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

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

Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in Remake

Cumberbatch to Voice the Grinch in Remake

Famed British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been tapped to voice the Grinch in an animated remake of Dr. Seuss’ classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, set to be released later next year. The last remake of the Grinch was met with mixed critical reviews and has failed to generate year-after-year loyalty viewing of the original made-for-television animated special. Producers of the new version hope to avoid disappointing fans. ““For me, in reading what Geisel wrote, I view it more from a character perspective. I think that the essence of this film is the notion of this cynicism comedically expressed inRead more

Home Alone Goes Back to Theaters

Home Alone Goes Back to Theaters

Home Alone celebrates 25 years this Christmas and producers are celebrating in a variety of ways — the latest by announcing that it will make a very limited to return to theaters on November 8th. Over two dates in early November — the 8th and the 11th — you can see Home Alone again on the big screen. Chances are you saw it at least twice at the time but for whatever reason the movie, which is short on special effects and scenic wonders, has been chosen to once again grace the big screen. Home Alone was the top grossingRead more

Peanuts 2015 Preview

Peanuts 2015 Preview

In the absence of any real film of substance this Christmas it is refreshing to see a little glimpse of what has been rumored for Christmas 2015 for some time. Mashable talked about it today and lo and behold the trailer magically appeared a short while later. Watch: That being seen…what are your thoughts about seeing Peanut in CG animation? Is it just me or is the slick look a step back in Snoopy charm?

Jimmy Stewart’s Other Christmas Movie

Jimmy Stewart’s Other Christmas Movie

In a 1980 production of a low budget and not-so widely distributed film directed by Academy Award winning director Keith Merrill, Jimmy Stewart gives the holiday performance of a lifetime. Unlike that other Christmas movie (It’s a Wonderful Life) starring Stewart nearly forty years before this one features neither the predictable sub-plots of good versus evil or the triumph over Christmas disasters. Stewart plays Willie Krueger, a lonely old man enduring a Christmas alone in his basement apartment with his cat George. We never learn why he is alone and why there is no family about him, save only thatRead more

I am Santa Claus Debuts on Blu-ray

I am Santa Claus Debuts on Blu-ray

Mick Foley’s pet project I am Santa Claus will be released on Blu-ray this holiday season. Virgil Films & Entertainment has announced the documentary arrives on Blu-ray on November 11th. But check the kids at the door — this ain’t your Daddy’s Santa documentary. Everyone thinks of Santa Claus as a magical figure without flaws, but the men who keep his legend alive, real-bearded professional Santas, are rarely anything like the jolly old Saint Nick we’ve all grown up knowing. In reality, the mall Santa in your cherished children’s photo has problems just like the rest of us. Even theRead more

Kirk Cameron is Explaining Christmas to Christians

Kirk Cameron is Explaining Christmas to Christians

Actor and Christian activist Kirk Cameron is a releasing a new movie in November titled Saving Christmas. While media coverage is already negative on the project the target audience appears not to be the critics and the skeptics. Cameron appears to be playing the film towards Christians. The film is scheduled to open on 400 screens across the country for a limited 2-week engagement only. Saving Christmas tells a story that gives the audience a biblical basis for Christmas celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strong as the culture looks to trivialize and even eliminate the faith elements of theRead more