by Adam Riske
Welcome back to Merry Movie Month! I hit a rough patch this week as I quit the challenge (albeit for less than a day), citing that I was altogether tired of Christmas movies. I’m not sure what got me back on the horse; nevertheless, the second half of the week went more smoothly.
Read Days 1-3 here.
Day 4: Nothing like the Holidays
Day 5: Christmas with the Kranks
Day 6: A Merry Friggin’ Christmas
Note: After A Merry Friggin’ Christmas I needed to watch something good to get me excited again about this challenge. I starting watching The Ref (which I have never seen) but had to turn it off after about 25 minutes. Why? Because it’s just rich white people arguing! I couldn’t take any more of that -- not after the last two movies I had watched. So I called an audible before Day 7 and chose something a little more pleasant.
Day 7: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Day 8: The Long Kiss Goodnight
P.S. I love how Black incorporates the Christmas holiday into each one of his scripts, if for no other reason than it lends the movie some personality. Hey, if it worked for Die Hard and Lethal Weapon then why mess with the formula?
Day 9: Home Alone
already been said? Well first, I don’t know about you, but I have noticed that I enjoy the clever, non-slapstick first 2/3 of the movie much more than the climax as I have gotten older. Also, I am always taken by surprise by how much of a jerk the Macaulay Culkin is set up as at the beginning. In a smart move by the filmmakers to avoid having Kevin be entirely unlikeable, I appreciate that he’s not cynical but rather sincere when it comes to the Christmas holiday. He’s a kid with some genuine awe for what the day represents and the traditions that go with it. I also found myself especially liking the scene in the church with the scary next door neighbor. That scene, while a little on the nose, is pretty well written and acted. Is Home Alone a great movie? No, not really but it does have a certain magic to it that can only be stumbled upon by accident and not manufactured.
Day 10: The Holiday
Join me next week as we’ll discuss a modern day favorite starring (who else?) but Tim Allen, a classic among Christmas classics with a young Natalie Wood and a huge hit from Joe Dante about a horde of creatures you can’t serve milk and cookies after midnight.
What do you think of these movies?