Is A Christmas Story the best Christmas movie?

 

Let’s talk about why A Christmas Story should be crowned the greatest Christmas movie. Holidays are ostensibly about family and the memories we make when we are with our family. The plot of A Christmas Story is not a big, showy production. It is simply about young Ralphie’s Christmas with his family and his hopes for the perfect Christmas present. Remember your childhood? Remember when you thought about what you would get for Christmas for at least a month? This is the highly effective hook of A Christmas Story. The story is told through the unique story device of an adult Ralphie providing the voiceover in retrospect.

As a child, my father sat the family down to watch A Christmas Story. I was initially uninterested. In the years holidays that ensued and the highly effective 24-hour cable marathons, pre-cutting the cord, watching A Christmas Story at least biannually became one of my family’s traditions.

This film is intentionally dated and intentionally cheesy. It is a way to connect to the child you were. When I watch this film with my father, it takes him back to his childhood. This is not because his childhood was exactly the same as the film. As an adult, I too experience nostalgia with this film.

This movie touches on many childhood struggles that a lot of us went through: the perfect Christmas toy, wearing giant snowsuits against your will, performing like a monkey at your parents’ request, meeting Santa, childhood fights, and dares. Most importantly, A Christmas Story is so effective at putting us in Ralphie’s shoes that we get to experience our own childhood again, even if it was actually superficially different. It is family friendly fare that is perfect to put on when everyone is gathered together this holiday season.

C’mon, let’s choose A Christmas Story as the greatest Christmas movie! Please join me in checking out the rest of the contenders over on the LAMB

“a major award”

TV Review: The Mick

The Mick

Please enjoy my video review of Fox’s The Mick. This edgy sitcom stars Kaitlin Olson (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia).

The Mick White Trash Party

You can currently view all episodes of The Mick on Fox.com or Hulu (Visa GC Referral Link).

Above photos via the official Facebook page.

Movie Review: Sausage Party

Sausage Party Poster
Kristen Wiig as Brenda Bunson & Seth Rogen as Frank

Sausage Party
directed by Greg Tiernan & Conrad Vernon
written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter & Ariel Shaffir
story by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg & Jonah Hill
starring Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton & Salma Hayek
distributed by Columbia Pictures
release date: August 12, 2016
viewed at the theater

5 out of 5

Sausage Party premiere Seth Rogen Paul Rudd
Paul Rudd & Seth Rogen at the Sausage Party premiere

Sausage Party Salma Hayek
Salma Hayek as Teresa del Taco

Sausage Party is a hilarious, raunchy animated comedy from the twisted mind of Seth Rogen. Please watch the above video for our full take on this amazing movie. Yes, it’s full of spoilers!

Sausage Party Lavash
David Krumholtz as Kareem Abdul Lavash
Sausage Party elders
Craig Robinson as Mr. Grits, Bill Hader as Firewater & Scott Underwood as Twink

You can preorder Sausage Party here (Note: This is an affiliate link. If you shop on Amazon through this link, you may yield a small commission for this site.)

P.S. There are Sausage Party costumes and yes, they are sufficiently horrifying!

You may also enjoy:
Movie Review: The Duff
Movie Quotes: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Movie Quotes: The Green Hornet
Movie Review: Take This Waltz
Movie Quotes: Observe and Report

Movie Review: The Duff

The Duff poster

2 out of 5 stars

_N8A4266.NEF

duff challenge

The Duff is a teen comedy about a “designated ugly fat friend”, who decides to change into a hot chick. Wait, are the 90s really back? No, no, they are not. Unfortunately, this film doesn’t evoke She’s All That, though it desperately wishes that it did. Please watch the video above for my full review.

duff montage

duff shirtless

 

You can subscribe to Hulu Plus here (Note: This is a referral link.)

You may also enjoy:
Movie Review: The Age of Adeline
Movie Review: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Movie Review: Project Almanac
Movie Review: Sex Tape

Movie Review: The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline 1925 Poster

The Age of Adaline
directed by Lee Toland Krieger
written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz
starring Blake Lively and Harrison Ford
distributed by Lionsgate
release date: April 24, 2015
viewed on Amazon Instant Video

The Age of Adaline elevator

The Age of Adaline Harrison Ford is life

This romantic drama centers on the life story of a young woman who stops aging at 29. I am a bit torn on it. Watch my video review for my full thoughts. Check it out if you are a huge fan of Blake Lively or Harrison Ford.

The Age of Adaline Ellen Burstyn

The Age of Adaline yum

You can stream The Age of Adaline on Amazon Instant Prime (Note: This is an affiliate link. If you shop on Amazon through this link, you may yield a small commission for this site.) or on Hulu Plus (with Showtime)

You may also enjoy:
Movie Review: Hotel Transylvania 2
Movie Review: Perfect Sense
Movie Review: I Give It a Year
Movie Review: The Shape of Things
Sean Young’s Blade Runner Polaroids
When They Were Young-inc a young Ford in his undies
Blogathon: Life, Love and the Movies-Yes, I’d bone Indy, in a heartbeat.