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It's CHRISTMAS !
His thing for numbers and cost-benefit analysis continues to play a role as the story moves forward.
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Speaking of Christmas movies and DIE HARD....

..I wrote a thing for erstwhile citizen Bart's blog:

https://bartcave.wordpress.com/2019/12/2...-allegory/
"Nooj's true feelings on any given subject are unknown and unknowable. He is the butterfly flapping its wings in Peking. He is chaos and destruction and you shall never see his true form." - Merriweather

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Wonderful article, Michael. I watched Lethal Weapon and Die Hard back to back last night and both movies have a really smart handle on the nuances of making generational statements that, quite honestly, feel timeless.
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Thanks. I need to have Bart add a sentence, as the inspiration for the entire piece was a throwaway sentence on the Die Hard episode of The Rewatchables podcast.
"Nooj's true feelings on any given subject are unknown and unknowable. He is the butterfly flapping its wings in Peking. He is chaos and destruction and you shall never see his true form." - Merriweather

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Yeah, that was a pretty good read there.
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My viewings for the season:

The French Connection
Trading Places
Night of the Comet
Silent Night Deadly Night
Cobra
Running Scared
Lethal Weapon
Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2
Cold Steel
Die Hard
Scrooged
Elves
Home Alone
The Last Boy Scout
Batman Returns
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
The Ref
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Jingle All the Way
Bad Santa
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Iron Man 3
The Nice Guys

My usual Die Hard 2 viewing is gonna have to happen the day after or something because I just found out a friend's never seen it (or With a Vengeance).
"PREDATOR 2 feels like it was penned by convicts as part of a correctional facility's creative writing program, and that's what I love about it." - Moltisanti
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RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964)
   

A completely entertaining classic that is bolstered by delightful animation, a splash of quirky humor, good music, and -- most importantly -- the great Burl Ives as our distinctive narrator who contributes a great deal of folksy warmth.  This is one of those TV specials that has stood the test of time, and it remains (justifiably) a staple of the Christmas season.

Christmas Season Viewing (Ranked by Enjoyment)
1.   A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965)
2.   PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)
3.   SCROOGED (1988)
4.   KRAMPUS (2015)
5.   RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964)
6.   A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2019)
7.   SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE (1985)
8.   CASH ON DEMAND (1962)
9.   THE SNOWMAN (1982)
10. I TRAPPED THE DEVIL (2018)
11. ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017)
12. A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS (1987)
13. BETTER WATCH OUT (2016)
14. THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (2018)
15. THE GRINCH (2018)
16. NEW YEAR’S EVIL (1980)
17. LET IT SNOW (2019)
18. NOELLE (2019)
19. THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL (1978)
20. DECK THE HALLS (2006)

Supplemental Viewing
1.    A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: MERRY CHRISTMAS! (2011)

(12-25-2019, 01:00 AM)huntertarantino Wrote: My usual Die Hard 2 viewing is gonna have to happen the day after or something because I just found out a friend's never seen it (or With a Vengeance).
I always forget that DIE HARD 2 is also a Christmas movie!  Probably doesn't help that it's my least-rewatched of the original three.
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Our go-to’s this evening: KRAMPUS and the George C. Scott A CHRISTMAS CAROL

I know the this version of CHRISTMAS CAROL already gets a lot of love on these boards, and I’ve probably discussed it many times with y’all, but still - this movie whips ass. Scott is in peak form, and the atmosphere / aesthetic is unmatched. I haven’t seen the gritty Guy Pearce version yet, but I’d be surprised if it could muster even half the creepiness and sense of dread this one’s got.
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Merry Christmas, everyone!




(12-25-2019, 02:35 AM)fuzzy dunlop Wrote: I haven’t seen the gritty Guy Pearce version yet, but I’d be surprised if it could muster even half the creepiness and sense of dread this one’s got.

The Pearce version is edgier, but the Scott version is unquestionably much more in the classic "Gothic British ghost story for Christmas" tradition.
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Merry Cristmas Chewers / Troublers (?) ! Hope you're all well. Haven't posted much as I have real world stuff going on (sick mum and brother) so I haven't watched many movies recently. Here's to a great 2020!
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Christmas Day, I'm watching DOLEMITE IS MY NAME with my aged parents. They're enjoying it.

Have a merry one, everybody.
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I busted out the Christmas special on the Beavis and Butthead Volume 3 DVD. One part parodies A Christmas Carol (where mean old Mr.Beavis now manages Burger World), the other It's A Wonderful Life. Still brilliant and funny. Merry times to y'all.
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Merry Christmas everyone.

My day was interesting. My cousin decided to bring his pornstar girlfriend to Christmas dinner, which the rest of my family wasn't too happy about. Then everyone (minus me and my little brother) had waaaay too much alcohol, leading to many awkward conversations about said pornstar.

It wasn't all bad though. I got a new laptop from my Dad (he thinks I should focus on my writing and he's probably right) and my brother got a PS4 so I'm watching him play the new Spider-Man game, which is pretty fun so far.

I might finish out the night with one of the Christmas episodes of Best of the Worst.
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Merry Christmas everyone! After our feast, we saw Uncut Gems (WOO!) then came home and, for some reason, my uncle put on a 2017 movie called "The 60 Yard Line" about a guy who buys a house right behind Lambeau Field and turns his it into a bar, to the shock and dismay of his fiance. I don't know why my uncle put it on. It was bad. I'm now kicking back with a bourbon while wife and Mom watch awful Hallmark Christmas movies. Wheeee!
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A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
   

I was genuinely planning on abstaining from this this year, but when my 92-year-old grandfather said he wanted to watch it with me during one of its numerous airings today, how could I say no?  This remains a complete pleasure, and it’s not just one of my favorite Christmas movies, not just one of my favorite comedies, but one of my favorite films, period.

Christmas Season Viewing (Ranked by Enjoyment)
1.   A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983)
2.   A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS (1965)
3.   PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES (1987)
4.   SCROOGED (1988)
5.   KRAMPUS (2015)
6.   RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964)
7.   A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2019)
8.   SANTA CLAUS: THE MOVIE (1985)
9.   CASH ON DEMAND (1962)
10. THE SNOWMAN (1982)
11. I TRAPPED THE DEVIL (2018)
12. ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (2017)
13. A MUPPET FAMILY CHRISTMAS (1987)
14. BETTER WATCH OUT (2016)
15. THE NUTCRACKER AND THE FOUR REALMS (2018)
16. THE GRINCH (2018)
17. NEW YEAR’S EVIL (1980)
18. LET IT SNOW (2019)
19. NOELLE (2019)
20. THE STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL (1978)
21. DECK THE HALLS (2006)

Supplemental Viewing
1.    A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES: MERRY CHRISTMAS! (2011)

In any case, I hope those who celebrated had a terrific day!
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Merry Christmas everybody! Quite the difference between the two days. Yesterday was my mom's side, filled with boisterous cousins, too much booze and food, a raunchy game of quiplash, silly gifts in the gift exchange including a rubber chicken, and a joy filled singalong around a piano. That was Christmas.

Today, Dad's side, was sitting around in a dark room, exchanging pleasantries with people you're not really related to, while their kids are throwing temper tantrums in the background, to wait three hours for a cold dinner.
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While each side of my family is great in their own ways, I can relate to that "these are radically different families" feeling!
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Yeah, Dad's side cousins I really like all bailed, so it was Uncle's stepdaughters I barely know and their kids, who were both having a tweenage meltdown.
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I'm fortunate in that my wife's people are A) Buddhist B) in California and C) kinda assholes... so I don't have to split my time, and could enjoy Xmas at my parents'-- as it was meant to be. My little brother was with *his* new wife's family in Lubbock of all goddamn places. Fuck him.

Best gifts I got: a Criterion disc of Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS, and the soundtrack to ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD on vinyl. And some other stuff..  pretty good haul, tbh.
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I watched Christmas With the Kranks this year, as it is something my family enjoys. This is a pretty remarkable film, in that its one of the most grotesque I've ever seen. The premise is that Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, as older marrieds, decide to skip Christmas (something they reportedly spend over 6K on yearly!) to take a tropical cruise, so their neighborhood of obsessive Christmas fans turn on them and shame them into participating in the yearly traditions. It's terrifically wrongheaded, in premise and execution, and often resembles a Midsommar-esque Horror film about Cults and conformity. Dan Aykroyd appears as a character that seems to be, for all intents and purposes, the Mayor of Christmas.

I almost think it's worth seeing, as it is bracingly ugly in its worldview. And it's kind of fun to see Jamie Lee Curtis successfully playing a stupid person.
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I subjected myself to CHRISTMAS WITH THE KRANKS last year, and found it to be a rather stunning effort.  Nothing about it works.
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I've only ever seen snippets, but it's like looking into an alternate universe where the "War on Christmas" narrative had the backing of a government propaganda office. Or, um, I guess that's now, isn't it? Is there a name for when something is unsettlingly prescient-by-accident?
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It predates that kind of specifically political take on Christmas, blessedly. I think it believes it’s doing some kind of Scrooge story, asking the question ‘What the fuck kind of asshole doesn’t spend their whole fucking year waiting for Christmas!?!?’ I think the movie’s Innsmouth-esque denizens of ChristmasTown probably would have no problem with a Jewish family living there, provided they constructed gigantic lighted holiday dreidels and stars of David for the front yard.

Also, one of the neighbors is M Emmet Walsh, and his veiled Christmas threats are bone-chilling.
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