This review originally ran December 25th, 2011. This is still a must-watch as many times as you can.
I recently watched the Ron Howard remake for this month a few days back and was horrified by what had been done to this great special. Thankfully, rewatching this has made me all but forget that horrible movie! I don’t have any best/worst of the month since I’d seen most of these movies previously, but I’d say Ron Howard’s Grinch was the worst thing I’ve seen.
This review originally ran December 23rd, 2011. I still adore this Christmas special!
As we get ever closer to Christmas Day we’re hitting the best Christmas films to watch. This isn’t a film per se, it’s a television special, but it’s iconic to Christmas. It’s the 1965 special, A Charlie Brown Christmas, one of the greatest specials devoted to a character having an existential Christmas crisis. I love this movie, but I also love to make fun of how serious it takes the material for a special devoted to children.
Originally published December 17th, 2012
The Bishop’s Wife was my big discovery last Christmas after a viewing on TCM. I’m a Cary Grant fan, and thankfully one of the box sets of his films came with this included! The Bishop’s Wife is a sweet, inspirational film about faith and believing in miracles. I’d much rather people watch this than the remake which Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington did about ten years ago; I refuse to watch it, by the way. On that note, the remake came out around the same time as the remake of Miracle on 34th Street. What was up with the ’90s remaking ’40s Christmas films? Anyway, I digress.
This review originally ran December 10th, 2012. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is my favorite Rankin-Bass production that has fun songs, and a memorable villain!
Tonight’s film is a television movie, but it’s an iconic Christmas film which holds a place in most people’s hearts. It’s the Rankin-Bass 1970 movie Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town. Let me preface this by saying Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is my favorite of the Rankin-Bass movies (my second is the little loved Rudolph’s Shiny New Year). I saw Rudolph again last year and it’s not my favorite, but I know a ton of people who love it, just not me. Anyway, Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town boasts the best villain, Burgermeister Meisterburger, tells a tight story about the origins of Santa, and dabbles in the 1970s trippiness we all know and love.
Originally published December 2nd, 2011
This is an odd one to group with Marilyn movies as she’s literally in it for a minute (I’d say less but I didn’t time it). O. Henry’s Full House an anthology film of adapted stories from the works of O. Henry. It’s certainly not worth watching for Marilyn, but there are a few redeeming stories out of the bunch. The film also blends perfectly into my 25 Days of Christmas movies as the last segment is a Christmas film (and a pretty popular story to boot).
Originally published May 6th, 2013
Meet Me in St. Louis came highly recommended due to its place as a musical classic, and because it’s got the downright angelic Margaret O’Brien who I praised heavily in my Christmas review of Little Women. So, as I tend to do with blogathons, I used my contribution to cross a recommendation off my list. I won’t sugarcoat it: I have A LOT of crow to eat….read on.
As we wrap up my look at the Rodgers and Hammerstein Collection on Blu-ray, I’m reposting my Mint in the Box review of The Sound of Music. Please note, the Blu-ray in both is beautifully presented, but due to space the only bonus content on the disc in the box set is “Favorite Things,” two commentaries, Sing-Along and Music Machine. If you want just the movie, as well as the other R&H movies, buy the set. If you’re interested in strictly Sound of Music, and want a bunch of fun toys, purchase this set. Stay tuned for my final wrap-up and overall summation of the set.
I got a fantastic deal on this at Costco, and I’ve always wanted one of these heavy box sets but the prices haven’t been too affordable (I’m looking at you Singin’ in the Rain). The Sound of Music is a flawless movie in my book, and yet this Collector’s Edition goes one step beyond by providing a slew of additional collectibles on top of the film. I recommend this to the hard-core Sound of Music fan, or those who enjoy owning more than the Blu-Ray disc.