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Every made for TV Christmas movie is based on the same 4 movies


A movie becomes a classic for a reason; it’s no accident that movie studios keep remaking Miracle on 34th Street and A Christmas Carol.  These are stories that are insightful, engaging and just as relevant now as they were when they were new.  So we get it; telling the same story over and over is a ritual.  This is understandable, but then there’s the folks who like to take that which is old, change the wrapper and pass it off as something new.  Well, they’re not fooling us!  Here’s a quick guide to spot how every made for TV Christmas movie is a rip off of either Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Peggy Sue Got Married, or, in the case the last two, often both.  Read the rest of this entry

A Gift Wrapped Christmas movie review

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A Gift Wrapped Christmas is the first 2015 installment from Lifetime’s never-ending made for TV Christmas movie factory (only rivaled by Hallmark).  As per usual, this movie has nothing new to offer but is at least passable entertainment.  Read the rest of this entry

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) movie review


Nothing transitions Thanksgiving into Christmas quite like the original Miracle on 34th Street. Often imitated but never duplicated, this movie is beyond reproach and I will have words with anyone who says otherwise.

Hence, here are more words:  Read the rest of this entry

Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade movie review


With a title like Love at the Thanksgiving Day Parade… what could this movie be about?

Yeah, they’re not exactly burying the lead.  Read the rest of this entry

A Family Thanksgiving movie review


When it’s too early in the year to show crappy original made for TV Christmas movies, what’s Hallmark Channel to do?  Take one of their carbon copy Christmas movies and do a find & replace and bring you A Family Thanksgiving.   Read the rest of this entry

“You take the blue pill…”


“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill:  the sinus infection ends and you wake up in your bed feeling better. You take the red pill: you stay awake and I show you how deep the tissue box goes.”

In other words, I have a sinus infection.

And So It Goes movie review


What is the rubric upon which And So It Goes is to be judged against?  I’m going to say similar geriatric RomComs, and since Diane Keaton is in this flick, Something’s Gotta Give is a fair comparison, and by that standard… I guess this movie doesn’t suck donkey dong.

I guess.  Read the rest of this entry

San Andreas movie review


“I guess this is as good a time as any to talk about our failed marriage.”

I was on a flight from Newark to Denver and I said to myself, San Andreas is exactly the sort of movie you watch on a plane; dial your expectations down and watch The Rock be charismatic.”  I was right, but more than that, this is actually a pretty tight action movie.  Read the rest of this entry

Skypemare short film review


2014 was the year of virtual horror:  the big release had Unfriended and the short film had Skypemare.  There are shorts and then there’s short films worth watching, and this is the latter.  Read the rest of this entry

Horror Hotel AKA City Of The Dead movie review


The best part about these gas station scenes is that they don’t take place in the titular city, but merely close to it. This tiny village is so evil that its misty atmosphere makes it all the way down the road.

City of the Dead (or if you prefer the American release name, Horror Hotel) may well be the smokiest movie ever made, but it’s also a decent little movie.  The comparisons to Psycho are not entirely unfounded, but to be fair, this is no Hitchcock movieRead the rest of this entry

The Crush movie review


“Well, look at the time. I’m afraid I’m going to have to be moving along. To another place to live. In… Yemen. I’m going to Yemen. Like Chandler in Friends.  I’ll still be there for you, though – but from Yemen.”

The Crush is one of those horror/suspense comedies where you yell at the protagonist, blissfully unaware that Cary Elwes is portraying a fictional character that can’t hear your through time and space.  And I love every minute of it. Read the rest of this entry

Leprechaun In the Hood movie review


“A friend with weed is a friend indeed, but a friend with gold is better, I’m told.”

Neither before nor since has an opportunity like  Leprechaun In the Hood been so squandered.  A magic flute, Ice-T and Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun should be the realization of an alchemist’s dream, but instead, it’s just a bunch of oregano sprayed with Raid.   Read the rest of this entry


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