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.

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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 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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