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Andrea

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If anyone is looking for a wonderful Christmas movie that's as appropriate for kids as it is for adults, check out MILLIONS which is now available on DVD.  It was released last year and is an Irish movie so might be classifed as a foreign film (but without the subtitles, of course). 

The film received great reviews and is refreshingly different.  I won't say anymore b/c I don't want to give it away, but think it's worth a look. 

The little boy in the leading role is so cute I wanted to grab him off the screen and adopt him! 


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Andrea

 

Thanks for the suggestion.  Always looking for a good movie.  Enjoy the holidays


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How about "The Lemon Drop Kid" with Bob Hope.  Or better yet, "March of the Wooden Soldiers" with Laurel and Hardy.

 

Or if you like remakes, "Miracle on 34th Street" or "The Bishop's Wife"??

 

My 10 year old loves "Elf".  Very NYC.  Especially the line when Bob Newhart tells Buddy that when he goes to NY, to be careful and there is an "Original Ray's Pizza" on every corner, but the real one is on 12th street (it's true!  I almost fell out of my seat laughing at that one, no one in the theater got it, I guess since I saw the movie in Fishkill.)

 

Scrooged with Bill Murray, but one scene with the ghost of Christmas Past with faces in his chest might frighten little ones.  (Watch the movie through the credits.)

 

Claymation Christmas-(Here we come a waffle-ing)

 

That's all I can think of for now!

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I've got copies of "March of The Wooden Soldiers" and "A Christmas Carol"(the one with Alister Sim). Enjoy them both this time of year. Haven't seen "Claymation Christmas" in years. Is it ever on TV, or can I find a copy of it somewhere?
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I got my copy last year on Amazon.  It also has an Easter and Halloween special that I've never even watched.  It's never on TV anymore. 

 

Another movie I completely forgot about was "A Christmas Story".  The beginning of the movie with the kids looking in Higbee's window display reminded me of when my mom would take me down to 34th street to see Gimbels windows.  Santa always made an appearance in the chimney and there was an interactive show with him.  But, "A Christmas Story" is a hoot, I think it'll be on TCM either today or tomorrow and it's usually shown for 24 hours (starting at 8PM Christmas Eve) straight on either TNT or TBS.  (My husband still asks for a "Red Rider Bolt Action 200 shot air rifle" and I still tell him he'll shoot his eye out.)

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"A Christmas Story" is one of the best holiday movies ever.  We watch it every year (I broke down and bought it last year) and still find it too funny for words.  Ralphie is a gem. 

One of our favorite scenes is when Ralphie gets his Red Ryder gun and almost shoots his eye out.  We also laugh at the scene when Ralphie's father wins the grand prize lamp (BTW this lamp can now be purchased at your local stores to round out your own personal decor) and thought it was from Italy since it was marked "fra-jeel-ay" or "fragile" as we say. 

Enjoy...


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 Rented "Millions" last nite. Thanks for the tip! What a cute movie. Best line- "You were my miracle"  Thanks again.


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Marie, I'm glad you enjoyed it.  Rereading my initial post, however, I realized that I said it was an Irish film which it isn't.  It's British. 

Directed by Danny Boyle (whose movies are usually edgy - "Trainspotting"),  "Millions" is instead both quirky and somewhat sentimental without being overly sweet. 


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"Millions" is instead both quirky and somewhat sentimental without being overly sweet. 


In other words, a "chick flick"?

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Hmmm...I wouldn't call it a chick flick.  I'm not a big fan of those myself.  I prefer movies that are a bit more quirky and unpredictable.  If you've seen any of Danny Boyle's other films, you'll know that his style is distinctive.  His movies always get extremely good reviews and they are very well done. 

The basic plot revolves around a family recently relocated to a new area in England.  Soon after the move,  the youngest son finds a suitcase full of money just before Britain is ready to switch over the the Euro. 

The boy is very unusual for his age and is very taken with the lives of the saints.  I really don't want to say anything else b/c his experiences are a very integral part of the movie. 

Hope you get to see it, Terrence. 


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  I remember being quite taken with " The Lives of the Saints" in the 4th grade- what absolutely racy reading!  The kid reminded me of myself in some ways. Although I would not classify this movie as a chick flick what exactly is wrong with them???? Can't wait til next Tuesday- my daughter and I have a date set to see KING KONG  Now there is a chick flick!!!! Merry Christmas to all- Love Marie


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Hi Marie,

 

I don't know how old your daughter is but I "caught" King Kong with my wife last weekend.

 

Now I'm a lifelong fan of the original film so I had hopeful high expectations.  The best I can give it is mixed reviews.

The technical wizardry is all there.  But each and every action scene is so long, it becomes boring.  The characters are poorly developed even for an action film and jack Black and Adrian Brody are miscast.

 

The settings are spectacular, (especially Naomi Watts). Particularly mesmerizing is depression era NYC. But the film has little soul.  Even the denouement fails to elicit the compassion for the great beast.

 

Just my opinion but at three hours plus, I was had pressed to stay in my seat.

 

Go for Cache or Syriani.

 

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Dear Frank,

       You took your wife the lovely Annette Fey to see King Kong and you did not like the flick? That's terrible, I'm not going to see it now. We were planning to see that over vacation but if you give it the ixnay than that's enough for me. I'm so sorry to hear that it is bad, I wanted to like it .I like Jack Black and Adrian B.

Merry Christmas!
Pat

PS - WHo is doing Christmas eve?


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Patti,

(I just sent you a note on another thread.)

Yeah, I tried to sound authoritative but, in short, Kong sucks.

Ryan and his friends aren't even interested so the buzz at the high school must be the same. The new thing with them is renting old action movies and marveling at the unintentionally campy, bad acting, i.e. Rambo or anything with Steven Segal.

At Kong, Annette was actually routing for the dinasaurs to kill the actors just to get the film moving along.  The best peformance is by the zoned out native witch chick in the zombie trace.  Too bad she gets 9 seconds of screen time.

If you go, watch for the first kiss close up of Adrian and Naomi.  His nose crashes into her face long before his lips get there.

 

Christmas Eve is at Greg's, (Kevin's younger brother), in Wyckoff.

 

"Let the airing of grievances begin!"

 

FXOC '66

 

P.S. Why are you being nice to me?

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I rented Millions last night and it was so great --I loved it as did the husband.

Merry happy. Thanks I will tell the world.

Pat


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