Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 12 Films Of Christmas 

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… The 12 Films Of Christmas 

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about our favourite Christmas movies and come ups with a final 12 recommended festive films.   You could say it’s the 12 Films of Christmas! Oh and for the record Die Hard is very much a Christmas movie…

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Die Hard, Gremlins, Trading Places, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Batman Returns, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Scrooged, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Lethal Weapon In Bruges, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone, The Ref, Love Actually, It’s A Wonderful Life, Edward Scissorhands, Bad Santa, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Spectre, The Shape Of Water, Moonlight, la La Land

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Phil’s Top 5… Non- Traditional Christmas Movies!

Phil’s Top 5… Non- Traditional Christmas Movies!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: Non-Tradtiotonal Christmas Movies!

Not EVERY Christmas film has to be about Santa or presents.  Some are set around that time or have a very tangential link. Here are 5 of my favourites!

Close but no cigar:  Batman Returns, In Bruges, Iron Man 3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

5 – Trading Places
Eddie Murphy at his best alongside the awesome Dan Akroyd and a cast to die for, Trading Places even some 30+ years later is nothing short of a near perfect comedy that has been much aped but never bettered.

4 – The Long Kiss Goodnight
It’s no surprise than 4 of the movies here (alongside Iron Man 3 and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) are Shane Black films.  Not ONLY is he a great filmmaker/ writer but he also has more than a passing obsession with Christmas.  Whilst Kiss, Kiss is a better film I just adore the pithy dialogue and brutal action in the Long Kiss Goodnight.  Just a brilliant film.

3 – Lethal Weapon
Another Shane Black film, and another one of my favourite action films Lethal Weapon is a brutal, violent and dark thriller that explores some pretty tough themes.  It’s easy to forget what the series start at when you look back at the new TV show and the later films.

2 – Gremlins
What’s not to like?  Furry creatures who cant get wet or eat after midnight do just that and soon a town if overrun with evil, killer gremlins!  The film that started my multi-decade crush with Phoebe Cates!

1 – Die Hard
Simply put the best non-traditional Christmas film ever and one of (if not THE) greatest action ever made, Die Hard is a lean, mean and for it’s time groundbreaking film.  It also , for better or worse, gave us Bruce Willis.

 

 

Blog: This Years Christmas Viewing- A Quick Capsule Review (Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Gremlins, Get Santa, Love Actually, Trading Places)

Blog: This Years Christmas Viewing- A Quick Capsule Review (Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Gremlins, Get Santa, Love Actually, Trading Places)

Quick Review

So a Phil’s Quick Capsule Review round up of the films I watched this festive Christmas season…

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Die Hard
It’s been cloned, it’s been copied but it’s never been bettered. Die Hard is a nailed on classic.  And it just reminds you how far both the films and Willis as an actor/star have fallen in the 25+ years since this film came out.  From DeBonts stunning cinematography to McTiernan’s taught direction, from the script to the set pieces, the film still gives any modern day action film a run for it’s money.  Add to that Alan Rickman chewing up the scenery and a never better Willis and you have a film as good day as it ever was.

Best Bit: C4. Monitor. Bang.  Talk about using a nuclear bomb to Swat a fly.

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Die Hard 2
So Die Hard 2 holds up less well than Die Hard, the directing isn’t anywhere near as tight, the action a bit stilted and the photography feels like that generic early 90’s last 80’s action film that plagued the genre.  Yet… it’s damn good fun, Willis is comfortable in his role as the wise cracking McClane  and the support cast on top form.  So not the classic that Die Hard is but still a lot to enjoy.

Best Bit: Ice. Eye. Death.

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Gremlins
From the twist mind of Joe Dante and it once meant something stamp of producer Steven Spielberg comes one of the most subversive “kids ” film ever made.  Not that it actually is a kids film.  Oh no it’s a lot better than that.  Death, murder, microwaved gremlins… Dante delivers a feast of horrors in what is still his best film. Everything about Gremlin’s works and whilst it’s over 30 years old now, it hasn’t aged bit (save for some of the background technology). Smart. Funny. And at time scary, Gremlins is the wicked fun.

Best Bit: Kitchen Scene

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Get Santa
So from the director that gave you Severance and Triangle comes this years more interesting take on Christmas. Totally successful?  No.  But not without a few laughs.  Mostly of the jokes about Warwick Davis looking like an Elf or Reindeers farting type. But you take them where you can get them I guess. Broadbent is having more fun that most (including the audience) and overall you are left with a sometime funny, never boring kids film.

Best Bit: Davis being confused for an elf.

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Love Actually
Okay so I have a massive soft spot for this slice of manipulative tosh.  Is Love Actually a great film?  By all standard measures probably not.  It’s far too on the nose, it makes little sense and it’s as subtle as a brick around the head.  BUT.  And this is a but BUT. I still love it.  It’s become a Christmas favourite, watched ever year without fail.  Why?  Because at it heart it’s a sweet, often funny, always charming story about love and people, a story that can melt even the hardest of hearts.  What’s not to love…

Best Bit: The ending.  Love is actually all-around after all

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Trading Places
(1983)
Another subservience Christmas film, a tale of rags to riches to rags.  Okay so 31 years on some of the humour certainly would pass now (not least a backed up Dan Aykroyd) , but Trading Places holds up rather well considering everything that has come after.  But then good jokes, winning performances and great central ideas are pretty time less.  Maybe both Aykroyd and Murphy should watch this again and remind themselves of when they used to be funny…

Best Bit: Whilst it’s Murphy film, Ackroyd gives a star turn here

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Author: Phil Hobden