new and the classics, will screen at FEARnyc 2016 horror film festival, including Nosferatu, Hocus Pocus, Dead Awake, Night of the Living Dead (1968), Psycho, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and The Lost Boys, just to name a few. Continue reading for the full list of films in the FEARnyc lineup.

From FEARnyc: "FEARnyc will be presented this Halloween season at New York City’s Cinema Village. From October 21-27, 2016 the event will feature screenings of 65+ new and classic horror films, cast appearances, special events and a tribute to horror icon, Wes Craven.

Some of the highlights include:

Screenings of Night of the Living Dead, Psycho, Hocus Pocus, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3.

The premiere of Dead Awake, the new film from Final Destination writer Jeffrey Reddick.

A screening of The Exorcist which will begin with a seance with the audience led by a renowned psychic.
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 returns! 5 episodes to get you started




The MST3K Kickstarter campaign is up, running, and funding episodes. If you're new to MST3K, here's a suggestion for getting started...

Turn down your lights (where applicable) - Mystery Science Theater 3000 is making a comeback. The Us series poking fun at bad movies from the comfort of a satellite several miles above the Earth ran for eleven years from 1988-1999, and creator Joel Hodgson has been raising funds to resume the experiment via Kickstarter. The new episodes will star The Nerdist’s Jonah Ray as the hapless human, with the internet’s Felicia Day down to play the evil scientist torturing Jonah with cheesy B-movies, with Patton Oswalt performing henchman duties.

As we write this, three new episodes have been funded, and a batch of six looks likely. However, Hodgson is hoping to reach $5.5 million and fund a full series of 12 new episodes, so if you
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The RiffTrax Team On ‘Miami Connection’ Event, B-Movie Pleasures And Kickstarter

The RiffTrax Team On ‘Miami Connection’ Event, B-Movie Pleasures And Kickstarter
Since 2009, the RiffTrax Live series of performances featuring former Mystery Science Theater 3000 performers Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett, along with special guests and broadcast to participating theaters, has been skewering a selection of B-movies ranging from notorious (Reefer Madness) to obscure (Jack The Giant Killer, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians). The offshoot of Rifftrax, these events — presented in hundreds of cinemas across the nation by…
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Jessica Chastain Discusses Astronaut Training & Nasa’s Jpl For Ridley Scott’s The Martian

Ridley Scott’s epic Exodus: Gods And Kings opens in theaters in three weeks.

Jessica Chastain currently stars in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar where she plays a scientist trying to save humanity from extinction.

One year from now, Scott and Chastain, along with Matt Damon, come together in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming sci-fi film The Martian.

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”

During her recent visit to The Daily Show, the Oscar-nominated
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What went wrong with Highlander II: The Quickening?

Christopher Lambert didn't like it. Director Russell Mulcahy doesn't like it. Audiences didn't like it. But is Highlander II that bad?

The Highlander franchise has always had one, and forgive the tautology, enormous elephant in the room, and that elephant is the first film, which was the end point of the story. The series has always been about immortals, and their battles to “be only one” (as the tagline reminds you incessantly). Indeed, by the end of the film there is only one. Or to be more exact, there aren’t any at all, as it turns out the prize is mortality (and magic mind powers or something). Thus ends the story. No more immortals.

The 80s really wasn’t the time of the movie franchise, especially with a decidedly quirky fantasy film like Highlander, so really there was no need for a sequel. Highlander was never going to sell toys,
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Ten Worst Movies Ever Made!

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With all the good press big budget films get today, We sometimes forget that out there in the cinematic shadows lay some of the worst movies ever laid to film. Today we take you on a voyage into a world of shoddy production value and atrocious acting. Welcome to the… Ten Worst (and undoubtedly Strangest) Movies Ever Made!

*Summaries Courtesy of IMDb*

10. Plan 9 from Outer Space

Premiered: 1958

Directed By: Edward D. Wood Jr.

Summary: Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop human kind from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).

9. Troll 2

Premiered: 1990

Directed By: Claudio Fragasso

Summary: A young child is terrified to discover that a planned family trip is to be haunted by vile plant-eating monsters out of his worst nightmare.

8. Santa Claus

Premiered: 1959

Directed By: Rene Cardona

Summary: With the aid of Merlin, Santa Claus must defeat the evil machinations of
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films to stream for the festive season (Us)

What’s festive and what’s available to stream on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

available on Prime

Blackadder’s Christmas Carol: anyone with an ounce of sentiment will be thoroughly appalled by this gleeful, entirely mean-spirited savaging of Dickens; a welcome dose of cynicism in the sugarplum season [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Joyeux Noël: devastating film about the “Christmas truce” of 1914 that saw French, British, and German soldiers leave their trenches to celebrate the holiday togther [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Santa Claus Conquers the Martians: cheesy 60s sci-fi adventure is so bad it’s must-see [at Amazon Instant Video] Scrooged: a witty satire on television, with Bill Murray exuded his usual combination of smarm, insouciance, and demented charm as an 80s greed-is-good Scrooge [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video]

for the whole family

A Christmas Story: middle-American 1940s nostalgia is a big pile of wonderful [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Home Alone: kiddie slapstick at its finest as little Macaulay Culkin battles Christmas burglars [my review] [at Amazon Instant Video] Miracle on 34th Street
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Slackery News Tidbits: December 2, 2013

Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.

The Houston Film Critics Society has chosen five nominees for its second annual Texas Independent Film Award: Comedy Warriors, which premiered at this year's San Antonio Film Festival; the German drama Houston, from Austinite Bastian Gunther; the Central Texas-shot Prince Avalanche (Elizabeth's review), directed by Austinite David Gordon Green; An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story (Jette's review), a documentary from Houston filmmaker Al Reinert, which premiered at SXSW 2013; and the Austin-shot feature Zero Charisma (Jette's review). The winner of the award, given to a film which is primarily financed and filmed in Texas, will be announced on Jan. 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. (via Hfcs member Alan Cerny on Twitter)Drafthouse Films release The Act of Killing (Elizabeth's review), a documentary that sees former Indonesian death squad leaders reenacting their real-life mass killings, and Dallas native Shane Carruth's Upstream Color (J.
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New Blu-ray Releases: R.I.P.D., Monsters University, Byzantium, and more

October 29th new Blu-ray and DVD releases include R.I.P.D., Monsters University, Byzantium, Springsteen & I and Bounty Killer. Christmas also comes early with the release of Lady Antebellum's Live On This Winter's Night, Celtic Woman's Home For Christmas: Live From Dublin and Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (Special Edition). Wrestling fans can enjoy the release of WWE: Straight to the Top: The Money in the Bank Ladder Match Anthology. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventure as two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) to protect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hiding among the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could end life as we know it, the
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Cinematic Titanic Riffs on The Astral Factor Saturday at The St. Charles Family Arena

Cinematic Titanic is the live movie riffing show from the creator and original cast of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and they’re bringing their show to St. Louis this Saturday October 12th for what they’re calling their ‘Farewell Tour’ which I guess means this is the last time you’ll be able to see these guys riff on movies. Like MST3K, the show was created by Joel Hodgson and features the same team that first brought the Peabody award winning cult-classic series to life: Trace Beaulieu (Crow, Dr. Forrester), J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo, Dr. Erhardt), Frank Conniff (TV’s Frank), and Mary Jo Pehl (Pearl Forrester), Cinematic Titanic continues the tradition of riffing on ‘the unfathomable’, ‘the horribly great’, and the just plain ‘cheesy’ movies from the past.

Four years ago when Cinematic Titanic came to the St. Louis area’s St. Charles Family Arena, they riffed on
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So What's The Worst Movie Of All Time?

That's right, "Disaster Movie," at least according to IMDb users who voted. The comedy, a send-up of disaster flicks, received 55,112 votes. But here's the more interesting part. Paris Hilton topped the charts with two movies appearing in the Top 10 namely "The Hottie & the Nottie" and 2006's "Pledge This."

So without further adieu, here's your Top 100 Worst Movies of All Time!

Rank Rating Title Votes

1. 1.9 Disaster Movie (2008) 55,112

2. 1.9 The Hottie & the Nottie (2008) 27,996

3. 1.9 Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 (2004) 20,247

4. 1.9 Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) 27,348

5. 1.9 Pledge This! (2006) 13,121

6. 1.9 Die Hard Dracula (1998) 2,641

7. 1.9 Birdemic: Shock and Terror (2010) 4,842

8. 1.9 Anne B. Real (2003) 3,325

9. 1.9 From Justin to Kelly (2003) 21,887

10. 1.9 Going Overboard (1989) 7,713

11. 1.9 Track of the Moon Beast (1976) 2,272

12. 1.9 Boggy Creek II: And the Legend Continues (1985) 2,021

13. 1.9 The Maize: The Movie (2004) 2,284

14. 1.9 The Pod People (1983) 3,089

15. 1.9 The Wild World of Batwoman (1966) 3,097

16. 1.9 Turks in Space (2006) 9,634

17. 1.9 Who's Your Caddy? (2007) 12,991

18. 1.9 The Creeping Terror (1964) 2,764

19. 1.9 Crossover (2006) 8,350

20. 1.9 Girl in Gold Boots (1968) 2,532

21. 2.0 Miss Castaway and the Island Girls (2004) 1,945

22. 2.0 Space Mutiny (1988) 4,376

23. 2.0 Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004) 12,159

24. 2.0 The Starfighters (1964) 2,726

25. 2.0 Fat Slags
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