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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick note to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'll see you all next year!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

CSM '12: Santa's Village of Madness

It's December, and only two days until Christmas! I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness. Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Santa's Village of Madness

Santa's Village of Madness Rifftrax

Okay people. Forget everything you have seen so far. Forget Santa Claus. Forget Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny. This selection of shorts recently released by RiffTrax takes insane Christmas movies to not only a new level, but a new universe full of yet unexplored levels.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

CSM 12: A Very Venture Christmas

It's December, and only three days until Christmas! I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness. Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

A Very Venture Christmas

Venture Bros. Christmas With the Moppets

This one is going to be a bit different than the norm.  Yes, I'm watching A Very Venture Christmas tonight, but even though there has only been one Venture Bros. Christmas special, there have also been eight Christmas songs released over the years and they are glorious.

Friday, December 21, 2012

No CSM Tonight

Due to last minute Christmas shopping, there will be no CSM tonight.  Hooray for procrastination!

It's the Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why'd you steal our garbage?!! OST

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why's You Steal Our Garbage?!! Logo

Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why's You Steal Our Garbage?!! wins my award for Best Soundtrack of 2012, hands down.  It is, well, amazing.  And you don't have to take my word for it!  No, just hit the jump and give it a listen.  I hope you have an hour and a half to kill, because you are going to want to listen to the whole thing!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

CSM '12: Gremlins

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Gremlins
(1984)

Gremlins 1984 Poster

I am ashamed to say that it has been over ten years since I have seen this movie.  It is one of my childhood favorites, and is probably the first movie I loved that could be almost considered a horror movie.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

CSM '12: Ernest Saves Christmas

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Ernest Saves Christmas
(1988)

Ernest Saves Christmas 1988 Poster

The movies of Ernest are a dividing factor with my friends and I.  Most of that comes from them being stupid and thinking Ernest Goes to Jail is the best one.  It is top three, but not the best.  This movie is the best of the Ernest flicks, hands down.  One of the reasons being that he ends up being instrumental in saving the best holiday of them all: Christmas!  He doesn't do anything near as important in Ernest Goes to Jail, or my other top three movie, Ernest Scared Stupid.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

CSM '12: Home Alone 2

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Home Alone 2
(1992)

Home Alone 2 Poster

Waitaminute, didn't I just watch this movie yesterday? No, it just feels like it. This movie suffers from cashgrabinitis. They made it simply to cash in on the popularity of the first. However, they changed just enough to still make it entertaining and worth your time.

Monday, December 17, 2012

CSM '12: Home Alone

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Home Alone
(1990)

Home Alone 1990 Poster

Home Alone is my favorite John Hughes movie.  I'll wait while you yell at your screen and throw things in fits of rage over what I just said.  Got that out of your system?  Good.  Now, notice I didn't say it was the best one.  I'm just saying that on a personal level, it is my favorite.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

CSM '12: The Holiday

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

The Holiday
(2006)

The Holiday poster

What's this?  A chick flick?  Yes indeed.  I am a big sap, and that means I like watching romcoms.  I do promise that this is the one and only romcom I will write about on the site.  Unless something comes up where I would need to write about My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

CSM '12: A Christmas Story

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

A Christmas Story
(1983)

A Christmas Story 1983 Poster

I love this movie so much.  This movie is an institution, not just in my house, but for most of the people I know.  This movie is played for 24 hours straight every year on TBS.  In my house, however, I run the DVD for the same time period, but that is only so I don't have to deal with commercials.

And since everyone is so familiar with this movie, I'm not going to talk about the plot.  I figured I would do something different and list some of my favorite things in the movie.  I'm going to do this in order of appearance, and not by how much I like each entry on the list.  I'm also only doing a few, otherwise I would be here for days typing this post up.

Friday, December 14, 2012

CSM '12: Santa Claus The Movie

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Santa Claus The Movie
(1985)

Santa Claus the Movie 1985 Poster

For the second night in a row, I watched a movie titled Santa Claus. Technically, this one is titled Santa Claus The Movie. This movie was released in 1985, when I was seven years old. I remember seeing it in the theater. This movie brings back so many memories for me, even though I didn't remember much about the movie itself.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

CSM '12: Santa Claus

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Santa Claus
(1959)

Santa Claus 1959 Poster

It's time once again for an insane entry in Christmas Special Mania!  This time, it's Santa Claus, a Mexican movie from 1959.  And just like Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny, it is best when watched with our favorite film riffers mocking it.  This movie was used in Mystery Science Theater 3000, with Mike and the Bots helping us to get through it with the help of laughter.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

No CSM Tonight!

Just a quick note: I've been sick all day, and I am really not up to writing an entry for CSM tonight.  We will be back on tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

CSM '12: Elf

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Elf
(2003)

Elf 2003 Poster

Will Ferrell is one of those actors that you either love or hate.  Even if you don't like Will Ferrell, however, you might still enjoy Elf.  My wife didn't like Will Ferrell until she watched (and subsequently loved) Elf.

Monday, December 10, 2012

CSM '12: Santa Claus is Coming to Town

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town
(1970)

Santa Claus is Coming to Town poster

When it comes to specials about Santa, this one is at the top of the list.  Santa Claus is Coming to Town is the Year One of Santa.  It's the back story of everyone's favorite jolly elf.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CSM '12: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
(1966)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Before you ask, this is not about the live action version. No matter how much I try, I can not get into the one. The original cartoon version, however, I absolutely adore.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

CSM '12: A Charlie Brown Christmas

It's December, and almost Christmas! Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness! Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

A Charlie Brown Christmas
(1965)

A Charlie Brown Christmas Poster

There is so much that can be said about A Charlie Brown Christmas.  We could talk about the amazing decorating skills Snoopy has.  Maybe we could talk about how this special talks down on the commercialization of Christmas.  Or we could even focus on Charlie Brown's sad little tree.  Tonight, however, I want to talk about my favorite part of the special: the music.

Friday, December 7, 2012

CSM '12: Blackadder's Christmas Carol

It's December, and almost Christmas!  Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness!  Every night  through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Blackadder's Christmas Carol
(1988)

Blackadder Christmas Carol

Another short post this evening, as I have spent the entirety of the evening out shopping for Christmas and birthday resents.  I am exhausted, and my brain isn't exactly working up to par.

Tonight's Christmas special is a one-off episode in the Blackadder series.  It takes the idea of A Christmas Carol, and reverses it.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

CSM '12: Frosty the Snowman

It's December, and almost Christmas!  Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness!  Every night  through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Frosty the Snowman
(1968)

Frosty the Snowman DVD Cover

This one is a short one, but I think in light of earlier events, I deserve a break.  Also, I'm officially shortening to Christmas Special Mania to CSM.

I detest Frosty.  This is my least favorite of the Christmas specials that we own.  I'm not really sure why, but I just can not stand it.  However, bringing up the subject allows me to talk about the Frosty that I love.

Terms of Embarrassment


Just got back a little bit ago from the grocery store to get some baking powder and food coloring for my wife.  Aside from those things and a few other food items, I also returned home with an embarrassing story.

I didn't know they had a color for shame.

I was standing in the isle with all of the baking stuff, trying to find the food coloring (it turns out that there wasn't any on the shelf).  Next to me was a man who was standing there while his wife was getting some other baking supplies.  I turned to him and said the following:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Special Mania '12: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

It's December, and almost Christmas!  Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness!  Every night  through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
(1964)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Well, lookie here.  Five days into this thing, and I'm just now getting to the first actual special.  This is one of the best Christmas specials out there.  I have also seen this special about one hundred times, and that's just since last Christmas.

Zen Pinball 2 on Wii U This Month

Zen Pinball 2 Wii U Logo

This is the greatest bit of news that I have heard this month!  Zen Studios is bringing their collection of amazing pinball tables to the Wii UZen Pinball 2 will be a free download later this month, with a minor catch.  For those of you not familiar with how Zen Studios does their pinball thang, the core game hub of Zen Pinball 2 is free, and it includes trial versions of the tables.  You then buy the tables themselves.  It is a pretty nice à la carte system.  That way, it's easier to avoid tables that you don't like.

The best part of this news lies in the list of tables that will be available when the game launches on the Wii U.  Basically, everything is going to be there that is available in the other versions of Zen Pinball 2.  So, all of the Marvel Pinball tables, the Plants Vs. Zombies table, and Epic Quest, all of my favorites, will be available.

Zen Pinball 2 Wii U Menu

You can check out the trailer and the full list of features and tables after the jump.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Special Mania '12: Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny

It's December, and almost Christmas!  Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness!  Every night  through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!

Santa and the Ice Cream Rabbit
(R & S Film Enterprises Inc., 1972)


Poster for Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny

Today's movie is a special one.  And by special, I mean "special".  Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny is one of those movies that you watch the same way you would a fifteen car accident on the highway.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas Special Mania '12: The Santa Clause

It's December, and almost Christmas!  Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness!  Every night through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!  

The Santa Clause
(Walt Disney Pictures, 1994)

Poster for Disney's The Santa Clause

Tonight's movie, The Santa Clause, has fast become one that we watch a few times every holiday season in our family.  There are a total of three movies in this series, but the other two are not quite as good as this first one.  Regardless, let's focus on the movie at hand.  So, let's talk about what happens when the Tool Man becomes Santa.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Special Mania '12: Christmas Vacation

It's December, and almost Christmas!  Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness!  Every night  through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!  

Christmas Vacation
(Warner Bros. Pictures, 1989)

Christmas Vacation Poster

I have a confession to make: I haven't actually watched this movie in about four years.  Not for lack of wanting though.  We just didn't have the DVD, and while we talked about purchasing it every Christmas season, it just didn't happen.  This year is different though, and now I get to watch the movie with only patchy memories of it.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Christmas Special Mania '12: Scrooged

It's December, and almost Christmas!  Therefore, I've decided to do a follow up to my surprisingly popular Halloween Movie Madness!  Every night  through Christmas Eve, I will be watching a different Christmas movie or special and then rambling on about them, sometimes even being coherent!  

Scrooged
(Paramount Pictures, 1988)



Since I ended HMM with Bill Murray, I thought it would be fitting to have a movie starring him kick Christmas Special Mania.