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It’s A Wonderful Life Review

Everyone has their own Christmas traditions. Some people like to go carolling, others might prefer a cup of cocoa in front of the fire, and some, like me, will watch a Christmas film. We all have our favourites, of course, and I’m not going to pretend that this film has always been my Christmas Eve…

Gremlins Review

I’m carrying on the loose theme of ‘alternative Christmas films’ today with this film. It’s another one I hadn’t seen until recently as well, so no one can accuse me of not broadening my horizons at least. As I said in my Bad Santa review, I think there’s a sizeable market for this kind of thing. After…

Bad Santa Review

Last week, I said that In Bruges was the very opposite of ‘Christmas magic’. Even though I didn’t believe it was really a Christmas film, but I’m continuing that trend with this film, one that definitely is a Christmas film, but is also the very opposite of holly jolly. Not everyone is indeed the biggest fan of Christmas, and…

Miracle on 34th Street (1994) Review

There have been many on-screen portrayals of Santa Claus. Ed Asner, Tim Allen, Dudley Moore, and one weird time, Paul Giamatti have all played the jolly guy in the red suit. Few have ever suited the role in the same way Richard Attenborough did in this film. Full disclosure: this is the only version of…

In Bruges Review

There is usually an argument on the internet around this time of year over whether Die Hard is a Christmas film or not. I won’t be touching that argument in any great detail; besides, I’ve already made my view on it perfectly clear (it is a Christmas film). What I want to do is start…

Elf Review

There are a few people in Hollywood who can be described as an ‘acquired taste’. People like Adam Sandler, Dwayne Johnson, and Michael Bay (if your ‘acquired taste’ is specifically a taste for horse manure) can all count themselves among some of the most divisive names in the business. One other such name that should…

The Muppets Christmas Carol Review

The Muppets make everything better. In a world of divisiveness and unease, they remain a shining beacon of joy. To say that A Christmas Carol is a ‘familiar’ story to movie-goers would be an understatement. There have been more than twenty adaptations of the story dating back as early as 1901, and the fact that…

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Review

Christmas movies are, if done right, a license to print money. They’re played on a loop on TV for a month at least, they also tend to get a fair bit more slack than other films. Negativity tends to be put aside because: ‘come on, it’s Christmas!’ I myself am guilty of this from time…

Last Christmas Review

It’s been a while since we’ve had a genuinely good Christmas film. One that will be populating terrestrial TV at this time of year for years to come. I’m talking about films like Elf, or Love Actually. Each generation has their own Christmas films, there’s the two I’ve just mentioned, or there’s Home Alone if…

The Grinch Review

I do love Christmas, and by extension, Christmas films. Miracle on 34th Street and Elf are both favourites, and another personal favourite is the 2000 live-action adaptation of The Grinch, starring Jim Carrey. I understand it’s a very divisive film, and can see why, but like anything nostalgic from my childhood, I hold it up…