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The Monkees
10-18-15, 09:35 PM
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http://www.designbliss.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/christmas_tree.gif





2005 Discussion & Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/444897-50-movies-25-days-its-december-holiday-movie-challenge.html)
2006 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/481407-its-beginning-look-lot-like-2nd-annual-holiday-movie-challenge-11-20-12-25-a.html)
2006 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/484170-2nd-annual-holiday-movie-challenge-lists-go-here.html)
2007 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/513824-its-beginning-look-lot-like-3rd-annual-holiday-movie-challenge-11-19-12-25-a.html)
2007 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/517498-3rd-annual-holiday-movie-challenge-lists-go-here.html)
2008 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/540957-its-beginning-look-lot-like-4th-annual-holiday-movie-challenge-11-24-1-1-a.html)
2008 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/544100-4th-annual-holiday-movie-challenge-lists-go-here.html#post9083213)
2009 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/562397-its-beginning-look-lot-like-5th-annual-holiday-movie-challenge-11-23-1-1-a.html)
2009 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/564889-5th-annual-holiday-movie-challenge-lists-go-here.html)
2010 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/580406-its-beginning-look-lot-like-6th-annual-holiday-challenge-11-22-1-1-a.html)
2010 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/582341-6th-annual-holiday-challenge-lists-thread.html)
2011 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/595334-its-beginning-look-lot-like-7th-annual-holiday-challenge-11-21-1-1-a.html)
2011 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/596409-7th-annual-holiday-challenge-lists-thread.html)
2012 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/605491-its-beginning-look-lot-like-8th-annual-holiday-challenge-11-19-1-1-a.html)
2012 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/606536-8th-annual-holiday-challenge-lists-thread.html)
2013 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/614340-its-beginning-look-lot-like-9th-annual-holiday-challenge-11-25-1-1-a.html)
2013 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/615412-9th-annual-holiday-challenge-lists-thread.html)
2014 Discussion Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/622923-its-beginning-look-lot-like-10th-annual-holiday-challenge-11-24-1-1-a.html)
2014 Lists Thread (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/623571-10th-annual-holiday-challenge-lists-thread.html)


Past Year's Winners

2014: Gobear (159)
2013: Cardsfan111 (289)
2012 Winner: Trevor (277)
2011 Winner: dfmaverick (276)
2010 Winner: HyperWeather (182)
2009 Winner: Trevor (287)
2008 Winner: Dimension X (250)
2007 Winner: Trevor (509)
2006 Winner: RobCA (128)
2005 Winner: FantasticVSDoom (35)


OFFICIAL RULES

-Movies, TV shows/specials, Short Films & Cartoons Count

-The movie or TV show DOES NOT need to be holiday oriented. It could simply take place during the holiday season (i.e. Batman Returns, Gremlins, Die Hard, etc.)

-Although the movie doesn't have to take place during the holiday season, a MAJORITY of the film HAS to take place during the holiday season. No movies with just one scene during the holiday season. If you're not sure, ASK!

-Any holiday from Thanksgiving through New Years Day may count

-A film can only be viewed once, UNLESS you watch it and then watched it again with a commentary

-There is no global goal, shoot for a personal goal. Whatever you want your goal to be go for it. For returning participants maybe your goal should be to beat a previous year's goal.

-Again, like past years there will be a THREE Wild Card option to include movies or TV shows you might watch during the holiday season that is not holiday oriented. My family used to watch Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory every Christmas. So anything is allowed, up to 3.

-Specials such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Years Rockin' Eve, etc. can count, but you MUST watch the entire special in order to count it.

-PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE number your lists! If you do not number your list it will not count towards the challenge

-It doesn't matter how you see the film, VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, HD-DVD, Laserdisc, Theatrical release, it can be counted. Just have fun.

-The challenge will begin at midnight on Saturday November 21, 2015 and will end at dawn on Saturday January 2, 2016

--->LISTS THREAD<--- (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/629630-11th-annual-holiday-challenge-lists-thread.html)



CHECKLIST

--- Watch a Thanksgiving movie:
--- Watch a Thanksgiving TV episode:
--- Watch a Thanksgiving special:
--- Watch something animated about Thanksgiving:

--- Watch a Christmas movie:
--- Watch a Christmas TV episode:
--- Watch a Christmas special:
--- Watch something animated about Christmas:
--- Watch some version of A Christmas Carol:

--- Watch a New Year's movie.
--- Watch a New Year's TV episode.
--- Watch a New Year's special:
--- Watch something animated about New Year's:

--- Watch something Charlie Brown:
--- Watch something Garfield:
--- Watch an Oscar Winner:
--- Watch "It's a Wonderful Life", "A Christmas Story", National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" OR some version of "Miracle on 34th Street"

--- 1920s:
--- 1930s:
--- 1940s:
--- 1950s:
--- 1960s:
--- 1970s:
--- 1980s:
--- 1990s:
--- 2000s:
--- 2010s:
--- Watch a Film From the Year You Were Born:

--- Watch the MST3K version of a film/show.
--- Watch a film/show and its remake:
--- Watch a film/show based on or turned into a video game. -
--- Watch a film/show based on a novel:
--- Watch a silent film.
--- Watch a film/show with commentary.
--- Watch a film/show that takes place in space.
--- Watch a film/show that takes place on or under the sea.

Watch a film/show for each rating:
--- G:
--- PG:
--- PG-13:
--- R:
--- Unrated:

PLEASE KEEP THE DISCUSSION TO THIS THREAD

Enjoy the Horror Movie Challenge and I Look Forward to All Participants!

Trevor
10-18-15, 09:55 PM
Presents!

TheBigDave
10-18-15, 09:57 PM
I'm in!

The Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" starts on October 31st. Non-stop holiday movies until the end of the year.

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has "The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas". That also starts on October 31st. 24/7 Christmas movies.

http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/the-most-wonderful-movies-of-christmas

Quack
10-18-15, 10:39 PM
http://www.christmastvschedule.com/

Our great Rob's site! :)

shadokitty
10-19-15, 12:14 AM
Can't wait. :)

Mountain Biker
10-19-15, 12:35 AM
I only participate in two challenges, and this is one of the them. Thanks for the links above!

Wezzo
10-19-15, 04:23 AM
My favourite time of the year, and the only challenge I participate in. Can't wait! :)

Trevor
10-19-15, 07:56 AM
I'm in!

The Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" starts on October 31st. Non-stop holiday movies until the end of the year.

http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/christmas

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries has "The Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas". That also starts on October 31st. 24/7 Christmas movies.

http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/the-most-wonderful-movies-of-christmas
http://www.christmastvschedule.com/

Our great Rob's site! :)
Great links, thanks!
My favourite time of the year, and the only challenge I participate in. Can't wait! :)
Happy 100th post!

Bluelitespecial
10-19-15, 01:55 PM
I have already been watching Christmas movies, with working for amazon it destroys your christmas spirit, and it helps me feel good and happy about something. I am sorry I completely missed out last year, but will do my best to put together a list this year. I still have no idea how you watched 509 movies and tv shows in 2007 Trevor.

davidh777
10-19-15, 02:14 PM
:dance:

I have already been watching Christmas movies, with working for amazon it destroys your christmas spirit, and it helps me feel good and happy about something. I am sorry I completely missed out last year, but will do my best to put together a list this year. I still have no idea how you watched 509 movies and tv shows in 2007 Trevor.

Hang in there, bluelitespecial. I understand what you mean about working retail during the holidays, and especially in a pressure cooker like Amazon. I think it's a good idea to catch the holiday spirit early and late because it's difficult to do it when everyone else is.

Trevor
10-19-15, 02:16 PM
I have already been watching Christmas movies,
Me too! Christmas Evil, Silent Night, Deadly Night etc etc
I still have no idea how you watched 509 movies and tv shows in 2007 Trevor.
It was only a few hours a day, as it was mostly shorts.

Bluelitespecial
10-19-15, 02:52 PM
There is some advantages of working for Amazon during christmas as opposed to being a retail manager in a big box store. The christmas season lasted more than three months working at Kmart, for Amazon its about three weeks. But the week of thanksgiving I should have at least four days off, and of christmas it will be five days. I should have plenty of time to watch some movies and tv shows. I hope I can get to somewhere between 50 and 100 this year.

Bluelitespecial
10-19-15, 04:22 PM
I have fun recommendation for those going through the horror challenge as well as it being a Christmas movie called Elves. Quite possibly the worst Christmas horror movie I've ever seen, its on the level of Troll 2 bad.


https://youtu.be/QiDKup32jGY

LJG765
10-19-15, 07:42 PM
Seems early for the holidays, but I'm looking forward to this challenge! One of my favorite seasons and types of movies and shows. I'm a sucker for sappy cheesy holiday goodness. :) Now, if only I lived somewhere where it was warm during this time of year, it'd be perfect!

The Monkees
10-19-15, 07:52 PM
I have already been watching Christmas movies, with working for amazon it destroys your christmas spirit, and it helps me feel good and happy about something. I am sorry I completely missed out last year, but will do my best to put together a list this year. I still have no idea how you watched 509 movies and tv shows in 2007 Trevor.

I feel ya. This is the first year since 2009 that I haven't worked retail during the holidays. I said so long to my retail life in February of this year, so I am very excited to not have to deal with the holidays like that anymore.

shadokitty
10-19-15, 07:52 PM
Seems early for the holidays, but I'm looking forward to this challenge! One of my favorite seasons and types of movies and shows. I'm a sucker for sappy cheesy holiday goodness. :) Now, if only I lived somewhere where it was warm during this time of year, it'd be perfect!

I only wish I still had a DVR. But it doesn't mean I won't watch some of the movies on before the challenge begins. :)

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
10-19-15, 08:47 PM
I'm bad at this one because I can't do a genre search in my collection like I can with other challenges.

Trevor
10-19-15, 09:20 PM
I'm bad at this one because I can't do a genre search in my collection like I can with other challenges.
I typically only really participate in two Challenges, horror and holiday; and both are genres that I've always kept physically separated in my collection.

LJG765
10-19-15, 11:54 PM
I only wish I still had a DVR. But it doesn't mean I won't watch some of the movies on before the challenge begins. :)

I love my DVR. I used to do the same with the old VCR, but now I don't have to remember to change the tape! My only real complaint is that I can only tape specific things within a 2 week period as that is only how far the guide goes into the future. A series isn't a problem, but if it's just a movie, you have to remember to tape it when it finally appears. I ended up bookmarking the Hallmark movie guide that was posted earlier in the thread to help me remember to go through around Halloween and start taping them for the challenge...

Doc Moonlight
10-25-15, 02:52 PM
Since we're about a month out, I'd like to again bring up the suggestion of moving the start date to Friday, November 20. This will give us at least one weekend to view Thanksgiving fare.

Doc Moonlight
10-25-15, 02:54 PM
For those that like to note Anniversaries, November 25 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Thanksgiving dinner that sets the events of ALICE'S RESTAURANT in motion (November 25, 1965).

shadokitty
10-25-15, 03:01 PM
For those with Roku, I don't know the name of the channel, but there is a channel that airs Hallmark programming.

TheBigDave
10-25-15, 04:46 PM
For those with Roku, I don't know the name of the channel, but there is a channel that airs Hallmark programming.

You're probably thinking of Feeln (https://www.feeln.com/). They're run by Hallmark, and they carry a lot of the Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. But they don't have current Hallmark programs. Subscriptions are $23.99/year or $3.99/month. It's also available on Apple TV, Samsung TV/BD, Xbox 360, iOS and Android devices.

If you like family-friendly heartwarming movies, it's a pretty good service. There's just a few hundred titles, but they're all decent. The Hallmark Hall of Fame (https://www.feeln.com/movies/hallmark-hall-of-fame) movies are often hard to find, so if you like those it's worth it.

They always have a selection of Holiday movies. Here's the current list:

A Christmas Visitor
All I Want for Christmas (2007)
The Christmas Card
Picking Up and Dropping Off
Lovely, Still
A Heartland Christmas
The Christmas Box
A Christmas Carol (2004 w/Kelsey Grammer)
One Christmas
The Gift of Love
Christmas with Holly
Holiday in Your Heart
Off Season
The Night They Saved Christmas
Silent Night
A Season For Miracles
Silver Bells
A Dog Named Christmas
November Christmas
Fallen Angel
A Christmas Visitor

Bluelitespecial
10-26-15, 02:53 PM
Since we're about a month out, I'd like to again bring up the suggestion of moving the start date to Friday, November 20. This will give us at least one weekend to view Thanksgiving fare.

Its up to The Monkees, but I would be interested in starting November 20, it would help me out with my current schedule.

The Man with the Golden Doujinshi
10-26-15, 04:29 PM
I think I had a dream about this challenge. All I remember is seeing some set of movies and thinking, this will make that challenge super easy to find stuff to watch. Now I can't remember if I was actually looking at some stuff in real life and thought this or it was really a dream.

Just to make this post not completely pointless, would the MST3K turkey day marathons be eligible?

Greg MacGuffin
10-26-15, 08:37 PM
Just to make this post not completely pointless, would the MST3K turkey day marathons be eligible?

I was JUST about to ask that.

Darth Maher
10-27-15, 05:53 PM
As usual, I will give it a try.






A Jedi I am not.

Darth Maher
10-27-15, 05:55 PM
Its up to The Monkees, but I would be interested in starting November 20, it would help me out with my current schedule.

We've been asking for many years now. Perhaps this is the year!

Yeah, my optimism didn't work with the Cubs either. :D

Trevor
10-27-15, 06:05 PM
Its up to The Monkees, but I would be interested in starting November 20, it would help me out with my current schedule.
I'm obviously in favor of this.
Just to make this post not completely pointless, would the MST3K turkey day marathons be eligible?
They'd have to count. The movies themselves may not count, but since everything counts as one, and the host segments are most definitely holiday-themed, they'd count.

shadokitty
10-27-15, 06:15 PM
Regarding the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon. If it means anything, last year when I asked about New Years Bowl games, the answer was, since they were tied to a holiday, they counted, fwiw.

davidh777
10-27-15, 06:42 PM
And doesn't the New Year Twilight Zone marathon count? Seems the same.

LJG765
10-30-15, 09:35 PM
I'd be up for starting on the 20th. I'm planning on watching quite a bit this year if I can...

The Monkees
10-30-15, 11:12 PM
And doesn't the New Year Twilight Zone marathon count? Seems the same.

No it does not. As for the MST3K episodes, IF the host segments from the actual show are holiday related then they would count. The Twilight Zone New Years marathon wouldn't count, that doesn't make sense. If the Rod Serling portions of the episodes were holiday related then it would make sense, but since they aren't they don't count.

FantasticVSDoom
11-04-15, 04:32 AM
It's been a few years, but I think I'm in this year...

indiephantom
11-04-15, 07:15 AM
Had fun with this last year, even though I didn't get many in. I'll be back for sure. Great links provided.

The Monkees
11-06-15, 10:46 PM
I love this challenge (which is why I started it) and this year I have a new job that is 8-5, so I don't think I'll have as much time, but I am able to watch Netflix while I'm working so maybe I'll get a bunch more in.

The Monkees
11-08-15, 03:10 PM
After much consideration I have decided that finally I will extend the challenge to begin on Saturday November 21, 2015 at midnight. I originally did not want to do this but I know everyone has been asking for it. So from now on the challenge will begin the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Trevor
11-08-15, 03:11 PM
After much consideration I have decided that finally I will extend the challenge to begin on Saturday November 21, 2015 at midnight. I originally did not want to do this but I know everyone has been asking for it. So from now on the challenge will begin the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Quoting before you change your mind. ;)

Darth Maher
11-08-15, 03:25 PM
After much consideration I have decided that finally I will extend the challenge to begin on Saturday November 21, 2015 at midnight. I originally did not want to do this but I know everyone has been asking for it. So from now on the challenge will begin the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

This makes me extremely happy. :)

Thanks!

LJG765
11-08-15, 04:53 PM
After much consideration I have decided that finally I will extend the challenge to begin on Saturday November 21, 2015 at midnight. I originally did not want to do this but I know everyone has been asking for it. So from now on the challenge will begin the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Thank you!

shadokitty
11-08-15, 06:04 PM
After much consideration I have decided that finally I will extend the challenge to begin on Saturday November 21, 2015 at midnight. I originally did not want to do this but I know everyone has been asking for it. So from now on the challenge will begin the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

I can't wait :)

The Monkees
11-08-15, 07:26 PM
Quoting before you change your mind. ;)

Nah, I wouldn't do that. But that's it, no more changing the dates :p

Trevor
11-08-15, 08:26 PM
Nah, I wouldn't do that. But that's it, no more changing the dates :p
Actually, I can pretty much guarantee you're going to change the first date every year.

thecrazydude
11-09-15, 01:36 AM
ok....i am in again!

Bluelitespecial
11-10-15, 12:34 AM
I dont know if we ever had this discussion before, but would the Robin Williams movie Toys be considered a Christmas movie? I think the whole movie was over the course of a year, but I alaway have thought of it as a christmas movie, because of its beginning and ending.

ntnon
11-12-15, 01:22 AM
I dont know if we ever had this discussion before, but would the Robin Williams movie Toys be considered a Christmas movie? I think the whole movie was over the course of a year, but I alaway have thought of it as a christmas movie, because of its beginning and ending.
Don't things count as 'Christmassy' on flimsier bases than key moments like the beginning and end..? Based on your point (never seen it), I imagine it would count.

TheBigDave
11-12-15, 01:36 AM
What's the policy on watching a movie more than once?

Every year I end up watching a few movies 3-4 times each. Especially with the 24-hour Christmas Story marathon.

So do you count each time you watch it? Or do you only list the first viewing?

LJG765
11-12-15, 04:26 AM
What's the policy on watching a movie more than once?

Every year I end up watching a few movies 3-4 times each. Especially with the 24-hour Christmas Story marathon.

So do you count each time you watch it? Or do you only list the first viewing?

From last year's rules (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/622923-its-beginning-look-lot-like-10th-annual-holiday-challenge-11-24-1-1-a.html): "A film can only be viewed once, UNLESS you watch it and then watched it again with a commentary"

I think most of the challenges have the same thought: It only counts if you watch a different "version" of it. With the commentary, a riff, etc...

Gobear
11-12-15, 04:48 AM
Don't things count as 'Christmassy' on flimsier bases than key moments like the beginning and end..? Based on your point (never seen it), I imagine it would count.

I always count Toys. It's a very Christmassy film to me.

Bluelitespecial
11-12-15, 03:40 PM
I finally got it on dvd after not seeing it in years. I know Toys isn't a christmas movie but it always felt like it was set around Christmas time. Just wondering if anyone else watched it for the challenge.

davidh777
11-12-15, 03:53 PM
After much consideration I have decided that finally I will extend the challenge to begin on Saturday November 21, 2015 at midnight. I originally did not want to do this but I know everyone has been asking for it. So from now on the challenge will begin the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

:dance:

From last year's rules (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/622923-its-beginning-look-lot-like-10th-annual-holiday-challenge-11-24-1-1-a.html): "A film can only be viewed once, UNLESS you watch it and then watched it again with a commentary"

In spite of what the rules say, you CAN watch a movie more than once. You just can't count it more than once. ;)

The Monkees
11-14-15, 01:41 PM
I haven't seen Toys in probably 20 years, but from what everyone is saying it wouldn't count, but it can count if you use one of your wild cards for it.

And yes, a movie can only be viewed once unless you watch it with a commentary or something like that.

shadokitty
11-14-15, 05:45 PM
I think I might start with my annual viewing of Christmas in Yellowstone, though not positive. I was wondering if anyone else knew what they might be starting with?

Bluelitespecial
11-14-15, 06:11 PM
I think I might start with my annual viewing of Christmas in Yellowstone, though not positive. I was wondering if anyone else knew what they might be starting with?

That Nature special really is wonderful, our local PBS station shows it every year. I will have to find it this year, I usually start with all things thanksgiving before going into the Christmas stuff. I found Silent Night Deadly Night in the Walmart dump bin this week, I have never seen it so I am looking forward to watching that. Plus I have some Hallmark dvds coming in the mail this week. When will the list thread be posted?

shadokitty
11-14-15, 08:50 PM
That Nature special really is wonderful, our local PBS station shows it every year. I will have to find it this year, I usually start with all things thanksgiving before going into the Christmas stuff. I found Silent Night Deadly Night in the Walmart dump bin this week, I have never seen it so I am looking forward to watching that. Plus I have some Hallmark dvds coming in the mail this week. When will the list thread be posted?

I think it might be on YouTube. At least it was last year.

TheBigDave
11-14-15, 11:38 PM
Christmas In Yellowstone is available at Feeln.

http://www.feeln.com/films/christmas_in_yellowstone

They've added a ton of Christmas movies this year. I'm guessing there's probably at least 50-60 Christmas movies.

Bluelitespecial
11-15-15, 01:05 PM
I found it on youtube last night, so its still on there. I watched Silent Night Deadly Night last night, and it was good and funny but felt so sleazy at the same time. I felt like I needed a shower after watching it.

shellebelle
11-15-15, 03:00 PM
I think I'll give it a go this year.

Bluelitespecial
11-19-15, 01:31 PM
Any news on a list thread, I hope to get started on Saturday.

shadokitty
11-19-15, 04:04 PM
Any news on a list thread, I hope to get started on Saturday.

If I'm awake, I plan to start at midnight.

TheBigDave
11-19-15, 10:41 PM
Watch ABC Family is now available on Roku and Apple TV. They have some free (ad-supported) Christmas movies.

Chasing Christmas
Christmas Bounty
Christmas Cupid
Christmas Every Day
Desperately Seeking Santa
Holiday in Handcuffs
Holidaze
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
The Mistle-Tones
Santa Baby
Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe
Secret Santa
Snow
Snow 2: Brain Freeze
Snowglobe
Special Delivery
A Very Brady Christmas

The Monkees
11-19-15, 11:47 PM
I'm so sorry I totally forgot this was coming up this weekend!

LISTS THREAD IS NOW ACTIVE! ----> LINK (http://forum.dvdtalk.com/dvd-talk/629630-11th-annual-holiday-challenge-lists-thread.html)

Trevor
11-20-15, 11:07 AM
Watch ABC and Watch ABC Family are now available on the Roku.

https://channelstore.roku.com/details/73376/watch-abc
https://channelstore.roku.com/details/73357/watch-abc-family

You don't have to sign-in with a TV provider. But the most recent content is locked.

Cellar Door
11-20-15, 12:17 PM
I've got some Christmas movies already saved on my DVR, and I've got the whole week off next week--ready to start watching tomorrow!

coyoteblue
11-20-15, 12:33 PM
I caught part of Donovan's Reef (1963) a few days ago, it looks like the movie or a fair chunk of it takes place during the holidays.

shadokitty
11-20-15, 12:43 PM
I can't wait for the local PBS Pledge Drive. Always tons of Christmas concerts.

Gobear
11-20-15, 03:47 PM
Are we starting at midnight tonight, which is Saturday, or tomorrow at midnight, which is technically Sunday?

shadokitty
11-20-15, 04:42 PM
Are we starting at midnight tonight, which is Saturday, or tomorrow at midnight, which is technically Sunday?

I'd like clarification too, as I thought it was tonight at midnight.

Trevor
11-20-15, 05:45 PM
Are we starting at midnight tonight, which is Saturday, or tomorrow at midnight, which is technically Sunday?
I'd like clarification too, as I thought it was tonight at midnight.
:hairpull: You two are the type of people who call stores and tell them about price mistakes, right? -screwy-

shadokitty
11-20-15, 05:59 PM
:hairpull: You two are the type of people who call stores and tell them about price mistakes, right? -screwy-

No, I just started second guessing after the first post. I'm starting tonight.

Gobear
11-20-15, 06:45 PM
No, I just started second guessing after the first post. I'm starting tonight.

Ditto!

The Monkees
11-20-15, 10:33 PM
It starts TONIGHT!! :)

Gobear
11-20-15, 11:09 PM
It starts TONIGHT!! :)

:banana:

shadokitty
11-21-15, 12:07 PM
I got a later start to the challenge than I wanted to, with something eligible by virtue of it taking place in December. I watched an episode of Against the Odds, about a rag tag unit of engineers stopping Lt. Colonel Peiper's advance to Antwerp during part of the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944.

The Monkees
11-21-15, 02:00 PM
I wanted to start at midnight but I was so tired last night so I didn't start until just now. But I am on my way!

shadokitty
11-22-15, 08:20 AM
I started today's challenge viewing with a behind-the-scenes preview of some of the Christmas movies premiering on Hallmark Channel this year on Dish Studio. They look like some good ones.

TheBigDave
11-23-15, 05:41 AM
If anyone missed Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow, it's available on the Lifetime app on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, Xbox, etc. It's FREE (ad-supported), but requires sign-in with a TV provider.

http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/jim-hensons-turkey-hollow

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You can also buy it at Vudu for $4.99 (HDX).

http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!overview/720397/Jim-Hensons-Turkey-Hollow

Quack
11-23-15, 07:33 AM
Awesome thanks! Wanted to check this out.

shadokitty
11-23-15, 09:43 AM
Something that's really helping me get into the holiday mood, as of this this past Friday, the radio station I listen to has started non stop Christmas music. :)

LJG765
11-23-15, 03:11 PM
If anyone missed Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow, it's available on the Lifetime app on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, Xbox, etc. It's FREE (ad-supported), but requires sign-in with a TV provider.

This looks like a lot of fun. It also seems to be airing two more times on Lifetime-9 pm on the 26th is the only one I remember off hand.

shadokitty
11-23-15, 03:35 PM
I started today's viewing with my annual viewing Nature: Christmas in Yellowstone, on YouTube. I've always loved it.

Bluelitespecial
11-23-15, 04:09 PM
That's good to here, such a good show. Its nice to finally see Friends is on Netflix, its gotten harder to track down the reruns if you dont have cablle, Still want the blurays at some point. My favorite thanksgving episode has to be 'The one with the Rumor', so funny and great job by Brad Pitt.

shadokitty
11-23-15, 04:36 PM
Would I be able to use Nature: My Life as a Turkey as a wild card? It doesn't really mention Thanksgiving, but deals all about how a man is adopted by a flock of wild turkeys. I ask because it usually airs around Thanksgiving.

Quack
11-23-15, 05:12 PM
Watched the Thanksgiving episode of Dino Riders. Just got it in the mail from the UK, and randomly noticed they had that episode.

shadokitty
11-23-15, 06:00 PM
Watched the Thanksgiving episode of Dino Riders. Just got it in the mail from the UK, and randomly noticed they had that episode.

That reminds me, I've got the Christmas episode of G.I. Joe.

The Monkees
11-23-15, 09:15 PM
I'm off to a really slow start. The Thanksgiving portion isn't that much fun for me. Plus I wanted to watch all the Rocky movies this weekend before I go see Creed this week. And I work during the day and can only get a few things in a day. Hopefully I can get some stuff in tomorrow and Wednesday night I'll go crazy as soon as I get home from work. I have a 4-day weekend so I know I'll be getting crazy stuff in this weekend! The first time in YEARS!

shadokitty
11-24-15, 06:37 AM
I started the challenge today with a double credit viewing for this and the Comedy Challenge with a Thanksgiving episode of George Lopez. George's estranged father needed his kidney. It was quite a touching episode.

shadokitty
11-24-15, 09:45 AM
I was just browsing Netflix, and added a bunch of Christmas DVD's to my queue, including a Christmas concert by Celtic Thunder.

bacigalup
11-24-15, 05:16 PM
I know I'm late for the show, but last night I found myself watching Judy Garland's Christmas show from 1963 in glorious black & white on getTV from the comforts of my bed. It featured her children, Joe, Lorna Luft, & Liza Minelli, with guest stars Jack Jones & Mel Tome. It's a music driven show, & personally all I can say is WOW! As a kid back in the day I would not even bother watching shows like this, but now that I am older (and wiser?, I dunno), I'm just glad I'm able to watch what I missed over 50 yrs. later.

if anybody is interested, this is posted on You Tube with original commercials:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzCL3FM9dDc

Also, getTV is showing other classic Christmas shows (Andy Williams, Perry Como, Danny Kaye, Merv Griffen) this week, with a fresh batch of shows next week.

Here's the getTV link: http://www.get.tv/

If you don't get getTV in your area, check out the schedule anyway. You just might find these shows on You Tube.

Enjoy!!

shadokitty
11-25-15, 09:03 AM
I started today's challenge viewing with a very nice feel good Christmas movie called Farewell Mr. Kringle, on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. It even ended with a wedding.

shadokitty
11-26-15, 08:34 AM
To those of us in the US, Happy Thanksgiving. :) Remember everything you have to be thankful for, and eat lots of turkey.

BobO'Link
11-26-15, 10:40 AM
...and eat lots of turkey.
Do I have to? I really don't like the stuff and neither does my wife - unless it's been smoked (and we turned down a free one of those this year) or comes very thinly sliced from the deli.

I'm thankful we cook ham and roast chicken at my house! And even then... ham, bacon, and sausage are the only pork products I'll eat (my wife'll eat pork chops, pork ribs, pork tenderloin, pork BBQ, and a few other pork products but not me - I don't like that pork flavor unless you smother it in a sauce to hide it). :)

shadokitty
11-26-15, 04:53 PM
Even though it's Thanksgiving, I actually probably won't get any Challenge viewing in today. I only caught part of Macy's due too being busy helping my mom get Thanksgiving dinner ready, and helping to catch loose dogs during the Encore presentation. Now I'm watching football for the rest of the night.

Bluelitespecial
11-26-15, 05:28 PM
I'll update my list later today, but watched Plaines, Trains, and Automobiles, then my first Hallmark movie for the challenge. Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade is one nutty flick. A retro loving parade planner is engaged to a marine biologist, but ends up falling for the guy who acts as an auditor to the parade. Nice to see another Thanksgiving flick since there isnt a lot of them.

The Monkees
11-26-15, 06:38 PM
Watched Planes, Trains & Automobiles as usual on Thanksgiving (or sometimes the day before) and now I'm relaxing and watching a bunch of Thanksgiving episodes and/or specials. Tonight I'm going to see Creed, but I plan to do a lot more viewing throughout this glorious 4 day weekend!

shadokitty
11-26-15, 10:42 PM
I just woke up from my turkey induced coma. Might get in some stuff before bed.

BobO'Link
11-26-15, 10:53 PM
I'm still focusing on the Comedy Challenge but today is "Holiday" theme day. Relatives *finally* all cleared out a half hour or so ago so I can now get down to some movie watching. I struggled choosing Planes, Trains, and Automobiles or the WS version of Mixed Nuts I was able to track down. Mixed Nuts won out and is queued for play. If I can stay awake it'll be followed by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

shadokitty
11-28-15, 08:21 AM
After sleeping for close to two days straight, I was ready to resume the challenge, so I started early today with the Christmas episode of G.I. Joe. I've always loved the show anyways, and a Christmas episode was a nice bonus.

LJG765
11-28-15, 10:25 PM
I'm watching "MST3K: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians." Love how bad this one is. My question is, though, does this mean that "Road House" counts for the Holiday Challenge? :)

Trevor
11-28-15, 10:56 PM
Daughter broke her wrist at gymnastics today, so let her choose tonight's disc. I think all the gross physical humor and visible broken limbs in Happy Tree Friends Winter Break was not the medicine the doctor ordered.

shadokitty
11-28-15, 11:07 PM
Daughter broke her wrist at gymnastics today, so let her choose tonight's disc. I think all the gross physical humor and visible broken limbs in Happy Tree Friends Winter Break was not the medicine the doctor ordered.

I'm sorry to hear that. :( I hope she'll be ok.

The Monkees
11-29-15, 12:04 AM
I watched Home Alone 1 & 2 today. I usually wait until it's December before I watch those, BUT, since I have this new job I can't get a lot of movies in other than the weekends, so I watched them today. Hopefully I can get a few more movies in tomorrow before I head back to work Monday morning. I also bought tickets to see It's a Wonderful Life in the theater next Saturday. Complete with Karolyn Grimes (a.k.a. Zuzu Bailey) in attendance.

Currently watching the Christmas special of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

LJG765
11-29-15, 03:57 AM
So, I taped Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow after watching the short preview posted earlier in the thread. It looked like a cute little show so I gave it a shot. Well...I think the preview was a lot better than the actual movie. This was definitely geared towards very young children. The plot is fairly simple and very predictable. The acting was pretty basic as well. This is not going to become a holiday classic by any means.

There was one good line-"you would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for us meddling kids!" and that was about it.

Earlier tonight I watched MST3K: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Sync'd up with Travis (don't think he's doing the challenge but he hadn't ever watched it before) and that was fun making fun of it with someone else.

Trevor
11-29-15, 09:34 AM
I'm sorry to hear that. :( I hope she'll be ok.
It probably scarred her for life. She'll never look at cute furry animals the same way again.

Bluelitespecial
11-29-15, 02:15 PM
can the list thread be a sticky please?

davidh777
11-29-15, 02:53 PM
Meant to post this in this thread instead of comedy:

Since I previously watched Planes Trains... for a challenge, I figured I'd finally get around to the "other Thanksgiving movie," Home for the Holidays. Holly Hunter is always watchable, but it was pretty meh overall.

I just requested a sticky on the list thread. :D

shadokitty
11-30-15, 07:02 AM
I started today's challenge viewing as soon as I woke up. I got a phone call just before 6, so it was perfect timing, as I saw a Christmas episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was coming on to Pivot.

LJG765
12-01-15, 04:54 AM
Started to watch a movie I taped off Hallmark and it only taped half...of course I didn't figure this out until it stopped halfway through a conversation! Luckily it is a Hallmark movie, so it'll air again, hopefully this time, the 2nd half tapes! Finished off the night watching some holiday cooking shows.

Trevor
12-01-15, 09:01 AM
^ Slightly related, but that reminds me of how I've been watching some of my old DVD-Rs of shows I taped off cable years ago. I would always try to hit the cable info button at the beginning of every show, to have that episode name and blurb for all posterity. My fast forwarding too far to skip commercials and having to rewind are fun; and in my efforts to squeeze as much as possible onto a disc I sometimes have items spread across two discs.

shadokitty
12-01-15, 12:19 PM
Not sure how much challenge viewing I'll get in today. I was having a good day, but I just got home from physical therapy, and found our cat got outside when I left and in the process of trying to follow me, my ride ran over him. I just can't get into challenge mode today.

hbsvb
12-01-15, 06:50 PM
Not sure how much challenge viewing I'll get in today. I was having a good day, but I just got home from physical therapy, and found our cat got outside when I left and in the process of trying to follow me, my ride ran over him. I just can't get into challenge mode today.

So sorry to hear that. :(

TheBigDave
12-01-15, 07:30 PM
Watch Disney Channel and Watch Disney XD both added a bunch of Christmas shows and movies. Apps are available on Roku, AppleTV, FireTV, Chromecast, Android and iOS devices. Both require sign-in with a TV provider.

Watch Disney Channel has the most holiday stuff. There's 16 episodes from current shows, 27 episodes from classic shows, and 4 full-length movies:

Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! (2011)
Full Court Miracle (2003)
'Twas The Night (2001)
The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)

Watch Disney XD has 14 holiday episodes and a 1-hour animated yule log.

davidh777
12-01-15, 07:33 PM
I shouldn't admit that I kind of like Good Luck Charlie, though I haven't seen it in a while. My kids went from Disney Channel to Food Network to HGTV to binge-streaming.

shadokitty
12-01-15, 08:02 PM
So sorry to hear that. :(

Thank you.

TheBigDave
12-01-15, 08:27 PM
The Watch ABC app has a few holiday specials:

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

LJG765
12-01-15, 10:46 PM
Not sure how much challenge viewing I'll get in today. I was having a good day, but I just got home from physical therapy, and found our cat got outside when I left and in the process of trying to follow me, my ride ran over him. I just can't get into challenge mode today.

I'm so sorry to hear that! :(

The Watch ABC app has a few holiday specials:

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown
Santa Claus is Comin' to Town

I should be getting my cord tomorrow so I may make this my first watch. I have the first two Charlie Brown specials, but not the 3rd.

shadokitty
12-02-15, 06:03 AM
I'm so sorry to hear that! :(



I should be getting my cord tomorrow so I may make this my first watch. I have the first two Charlie Brown specials, but not the 3rd.

Thank you. I did watch one movie, as my mom suggested a Christmas movie might help my mood.

Bluelitespecial
12-02-15, 03:45 PM
I am on a Hallmark movie binge on my day off today. Ice Sculpture for Christmas, Tis the Season for Love, and Signed Sealed Delivered for Christmas. I will have to check out the other Signed Sealed Delivered dvds, the movie is really good. A very heartfelt and touching story.

shadokitty
12-02-15, 08:01 PM
Got a bit of a late start to the challenge today, as I spent most of the day in bed. But I just finished my first viewing of the day with a Christmas concert, Faith Hill: Joy to the World, on Dish Studio.

LJG765
12-02-15, 09:09 PM
Got the cord so I hooked up the Roku tonight. So easy-still waiting for the other shoe to drop! Watching that Charlie Brown special for the first viewing. Thanks for the rec, TheBigDave!

BobO'Link
12-02-15, 09:18 PM
Got the cord so I hooked up the Roku tonight. So easy-still waiting for the other shoe to drop!
That happens when you stream all those wonderful things you find and/or fall asleep watching a TV series and the system keeps feeding shows while you're asleep (I did that one to my son accidentally - "watching" Star Trek all night - and his Netflix kept episodes coming because no one said "stop") causing you to exceed the "data cap" artificially imposed by your ISP. I love how they push the service telling you "Everyone can be on and streaming at the same time!" but fail to mention that if you do so you'll hit your cap in a couple of weeks and it'll cost significantly when they add a few more MB to get you through the month.

shadokitty
12-02-15, 11:19 PM
I think when I go to my VA appointments on Monday, I'm going to try to see my doctor too. On Thanksgiving, my dogs knocked me over, and I fell hard on the ground. I'm beginning to wonder if I dislocated my elbow. Arm hurts, and my elbow has been popping a lot ever since.

shadokitty
12-03-15, 08:04 AM
I started today's challenge viewing with a behind-the-scenes look at some of the Christmas movies, Dish has on PPV this year, on Dish Studio. There are some good ones, but nothing I'd pay for, since most are on regular channels.

ntnon
12-03-15, 10:01 AM
OK, it's barely even slightly Holiday-y, but they mention Thanksgiving and then the final fight is the Christmas Show in Reno, so I'll mention it here.

I had never heard of ...All the Marbles, no idea what it was about (female wrestling, it turned out), but it was there on the TCM app, so I watched it. And enjoyed it quite a bit. Until the final epic fight, where I think it may have climbed up my personal list of great films to an incredible height. That final fight was phenomenal. I have no idea if there were stunt people or just exceptional choreographers or what, but that was fantastic. TCM says "comedy", clearly it's sport and maybe it's Holiday-ish... either way I will be watching this again. Really, really, really good. :)

Trevor
12-03-15, 10:32 AM
Jack Benny was awesome. That is all.

davidh777
12-03-15, 10:53 AM
That happens when you stream all those wonderful things you find and/or fall asleep watching a TV series and the system keeps feeding shows while you're asleep (I did that one to my son accidentally - "watching" Star Trek all night - and his Netflix kept episodes coming because no one said "stop") causing you to exceed the "data cap" artificially imposed by your ISP. I love how they push the service telling you "Everyone can be on and streaming at the same time!" but fail to mention that if you do so you'll hit your cap in a couple of weeks and it'll cost significantly when they add a few more MB to get you through the month.

I thought the other shoe was when the content you want to watch has been pulled. :)

I'm not sure why the limit is considered artificial. I don't work for a cable company, but it seems there might be legitimate concerns about data capacity when many people are streaming video. I agree, though, that it's phony to advertise with the implication that there are no limitations.

Dimension X
12-03-15, 12:09 PM
Jack Benny was awesome. That is all.
Yes. Yes he was.

Your list says you watched "Reminiscing About Last New Year's." If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor, and watch this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpPPLbkH3EI) from December 15, 1957. Heck, even if you have seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it.

EDIT: Don't watch that one. Watch this one (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7cML2elJIY) instead. The first one had Don Wilson's scene/commercial cut out. This copy is more complete.

BobO'Link
12-03-15, 02:54 PM
I thought the other shoe was when the content you want to watch has been pulled. :)
That too! That's why I'll always rely on physical media for "favorites" and use streaming services as more of a "sampler" for things I think I might like.
I'm not sure why the limit is considered artificial. I don't work for a cable company, but it seems there might be legitimate concerns about data capacity when many people are streaming video. I agree, though, that it's phony to advertise with the implication that there are no limitations.
While there *are* legitimate concerns most ISPs claim the caps are because "some users" "abuse" the system. My take on that is "punish the abusers" (rate limits and/or data caps) and leave everyone else alone. If you're going to advertise the capacity *don't* punish customers in advance with a artificial cap. It's artificial as they set them at levels they *know* will be exceeded if the service is used as advertised. That's why extra capacity added when you exceed the limit costs so much. At least most of the phone companies now throttle your speed when you exceed that cap rather than gouge you with additional data fees. Still, I'd rather just have the service sold realistically. For example, if you don't want people exceeding 350GB monthly then set the transmission speed so that it's impossible to do so.

shadokitty
12-03-15, 03:17 PM
That too! That's why I'll always rely on physical media for "favorites" and use streaming services as more of a "sampler" for things I think I might like.

While there *are* legitimate concerns most ISPs claim the caps are because "some users" "abuse" the system. My take on that is "punish the abusers" (rate limits and/or data caps) and leave everyone else alone. If you're going to advertise the capacity *don't* punish customers in advance with a artificial cap. It's artificial as they set them at levels they *know* will be exceeded if the service is used as advertised. That's why extra capacity added when you exceed the limit costs so much. At least most of the phone companies now throttle your speed when you exceed that cap rather than gouge you with additional data fees. Still, I'd rather just have the service sold realistically. For example, if you don't want people exceeding 350GB monthly then set the transmission speed so that it's impossible to do so.

I'm lucky, my ISP doesn't do that I don't think.

davidh777
12-03-15, 04:34 PM
While there *are* legitimate concerns most ISPs claim the caps are because "some users" "abuse" the system. My take on that is "punish the abusers" (rate limits and/or data caps) and leave everyone else alone. If you're going to advertise the capacity *don't* punish customers in advance with a artificial cap. It's artificial as they set them at levels they *know* will be exceeded if the service is used as advertised. That's why extra capacity added when you exceed the limit costs so much. At least most of the phone companies now throttle your speed when you exceed that cap rather than gouge you with additional data fees. Still, I'd rather just have the service sold realistically. For example, if you don't want people exceeding 350GB monthly then set the transmission speed so that it's impossible to do so.

Right, so if that's really the problem, make the cap high above normal consumption and penalize the hell out of people who exceed it.

Quack
12-03-15, 05:29 PM
Watching Christmas Vacation on Bluray. Mostly had it on while doing an Xmas Lego set, love this movie. Will be watching it 3x or 4x times before Christmas.

shadokitty
12-03-15, 07:04 PM
I just watched a very touching Christmas movie on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, The Christmas Secret. It's movies like that, that really make you believe in the season for miracles.

Gobear
12-03-15, 08:38 PM
If you get Me TV, they are showing holiday-related shows every weeknight at 9. Cozi TV is showing holiday episodes at odd times, and Get TV is airing old holiday specials from the 60s.

Right now I'm watching The Wiz Live. It has nothign to do with Christmas exactly, but it is being shown as a Christmas treat.

LJG765
12-03-15, 10:22 PM
As far as I understand, my ISP doesn't have a cap. It does cap the speed I get, of course. But then again, we'll see if there's a difference as I use the Roku more and more. I prefer DVD/BRs to digital myself for the reasons you all mentioned-the buffering issues, content disappearing, but I do like having the option to stream a movie that I'm curious about or catching up on a show I missed.

I just found a baking show that originally aired on BBC and found that they made an American spin off with my favorite judge from the original. (The Great British Bake Off, I think it's called-the American is The Great Holiday Baking Show if anyone is interested) I missed the first one, but found it through Roku last night as was able to stream it. It's things like that I'm more interested in streaming. Plus, I do have an Amazon Prime membership and am excited to actually be able to really watch some of the movies/shows on there as I hate watching on my computer for more than 20-30 mins or so. I'd much rather watch it on a larger screen!

Not sure what I want to watch tonight...so many Hallmark movies to watch...

LJG765
12-04-15, 04:53 AM
I ended up watching two Hallmark movies tonight, "Ice Sculpture Christmas" and "Catch a Christmas Star." Both were pretty good in a Hallmark movie kind of way. Cute and sappy with happy romance-y, sappy endings. I'd watch them both again.

shadokitty
12-04-15, 08:14 AM
I started today's challenge viewing with an episode of Dogfights, 'Death of the Luftwaffe'. It was about a key aerial battle in World War Two, that took place on New Year's Day, 1945.

ntnon
12-04-15, 10:39 PM
I ended up watching two Hallmark movies tonight, "Ice Sculpture Christmas" and "Catch a Christmas Star." Both were pretty good in a Hallmark movie kind of way. Cute and sappy with happy romance-y, sappy endings. I'd watch them both again.
I'm a bit annoyed with Hallmark - their app doesn't work for me, and we have no means to record from TV. So when we find that the live times are awkward... Out Of Luck.
.

The Monkees
12-06-15, 12:36 AM
Got to see It's a Wonderful Life in the theater (for the 2nd time) and Karolyn Grimes who played Zuzu Bailey was there and introduced the movie. I love that movie, it's in my top 10 of all time. The theater near my house does this every year and I think I'm going to make it a yearly tradition from now on.

LJG765
12-06-15, 12:41 AM
I'm a bit annoyed with Hallmark - their app doesn't work for me, and we have no means to record from TV. So when we find that the live times are awkward... Out Of Luck.
.

That would be annoying! At least they seem to air the movies several times, so there's a few chances for you to catch it live...

Watched "12 Gifts of Christmas" and "Northpole" tonight, another 2 Hallmark movies. 12 Gifts was alright, nothing too exciting, not too dramatic. "Northpole" was cute, focused on the kid rather than the mom so much, though that was a side story. Pretty sure I watched that one last year too.

shadokitty
12-06-15, 02:19 AM
I fell asleep early last night, so didn't get my challenge viewing in until just now. I just finished my first Netflix DVD, Celtic Thunder Christmas. It was a wonderful Christmas concert.

shadokitty
12-06-15, 07:32 AM
I got an early start to the challenge today when I was looking at the Dish guide and saw a good looking Christmas movie on Pixl, Matchmaker Santa. It was a good movie.

TheBigDave
12-06-15, 08:12 AM
If you like really sappy Christmas drama movies, I recommend A Christmas Visitor (2002). It's been playing on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. And it's available for streaming on Hulu and Feeln.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343531/
http://www.hulu.com/christmas-visitor

ntnon
12-06-15, 10:48 AM
That would be annoying! At least they seem to air the movies several times, so there's a few chances for you to catch it live...
True... as odd as it is to show the same things in constant rotation, it does mean multiple opportunities to catch them!

Also, after complaining here (and sending them an e-mail a few weeks ago), I tried the app again and now it looks like it's working! Hurrah! No idea what they'll put online and when - there seems to be little pattern among TV Channel applications - but.. at least it's now an option. :)

shadokitty
12-07-15, 06:45 AM
I got an early start to the challenge today with my next Netflix DVD, Christmas Unwrapped: The History of Christmas, a History Channel special. I've always loved those holiday history specials.

ntnon
12-08-15, 01:39 AM
Boy, nothing says "Christmas" more than parents dying and a bunch of orphans struggling to find new families on Christmas Day. :(

shadokitty
12-08-15, 01:57 AM
Boy, nothing says "Christmas" more than parents dying and a bunch of orphans struggling to find new families on Christmas Day. :(

What movie was that? So I can avoid it.

LJG765
12-08-15, 03:19 AM
True... as odd as it is to show the same things in constant rotation, it does mean multiple opportunities to catch them!

Also, after complaining here (and sending them an e-mail a few weeks ago), I tried the app again and now it looks like it's working! Hurrah! No idea what they'll put online and when - there seems to be little pattern among TV Channel applications - but.. at least it's now an option. :)

Yay! Glad it started working for you!

What movie was that? So I can avoid it.

Ditto! This sounds depressing!

Watched a couple more Hallmark movies today. Christmas Under Wraps and A Very Merry Mix-Up. The first had Candance Cameron Burare? I think it is (DJ from Full House) and wasn't too bad. A bit different which is a nice change up. The 2nd was the best though. I'd say, it's one of my favorite Hallmark ones that I've watched so far this year. Just a cute movie, nothing exciting, but it was well done, I thought.

shadokitty
12-08-15, 08:48 AM
Talk about the worst timing for a never ending buffer. I was an hour and 45 minutes into Feeln's Yule Log, and then my Roku started to buffer and it never cleared up. :(

LJG765
12-08-15, 11:18 PM
Just finished watching "The Santa Switch." I advise anyone thinking of watching it, to skip it! Bad...Annoying lead character, though unique in that the guy was the lead rather than a woman. Kind of "Santa Clause" premise without the killing of the big guy, but the lead was just self involved and annoying.

shadokitty
12-09-15, 08:00 AM
I looked on YouTube to start the challenge today, and found a good cartoon, Frosty's Winter Wonderland. I think I may have seen it once before.

BobO'Link
12-09-15, 01:34 PM
Have any of you seen the "Elf on a Shelf" program An Elf's Story? What's your opinion? My daughter wants it for my grandkids. I watched parts of it on youtube last night before ordering a used copy from Hastings and wasn't that impressed. But I'm also very unimpressed with the marketing engine and premis for the whole "Elf on a Shelf" gimmick. Part of me wants to tell my grandkids it's something that was created to get money from their parents and there's no "tradition" behind it other than the women who came up with the concept a few years ago.

TheBigDave
12-09-15, 02:48 PM
Have any of you seen the "Elf on a Shelf" program An Elf's Story? What's your opinion?

I've seen it in stores, but that's it. I haven't read the book or watched the show or whatever it is. I was under the impression it was a marketing gimmick to create a new tradition. It came across as really phony, so I just ignored it.

LJG765
12-09-15, 07:03 PM
Have any of you seen the "Elf on a Shelf" program An Elf's Story? What's your opinion? My daughter wants it for my grandkids. I watched parts of it on youtube last night before ordering a used copy from Hastings and wasn't that impressed. But I'm also very unimpressed with the marketing engine and premis for the whole "Elf on a Shelf" gimmick. Part of me wants to tell my grandkids it's something that was created to get money from their parents and there's no "tradition" behind it other than the women who came up with the concept a few years ago.

Honestly I find Elf on the Shelf kind of creepy. His job is to watch kids to make sure they are being good and report back to Santa and tattle on them. He moves from spot to spot at night to get better info to take back to the N. Pole. I think I'm with you on the gimmicky aspect of him and that he's just there to make money. The only thing "cute" about him are some of the positions the parents put him in and post online.

shadokitty
12-09-15, 08:02 PM
I just watched my first holiday show from the Food Network, All Star Gingerbread Build, where the Property Brothers, and two guys from a baking show on Food Network had to each build a life size gingerbread house. It was a very entertaining show. I recently renewed my subscription to Sling TV, so get Food Network On Demand again. There are quite a few eligible shows on there too.

Regarding Elf on the Shelf, never heard of it.

ntnon
12-09-15, 08:35 PM
What movie was that? So I can avoid it.

All Mine to Give (1957). There's slightly more to it than my (barely-even-a-)summary, but it's a very peculiar melodrama-y thing about 19th century ScotTish immigrants (with meandering accents) weathering - or not - the Hardships Of Life. I imagine it's meant to be a sort of 'stiff upper lip'/making it, through thick and thin mildly-reassuring film, but... it's fairly relentlessly bleak. TCM had it down as a Christmas classic, and bits were so familiar that I think I saw it a few years ago... and must have blocked out the title..!

ntnon
12-09-15, 08:38 PM
Honestly I find Elf on the Shelf kind of creepy. His job is to watch kids to make sure they are being good and report back to Santa and tattle on them. He moves from spot to spot at night to get better info to take back to the N. Pole. I think I'm with you on the gimmicky aspect of him and that he's just there to make money. The only thing "cute" about him are some of the positions the parents put him in and post online.
Couldn't agree more, except that I am ignorant of any residual cuteness. I'd seen it in bookstore for years and presumed it was just a book character... then our neighbours got one and I discovered it's 'point', and... yep. Money-making oddity.

ntnon
12-09-15, 08:52 PM
Anyone see Krampus yet..?

Trevor
12-09-15, 09:02 PM
Have any of you seen the "Elf on a Shelf" program An Elf's Story? What's your opinion? My daughter wants it for my grandkids. I watched parts of it on youtube last night before ordering a used copy from Hastings and wasn't that impressed. But I'm also very unimpressed with the marketing engine and premis for the whole "Elf on a Shelf" gimmick. Part of me wants to tell my grandkids it's something that was created to get money from their parents and there's no "tradition" behind it other than the women who came up with the concept a few years ago.
I bought it about 4 years ago at Target one after-Christmas clearance, but haven't seen it since the day I brought it home. I'm not sure if that makes it the least or most successful implementation of the premise.

The Monkees
12-09-15, 09:47 PM
Anyone see Krampus yet..?

I did. My only quip with it was that it took too long to get going, but once it did it was pretty good.

LJG765
12-10-15, 01:52 AM
I'm watching Mickey's Christmas Carol tonight. I think you could arguably say that Scrooge McDuck is THE best Ebeneezer Scrooge out there. It might be in the name, but I think he was made to be him! ;)

I also love how they incorporated almost every Disney character you could think of-even the kids animals from Robin Hood. One of my favorite adaptions of it!

I just watched my first holiday show from the Food Network, All Star Gingerbread Build, where the Property Brothers, and two guys from a baking show on Food Network had to each build a life size gingerbread house. It was a very entertaining show. I recently renewed my subscription to Sling TV, so get Food Network On Demand again. There are quite a few eligible shows on there too.

Regarding Elf on the Shelf, never heard of it.

Man, how did I miss this one?! I'll have to go back through and see if they're airing it again or if I can find it on the Roku. I've been watching several of the baking championships like Cake Wars. I enjoy them every season, I think.

Couldn't agree more, except that I am ignorant of any residual cuteness. I'd seen it in bookstore for years and presumed it was just a book character... then our neighbours got one and I discovered it's 'point', and... yep. Money-making oddity.

They even have pets this year. Also, costumes, but those have been around for a while. There is also a girl elf on the shelf. These things will never enter my home!

LJG765
12-10-15, 03:52 AM
It took a little Google-fu, but I was able to find the All Star Gingerbread Build online if anyone is interested in watching it. Fun watch, the end results were amazing. Loved the intros with the claymation cast-especially the clay elf Duff.

Gobear
12-10-15, 04:09 AM
I've been watching vintage Christmas specials from my childhood. They have not help up well. I just watched The Sonny and Cher Christmas Show, and apart from Cher's solos, it's wretched. Bad sketches, and unpleasant putdowns between Sonny and Cher, foretelling the end of their marriage.

mrcellophane
12-10-15, 10:41 AM
I've been so busy getting ready for a family vacation and holiday festivities that I haven't had time to watch much more than a few Christmas episodes of television shows, usually while eating dinner or right before bed. However, I did introduce a couple of friends to It Happened on Fifth Avenue on Monday. It's an optimistic film, and we were all charmed. I'm a fan of the screwball undertones of the plot and some of the situations in which the characters find themselves.

Of course, I couldn't get through the holiday season without marathoning the Christmas episodes of Community. My favorite is "Intro to Knots" from the underrated fourth season. (It's still good television despite the behind-the-scenes drama.) The group's Christmas party becomes a tense chamber piece when they inadvertently hold their professor hostage.

davidh777
12-10-15, 11:11 AM
I've been watching several of the baking championships like Cake Wars. I enjoy them every season, I think.


I just watched the Cake Wars Charlie Brown episode. It's a little annoying when they bring in members of the creator's family to make sure they're worshipping at the altar, but I see the point and I'm sure that's what they're instructed to do.

BobO'Link
12-10-15, 01:19 PM
I just watched my first holiday show from the Food Network, All Star Gingerbread Build, where the Property Brothers, and two guys from a baking show on Food Network had to each build a life size gingerbread house.
Man, how did I miss this one?! I'll have to go back through and see if they're airing it again or if I can find it on the Roku. I've been watching several of the baking championships like Cake Wars. I enjoy them every season, I think.
I'm going to have to look this one up! I really enjoy the cooking challenge type shows on Food Network. It's always interesting to see what people come up with in such short work/cooking times!

BobO'Link
12-10-15, 01:27 PM
I've been so busy getting ready for a family vacation and holiday festivities that I haven't had time to watch much more than a few Christmas episodes of television shows, usually while eating dinner or right before bed. However, I did introduce a couple of friends to It Happened on Fifth Avenue on Monday. It's an optimistic film, and we were all charmed. I'm a fan of the screwball undertones of the plot and some of the situations in which the characters find themselves.
I was talking with my coworker who participates in the Horror Challenge and asked about the Holiday Challenge. Nope... doesn't watch 'em so I trotted out a short list of *quality* holiday films, all of which were produced before 1960 and one of which was It Happened on Fifth Avenue. Seems she's only seen "modern" holiday films and massive repeats of It's a Wonderful Life (which IMHO is not truly a "holiday" film). I'm trying to get her to watch a few but it's not looking good...

Bluelitespecial
12-10-15, 02:48 PM
I made it through all of the Christmas episodes of Friends. I never watched the show in its later seasons, so it was nice to watch them. Although the episode "The One with Christmas in Tulsa" from season 9 was not very good, because it was just a clip show of past Christmas episodes.

LJG765
12-10-15, 03:04 PM
I just watched the Cake Wars Charlie Brown episode. It's a little annoying when they bring in members of the creator's family to make sure they're worshipping at the altar, but I see the point and I'm sure that's what they're instructed to do.

Yeah, the guest judges are always a bit on the lame side. I just think it's amazing that a few people can build the cakes in just a few hours and then look good at the end!

I'm going to have to look this one up! I really enjoy the cooking challenge type shows on Food Network. It's always interesting to see what people come up with in such short work/cooking times!

You should. I pretty much love anything Duff Goldman is in-he's just so...nice and jolly. Even when critiquing as a judge, he's nice. So many of them are just too serious. But here, he's one of the players. They team up the chef/baker with one of the Property Brothers, so you get both construction and baking in this special. Two things I tend to watch, so it was perfect for me! And, if you like to make gingerbread houses, they do have some good ideas to use (like the candy stained glass windows) just on a smaller scale.

davidh777
12-10-15, 03:08 PM
Yeah, the guest judges are always a bit on the lame side. I just think it's amazing that a few people can build the cakes in just a few hours and then look good at the end!

I haven't watched the show in a while and was surprised to see them have to make something the judges ate. Usually it just needs to look pretty!

mrcellophane
12-10-15, 03:37 PM
I was talking with my coworker who participates in the Horror Challenge and asked about the Holiday Challenge. Nope... doesn't watch 'em so I trotted out a short list of *quality* holiday films, all of which were produced before 1960 and one of which was It Happened on Fifth Avenue. Seems she's only seen "modern" holiday films and massive repeats of It's a Wonderful Life (which IMHO is not truly a "holiday" film). I'm trying to get her to watch a few but it's not looking good...

That's a shame. Hopefully you can turn her around. I seems that a lot of older holiday films use Christmas as a backdrop or thematic point, and many modern holiday films are about the fact that the holiday sucks or the studio hasn't made a holiday film in a bit. However, I may be bitter because my family makes me sit through Christmas with the Kranks every year.

You're opinion about It's a Wonderful Life reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend. She went to a screening of Holiday Inn and remarked that it seemed to be some people's "It's a Wonderful Life" - the film they get psyched to watch every holiday season. Christmas in Connecticut is mine. I watch it every year to get into the holiday spirit.

ntnon
12-11-15, 03:36 AM
Hallmark's Baby's First Christmas is an odd mix of It's a Wonderful Life, the Nativity and elements of every other Christmas film (and then some). As predictable as they come, and with the chap from Starship Troopers in the leading Scrooge-y role, it's highly Christmassy, very Hallmark-y but also an enjoyable watch (despite every second being extremely obvious). Available on the now-functioning-Hooray Hallmark app. :)

shadokitty
12-11-15, 08:35 AM
I started today's challenge viewing with an episode of Ten Dollar Dinners on Food Network On Demand. It looked like a delicious Christmas dinner, with the choices of either pork roast stuffed with ham and cheese, or roast beef with garlic.

coyoteblue
12-11-15, 10:39 AM
Finished The Legend of Hell House (1973), yesterday. Kind of interesting that there's not a hint of the holidays, anywhere, except of course, that it's a Christmas ghost story.

shadokitty
12-11-15, 01:04 PM
I can thank this challenge for introducing me to a Sid and Marty Krofft show I had never heard of. I just finished watching the Christmas episode of Mutt and Stuff on Nick.

LJG765
12-12-15, 02:50 AM
I haven't watched the show in a while and was surprised to see them have to make something the judges ate. Usually it just needs to look pretty!
Oh, they've been doing that for a while-having to prepare some sort of tasting element. There have been some interesting ones...for a Halloween episode someone made these really cool bon bon spiders. One of the few times I really wanted to be able to taste them!

Hallmark's Baby's First Christmas is an odd mix of It's a Wonderful Life, the Nativity and elements of every other Christmas film (and then some). As predictable as they come, and with the chap from Starship Troopers in the leading Scrooge-y role, it's highly Christmassy, very Hallmark-y but also an enjoyable watch (despite every second being extremely obvious). Available on the now-functioning-Hooray Hallmark app. :)

I've been putting this one off, maybe it's time to watch it! Sounds interesting!

shadokitty
12-12-15, 07:43 AM
I hadn't seen it in quite a while, so I started the challenge viewing today with He Man and She Ra: A Christmas Special. I like seeing Skeletor acting nice.

Cardsfan111
12-12-15, 08:52 AM
Temperatures are to be in the low 70s this weekend, possibly record highs. I won't complain and will try to go out and enjoy it. But it's made it hard to remember that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away.

I posted this in the Amazon thread, but the original Christmas Classics set on BD is $12.99 (http://www.amazon.com/The-Original-Christmas-Classics-Anniversary-Collectors-Edition-Blu-ray/dp/B00XZF39Z0?SubscriptionId=AKIAIY4YSQJMFDJATNBA&tag=bluray-033-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B00XZF39Z0&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER) currently, matching Target's sale price. I bought it last night and hope to watch them as soon as it's delivered.

ntnon
12-12-15, 11:43 AM
I've been putting this one off, maybe it's time to watch it! Sounds interesting!
It is, yes. :) I mean, if you can't predict the ending within seconds and every plot twist (including the will-they-twist-left-or-right options) then I would question your aliveness, but despite that.. they're passable actors, and it's new (and occasionally "modern") enough to be different enough. And there are some quite interesting scenes in almost diverse places (plus a couple of so-bad-they're-amusing moments) that it leaves a feeling of enjoyment despite the oft-tired cliches.

ntnon
12-12-15, 11:45 AM
Temperatures are to be in the low 70s this weekend, possibly record highs. I won't complain and will try to go out and enjoy it. But it's made it hard to remember that Christmas is less than 2 weeks away.
I think we're high 70s, so I know that feeling... plus the very busy last few weeks have befuddled me entirely. It is December, isn't it..?

The Monkees
12-13-15, 01:11 AM
Speaking of the weather I'm rather upset that it's been so warm. I mean, in Chicago we are only in the low 60s, but still it's supposed to be cold. It really has taken me out of the Christmas spirit and it sucks. It's supposed to drop back into the low to mid 30s next week but it looks like it's going to climb back up into the high 40s a few days later. I really hope it's cold on Christmas at the very least.

LJG765
12-13-15, 03:35 AM
Speaking of the weather I'm rather upset that it's been so warm. I mean, in Chicago we are only in the low 60s, but still it's supposed to be cold. It really has taken me out of the Christmas spirit and it sucks. It's supposed to drop back into the low to mid 30s next week but it looks like it's going to climb back up into the high 40s a few days later. I really hope it's cold on Christmas at the very least.

I'll take your 60s! I'm a bit north of you (5 hours from Chicago) and we're in the 40s. I'm enjoying every minute of it! I'm so not a winter person! It's so nice to not have to worry how the roads are going to be when trying to get somewhere...

Almost done watching "Baby's First Christmas." I have to agree with ntnon, this is a pretty good movie. Cheesy, yes, but fairly good. Worth the watch.

shadokitty
12-13-15, 05:48 AM
I woke up early, so decided to start early on the challenge viewing today. I saw Die Hard was on Encore, and since I remembered it took place at Christmas, I decided to watch it.

On another note, this is going to be my first Christmas without my gram, so will be hard on me, but this Challenge, and Christmas music playing 24 7 on my stereo has helped me through the season.

Doc Moonlight
12-13-15, 02:50 PM
I've been watching for 3 weeks, but haven't made any comments yet, so I though I'd put a few out there.

AN OLD FASHIONED THANKSGIVING - interesting to see Tatiana Maslany pre-Orphan Black, although the role doesn't give a hint of her dramatic range.

WKRP "Turkeys Away!" - This is as much of a holiday tradition for me as "A Christmas Story". Ever notice that if you say "I swear to God, I thought turkeys could fly." people know what you're talking about? The quote is almost as well recognized as "You'll shoot your eye out.".

Watched JOYEAUX NOEL (MERRY CHRISTMAS) this morning. This is a wonderful film about the Christmas Eve Truce of 1914, when German, French, and British troops (changed to Scottish troops for the movie because the director wanted bagpipes) laid down their weapons and celebrated Christmas Eve together. I ordered a Korean Blu-Ray version from Deep Discount because it's not available on Blu in the US yet, but there is a DVD. I HIGHLY recommend it.

Yesterday I watched PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT a 1962 Christmas Rom/Com based on a Tennessee Williams play. It's got a dark edge that you don't see in contemporary rom/coms. It was directed by George Roy Hill who also directed another of my favorite films featuring Christmas, FUNNY FARM. Hope to watch it again for this year's Challenge, but I'm having trouble finding my blu-ray.

I'm one of the few who considers St Andrew's Day (November 30th) part of the Challenge (this was discussed years ago, but no one mentions it anymore), so I watched BRAVE. I plan to fit in a few more Scottish films more directly tied to the Holiday (A SCOTTISH CHRISTMAS, COMFORT AND JOY) before the Challenge is over.

shadokitty
12-13-15, 03:07 PM
I just finished the last of the Christmas shorts on Feeln, with a very touching one called 'To a Soldier' in which a little girl mails a homemade nativity scene with a moving letter to a deplorable soldier she didn't even know.

Bluelitespecial
12-13-15, 03:12 PM
I made it above the 50 mark this weekend, I am hoping to get above 75 before ending my viewing. went to a mystery christmas triple feature at a local theater last night. One of the movies was Better Off Dead. Some of the movie was set at Christmas, but wasnt quite sure if it counted.

shadokitty
12-14-15, 06:02 AM
I hit 50 yesterday too, which I believe is a personal best.

Today I started with a very good version, and different version of A Christmas Carol, called Carol For Another Christmas, on TCM.

BobO'Link
12-14-15, 02:54 PM
WKRP "Turkeys Away!" - This is as much of a holiday tradition for me as "A Christmas Story". Ever notice that if you say "I swear to God, I thought turkeys could fly." people know what you're talking about? The quote is almost as well recognized as "You'll shoot your eye out.".
That's my absolute favorite "holiday" episode of any TV program ever. As many times as I've seen it I still get a good laugh!
Watched JOYEAUX NOEL (MERRY CHRISTMAS) this morning. This is a wonderful film about the Christmas Eve Truce of 1914, when German, French, and British troops (changed to Scottish troops for the movie because the director wanted bagpipes) laid down their weapons and celebrated Christmas Eve together. I ordered a Korean Blu-Ray version from Deep Discount because it's not available on Blu in the US yet, but there is a DVD. I HIGHLY recommend it.
This is a favorite film. I first saw it about 5-6 years ago and was surprised at just how much I enjoyed the film and how good a holiday film it is in spite of it generally being a war film. I was also surprised at how "new" it is as I thought it was done long ago (I'd gotten into my head somewhere that it was a 30s or 40s film). I've tried several times to get my family to watch it but it's always a no-go due to it being a "war movie." :( I may try again this year when my son comes home. He's somewhat more open minded about these things that are our wives so if we can get some "movie time" in without them and the younger kids it might be possible.

ntnon
12-14-15, 03:06 PM
I made it above the 50 mark this weekend, I am hoping to get above 75 before ending my viewing. went to a mystery christmas triple feature at a local theater last night. One of the movies was Better Off Dead. Some of the movie was set at Christmas, but wasnt quite sure if it counted.
Good enough for me; but even if it seemed questionable to you, the fact that you saw it as part of a Theatrical CHRISTMAS showing slides it into th count whatever the content! ;)

ntnon
12-14-15, 03:11 PM
I usually wind up watching the same films every year, so this year I thought I'd downplay the challenge and try and work through some things on TCM whatever their content and just not officially count them. Today I finished The World of Henry Orient, and... the near-finale happens at Christmas. :)

What an odd film, but since the two girls do a good job behaving realistically, it works well and was thoroughly entertaining. Weird, though, that it's the second film in a month (The Wrong Box) that does the strange speeding-up chase/running scenes that also mar Mary Poppins slightly.

Looks like TCM have some Christmas Mysteries, too, so that's good. :)

Doc Moonlight
12-14-15, 09:14 PM
I've tried several times to get my family to watch it but it's always a no-go due to it being a "war movie."

Tell them it's not a "war movie", it's a "peace movie".

Doc Moonlight
12-14-15, 09:20 PM
Watched A VERY HAROLD AND KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS last night and was struck by how unique it was. Most 3D films are disaster spectacles, horror movies or kids films, but here was this raunchy stoner comedy in 3D. And the 3D was used creatively with many pop-out effects. 3D seems to be on the wane again, but I wish more people would experiment with the format and genres.

LJG765
12-15-15, 02:49 AM
For some reason, I decided to watch Deck the Halls. I knew I wasn't going to like it and, yeah, I was right. I guess I figured it was enough of a favorite I might find some redeeming points to it, but no. Not at all. Just really juvenile antics. It's kind of trying to be Christmas Vacation but not nearly well enough. Ugh.

BobO'Link
12-15-15, 12:38 PM
For some reason, I decided to watch Deck the Halls. I knew I wasn't going to like it and, yeah, I was right. I guess I figured it was enough of a favorite I might find some redeeming points to it, but no. Not at all. Just really juvenile antics. It's kind of trying to be Christmas Vacation but not nearly well enough. Ugh.
I got a few chuckles from that one the first time I saw it but, as you say, it mostly felt like a bad Christmas Vacation rip off. I'm glad I only paid $1 for my copy as it's barely worth that.

LJG765
12-15-15, 02:09 PM
I got a few chuckles from that one the first time I saw it but, as you say, it mostly felt like a bad Christmas Vacation rip off. I'm glad I only paid $1 for my copy as it's barely worth that.
Exactly. I'm glad I didn't spend any money at all as I would have been mad at myself. There's exactly 30 secs at the end where it actually isn't too bad, but those 30 secs are not worth the rest of the hour and a half. Skip this one if you have a choice!

TheBigDave
12-16-15, 04:18 AM
If you have a Roku, check out the new Food Network (https://channelstore.roku.com/details/75617/watch-food-network) channel. The have tons of Holiday themed episodes.

My favorite is Guy's Disney Holiday. Guy Fieri takes his family around Disneyland to check out all the special Christmas food.

Here's a list of Christmas shows:

Ace of Cakes
Holiday on Icing
Merry Cakemas

Barefoot Contessa
Festive Fun
Holiday Surprise
The Holiday Meal
Night Before Dinner

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
A Barefoot Holiday
Perfect Holiday Dinner
Barefoot in London

Beat Bobby Flay
Roasting on a Open Fire

Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Christmas at Bobby's

Cake Wars Christmas
6 Episodes

Chopped
Holiday Cooking
Celebrity Holiday Bash
Season's Choppings
The Gingerbread Lobster
Chopping in Winter Wonderland
The Holiday Kitchen

Chopped Junior
Culinary Elves

Cupcake Wars
Tree Lighting
Cupcakes on Parade
Hollywood Christmas Parade

Cutthroat Kitchen
Naughty vs Nice

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Holiday Hoopla
Guy's Disney Holiday
Tennessee Holiday Traditions
Christmas at the North Pole

Giada at Home
Christmas Brunch
Giada's Family Christmas
Giada's Christmas Dinner
Secret Santa
An Italian Christmas
Happy Holidays

Giada's Holiday Handbook
Kids Gingerbread House Party
Holiday Desserts

Good Eats
School of Hard Nogs
Family Roast
It's a Wonderful Cake
The Night Before Good Eats
The Cookie Clause

Guy's Grocery Games
Season's Greetings
Season of Grocery Giving
Holly, Jolly Meals

Holiday Baking Championship
12 Episodes

Restaurant Impossible
Holiday Impossible (2015)
Holiday Impossible (2014)
Holiday Impossible 2
Holiday Impossible

The Pioneer Woman
Cowboy Christmas
Christmas Cocktail Party
Christmas
Christmas is Coming

Unwrapped 2.0
Festive Foods

shadokitty
12-16-15, 08:23 AM
I started today's challenge viewing with one of my Netflix DVD's, A Bing Crosby Christmas. It was a retrospective of his Christmas specials and was a very good show. He certainly had a beautiful voice.

Trevor
12-16-15, 09:09 AM
Had a free redbox rental so picked up Krampus: The Reckoning. Ten minutes in, but I can tell already that free is too high a price to pay.

LJG765
12-16-15, 06:29 PM
If you have a Roku, check out the new Food Network (https://channelstore.roku.com/details/75617/watch-food-network) channel. The have tons of Holiday themed episodes

Ooh, thanks! I'll have to get it tonight.

I've not been watching a lot lately. Too much stuff going on and probably through Christmas. I do hope to start on the annual animated classics soon, like Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. They're short enough I should be able to fit in one or two a day...

shadokitty
12-16-15, 08:49 PM
Ooh, thanks! I'll have to get it tonight.

I've not been watching a lot lately. Too much stuff going on and probably through Christmas. I do hope to start on the annual animated classics soon, like Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. They're short enough I should be able to fit in one or two a day...

I'm pretty much done with the challenge now myself, what with getting ready for Christmas. But I've made a much better showing than in year's pasts, so I'm quite happy with my list. I'm just going to watch regular TV now. And maybe catch the occasional holiday special.

davidh777
12-16-15, 08:53 PM
If you have a Roku, check out the new Food Network (https://channelstore.roku.com/details/75617/watch-food-network) channel. The have tons of Holiday themed episodes.

My favorite is Guy's Disney Holiday. Guy Fieri takes his family around Disneyland to check out all the special Christmas food.

Here's a list of Christmas shows:

Ace of Cakes
Holiday on Icing
Merry Cakemas

Barefoot Contessa
Festive Fun
Holiday Surprise
The Holiday Meal
Night Before Dinner

Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics
A Barefoot Holiday
Perfect Holiday Dinner
Barefoot in London

Beat Bobby Flay
Roasting on a Open Fire

Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction
Christmas at Bobby's

Cake Wars Christmas
6 Episodes

Chopped
Holiday Cooking
Celebrity Holiday Bash
Season's Choppings
The Gingerbread Lobster
Chopping in Winter Wonderland
The Holiday Kitchen

Chopped Junior
Culinary Elves

Cupcake Wars
Tree Lighting
Cupcakes on Parade
Hollywood Christmas Parade

Cutthroat Kitchen
Naughty vs Nice

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Holiday Hoopla
Guy's Disney Holiday
Tennessee Holiday Traditions
Christmas at the North Pole

Giada at Home
Christmas Brunch
Giada's Family Christmas
Giada's Christmas Dinner
Secret Santa
An Italian Christmas
Happy Holidays

Giada's Holiday Handbook
Kids Gingerbread House Party
Holiday Desserts

Good Eats
School of Hard Nogs
Family Roast
It's a Wonderful Cake
The Night Before Good Eats
The Cookie Clause

Guy's Grocery Games
Season's Greetings
Season of Grocery Giving
Holly, Jolly Meals

Holiday Baking Championship
12 Episodes

Restaurant Impossible
Holiday Impossible (2015)
Holiday Impossible (2014)
Holiday Impossible 2
Holiday Impossible

The Pioneer Woman
Cowboy Christmas
Christmas Cocktail Party
Christmas
Christmas is Coming

Unwrapped 2.0
Festive Foods

No Roku, but my Comcast on demand has a list of all Food Network holiday content that is probably the same episodes. A lot of them are good to fill 20 minutes when I don't have time for an hourlong show.

BobO'Link
12-16-15, 09:26 PM
Ooh, thanks! I'll have to get it tonight.

I've not been watching a lot lately. Too much stuff going on and probably through Christmas. I do hope to start on the annual animated classics soon, like Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus is Coming to Town. They're short enough I should be able to fit in one or two a day...

I'm pretty much done with the challenge now myself, what with getting ready for Christmas. But I've made a much better showing than in year's pasts, so I'm quite happy with my list. I'm just going to watch regular TV now. And maybe catch the occasional holiday special.
I'm about to really get started. I've only watched a couple of things so far but am off 2 weeks beginning this weekend (when I get off Friday I'll not go back to work until Jan. 4th) and my son and his family arrive sometime Sunday for a weeks' stay. That means 5 grandkids, ages 2-12, at the house all day, every day, next week (we babysit my daughter's 3 and she still has to work). I figure the kids'll watch a bunch of the Rankin-Bass animations as well as A Charlie Brown Christmas and we adults can watch the good stuff after the kids've left/gone to bed. I told 'em today at the LCS not to look for me next Wednesday *unless* the kids start to drive me crazy. Should that occur I'll bail for a hour or so under the excuse of "It's new comic day!" :)

ntnon
12-17-15, 11:59 AM
TCM again: A Carol for Another Christmas is not subtle. It's angry, worried and prophetic - taking Scrooge and reconfiguring him as a heartless modern man who cares nothing for the world ratyer than merely his neighbours. It's anti-war, worried about the bomb and pro-talk. But whatvs arguably more interesting is the relatively quiet ending - no big Scrooge epiphany, just the merest suggestion that he might be thinking and rethinking a bit more. Indeed, while he apologizes to his nephew, he stops short of reversing his decisions or showering money on the poor. And at the end, he sits down with the hired help, but... read one way, this is the small step that will set him on the path of caring and charity; seen another way, while he reaches out and makes a small step, it's the smallest possible. And he finishes the film still as a man apart. He may be in the same room as his (black) manservant, but he is still alone with his thoughts. Given how heavy-handed the rest of the film is - race, hunger, war, arms race, splendid isolation - the ending is ambiguous.

Also.... the dangerous and nonsense hate-speak spouted by Peter Sellers has a very clear resonance these days. Literally two-thirds of it could be word-for-word part of D***** T****'s campaign. Replete with a baying crwd quelling dissent with force...

ntnon
12-17-15, 12:06 PM
What the-.. Buster Keaton is in The Good Ol' Summertime..? How have I missed that previously (or, forgotten during the year)..? How strange..!

Doc Moonlight
12-17-15, 11:12 PM
Watched the Hammer Christmas Classic CASH ON DEMAND. This was supposedly a favorite of star Peter Cushing. I had watched the Hammer version of HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES a few months ago, and it was interesting to see Cushing and Andre Morell (who played Holmes and Watson) switch roles here: in HOTB Cushing was the dominant force over Morell, in COD Morell is a con man who blackmails and dominates Cushing.

LJG765
12-18-15, 01:53 AM
Watched a few of the cartoon/animated classics in the last couple nights. Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, Frosty, Frosty Returns and The Little Drummer Boy. Santa Claus is Coming to Town was never a huge favorite of mine, but as I watch it as I get older, it gets more and more endearing to me. I love Mickey Rooney's voice as Kris Kringle.

Still going in this challenge-I hope to continue up until New Year's Eve.

Dimension X
12-18-15, 03:27 AM
Watched the Hammer Christmas Classic CASH ON DEMAND. This was supposedly a favorite of star Peter Cushing. I had watched the Hammer version of HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES a few months ago, and it was interesting to see Cushing and Andre Morell (who played Holmes and Watson) switch roles here: in HOTB Cushing was the dominant force over Morell, in COD Morell is a con man who blackmails and dominates Cushing.

Thank you for mentioning this movie. I have several unwatched Hammer suspense films, and it's always good to have an excuse to watch one (and this one was a special treat since it was a Peter Cushing movie I hadn't seen before).

The Monkees
12-18-15, 11:03 PM
I passed 100 today, I'm a full 5 days ahead of when I hit the same last year, which just proves that this new job has completely changed my mentality this year :) I will easily beat my results from last year. It seems like there is much more discussion this year and that's awesome, glad you guys are having a good time.

And now that Star Wars is out and I no longer have to use up my nights trying to watch the movies anymore I can solely focus on my Christmas viewing. This is going to be a great weekend, I think.

Doc Moonlight
12-18-15, 11:10 PM
Thank you for mentioning this movie. I have several unwatched Hammer suspense films, and it's always good to have an excuse to watch one (and this one was a special treat since it was a Peter Cushing movie I hadn't seen before).

My pleasure. One of the things I love about the Challenges is when people point out films that are less than obvious choices.

Doc Moonlight
12-18-15, 11:26 PM
Today's viewings included:

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (1987). This was a Canadian TV special. It was a bit disconcerting to me in that they seemed to want to make it like A CHRISTMAS STORY rather than a filming of Dylan Thomas' short story. Really odd.

THE VISITOR: A TALE OF TWO CHRISTMASES is an episode from an early 50's TV show that was directed by Robert Aldrich who is a favorite of mine. It's the type of thing that woud really only be of interest to an Aldrich completeist, which I am. It's a downbeat tale of a couple going through a divorce and the effect it has on their daughter. Kind of interesting in that there is no real villain and all parties believe they are acting in the best interests of the other. It was also unusual to see divorce portrayed in an early 50's TV show.

Finally I revisited a personal favorite Bill Forsyth's COMFORT AND JOY. It has a very wry sense of humor, not "laugh out loud" funny, but you do really get to like the characters. Here too, there are no real villains. I have had the R2 DVD for years, but never listened ot the commentary, so I did this time. Very enjoyable and they point out that the Glasgow depicted in the film doesn't exist anymore-many of the building show have been replaced by newer developments. So this is a film that captures a city at a moment in time - a true Zeitgeist film (for all my friends who participate in the History Challenge).

TheBigDave
12-19-15, 01:21 AM
The Watch ABC app (Roku, AppleTV etc) has added a few more Holiday specials:

Disney's Prep & Landing
Disney's Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs Nice
Pandora Holiday Celebrations on Ice
A Charlie Brown Christmas
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown

shadokitty
12-19-15, 07:36 AM
Lake effect snow today is really getting me into the Christmas spirit. Started today's challenge viewing with a Christmas episode of Power Rangers Dino Charge.

LJG765
12-19-15, 02:13 PM
The Watch ABC app (Roku, AppleTV etc) has added a few more Holiday specials:

Disney's Prep & Landing
Disney's Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs Nice
Pandora Holiday Celebrations on Ice
A Charlie Brown Christmas
I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown
It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown
Thanks! I was hoping to watch Prep and Landing this year.

Lake effect snow today is really getting me into the Christmas spirit. Started today's challenge viewing with a Christmas episode of Power Rangers Dino Charge.

We got a squall yesterday which left us with some snow, but it's already melted. I'm ok with that. :) However, I did watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas again with my nieces today. They're watching Home Alone right now, but I can only handle that one once a year.

ntnon
12-19-15, 06:54 PM
A Christmas Carol was published 100-and-something-something years ago today...

The Monkees
12-19-15, 11:39 PM
I'm just finishing up It Happened One Christmas, my first viewing, and it's awful! I used to hear about this movie from my mom all the time when I was younger and how much she loved it. So I finally sat down this year to watch it and I can't believe how bad it is. Terrible acting, might as well have been a shot-for-shot remake of It's a Wonderful Life with all the dialogue they lifted from that movie. Without a doubt the worst movie I've watched for this challenge.

shadokitty
12-20-15, 01:04 AM
Well, it's now the 20th, and we're having our first Christmas party today, with my sister and her family. In keeping with my mood, I just watched a Christmas episode of The Thundermans.

shadokitty
12-20-15, 07:33 AM
I started today's challenge viewing as soon as I woke up with a Christmas episode of Beat Bobby Flay. It was nice to see Bobby lose.

Bluelitespecial
12-20-15, 02:50 PM
A couple of random thoughts on my viewing. I am now up to 83, and should be able to clear over 100, thats a miracle on my current schedule. Watched my first episode of Girl meets World, then the christmas episodes of Boy Meets World. It seems like a fun series with a lot of throwbacks to Boy Meets World, even if it seems a little cheesy. I used one of my Wild Cards for the new Star Wars, I wish I had time for LOTR this year. I hope to get to some of my personal favorites this week before saying I am finished. I will agree Monkees their seems to be more discussion here and that's awesome. After its done can you just post the results in this thread a week later. It seems weird to see the results thread a year later before the next challenge.

LJG765
12-20-15, 11:45 PM
I watched Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer tonight. Every time I watch it I think how awful Santa and Dasher (I think that's Rudy's dad) and the elves are towards Rudolph and Hermy. And at the end, it's more like, oh, I need Dasher to drive my sleigh, so I hope he finds his kid that I've basically called a freak. So yeah, not a favorite of mine!

I do enjoy Cricket on the Hearth even though it's a bit psychedelic towards the end.

I also watched the Hallmark movie "A Cookie Cutter Christmas." If anyone has this in their DVR or were planning on watching it sometime this week-skip it. It's awful. Very predictable, a very over the top mean co-lead and the other one is very over the top sweet. I'm not even sure why I finished it other than I had started it and hate giving up on movies. Not an instant classic, that's for sure!

davidh777
12-20-15, 11:59 PM
I started today's challenge viewing as soon as I woke up with a Christmas episode of Beat Bobby Flay. It was nice to see Bobby lose.

Glad I watched that episode before you spoiled it. :lol:

LJG765
12-21-15, 01:51 AM
Well, I braved another Hallmark movie tonight. Was in the mood, so decided to watch "Fir Crazy" about a business woman who's family sells Christmas trees. She loses her job, helps out at the tree lot, meets a guy, there's Colin Mocherie as a mean store owner and is really what a good, cheesy Christmas movie should be!

The Monkees
12-21-15, 08:23 PM
I'm currently watching Die Hard which is my #130 entry. I'm trying really hard to beat my all time best which was 149. I usually stop after Christmas because I lose any interest but I think I can do it if I just set my mind to it.

shadokitty
12-21-15, 08:39 PM
I'm currently watching Die Hard which is my #130 entry. I'm trying really hard to beat my all time best which was 149. I usually stop after Christmas because I lose any interest but I think I can do it if I just set my mind to it.

I've already went way past my personal best, but will keep going till after Christmas too.

TheBigDave
12-21-15, 11:43 PM
If you're looking for something to watch, Hulu added a page of favorite Christmas TV show episodes. There's around 60 holiday episodes from current and classic series.

http://www.hulu.com/holidays

Wezzo
12-22-15, 04:04 AM
If anyone needs yet more suggestions, I wrote a countdown of my 100 favourite Christmas episodes for Den of Geek last week: http://www.denofgeek.com/authors/wesley-mead

(Number 1 is Frasier's "Miracle on 3rd or 4th Street", in case anyone would prefer not to bother clicking!)

shadokitty
12-22-15, 05:34 AM
I woke up early and turned TV on. I happened to stumble upon a show that counted that I didn't even expect to. I watched a hunting show on Sportsman Channel that featured a Thanksgiving hunt.

ntnon
12-22-15, 09:17 PM
I used one of my Wild Cards for the new Star Wars...
What did you think?

davidh777
12-22-15, 10:04 PM
What did you think?

No spoilers, please. :)

Bluelitespecial
12-23-15, 12:51 AM
It was fun, but something felt off and it might take a while for me to consider it a Star Wars movie.

shadokitty
12-23-15, 07:03 AM
I started today's challenge viewing with a Christmas episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate, on Cooking Channel On Demand. Those foods looked delicious.

shadokitty
12-23-15, 10:29 PM
I just watched a very moving and touching episode of The Twilight Zone, ' The Night of the Meek' on Hulu, in which Art Carney played a poor, unemployed Santa Claus who finds a magic bag that gives people whatever they desire. It actually brought a tear to my eye, and the end brought a smile to my face. I was just compelled to tell everyone about how moved I was by the episode.

mrcellophane
12-24-15, 01:32 AM
Yesterday, I indulged in The Holiday, one of those romantic comedies about very wealthy white people with romance problems. It always makes me feel better, so I rewatch it almost every holiday season. I don't have much to say about it except that I want to see Deception, the fake Lindsey Lohan and James Franco movie that Cameron Diaz's character is cutting the trailer for. Also, I find it odd that out of vast collection of films at her disposal, Kate Winslet's character picks Punch Drunk Love to watch.

The Monkees
12-24-15, 07:46 PM
I've already went way past my personal best, but will keep going till after Christmas too.

If I don't lose momentum I should pass my personal best tonight. I'm at 147, which just so happens to be National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation which I try to save for Christmas Eve.

ntnon
12-24-15, 10:48 PM
I just watched a very moving and touching episode of The Twilight Zone, ' The Night of the Meek' on Hulu, in which Art Carney played a poor, unemployed Santa Claus who finds a magic bag that gives people whatever they desire. It actually brought a tear to my eye, and the end brought a smile to my face. I was just compelled to tell everyone about how moved I was by the episode.
The ending of Remember the Night always gets to me - when the viewer realises that Mr McM is deliberately being overbearing to throw the case without seeming to, you get a moment of hoping it'll work before Barbar Stanwyck also notices and her bewilderment gives way to a wonderful smile and then she resolves to take her punishment despite him. Very good acting, and an excellent ending to a thoroughly great - if sometimes unflinchingly bleak - film.

ntnon
12-24-15, 10:50 PM
Yesterday, I indulged in The Holiday, one of those romantic comedies about very wealthy white people with romance problems. It always makes me feel better, so I rewatch it almost every holiday season. I don't have much to say about it except that I want to see Deception, the fake Lindsey Lohan and James Franco movie that Cameron Diaz's character is cutting the trailer for. Also, I find it odd that out of vast collection of films at her disposal, Kate Winslet's character picks Punch Drunk Love to watch.
I saw that a couple of years ago and was very wary. I like Ms Diaz, I don't mind Ms Winslet but I am very wary of Mr Black and do not care for Mr Law. However... the film was excellent. Wish I'd remembered to get it out of the librarg this year...

shadokitty
12-25-15, 06:32 AM
For those who celebrate it, I just want to wish people a Merry Christmas.

Bluelitespecial
12-25-15, 03:31 PM
I am finishing up today with episodes of the Middle, Men Behaving Badly, A very Supernatural Christmas, and Bad Santa. Made it to 100 and feel like its a good stopping point.

LJG765
12-26-15, 01:41 AM
We had an unexpected funeral this week, so we ended up staying with my brother as we were going to see him on Christmas Eve anyway. Just got home tonight and haven't felt up to watching anything tonight unfortunately. Didn't get a chance to watch too much, but I did see several sitcoms that were holiday themed that I hadn't watched before. Black-ish, Modern Family (Ok, I have seen maybe 2 of these before, but not many at all) and at least one or two more. I can't say that any of the shows really got me interested in watching more of them, but I did laugh a bit at them.

Hope everyone had a good holiday!

shadokitty
12-26-15, 02:30 AM
We had an unexpected funeral this week, so we ended up staying with my brother as we were going to see him on Christmas Eve anyway. Just got home tonight and haven't felt up to watching anything tonight unfortunately. Didn't get a chance to watch too much, but I did see several sitcoms that were holiday themed that I hadn't watched before. Black-ish, Modern Family (Ok, I have seen maybe 2 of these before, but not many at all) and at least one or two more. I can't say that any of the shows really got me interested in watching more of them, but I did laugh a bit at them.

Hope everyone had a good holiday!

I'm sorry about the death in your family.

The Monkees
12-26-15, 02:35 PM
And just like every other year I have totally lost any motivation to watch anything else after Christmas.

Oh, well. I beat my personal best this year and had a really good time. I'll try to watch some New Years stuff as the week goes on, but I'm done trying really hard like I have been.

Continue to enjoy it!

shadokitty
12-26-15, 04:05 PM
And just like every other year I have totally lost any motivation to watch anything else after Christmas.

Oh, well. I beat my personal best this year and had a really good time. I'll try to watch some New Years stuff as the week goes on, but I'm done trying really hard like I have been.

Continue to enjoy it!

I know what you mean. I had planned to watch more, but the only thing I plan to watch now, is I still have one Christmas DVD from Netflix, and that only because I hate to send DVD's back unwatched if a challenge is still going on. Might watch some of the New Year's stuff though. I beat my personal best by a long shot though, so I'm happy. I also found myself really enjoying the challenge this year. Even more than before. Thanks for running it Monkees. :)

LJG765
12-26-15, 04:59 PM
I'm sorry about the death in your family.
Thank you.

And just like every other year I have totally lost any motivation to watch anything else after Christmas.

Oh, well. I beat my personal best this year and had a really good time. I'll try to watch some New Years stuff as the week goes on, but I'm done trying really hard like I have been.

Continue to enjoy it!

I plan on trying to clear my DVR of all the Christmas movies on it. I think I have about 6 or 7 left, plus the Disney Parade that aired yesterday. It'll be quiet here through tomorrow, then we have company, but I still hope to fit in one or two movies a day just to finish them up.

Congrats on beating your personal best!

TheBigDave
12-26-15, 06:46 PM
And just like every other year I have totally lost any motivation to watch anything else after Christmas.

I've been saving movies like Die Hard, Gremlins, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Reindeer Games, Black Christmas, Batman Returns, Eyes Wide Shut, Lethal Weapon, Trading Places, etc. They're good to watch once you get tired of all the sentimental holiday classics.

HyperWeather
12-27-15, 02:06 AM
I did pretty terrible at this challenge this year. I stared a Gilmore Girl rewatch last month for comedy with the intention of watching 1 season a month, and am now half way through season 6 :/ didn't leave much time for anything else.

Gobear
12-27-15, 07:18 AM
In case you are going out to the movies today, The Hateful Eight is set at Christmas time so it qualifies. There's an exchange between two characters about one of them being on his way home to see his mother for Christmas.

The Monkees
12-27-15, 02:46 PM
Thanks for running it Monkees. :)

You are quite welcome! It's my favorite time of year and I'm glad that I started the challenge :)

Congrats on beating your personal best!

Thanks!

davidh777
12-28-15, 01:51 PM
Well, damn. After we've talked so much about the new Annie the last few months, I watched it figuring it would qualify since the original was set at Christmas. And of course killing the holiday setting was one of their changes. :lol: So no credit, but the movie was more entertaining than I expected so it wasn't a waste of time.

I happened to check last year's list about a week ago and realized that a lot of my planned watches were the same as last year's so I changed things up a bit, including some classic TV (Lucy, Honeymooners, etc.). There are still a couple feature films I'd like to get in before I switch to full-time TV. I've never done huge numbers for this particular challenge but I'm close to an all-time best.

ntnon
12-28-15, 02:26 PM
Well, damn. After we've talked so much about the new Annie the last few months, I watched it figuring it would qualify since the original was set at Christmas. And of course killing the holiday setting was one of their changes. :lol: So no credit, but the movie was more entertaining than I expected so it wasn't a waste of time.
It's a lot better than it could have been, certainly. We enjoyed it, too.

I was amused to see both Barbara Stanwyck and Judy Garland shoe-horned into tight corsets (Remember the Night; Meet Me in St. Louis), and coincidentally watched a lot of tenuously-Star Wars-related films: Bundle of Joy stars Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher's parents); Supergirl stars Calista Flockhart (Harrison Ford's wife/partner), Batman: The Animated Series' Christmas with the Joker stars the voice of Mark Hamill and Scrooge (1970) has Alec Guinness as Marley. Probably could have found more if this was in any way deliberate - although probably not MANY more...!

TCM's various lists of Christmas-related films have been very useful: Lady on a Train was an excellent Nancy Drew-like light mystery. Although Bonita Granville did a fine job, I would have liked to see Deanna Durbin as Nancy Drew. I think she'd have done an excellent job.

Also, completely by chance Home turned out to be set at Christmas, so that was lucky!

ntnon
12-29-15, 01:48 AM
A couple of oddities... Bush Christmas is surely the only 'Christmas' film about horse thieves. Set in Australia. Who get taken down by a group of children... weird film. The kids do a good job, though the crooks are tending towards the bumbling kind.

The Man Who Came to Dinner (1941/2) has an early reference to Superman, and is generally a very interesting and hilarious farce/screwball film set around Christmas. Bette Davis in a supporting role is excellent, but Monty Woolley is superb. What an odd, crotchety character! Crazy - Octopus, penguins, references to Churchill & Deanna Durbin, even Reginald Gardiner from Christmas in Connecticut... madness! - but highly enjoyable.

LJG765
12-29-15, 10:51 PM
Well, damn. After we've talked so much about the new Annie the last few months, I watched it figuring it would qualify since the original was set at Christmas. And of course killing the holiday setting was one of their changes. :lol: So no credit, but the movie was more entertaining than I expected so it wasn't a waste of time.

I watched Annie not too long ago and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. The original movie was better, but I did enjoy this one and the updates they did to it. I'll def. watch it again.

Still working on cleaning off my DVR, but not doing as well as I had hoped. I think I'll get another one or two done but still have several. I figure I'll finish watching them over January in between TV challenge.

Tomorrow is also a bit of a diversion. Going to watch the new Star Wars. I've been really good avoiding spoilers, but hope that the hype I have heard matches what I see!

mrcellophane
12-30-15, 12:44 AM
I forgot to mention that I watched Krampus on Christmas Eve and spent the holidays recommending the film and jokingly chiding family members that if they didn't shape up, a demonic force would arrive to drag us all to Hell. Thankfully, everyone was amused and several took up the banner. (Several times over the weekend, I overheard relatives ominously invoke Krampus.)

Today, I watched the much beloved Mickey's Christmas Carol with a good friend. I get very nostalgic when I watch it since it was a fixture of my childhood Christmas's. We had it taped off the Disney channel and watched it over and over.


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