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  • #16
    I got suckered into watching this once. Or at least into starting it. It was terrible and I think I only made it about halfway through:


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    • #17
      They have a plot? Are they all different or does it go something like this...

      sometime around Christmas two people fall in love.... the end.
      There is beauty in a winter's full moon. Glittering off the snow between the shadows of barren branches.

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      • #18
        LOL. Yeah. Not my kind of Christmas movies. I wonder why they never try to come up with anything that requires a little more imagination.

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        • #19
          Sorry Viktorija for hijacking your thread. If I see the tittle of the movies I liked on this channel I'll post it. Wish they'd replay "Rodny the Reindeer". A British claymation that was really cool.

          No imagination? What about the movie you watched??? A woman gets trapped inside a snow globe. Then she falls in love with an animated piece of plastic. ( a statement about batteries that may not be suitable ) Then has to choose between plastic or the real thing. Come on. It takes a lot of imagination to come up with an explanation like that for that movie. LOL Ya, I watched it. Really don't remember much of it.

          Who knows. they might surprise us this year and come out with a movie with actual thought behind it. Then completely destroy it with underdone sequels. It's hollywood. Nothing changes. LOL
          There is beauty in a winter's full moon. Glittering off the snow between the shadows of barren branches.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by putrid View Post
            Sorry Viktorija for hijacking your thread.
            Eh, we're still on topic, I think. And at least her thread's getting some activity instead of just dying.

            I've noticed she doesn't seem too interested in our conversation, though.


            Originally posted by putrid View Post
            No imagination? What about the movie you watched??? A woman gets trapped inside a snow globe. Then she falls in love with an animated piece of plastic. ( a statement about batteries that may not be suitable ) Then has to choose between plastic or the real thing. Come on. It takes a lot of imagination to come up with an explanation like that for that movie. LOL Ya, I watched it. Really don't remember much of it.
            Bwahaha! Hilarious.

            I'm in film school right now and it pains me to see these "filmmakers" getting money to make such dreck when there are talented and creative people who could do so much better.


            Originally posted by putrid View Post
            Who knows. they might surprise us this year and come out with a movie with actual thought behind it. Then completely destroy it with underdone sequels. It's hollywood. Nothing changes. LOL
            I was wondering the other day whether or not we can say that we've gotten just one truly good, memorable Christmas movie per year over the past, say, 25 years. I don't think we can.

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            • #21
              Lolol.

              In keeping with our previous discussion, I just ran across a bunch of Christmas movies and these plot descriptions are hilarious. I don't even have to get through the first sentence to know I wanna pass.


              "12 Men of Christmas"

              After losing her job and breaking up with her fiance. . .


              "Undercover Christmas"

              A holiday Cinderella tale about a free-spirited cocktail waitress. . .


              "The Christmas Consultant"

              A workaholic mother hires a consultant to help get her family through the hectic holiday season. . .


              And this last one is just so good I gotta write out the whole description.

              "Dear Santa"

              A lonely 24 year old woman discovers a letter from a little girl asking Santa to send her daddy a new wife for Christmas, so she decides to seek them out in hopes of making herself their gift from Santa.


              Seriously, who watches this stuff?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by SPX View Post
                I'll keep an eye on it.

                I just wish holiday programming was generally of better quality. Of course you have your classics--both aged and modern--and those films are great. But, at least from my experience, the kind of original movies that are produced by The Hallmark Channel and ABC Family often just aren't very good.
                I agree, the different channels that produce their programing for the holidays put that stuff out a dime a dozen. Many of them get rehashed after a few years, same story line but different actors and a change of movie title, with a little change here and there to reflect the current year. Pretty much all of them are on a limited budget and that's why you tend to see the same actors over and over again in all of these. Most of them are feel good movies and are family oriented. Nothing really wrong with them but can only stomach a few at a time. For most of the actors in them, it's just another pay check.

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                • #23
                  That first one must be a porn flick.

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                  • #24
                    Ya know, if I was pretty much guaranteed a paycheck, I wouldn't mind acting in the Christmas movies.
                    People really act weird at Christmas time. After all, what other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree in the living room and eat nuts and sweets out of your socks?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Falasben View Post
                      I agree, the different channels that produce their programing for the holidays put that stuff out a dime a dozen. Many of them get rehashed after a few years, same story line but different actors and a change of movie title, with a little change here and there to reflect the current year. Pretty much all of them are on a limited budget and that's why you tend to see the same actors over and over again in all of these. Most of them are feel good movies and are family oriented. Nothing really wrong with them but can only stomach a few at a time. For most of the actors in them, it's just another pay check.
                      Just a somewhat random train of thought here. . .

                      I've given it some thought and I've noticed that, broadly speaking, Christmas movies fall into two categories:

                      1. Those with a strong supernatural/fantasy element.
                      2. Those with little or no supernatural/fantasy element.

                      In regard to the latter, I'm not talking about fantasy in the sense of a perfect romance or other unrealistic elements, but specifically fantasy that is rooted in Christmas tradition and lore.

                      Some good examples of the first category include The Santa Clause, It's a Wonderful Life, The Polar Express and, of course, A Christmas Carol. Some good examples of the second include Home Alone, Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story.

                      In my opinion, the best examples of the second category are usually comedies, with an exception being Joyeux Noel. And interestingly enough, the best stories with a strong romantic element usually come from the first category, such as The Bishop's Wife and Miracle on 34th Street (although with Miracle it's arguable that the romantic storyline, while a big part of the film, is secondary).

                      However, one thing I think I've noticed is that in the most successful Christmas movies, Christmas itself is a primary character in the story. That is, the Christmas season and other Christmas elements are always front and center. In Christmas movies that fail, it's more like they are set during Christmas, but apart from the decorations and occasional mentions of Christmas, the movie is really about something else. I'm not sure I know exactly how to say what I'm trying to say here, but it's as if some films are able to literally capture the spirit of Christmas and you feel like the holiday lives within and through those films . . . while others are merely presenting an imitation of it.
                      Last edited by SPX; 11-13-2012, 12:17 PM.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Sickie Ickie View Post
                        Ya know, if I was pretty much guaranteed a paycheck, I wouldn't mind acting in the Christmas movies.
                        Oh, well of course. . .

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Sickie Ickie View Post
                          Ya know, if I was pretty much guaranteed a paycheck, I wouldn't mind acting in the Christmas movies.
                          Maybe you can be "Hermie" whenever they make the live-action version of "Rudolph". Can you sing well??

                          "Fame and fortune, fame and fortune..........."

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                          • #28
                            Lord knows I'm short enough! LOL
                            People really act weird at Christmas time. After all, what other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree in the living room and eat nuts and sweets out of your socks?

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                            • #29
                              Adding to the List

                              Originally posted by SPX View Post
                              Just a somewhat random train of thought here. . .

                              I've given it some thought and I've noticed that, broadly speaking, Christmas movies fall into two categories:

                              1. Those with a strong supernatural/fantasy element.
                              2. Those with little or no supernatural/fantasy element.

                              In regard to the latter, I'm not talking about fantasy in the sense of a perfect romance or other unrealistic elements, but specifically fantasy that is rooted in Christmas tradition and lore.

                              Some good examples of the first category include The Santa Clause, It's a Wonderful Life, The Polar Express and, of course, A Christmas Carol. Some good examples of the second include Home Alone, Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story.
                              I think I would add a third and forth category to your list and that is:
                              3. Saving Christmas.
                              4. Romantic or Matchmaker Santa.

                              The constant upon constant movies where everyone or some family has to "Save Christmas". The unending story lines of people helping Santa out to because he has memory loss or his magic red sack is missing or the elves have gone on strike! So it's up to us to save Christmas, and in doing so it brings the family back together that have been growing apart at the end of the movie. You could pretty much group them altogether and make one really okay to good movie. In fact that' a really good idea!

                              The last category I see all the time are the romantic Christmas's. You know one's where Santa plays matchmaker and finds that one true love for someone because it was on their wish list down the road sometime in their life. These tend to be more like you stated earlier that they involve the holiday but Christmas is not the main story. They seem to involve it as a subtext. It's there but it's more about the people in the movie and it just happens to be during the holiday. I mean really, doesn't Santa have enough to do making sure his elves on on track to get all those toys our in time for Christmas Eve? Then making sure he leaves on time to get those toys delivered! Again, you could pretty much group these all together and make a good movie and do away with the rest.

                              I would like some of them by title but there are too many to mention! I don't have enough fingers and toes to list them all. But you know the funny thing is, I still watch them over and over each year. Both Saving Christmas and the romantic ones, as well as the ones you listed above!

                              Oh well, what can I say? I'm a sucker for Christmas movies no matter how bad or good they are.

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                              • #30
                                Well I would say that those would be sub-categories. Both types of films, as you describe them, seem to have a supernatural/fantasy element.

                                With that said, ugh, I appreciate your ability to find something of value in such films. But I just can't do it. There was something on the other day on either the Hallmark Channel or Lifetime--I can't remember what it was called--and I tried to give it a fair shake. But no. It sucked.

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