Bruce, how could you?

Bruce, how could you?

Bruce Willis is all over the news this week after he declared that Die Hard, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, is not a Christmas movie. This has roiled the ranks of movie fans everywhere because it is one of the classic debates of both Christmas and movies. Let me share with you a true story, a story that takes us back more than 30 years ago before Die Hard was made. Even though I have been writing about Christmas since we began here in 1991 I’ve only shared this story once, last year during an episode of Tim Babb’sRead more

Tis the Season for Christmas Movies

Tis the Season for Christmas Movies

A new survey commissioned by MyMerryChristmas.com has determined that 46 percent of annual Christmas movie watching happens between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The survey, conducted over a three day period offline in 7 American cities, reveals some surprising facts about summer Christmas movie watching in America. More than 1 in 3 Americans will see something Christmas-related at home during the dog days of summer and of those a whopping 82 percent watch a Christmas-themed show on purpose. The primary reason people watch so much Christmas during the off-season? Simple. There just isn’t time to see it all when itRead more

Dickens Preview Surprises Little

Dickens Preview Surprises Little

Dickens might be sick. The long awaited first preview of the Charles Dickens biopic awkwardly titled The Man Who Invented Christmas is here and it is as horrid as we feared. The movie hits theaters on November 22nd and it is billed as the big Christmas movie release of 2017. The movie casts Christopher Plummer as Scrooge and features every computer animated/generated special effect to give you the feel of Victorian-era England. Dan Stevens stars as the great Charles Dickens, author of A Christmas Carol and a long time legend of Christmas. This movie purports to tell the story ofRead more

The Five Most Essential Movies of Christmas

The Five Most Essential Movies of Christmas

By Lloyd Larsen — Guest Blogger on My Merry Christmas The history of film is slowly watering down the quality that was once fairly exclusive to Christmas. Recent releases with Christmas themes such as “The Night Before” has taken the once proud genre of Christmas and cast it as a suspect reason for even making a movie. That is why the following list of essential Christmas movies contains mostly older titles. Some will brand me old fashion. Or stubborn. Or maybe just old for doing it this way. But if you are a Christmas fan who guards closely not onlyRead more

The Christmas Movie They Will Never Make

The Christmas Movie They Will Never Make

The world was underwhelmed with Mariah Carey’s breathless announcement this week that she is turning her 1994 Christmas tune – All I Want for Christmas Is You – into the next animated Christmas movie. This clearly isn’t the Christmas movie we are waiting for. What we’re waiting for is the Christmas movie they will never make. The reason the world is underwhelmed is because we’ve seen this before. White Christmas the movie wouldn’t be anything without White Christmas the song. Grinch the movie is not the classic that Grinch the TV show proved itself to be. (Oh, and they’re makingRead more

Five Must See Movies Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Five Must See Movies Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving represents a lot of traditions in American culture. Some enjoy the parade, others get into the football and some are all about the food. For many, it is a simple day of being together and playing games. Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, really is a true holiday. Everything stops for something different. Thanksgiving is also traditionally a time set aside to kick off the Christmas season. Many put up or cut down their Christmas tree on Thanksgiving weekend. Most have their Christmas lights hung and many use Thanksgiving night as their time for turning them all on. ByRead more

Dan Stevens to Portray Charles Dickens

Dan Stevens to Portray Charles Dickens

Dan Stevens — the actor once-upon-a-time who played Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey — has been cast to play Charles Dickens in a new movie to be titled The Man Who Invented Christmas. This is a project both to greatly anticipate and to loathe. The story of Dickens and his creation of A Christmas Carol is a great Christmas story in it’s own right. We celebrate Dickens after 200 years because A Christmas Carol has become such an integral part of our modern Christmas celebrations that we cannot think of Christmas without it. The Christmas music world clings to WhiteRead more

Collateral Beauty Trailer Showcases a Real Christmas Movie

Collateral Beauty Trailer Showcases a Real Christmas Movie

We’ve been hankerin’ for a real Christmas movie to arrive in theaters — and we may get it in 2016. Below is the very extended trailer of Will Smith’s Collateral Beauty — a low budget tear jerker with an all star cast. The film follows Howard (played by the indomitable Will Smith), a man who loses his love and drive for life following the death of his daughter. Additionally, it seems to focus on three things that are universal to all humans: Love, time, and death. As Howard divulges in the trailer, “We long for love, we wish we hadRead more

Top Ten Christmas Villains

Top Ten Christmas Villains

The newest episode of the Merry Little Podcast takes on the probing subject of Christmas bad guys in beloved Christmas movies. Almost every story has a bad guy. But the bad guys of Christmas movies are special — because most of them are guys we don’t really hate when all is said and done. After all, it’s Christmas. That’s just one of many Christmas top tens that we’re working these days. In an upcoming episode of the Merry Podcast we probe much, much deeper into Christmas top tens. But this is a good list…and we’re sure you have Christmas villainsRead more

Will Smith Christmas Movie Buzz Building

Will Smith Christmas Movie Buzz Building

There is a new Christmas movie heading to theaters this year and the buzz is building — even if it is getting late in the year. Will Smith is starting to promote Collateral Beauty, which is due in theaters December 16th. The film tells the story of a man — Smith, apparently — who suffers a personal tragedy and is trying to put his life back together. The film has an all-star cast of Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, and Keira Knightley. Billed as a “dramedy” Smith says the film is a curious mix of “It’s aRead more