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Old 11-16-18, 10:39 PM
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Re: The 14th Annual DVDTalk Holiday Challenge (11/17 - 1/1)

A little over an hour until the challenge begins!
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Old 11-16-18, 11:55 PM
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The radio station I listen to began playing Christmas music on Tuesday, so I have really been in a holiday mood lately. I wanted to hold off until the Challenge began before I watched anything though.

I kicked it off with my traditional Thanksgiving viewing, which I use a wild card for, since it's not actually about Thanksgiving. I always watch the 'My Life As A Turkey' episode of Nature, which is available on Amazon Prime. It's all about a man who raises a brood of wild turkeys and quite literally becomes one of them.
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Well I'm starting with Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Letting it play while I do a little morning cleaning.
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Last year I was a little crazy and did my ~40 item personal checklist twice for this Challenge; once for the November portion and once for December. I’m trying to avoid that this year. I’ll watch some holiday content this month, but will try to keep it all comedy-compliant until December 1st.
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Last year I was a little crazy and did my ~40 item personal checklist twice for this Challenge; once for the November portion and once for December. I’m trying to avoid that this year. I’ll watch some holiday content this month, but will try to keep it all comedy-compliant until December 1st.
That's pretty much my modus operandi every year - with a single exception. I watch A Christmas Story on Thanksgiving day if at all possible. That "tradition" started years ago when TNT(?) would run it back-to-back-to-back all day. We'd just put the TV on that channel and let it run (if the kids didn't like it they could just go to the "toy room" and watch cartoons on the TV there). That beats the heck out of watching a ballgame (most of those in attendance, me included, do not care for or willingly watch sporting events). The only person in my house that doesn't like that movie is my wife. She's never been able to explain why. These days we put it in the player and loop it, which is much better as there are no commercial interruptions.
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Re: The 14th Annual DVDTalk Holiday Challenge (11/17 - 1/1)

Here's getTV's holiday schedule:

https://www.get.tv/sites/us.get/file...rogramming.pdf
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I seem to be having an equipment failure. I think the HDMI port is starting to go on my Roku. I have to fiddle with the cord when I hook it up. It’s not the cable, because it works fine on my PlayStation and Xbox.
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Old 11-18-18, 12:42 PM
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I seem to be having an equipment failure. I think the HDMI port is starting to go on my Roku. I have to fiddle with the cord when I hook it up. It’s not the cable, because it works fine on my PlayStation and Xbox.
You're only supposed to have equipment failure during the Horror Challenge! My region free player decided to stop playing DVDs that month. BR play fine - it just won't load a DVD.
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Re: The 14th Annual DVDTalk Holiday Challenge (11/17 - 1/1)

Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
Last year I was a little crazy and did my ~40 item personal checklist twice for this Challenge; once for the November portion and once for December. I’m trying to avoid that this year. I’ll watch some holiday content this month, but will try to keep it all comedy-compliant until December 1st.
You've got me curious about your checklist. :-) Care to share?

For those who love horror, there's a new Thanksgiving themed horror movie on Hulu. I haven't watched it yet so I don't know how good it is, but I hope to watch it in the next day or two.

INTO THE DARK: FLESH & BLOOD
https://www.hulu.com/movie/flesh-blo...2-1a638ceb0e6e

They seem to be doing holiday-themed movies, so I bet there'll be a Christmas one too. Really looking forward to the new Christmas horror movies this year. I think I've seen all the older ones. Last year's "Better Watch Out" was a highlight of last year's holiday challenge.
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You've got me curious about your checklist. :-) Care to share?
It’s basically an ever growing list to make sure I “satisfy” every subscription plan and collection niche. If I watch at least one item from each thing I spend money on, it helps me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth out of it. My full list is way too long at like 40 items now, but you can see how it could work for anyone from something like the following list:
  • Amazon Prime
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  • Criterion
  • Disney
  • Netflix
  • Shudder
You can look at my current Challenge list to see the full OCD, https://forum.dvdtalk.com/13431446-post4.html
For those who love horror, there's a new Thanksgiving themed horror movie on Hulu. I haven't watched it yet so I don't know how good it is, but I hope to watch it in the next day or two.

INTO THE DARK: FLESH & BLOOD
https://www.hulu.com/movie/flesh-blo...2-1a638ceb0e6e
Thanks! Always on the look-out for new holiday horror. Hmm, maybe that should be a monthly checklist item....
They seem to be doing holiday-themed movies, so I bet there'll be a Christmas one too. Really looking forward to the new Christmas horror movies this year. I think I've seen all the older ones. Last year's "Better Watch Out" was a highlight of last year's holiday challenge.
I’m conflicted on Better Watch Out. It was good, loved the acting and the “hook”, but felt like it was much more vulgar than necessary.
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Old 11-20-18, 06:24 AM
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It’s basically an ever growing list to make sure I “satisfy” every subscription plan and collection niche. If I watch at least one item from each thing I spend money on, it helps me feel like I’m getting my money’s worth out of it. My full list is way too long at like 40 items now, but you can see how it could work for anyone from something like the following list:
  • Amazon Prime
  • Blu-ray Digibook
  • Criterion
  • Disney
  • Netflix
  • Shudder
You can look at my current Challenge list to see the full OCD, https://forum.dvdtalk.com/13431446-post4.html
Thanks. I'm always looking for new organizing/list ideas.

I watched "Into the Dark: Flesh & Blood". It was decent. An agoraphobic teen who lives alone with her dad after her mom's unsolved murder begins to suspect him. It was very small in scale, being set entirely in the house with only a few actors, but it was well done and tense.
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Old 11-20-18, 07:04 AM
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I was watching AMC this morning, and saw a commercial showing that their holiday schedule starts on the 26th.
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I’m conflicted on Better Watch Out. It was good, loved the acting and the “hook”, but felt like it was much more vulgar than necessary.
I don't what I would even call the movie. An Invasion Horror Comedy? I discovered it last year and had a lot of fun with it. I'm slow to get started this year, but I hope I can at least get some thanksgiving viewing in between now and Thursday.
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Old 11-20-18, 05:25 PM
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I just got back from seeing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. While I wouldn't say the plot is great, it was a fun film to watch. It was beautiful to watch. The costumes and the background both were amazing. I don't know that this is going to become an annual holiday watch for me, but I'm glad I saw it.
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I just got back from seeing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. While I wouldn't say the plot is great, it was a fun film to watch. It was beautiful to watch. The costumes and the background both were amazing. I don't know that this is going to become an annual holiday watch for me, but I'm glad I saw it.
How much of Tchaikovsky's music does it contain?
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Old 11-20-18, 09:26 PM
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I just got back from seeing The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. While I wouldn't say the plot is great, it was a fun film to watch. It was beautiful to watch. The costumes and the background both were amazing. I don't know that this is going to become an annual holiday watch for me, but I'm glad I saw it.
I saw it too, didn't care for it too much. It was pretty bland. I was disappointed, it look really good.
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How much of Tchaikovsky's music does it contain?
I couldn't tell you for sure, but I suspect not as much as people who love the ballet would want. I think it's pretty prominent in 3 or 4 scenes and more background music for the rest. There are 2 scenes with actual ballet in them, one major, one just for a few seconds.

Hope that helps!
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Old 11-22-18, 05:49 PM
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For the first time in years, I actually missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade today. I had it on, but fell asleep soon after it started, and didn’t wake up till the dog show was on, when I was woke up for Thanksgiving Dinner.
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One of the shows I watch every year around Thanksgiving is The Mouse On The Mayflower , which is available on YouTube. I noticed something today that I guess I never paid attention to before. Paul Frees was one of the voice actors. If I remember correctly, he played the voice of KARR in the third season Knight Rider episode, ‘KITT vs KARR’.
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Well I don't think I can go for the win this year, but I do hope I can watch 75-100 this year. Say what you want about Roseanne now, but I always enjoyed her show and she had some good holiday episodes.
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For the first time in years, I actually missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade today. I had it on, but fell asleep soon after it started, and didn’t wake up till the dog show was on, when I was woke up for Thanksgiving Dinner.
I had your back, as I watched the whole parade for the first time in years.
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Well I don't think I can go for the win this year, but I do hope I can watch 75-100 this year. Say what you want about Roseanne now, but I always enjoyed her show and she had some good holiday episodes.
That makes for a good question. What TV show has had the best holiday episodes?
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In terms of consistently good shows I'll go with American Dad.
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I'm partial to the ones on The Bob Newhart Show.

For Halloween episodes only, it's Roseanne.
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I don't know, while I agree Roseanne had good Halloween episodes, I was always partial to the Thanksgiving ones. 1) Shelley Winters. 2) reminds me of my own family holidays.
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