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Old 11-24-2012, 11:59 PM   #1076
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And yet, you hate Beverly Hills Cop
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Old 11-29-2012, 07:39 PM   #1077
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#8 - THE NUTCRACKER (1993)



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Back in 1993, Macaulay Culkin made two movies that blew my mind. The first was The Good Son in which he plays a psychotic murderer. The second was an adaptation of The Nutcracker. Nearly 20 years later, both films continue to amuse and raise eyebrows. The fact that we're watching the kid from Home Alone do something out of the ordinary is quite entertaining. In regards to The Nutcracker, I can't think of many people who'd go out of their way to watch the play or an adaptation. The music is iconic, but it's still a weird story about toys coming to life and fighting rats. It's a strange holiday acid trip. That's why Macaulay Culkin starring in this adaptation feels so right. I can't imagine this movie ever becoming a classic or traditional holiday viewing, but for s--ts and giggles, it's fun to watch every few years.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:42 PM   #1078
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Interesting.
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Old 11-30-2012, 06:47 PM   #1080
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#7 - THE LAST BOY SCOUT (1991)



If you take Bruce Willis from the holiday classic Die Hard and team him up with Shane Black, the screenwriter of the holiday classic Lethal Weapon, you end up with a holiday-set action film titled The Last Boy Scout. This movie isn't great, or even a classic, but it's pretty darn entertaining and a change of pace. Sort of. I say that because Shane Black rips himself off and Willis' character is McClane-esque. But... Damon Wayans co-stars and it's directed by Tony Scott who passed away recently, so it's definitely worth a re-visit this season.
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:40 AM   #1081
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#6 - REINDEER GAMES (2000)



A great director can take a terrible script and make the necessary changes in order for it to be good. But only a special filmmaker can take a horrible script, shoot it like it is, and somehow end up with a decent movie. John Frankenheimer has several classics on his resume. Birdman of Alcatraz and The Manchurian Candidate are two examples. So how the heck he end up directing Ben Affleck in Reindeer Games is anyone's guess. This was even his final theatrical release. On the surface, that may seem sad, but Reindeer Games is very admirable. The script by Ethren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) is incredibly stupid. 90% of it doesn't make any sense. And yet, Frankenheimer manages to construct an edge of your seat thriller. Anyone who has seen the movie, and remembers the casino heist, will know what I'm talking about. In addition to all this, he cast Gary Sinise as the villain and gets a very memorable performance out of him. And if that ain't enough, a young Charlize Theron has a nude scene that perverts to this day have never forgetten. So, yeah, this isn't Die Hard or Lethal Weapon or even The Last Boy Scout, but it's a good alternative to the norm.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:15 AM   #1082
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Ben Affleck was snubbed by the Oscars.
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:19 PM   #1083
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#5 - EYES WIDE SHUT (1999)



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Old 12-02-2012, 10:06 PM   #1084
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I still haven't watched Eyes Wide Shut yet. I have it on Blu-Ray though so I'll likely check it out soon.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:12 PM   #1085
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Maybe one of my favorite Kubrick films.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:02 AM   #1086
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I don't know, really. It was awhile ago when I watched it, so maybe I don't feel the same anymore. I thought it was pretty funny though, in a morbid sort of way.
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Trading Places is one of my favorite movies...
I miss 80's Eddie Murphy...
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:28 AM   #1089
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#4 - THE FAMILY MAN (2000)



Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life is one of the most popular Christmas films ever made. Brett Ratner's rip-off starring Nicolas Cage is not. It's completely understandable why audiences would ignore The Family Man, but I think people should give it a chance despite its lack of originality. Cage plays a successful business man who gets to see what life could have been like if he were an average joe living in the suburbs with a wife and kids. It's an interesting subject matter and a nice spin on the "what-if" scenario.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:53 AM   #1090
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:54 AM   #1091
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How annoying
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:27 PM   #1092
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#3 - THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD (1965)




#2 - THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST (2004)




#1 - THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST (1988)




I hate to get religious on you guys. Especially with the world ending tomorrow. But in the madness of the holiday season (shopping, traveling, family, etc) we tend to forget one VERY important detail. Christmas is Jesus' birthday. Whether or not it's actually his birthday, or if he even existed, is kind of irrelevant. It's a religious holiday, and hypocritically, many of us celebrate it. Earlier this year, JBond joked that he spent Easter watching a ball game. I bet he won't be doing that on Tuesday. Since there is gift-exchanging involved, even the most anti-religious of people celebrate the holiday. It's kind of messed up when you think about it. That's why it's kind of nice to at least watch one Jesus movie during the holiday season. Just to remind yourself of the true meaning. And before you go rolling your eyes, keep in mind Jesus was pretty much a hippie. Which is why it's so amusing that he's become right-wing propaganda. So, even the most liberal of you guys can at least enjoy one of the films listed above.
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Old 12-20-2012, 06:35 PM   #1093
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Earlier this year, JBond joked that he spent Easter watching a ball game. I bet he won't be doing that on Tuesday.
You don't know much about baseball, do you?
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You don't know much about baseball, do you?
It was a joke about your joke, Mr. Bond.
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Oh good.

(Because I would totally watch baseball on Tuesday)
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:36 PM   #1096
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Haven't seen any of the Jesus films you listed, though I do really want to see The Last Temptation of Christ.
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Watch it Cooper. It's great.
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:50 PM   #1098
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Interesting yet highly entertaining list. I have turned so many people on to Last Boy Scout, it's such a cool movie (maybe I enjoy it more than you do). I've only seen Eyes Wide Shut once but I loved it, really good movie. I think it's even more enjoyable for me because so many people hate it.

I don't watch any Jesus movies over Christmas but I try to watch Ben-Hur around Easter time.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:12 PM   #1099
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I thought The Passion Of The Christ was a great movie. Havent seen the other 2 you mentioned but may check em out.
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oh we always gather around the tv on xmas eve and cheer on the romans as jesus is whipped in passion.

christmas is an economic holiday at this point, nothing more. Actually I take that back, I like the gathering of friends and family, don't see them all year round so it is a great time of the year for me, I mean the Tv is wall to wall basketball on Tuesday and we celebrate early, and seeing everyone once a year is just about the perfect amount of time for most relatives.


But Xmas vacation is my favorite because of the avoidance of religious allusions. Scrooged does a great job of that too.
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