Sunday, 16 December 2012

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005)

Whilst attempting to compile my list of essential Christmas viewing I wrestled with my choices more than my barely read blog really deserved. One of the films that nearly made the grade was this offering from Shane Black. It is another of those films, along with his other offering Lethal Weapon, that stand on the periphery of Christmas films and films that are merely set during the festive season. I ultimately decided that Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang didn’t quite count as essential viewing over the holidays but that it deserved some recognition on this site.

Friday, 14 December 2012

My Top 11 Essential Christmas Films

Just to try and make myself feel like less of a failure I'm going to post two things in one night. Although the pressure is on as I've never been able to complete a Top 10 anything list in under a week. I also apologise for relying on the overused list format as a fail-safe but Christmas is a serious business and it's important to know where you priorities should be. There shouldn't be any need but I'd also like to point out that this is simply my own personal opinion. There are a lot Christmas films out there (especially when you have pretty flexible rules about what can really be described as a Christmas film) and these just happen to be the ones that I look forward to watching every year. (The eagle-eyed amongst you will no doubt have noticed that I wasn't able to keep to just 10 films but I hope, in the spirit of Christmas, that you'll be able to forgive my excitement.)

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

In mid-November I had a dream. It was a crazy, na├»ve dream that came out of my guilt surrounding my failure to update this thing very often: I told myself that for every day of advent I would write something Christmas related for this blog. These ranged from the mundane (and lazy) top 10 lists to the more ambitious reviews and general musings. Considering this is my first Christmas themed post and we’re already in mid-December I think it’s safe to say I failed to live up to my expectations but better late than never I say. Oh and quick warning, I’m about to write about a film that is probably my all-time favourite Christmas film so be prepared for it to get a bit sentimental.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Easy A (2010)

I have to admit that I really do enjoy a good teen movie more than I probably should. (I also enjoy a bad teen movie more than I should but for incredibly different reasons. I've lost count of the number of Hilary Duff/Chad Michael Murray films I've drunkenly laughed my way through over the years.) I grew up on the films of John Hughes wishing I could be Molly Ringwald (only with less painfully 80s clothes) and hoping John Cusack would one day wind up outside my window playing something by the Spice Girls on a boombox. Alas, I never became Miss Ringwald and, to this day, I have never run to my window after hearing the opening bars of '2 Become 1' to find John waiting for me. However, I remained true to the world of teen movies: despite the fact that teen movies became much worse than the masterpieces created during the 80s. (I so very nearly wrote "despite the fact that teen movies never remained true to me" but felt that would probably be a tad too melodramatic.)