December 16, 2009

Top Ten Favorite Christmas Movies

10. Die Hard 2
9. Gremlins
8. The Muppet Christmas Carol
7. The Ref
6. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version)
5. Scrooged
4. Holiday Inn
3. Die Hard
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas
1. White Christmas

Argue if you must, but these ten movies provide the framework for what Christmas is. Some genuine sentiment, song and dance, the actual spirits of Christmases past and future, laughs, one put-upon cop against the odds, creatures you can't feed after midnight, and boatloads of snow.

Honorable Mention

The Dead

VampireEditor's Note: After a pseudo-heated debate with Justin, The Addams Family was decreed not to be a Christmas movie despite the hot-tar-on-carolers scene at the start. But suck it, Justin, because I found a worthy Anjelica Huston substitute entry that is a viable Christmas movie in The Dead.

December 13, 2009

I finally met Craig Parker.

Three years too late, my friend. Three years too late.

But there is at least a sense of completion now. The quest I initially set out to accomplish has been accomplished. The villain vanquished, the princess rescued, the Ring destroyed, that kind of thing.