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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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