This is a blog : the 11th : Underrated Christmas Movies

Mixed Nuts

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Mixed Nuts is a 1994 American Christmas comedy film directed by Nora Ephron and stars Steve Martin, Madeline Kahn, Rita Wilson, Anthony LaPaglia, Garry Shandling, Juliette Lewis, and Adam Sandler.

When I first watched this movie I was surprised, I had never seen it since it is a Christmas Movie. The classic comedy actually didn’t do that well in the box office and was listed as one of the worst films ever made. Don’t let that stop you from watching this movie. This movie has laughs, love, and even a transvestite (played by Liev Schreiber). Every actor and actress delivers a great performance in this movie. We just have so many better Christmas movie selections now that it’s hard to appreciate and love the classics. If you like the movie Clue this movie is similar in ways but with a Christmas story. I guess you’d understand if you actually watched it. This is a movie I watch every year and strongly recommend if you want to watch a classic comedy.

Trapped in Paradise

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Trapped in Paradise is a 1994 Christmas-themed crime comedy film written and directed by George Gallo, and starring Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, and Dana Carvey. I like this movie because it takes a story of crime and robbery and turns it into a moral. This movie teaches morals and life lessons and hey Nicolas Cage’s character even gets the girl at the end for making the right choice. This is a great family movie for the holidays.

Rare Exports A Christmas Tale

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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a 2010 Finnish horror-fantasy-thriller film directed by Jalmari Helander about people living near the Korvatunturi Mountain who discover the secret behind Santa Claus. The film is based on a 2003 short film, Rare Exports Inc., by Jalmari and Juuso Helander. This movie (not an English film) is a great Christmas movie. The music and art in this film is that like Tim Burton. I would compare this movie to watching the Thing but for to where kids can watch it.

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The film focuses on a group of local reindeer herders whose Christmas is disturbed by excavations on the mountain. A scientist has ordered a team of workers to dig open what he calls “the largest burial mound in the world”. An explosive used by the team uncovers what is referred to as a “sacred grave”. However, the occupant of the grave is still alive.

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Soon, the reindeer important to the local people are mysteriously killed, and children and supplies begin to disappear from the town. It emerges that the occupant is the source of the original Santa Claus myth; a supernatural being who, rather than rewarding good children, punishes the naughty. One family, however, manages to catch the culprit in a trap, and plans to sell it to the scientist to cover the losses caused by his excavation.

This is a blog : the ninth : Seems Like Old Times

If you’re looking for a great comedy love movie Seems Like Old Times should be playing on your TV right now. If you have Netflix add this movie to your list. This 1980 film stars Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn, and Charles Grodin.

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Nick Gardenia (Chase) was forced to rob a bank and becomes a fugitive. He then seeks help from his ex-wife Glenda Parks (Hawn), a public defender. She is currently married to Ira Parks (Grodin) a LA county district attorney who hates Nick. Nick finds his way to Glenda and Ira’s house. Glenda finds him hiding in her garage and decides to help him while at the same time hiding it from her husband.

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This film has a lot of laughs and a lot of great supporting actors and actresses. As I watched this movie I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. I thought to myself, “Oh another Chevy Chase movie.” I personally don’t like his movies that much because I believe all the National Lampoon movies he’s in are so overrated. As I watched this film I was surprised and was thrown for a loop. I loved the chemistry between all three actors. I really felt like what I was watching was a real story. Goldie Hawn delivered a great performance as well. She had a sweet, genuine demeanor about her in this film. We feel bad for Ira throughout this film as he has no clue what is going on.

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This is a great movie to watch with your girlfriends or with family as long as you admire classic films. If you are looking for a similar movie a 1942 film The Talk of the Town is about a wrongfully accused man hiding out at the home of a beautiful woman.

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This is a blog : the eighth : The Out of Towners

I have never seen this movie until now. As I scrolled through Netflix I saw a picture of Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn. It has to be good I thought. I was right.

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This 1999 movie the Out of Towners is a remake of a 1970 film by the same name. Henry (played by Steve Martin) and Nancy ( played by Goldie) are from Ohio. We see that Henry has lost his job but doesn’t tell his wife. After leaving for New York Nancy gets lonely and basically follows him onto the plane. Everything that can go wrong, goes wrong in this movie. Although its probably very unlikely all these things would happen to a person, its a great comedy. There “lovely” trip involves being rerouted to Boston, their luggage lost, mugged, cards being declined, thrown out of hotel, robbed, and chased by police. “Only in New York,” Steve Martin’s character says. Don’t worry thou everything turns out great at the end and he gets the job and they start their new life in New York.

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I was shocked when I read on Wikipedia that it didn’t even get a high rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I love this movie. Its a movie you can watch every year. As I watch this movie during the Christmas time, I connect more to the characters. I love Christmas because “everyone is happy no matter what” is what I say. Thou this isn’t a Christmas movie, most of the movie scenes are at night and the clothing they wear is that of coats and jackets because I’m guessing its the winter time.

Thou I’m not a big fan of Goldie Hawn’s daughter Kate Hudson, Goldie delivers a great performance. She is just a wife trying to be there for her husband thou she isn’t quite sure she wants to be with him now that the kids are out of the house. She sticks by her man through it all.

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Steve Martin plays a great role as well. Thou he has the world on his shoulders and time is ticking to get to his job interview, we see a character that is determined. We see his character Henry tell off Nancy a few times but he wants this job for her; to provide for her.

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You will not be disappointed if you take a chance on this movie. You won’t think “oh man I wasted my time.” Thou not one of the popular movie you hear about this movie will make you laugh and even possibly cry. Don’t all sapping love movies?

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This is a blog : the seventh : May

While watching May you almost feel bad for her character. The movie May came out in 2002. I wouldn’t catagorize this under horror but more psychological horror. This film stars Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, and James Duval.

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The film is about a girl named May (played by Bettis). She receives a doll on her birthday from her mom but can’t open it. May ,older, works at a veterinary hospital assisting surgeries. May is “off” and weird. She talks to her doll and throughout the film because she has no friends, and as May gets angry, the glass cracks. We see May has a lazy eye that traumatized her childhood growing up. She sees an eye doctor and get contacts and also get more courage to talk to Adam. He is a mechanic that May watches and has a crush on. She loves his hands. They start dating while May’s co-worker (played by Anna Faris) hits on her. May goes to Polly (Ferris) when she is sad and they become friends. Polly has a beautiful neck (according to May). Throughout the film we see May trying to connect with people. But with friends comes consequences. As Adam and May get closer, Adam sees that May is more crazy than weird. When he dumps her May because hysterical and does what her dolls inscription says “If you can’t find a friend, make one.”

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As I watch this movie I notice that there isn’t that much music, so if you’re okay with no music most of film, then watch this movie. I like this movie because this movie is about connection. When we are alone we can go crazy. Humans need contact. We need comfort. With May, we see how little things can add up and can make someone do whatever it takes to get that comfort.

Now in the beginning of this blog I said we feel bad for May. This is why. May is a normal person. She just has no friends because she her lazy eye made her self-conscious. As she is introduced to weird elements and top of thinking she hears her doll talk back we see her emotions come out. She doesn’t know how to react to things so she freaks out. People who have no one to talk to based their actions on their own thoughts. This film takes a girl that is so full of love and warmth but makes her into a disturbing girl.

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Critics praised the film for its unique feel while also complimenting its brutality through the eyes of someone who is so caught up in their own fantasy of sorts. Roger Ebert granted the film four stars out of four, and called it “a horror film and something more and deeper, something disturbing and oddly moving”

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This is a blog : the fifth : Mr. Nobody

Let me start by saying I wish Ive seen this movie when I first heard about it and stopped putting it off. Mr. Nobody delivers stunning performances by various actors and actresses throughout the film. I call a movie like Mr. Nobody a “life” movie which means it tells a story of someone’s life.

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This 2009 indie, science fiction drama film was written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael, produced by Philippe Godeau, and starred Jared Leto. Sound familiar? Yeah the guy who sings in 30 Seconds to Mars. Let’s not forget he was an actor before he was a singer. Any My So-Called life fans out there?!

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In 2092 Nemo Nobody is about to turn 118 and he is the last mortal on Earth. Humans have found a way to stay mortal through renewing cells. The world is watching Mr. Nobody and his psychiatrist Dr. Feldheim put him under hypnosis to ask about his life. Mr. Nobody tells his life but no one is sure what is real and what is not. He tells the story if how his parents met, how he fell in love, and how he had to make an impossible choice. Nemo is 9 and has been put into a position where he must make an impossible decision – to choose between his mother and father. In the seconds preceding the rest of his life he wonders where each choice will take him. Alternate life paths are shown throughout the film and how each one takes us down different roads. The tale of Nemo Nobody reflects a life of choices, whether or not we made the correct choice and what would happen if we could go back and change them. In the reveal Mr. Nobody age 118 states that it doesn’t matter what we choose, because each choice, once made has just as much significance as any alternate choice.

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Mr. Nobody is a tale about choice. The forces of the universe working to bring about total chaos are counteracted by this boy’s overactive imagination. The dilemma that causes the film’s main problem (not knowing the future) once solved makes it all the more difficult – “I don’t know the future, therefore I cannot make a decision. Now that I know the future I still cannot make one.”

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Like the movie The Sixth Sense, color plays a vital role in this film as symbolic meanings. Among each storyline a color is represented. The first scene we see this in is when Nemo is a kid and he sees three girls on a bench. They are his possible future wives: Jeanne, Elise and Anna; one in yellow, the other in blue, the third in a red dress. The color blue is associated with Elise where Nemo experiences depression and despair. The color yellow is associated with Jeanne where Nemo has wealth and seeks independence. The most important is the color red. This symbolizes Nemo and Anna’s relationship and their love for each other. The underlying color used is white. White sygnafies that all things are possible until a choice is made.

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Over the years Mr. Nobody has become a cult film for its philosophy and cinematography, personal characters and Pierre Van Dormael’s soundtrack.
Actors and actresses in this movie include the following ; Jared Leto, Toby Regbo, Thomas Byrne, Sarah Polley, Clare Stone, Diane Kruger, Eva Green, Juno Temple, Linh Dan Pham, Audrey Giacomini, Rhys Ifans, and Natasha Little.
Mr. Nobody has philosophical underpinning inspired by scientific tomes on chaos theory and the butterfly effect, pigeon superstition, and the space-time continuum. Louis Morin is a visual effects supervisor who worked on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and also on this film.
The soundtrack features songs by Pierre Van Dormael, Buddy Holly, Hans Zimmer, Otis Redding, Eurythmics, Pixies, Wallace Collection, Nena, Ella Fitzgerald, and The Andrew Sisters, as well as versions of “Mr. Sandman” performed by The Chordettes, The King Brothers, Emmylou Harris, and Gob, and recordings of compositions by Erik Satie and Benjamin Britten, among others.

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This is a blog : the second : Once Upon a Time

PicsArt_1417053087992 As a child I would watch Disney movies and sing and dance. My favorites were those of Robin Hood, Peter Pan, and The Little mermaid. Oh how I wish I could fly, fly away from my problems. I wish I could be in a different world and that all everything was better in song. Maybe that’s why I love to sing because it takes me to another place where I’m not scared and I can be me. Whether you were raised liking a fox, a mermaid, a lion, a princess, a prince, or a villain, we all have the same thoughts. We wish life was like a fairy tale.

One of my favorite TV shows Once Upon A Time has done a great way to explain to us what that would be like. Since this show is so complex with every episode I apologize for such a lengthy post. But it is hard to sum up each season without giving away pivotal points and “no way!” moments. If you aren’t watching Once Upon A Time its probably because you don’t want to be seen watching fairy tales and seem wimpy or less of a man or woman. On the contrary, this show delivers strong characters, and characters that fight for anything. So without further adieu here is what you are missing and a snapshot of what this show brings.

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Season 1

Emma Swan, a bail bonds person, is surprised on her birthday by her 10-year-old son Henry who she gave up for adoption. He then tells her he lives in place called Storybrooke, Maine. She then drives him back to his foster mother to find out things don’t seem right. As a “new” parent and as a bail bonds person she knows when something isnt right. As viewers, we can see who is who as this show does cut scenes from “the magical world” to the real world. The town is put under a curse by the Evil Queen to where the have differnet personas and dont remember the fairy tale world they came from. Emma stays a few days in this town at Grannys bed and breakfast that lays above the diner. Regina, Henry’s foster mother or the Evil Queen, does not like Emma because shes different and new. According to Henry, and his magical fairy tale book, his mother Emma is the Saviour and she must get everyone their happy endings. Throughout season 1, we are introduced to our favorite Disney princes, princesses, villans, and suppporting characters. Thou season 1 is a little slow ( most dramas are) we have to understand they are telling a story and introducing characters in the first part of the story. Jam packed in first season we see Prince Charming and Snow White wedding, how Emma was born, how the Evil Queen casted her sleeping curse and the curse that have them al stuck in the town, Prince Charmings back story, a little sneak at Rumplestiltskin. Meanwhile in our world we see how far true loves kiss goes, and how Emma and Regina battle for the safety of Henry. We also see how ones belief in magic can save a town from the Evil Queens curse. Everything else in season 1 is just dressing and suporting roles and stories for the actual storyline.

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Season 2

As season 2 starts we are open to seeing that Emma has lifted the curse and everyone has their memories back. But everything is not all roses aand sunshine especially in this fairy tale drama. Magic beans, portals, pirates, giants, ogres, and more magic unwind in this seasson. We find out more of the Evil Queens backstory and what made her so evil and that befor eit all started she was just girl in love. We also see how Rumplestiltskin ( or the crocodile) lived his life before when he was only a poor cowardly human that only cared for his boy and was willing to do anything to live for his family. As the story plays we also see that he meets Killigan Jones aka Hook and see a feud develop between the characters over Rumple’s wife. Thus, Killigan becomes Hook. In the real world Emma, and Snow White fall into a portal through the Mad Hatters hat after trying to fight off a wraith that Rumple had called to kill Regina. They fall into the Forbidden Forest and team up with Mulan and Aurora and beknown to them Hook. As Emma and Snow White try to find a way back to their loved ones they encounter fighting ogres, giants, and even Reginas evil mother. Emmas relationship with Hook grows and we see that Emma isnt that easy to be swooned. We see also that Emma unleashes some powers of her own. As they are able to get back through a portal by a magical bean we see they arent the only ones. Hook and Reginas mother Kora join in on the fun as well. The season comes to a close as the gang tries to find a way to defeat Kora ( since she is more evil than the Evil Queen) and we see how Rumple only wants to find his son. He creates a potion to do this ( since crossing the town border makes you forget your memories of his past life) and he brings along Emma and Henry for the ride. We find out where and who Rumples son is and as they come back more drama unfolds and people arent who they seem. With new characters brings in new conflict as Henrys life is in danger and he is basically kidnapped and taken through a portal to Neverland.

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