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Old 12-14-21, 11:09 AM
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Late last night I remembered that the original Ocean's 11 heist happens on New Year's right after the crowds in the casinos sing "Auld Lang Syne". It'd been quite some time since I last watched it, and it was every bit as fun as I remembered. Dean Martin really was cool as the other side of the pillow. It's impossible to overlook it as a document of the segregation of 1960 Las Vegas. I've poked around for a bit today trying to find some essays about that aspect in this exact film but I keep running into the same generalized pieces about Sammy Davis, Jr.'s overall experiences with such things rather than anything we might glean specifically from Ocean's 11. I don't recall Soderbergh's trilogy being set at the same time of year but I may as well revisit those films while I'm thinking about it, and I still haven't gotten around to Ocean's 8 so I guess that's what I'll be doing the next few nights.
Ooooo.... I don't think I ever noticed that "time of year" association with that one! And I purchased a BR upgrade for it this past summer but haven't made time for it yet... I feel it being watched soon.

Like you, I don't remember if any in Soderbergh's trilogy is set at the same time but I wasn't really paying attention to that aspect when I watched it ~6 months ago (first time for all of them). They're handy so I may give the first a look to see... The original is a favorite and I was surprised that I enjoyed the remake as much as I did. I fully expected to dislike it (I generally dislike remakes of classic films) and the sequels, but enjoyed them all.
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Awesome! Christmas comes early. :-)
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I've been watching a lot of Hallmark and Lifetime. Not in the mood to revisit old favorites yet, though I may closer to Christmas. We did have friends over and I was able to introduce them to Elf, which they'd never seen (hard to imagine1).

My top 5 so far this year are::
1. Single all the way (2021) - Netflix - Witty script, gay romance, Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy. Adored it.
2. Love Hard (2021) - Netflix - Stellar rom com. Hilarious.
3. Silent Night (2021) - Peacock - Very British and effective blend of Christmas and disaster movie.
4. Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas (2021) - Lifetime - Loved the music and I grew up a preacher's kid, so this one was very nostalgic for me.
5. One December Night (2021) - Hallmark. Bruce Campbell made this one.

My holiday ranking list is here on letterboxd. 56 new debuts watched so far this year. Sheesh.
https://letterboxd.com/jensenholmes/...-ranking-2021/
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I watched the first two Home Alone films over the weekend. I really like the first, kind of like the second (though it mostly feels like a rehash offering little new) and absolutely can't stand the others.
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I've been watching a lot of Hallmark and Lifetime. Not in the mood to revisit old favorites yet, though I may closer to Christmas. We did have friends over and I was able to introduce them to Elf, which they'd never seen (hard to imagine1).

My top 5 so far this year are::
1. Single all the way (2021) - Netflix - Witty script, gay romance, Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy. Adored it.
2. Love Hard (2021) - Netflix - Stellar rom com. Hilarious.
3. Silent Night (2021) - Peacock - Very British and effective blend of Christmas and disaster movie.
4. Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas (2021) - Lifetime - Loved the music and I grew up a preacher's kid, so this one was very nostalgic for me.
5. One December Night (2021) - Hallmark. Bruce Campbell made this one.

My holiday ranking list is here on letterboxd. 56 new debuts watched so far this year. Sheesh.
https://letterboxd.com/jensenholmes/...-ranking-2021/
Love Hard was solid. My girlfriend and I watched Father Christmas is Back last night though and Geez Louise, that one was terrible.
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Love Hard was solid. My girlfriend and I watched Father Christmas is Back last night though and Geez Louise, that one was terrible.
Yeah, Father Christmas is Back is not great. Silent Night is a waaaay better "Christmas at the English manor house with oddball family" movie.
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I've been watching a lot of Hallmark and Lifetime. Not in the mood to revisit old favorites yet, though I may closer to Christmas. We did have friends over and I was able to introduce them to Elf, which they'd never seen (hard to imagine1).

My top 5 so far this year are::
1. Single all the way (2021) - Netflix - Witty script, gay romance, Jennifer Coolidge and Kathy Najimy. Adored it.
2. Love Hard (2021) - Netflix - Stellar rom com. Hilarious.
3. Silent Night (2021) - Peacock - Very British and effective blend of Christmas and disaster movie.
4. Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas (2021) - Lifetime - Loved the music and I grew up a preacher's kid, so this one was very nostalgic for me.
5. One December Night (2021) - Hallmark. Bruce Campbell made this one.

My holiday ranking list is here on letterboxd. 56 new debuts watched so far this year. Sheesh.
https://letterboxd.com/jensenholmes/...-ranking-2021/
That's a great list, jholmes! So many new Christmas movies! I've only seen three new ones from 2021. My favorite of the three is Single All the Way which was very cute and fun. Jennifer Coolidge's character musing, "The gays are obsessed with me. I don't know why, but I love it" made me laugh so long I had to pause the movie!
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That's a great list, jholmes! So many new Christmas movies! I've only seen three new ones from 2021. My favorite of the three is Single All the Way which was very cute and fun. Jennifer Coolidge's character musing, "The gays are obsessed with me. I don't know why, but I love it" made me laugh so long I had to pause the movie!
I laughed hard at that line too. I'm sure that's true, irl!
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I haven't had a lot of time recently to watch much, but I would like to try to watch something every evening after dinner though. I also just saw on Jerry Mathers Facebook page that tomorrow night the CW will air their annual Christmas parade. I plan to put it on my DVR.
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Ooooo.... I don't think I ever noticed that "time of year" association with that one! And I purchased a BR upgrade for it this past summer but haven't made time for it yet... I feel it being watched soon.

Like you, I don't remember if any in Soderbergh's trilogy is set at the same time but I wasn't really paying attention to that aspect when I watched it ~6 months ago (first time for all of them). They're handy so I may give the first a look to see... The original is a favorite and I was surprised that I enjoyed the remake as much as I did. I fully expected to dislike it (I generally dislike remakes of classic films) and the sequels, but enjoyed them all.
I've gone on through the Soderbergh trilogy. None of them are set at the holidays. I still have Ocean's 8 to go to finish the franchise, but I already know that one is set at the Met Gala so clearly also not the holidays. I've always associated the remake with Christmastime anyway, despite it not being set then, because it opened in December, 2001 and I saw it at a theater the day before Christmas Eve with a friend's ex-husband. It was highly unusual because he and I had never hung out one-on-one before or since, but we went on a lark. The movie was fun and I think we both enjoyed the outing. I'm hopeful things might calm down enough this time next year for me to feel comfortable going to a theater on Christmas evening. I enjoy that but haven't gotten to go since The Man Who Invented Christmas in 2017. (I did enjoy and recommend that, by the way.)
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...The Man Who Invented Christmas in 2017. (I did enjoy and recommend that, by the way.)
I'll second that recommendation. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the film. It's not the "money grab" I thought it'd be.
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I will say the Netflix Christmas movies have been stellar this year. I echo the recommendations of Single All the Way and Love Hard. My favorite new one so far is A Boy Called Christmas, loved it.
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I received my prize yesterday, thanks again Joel!

I also recommend Silent Night, Love Hard, and Single All the Way. I also watched Father Christmas is Back and can't decide if was terrible on purpose or accidentally.
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My prize package arrived today. Thank you Joel! These are terrific titles I look forward to watching.
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It's "Christmas Break" time - I'm off for the next 2 weeks! This will begin a more serious effort to watch my favorite Christmas films.
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After seeing them removed from Amazon, I decided to search for A Lionel Christmas and found it on YouTube. That really brought back memories, because I once got an electric train set for Christmas when I was young.
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The Muppet Christmas Carol is one of my favorite adaptations of Dicken's story. It's a tad on the long side, but Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat are great narrators and I really like Michael Caine's Scrooge. Depending on the version you received, there is a deleted scene (a song) from the movie you might want to check out. Not my favorite, but it was in the theatrical film and then they removed it when turning it into DVDs/BRs.

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Just noticed the new Dexter takes place at christmas.
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There's no question whatsoever that Caine treating it seriously is integral to why that movie works. It would have been fun anyway because of the Muppets, but his Scrooge makes it genuinely compelling. Easily a top 5 Scrooge performance and I can be persuaded his is even the finest.
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I received my prize package today, IBJoel . Thank you! It's quite generous, and I sincerely appreciate it.
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I've been mainly watching out of my personal collection this year, but I did watch Five More Minutes, a Hallmark movie, tonight. I enjoyed it though it bugs me when the main character falls in love while currently dating/engaged to someone else. Take five minutes and break it off! It's the only fair thing to do. Their s.o. deserves honesty, for Pete's sake!
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I had originally planned to watch the Disney Christmas Parade this morning, but I guess it just wasn't in the cards. I had never thought to record it, but I was taking care of things this morning and never got a chance to sit down and watch it.
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I received my pack in the mail, and it is awesome. Thanks so much, IBJoel!
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I took a break from Holiday movies the past 2 nights and watched The Witcher, Season 1 instead. But I want to get back to it tonight before the season ends! Really enjoyed so many new movies this year. I'm up to 64 2021 debuts reviewed on my letterboxd list: https://letterboxd.com/jensenholmes/...-ranking-2021/
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Playing catch up. Had to google the titles of some of the Antenna TV episodes that I had on Christmas. Season's Greetings!

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