The Christmas Chronicles(22 Nov 2018) In everyone’s hearts there is always the hope of something better, and The Christmas Chronicles delivers. Santa is played by Kurt Russell, yeah I know it is a little hard to believe, but he does it well. This is a fantasy, for children, just remember what I say at the end of this and make sure the children know it. There are several child actors that play Teddy and Kat at different ages, all did well. Judah Lewis plays the oldest who is not a believer and you actually feel for him. His little sister is played by Darby Camp, who by the way, steals the show.
If your children see this as a fantasy, then all is well. If they are expected to believe it, shame on you. It will be a great Christmas Story the whole family will enjoy. Based on that I give it a 4.5 out of 5, taking off a little for the cartoonish elves. I guess they didn’t want to pay for short kids or adults to play them, so sad. Personally, I would have preferred kids, or short people playing those parts, after all, that is what you expect in a Christmas Story… Don’t worry, the children in your house won’t notice… I hope. This was an enjoyable movie.
As a youngster I never believed in Santa Claus, however, I do believe in Sinter Klaus ie Saint Nick who was a robber baron in the old world, by all intents and purposes gave out candy to children, but when he left the town he took several with him, they were never to be seen again. a demon by any name. Let’s face it when kids first see Santa Clause, they scream bloody murder wondering why their parents forsook them. Then they are taught that the evil clown brings them presents. That lasts for several years until, at nine to eleven, their schoolmates tell them the truth! Bad parenting. Now they will never trust you 100% anymore. You lied about the tooth fairy, you lied about the Easter bunny, and you lied about Santa Clause, not to mention all the lies Disney tells them.
I would not buy this, and if my arm was twisted I may watch it again.
The British science fiction film Await Further Instructions was released on October 5, 2018. I am hard-pressed on whether to classify this as an apocalyptic sci fi movie or as a dark Christmas movie. As for the message of the movie, which this one seems to have, I would say that it is “we are controlled by the media”.
A dysfunctional family gets together for Christmas, but the next morning they find a message on their TV which says: Stay inside your houses. Await Further Instructions. It is at this point that Nick (Sam Gittins) and his girlfriend Annji (Neerja Naik) must deal with his family’s inner fears and prejudices. As far as the acting went, it was tolerable. The story line wasn’t totally original, but there were some good emotional scenes. The CGI was also good.
There was no foul language and the violence was there but it wasn’t particularly bloody. If you are a fan of dark science fiction, there you will enjoy this movie. The main star of the movie wasn’t any of the actors, it was the television screen. I give this 3 stars out of 5.
The film Christmas Inheritance was released on December 15, 2017. It is a romantic comedy starring Eliza Taylor (from The 100) as a party girl whose father sends her to a small town to deliver a Christmas letter. The town is where her father (Neil Crone) and his best friend (Anthony Sherwood) started up their Home and Hearth company.
Now, I am not really a fan of romantic comedies. Most guys would probably consider this as a “girly movie”. The story line was almost predictable, but it was tolerable and had some good comedic bits. Jake Lacey plays the town inn keeper who has been hurt romantically before. He is a very likeable character and was very believable. Andie MacDowell played Jake’s aunt and local cafe owner. As for the bad guy of the film, Michael Xavier played Gray, Eliza’s fiancee. He was definitely a New York stereotype of arrogance and rudeness.
The look of the town was successful in that it was very picturesque. I am also glad to say that there was no foul language and only one kissing scene. For a movie of this genre, I was surprised in that there was a good balance of romance and comedy. I would recommend people to watch, but as I stated earlier, I would not buy this film. I give it 4 stars out of 5.
A Christmas Star is an Irish film which was released on December 29, 2017, in the US. Noelle is a village girl who was born in a shed on Christmas night and throughout her life manages to stop people’s fighting just with a thought. When a former industrialist’s son returns to the village, he promises the village that the local industry, snow globe making, will remain. Noelle discovers that his actual plant to tear down the village and put in an amusement park.
Erin Galway-Kendrick plays 11-year-old Noelle who believes she can perform small miracles. Pierce Brosnan plays Mr. Shepherd, a land developer who sends the industrialist’s son and grandson to close the deal. I would like to say that I really enjoyed this movie, but there were some flaws that ruined it for me. The relationship between the industrialist and his teenage son was confusing and bordered on child abuse. The location and cinematography for the movie were excellent. The directing wasn’t horrible, just a bit uneven.
This was a decent enough Christmas film which I would recommend for viewing. I wouldn’t buy it for my collection due to the storyline between the father and son. The concept of faith and love in order to stop hate is expressed well enough without sounding preachy or sickening. I give this 3 1/2 stars out of five.
Pottersville was released on November 10, 2017. Maynard Greiger (Michael Shannon) owns a grocery store in a town which is on its last legs. When a friend tells him he has to enjoy life more, he takes the advice and goes home early only to find his wife and the sheriff dressed as furries. He ends up getting drunk, decides to put on a costume and runs around town only to wake the next day and find out that he is mistaken for Bigfoot.
Michael Shannon’s character was played very low key which I think gave his character a sense of humility. Ron Perlman played the sheriff and he had some very funny scenes. Thomas Lennon played Blake Masterson, a phony Australian monster hunter. His portrayal of an Australian was about as authentic as Shannon’s Bigfoot character. For the most part, I thought the movie was funny with an underlining of Americana. The director did a very good job and the actors were believable. This could be classified, I suppose, as A Wonderful Life meets Ghost Hunters. There were a couple scenes that were, how should I put this? Cringy, specifically when Lennon sings a song about hunting yetis.
I liked the movie overall. It wasn’t specifically a Christmas movie but it was a good holiday movie. I would watch it again and I would recommend it to others. I give it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.
The Hallmark movie 48 Christmas Wishes was released on November 2, 2017. When one of Santa’s elves accidentally burns a sack of Christmas wishes, she and a helper go to the town to recover the wishes. The main focus is on the Williams family, which consists of a widow, her 13-year old daughter and 9-year old son. Since it was shown on TV and is classified as a family movie there is no foul language used.
The story line was good if a bit too sugary. The child actors, for the most part, were decent. There were a couple of characters that could have used better actors or have been eliminated altogether. The directing was good as well as the cinematography. I was happy to see that child actors played the elves instead of the film makers using animated elves. There were a couple scenes that tugged on my heart strings, as these sort of movies tend to do. The elves ear makeup was done well and the children made their characters believable. At the end of the movie there are scenes from a blooper reel which almost always brings a smile to my face.
For the most part, I found this to be a very nice addition to seasonal films. Some of the story line could have been strengthened, but I would not say that its a horrible film. Some of the child actors may have been acting in their first film. I know that is true for the boy who played Blake, however he has been in commercials and plays since he was 6 years old. I would watch this again, I would recommend it, BUT I would not buy it. In spite of some of the film’s flaws, I give it 4 stars out of 5.
Krampus Dec 15, 2015, PG-13I, for one, do not understand how the original Christmas story could get so messed up. The original Christmas Story was written and recorded by the Lapp people. The statements, ‘You better watch out’. ‘You better not pout’, ‘You better not cry’ come from that ancient text. When I say ancient, I mean over 4000 years ago when man first started writing. This had nothing do to with the Christian form of St. Nicholas (if you actually read this version of Christmas in its original form you will realize how evil St. Nick actually is.) My point being is that Christmas is not your Coca-Cola modern look at Santa which was made to get you to spend more than you can afford.
Like today, the original story of Christmas was to get children to behave. Well for at least a few days a year. That is before they invented ADHD and Ritalin for kids, both evil things to boot. Kids will always be kids, and except for bullies, those kids should be left alone to grow up normal. Bullies should almost always be stuffed in a chimney permanently, as far as I am concerned. The original Christmas Story did not call Santa – Krampus, that came much later, but it did describe a horned monster that stole and ate children.
Remember, like Santa, Kris Kringle, Krampus, in this case, is just imagination, but I must add, that all myth is based on fact. Krampus or Saint Nick, or Santa Clause are real demons. There I said it.
I love this movie and give it 5 out of 5 stars, and I own it, and Paul and I actually watch it every year. Even though it is not exactly like the original text, I think it is great. It is more realistic than Santa Claus. How other cultures picked up on this and turned Santa into a Good guy and Krampus into a bad guy I have no idea, they are the same person. I can only imagine that adults finally realizing that Santa was a demon decided to make a Good Santa and a bad one so kids would be fooled by the clown Santa that eats their souls, and bodies. I do not suggest watching this with children unless you want them to know the truth.
P.S. Chrismas is a pagan holiday to detract from the Creator of all things.
Movies made for the holidays tend to be either cartoons or faith-based, not that there is anything wrong with that but they don’t interest me. Get Santa (released December 12, 2014) does not fall under either of these categories. It is a fun movie about an ex-convict father and his son who help Santa save Christmas. Why Santa needs their help is the crux of the movie. It is a British film, so if you find reindeer farts and reindeer pellets funny, you’ll be sure to like this film.
The acting was very good. Santa is played by Jim Broadbent, a famous British actor whose films I enjoy. Kit Connor (Tom) is a decent child actor and plays well with Rafe Spall as his father. Some people may feel that the story isn’t very logical, but it is only a Christmas story that doesn’t necessarily require logic, just entertainment value. Get Santa, as far as I am concerned, appeals to children and adults. The one thing that is a bit unnecessary is the British obsession with farts. Its funny the first time, but it has limited appeal. At least the elves weren’t animated as they were in another Christmas movie which was reviewed earlier this week.
This may not be a perfect Christmas movie, but it is one of the better ones I have seen. Most of the actors did a good job and the story line was well-paced. This definitely has my recommendation as worth watching with the whole family. I give this 4 stars out of 5 and may consider buying it for my collection.
This British Christmas story was released on November 15, 2013. It takes place in the early 1890s in a small village. A pastor who has suffered a personal loss comes to the village and discovers the people there believe in a Christmas miracle candle. Due to his crisis of faith, he seeks to change the villager’s attitude to their belief.
Hans Matheson is David Richmond the minister with modernistic ideas. Emily Barstow is the local agnostic and delivery person Samantha Banks, who lives with her father and nephew, Charlie (Jude Wright). The only actor I found to be poorly chosen was Susan Boyle as the pastor’s landlady. Ms. Boyle may have won on Britain’s Got Talent for her singing, but she definitely won’t get a BAFTA award for her acting. Two other actors of note in this film are Lesley Manville and Sylvester McCoy (of Doctor Who fame) as the Haddingtons who own the shop where the miracle candle is chosen by an angel.
The CGI was very good as was the story line. It may have been a bit sentimental, but it carried a good message without being preachy. The acting (except the one noted) was very good and believable. I thoroughly enjoyed the film and not only would I watch again, I would highly recommend it to others. It was a good family movie which did not have one mention of that mythological man in the red suit. I give this 4 stars out of 5.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (December 2010, Rated R) Is based on the original story of Santa. The story was created by the Lapp people, known as Sammi to most of the world. Nicholas, Santa Claus as we know him today and Krampus came much later, and I will explain them.
Before I do that I want to point out what is important during the holiday season. Family, giving, and good food are on top of that list. It is a season of love and forgiveness. You do not need a Jesus or a Santa Clause to accomplish that,
Since it is not Jesus’ birthday, the season has nothing to do with him, and surely it has nothing to do with Santa Clause, at least the Santa Clause you have come to know and love – and who scares the hell out of children who know instinctively that something isn’t right.
It was originally called Saturnalia, a twelve day holiday that began with the Romans, that is the Romans we know from Rome (Italy), which became the seat of the Catholic church. Saturnalia was a twelve day holiday where the Romans celebrated the god Saturn. It was a time of joy when the landowners gave out gifts and fed the poor, usually their serfs, but sometimes outsiders and travelers were allowed. Even slaves received gifts during this time and the food was bountiful. The Roman state gave out grain and sometimes meat, usually pork, to the poor. The rich gave out sheep and other tasty animals. Each landowner or “Don” partook in this endeavor. Of course, some were wealthier than others and their gifts showed it. Saturnalia culminated for twelve days ending on what we call now, December 25th. Imagine that. It was not celebrated anywhere but in Roman territories at the time. This is the real basis for the twelve days of Christmas.
When the Catholics with the help of Emperor Constantine took over, they could not get rid of Saturnalia. When they found it was futile, they purposely proclaimed erroneously that December 25th was Christ’s birthday and that was what they were celebrating. The gift giving was taken from the story of the three wise men giving gifts to the Christ child, whether all of that story happened or not. They made up a story to go along with their new holiday, all based on lies talk about paganism! So basically the holiday of Saturnalia still goes on to this day.
So what do Rare Exports have to do with Christmas? Rare Exports is a fiction movie, based on the original Sinter Klaus story which in fact was written by and practiced by the Sammi people. Santa even wears the same clothes as the Sammi people do to this day. That is where the similarities stop. The actual words in translation from that book say: “You better watch out”, “You better not pout”, “You better not cry”, come from that book. Added to that are ten other things you shouldn’t do, you will have to watch the movie to find out, but it is very logical. The original story was made for children to get them to behave for a few days a year or was it?
All stories like this are based on myth. and everyone knows that deep down, all myth is based on some truth. In the story Santa Claus has drones, now called elves, to go out and search the towns for children, according to the book, bad children and no matter what parents think no child is perfect. The children are taken to Sinter Klaus to be eaten. Some are boiled, broiled, baked or eaten alive. I always thought he should eat the bad parents but alas, that would not be as scary I guess.
Nicholas was never canonized as a Saint by the Roman Catholic Church and in 1968 he was taken off the Catholic Calendar of observance days. He was demoted for a few reasons. In every town he visited, children would disappear never to be seen again. Secondly, he was becoming more popular than Jesus, which we still witness today. To be fair he is still regarded as a Saint in the Eastern Catholic Church and the Orthodox Catholic Church.
Santa Claus came out of legend and imaginative writers trying to change the original story of Sinter Klaus, and as time went on most countries came up with their own version of Santa, unto this day when children who are afraid of Santa, are led to believe he is real until they reach an age where they can understand it is all based on lies.
I would rather love my parents for buying me special gifts that I want, rather than some fake, regardless of how jolly he is. The Santa we know today came from writers who changed the original story of Santa, and people around the world, when they realised who Santa was, changed it even more. Krampus came about because they did not want to admit that Santa was a bad guy. Actually, Krampus and Santa Claus are the same person.
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. The movie is made by Sammi and Finnish people and has their language and English in it. The few captions do not detract from the film. I love this movie for more than one reason, but mainly because it keeps me grounded because in my humble opinion, we do not need paganism to have Christmas. I rate this movie 5 out of 5 with good reason!