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Christmas Movies Actually
65 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 46: Desk Set (with Nell Minow)
Film critic Nell Minnow joins us for a spirited talk about the Hepburn-Tracy comedy "Desk Set" (1957). Where does it rank among the nine films they made together? What other "Sets" existed during this time? What is a "Floating Island"? Find out all this and more as we talk about technological terrors and the origins of one of John Goodman's most memorable characters. Listen and review us on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and Amazon Podcasts.
75 minutes | May 6, 2021
Episode 45: A Bad Moms Christmas (with Peter Sobczynski)
Celebrate Mother's Day with us as we talk about the 2017 mom-based Christmas sequel that you should really skip. Film critic Peter Sobczynski returns as we talk about this forgettable comedy. We also give some better alternative Mother's Day pics, some parenting tips and where to find a good Richard Dreyfuss imitation.
90 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
Episode 44: Fanny & Alexander
Break open the cognac and settle in as Collin, Kerry and guest Brad Strauss unwrap Ingmar Bergman's celebrated, Oscar-winning "Fanny & Alexander" (1983). Which should you watch, the theatrical or TV version? How far are any of us from Lapland? And which of the great directors made the best and worst final films of their careers? All this and more in the most epic edition of the "We Just Say Book" segment yet recorded.
78 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Episode 43: Mixed Nuts
Collin and Kerry are joined by their friend Christopher Grace for a 45-minute discussion on Nora Ephron's ensemble comedy, "Mixed Nuts" (1994). The runtime is notable because Siskel & Ebert could barely talk about this movie for two minutes. How does it compare to Martin Scorsese's "After Hours"? Why did Steve Martin dye his hair? What's the connection between this film and Bergman's "Wild Strawberries"? Answers are given and you won't be put on hold.
76 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Episode 42: Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997) and Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa (2002)
An animation spectacular! Settle in with your talking teacups and incoherent relatives and enjoy the discussion of "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas" (1997) and "Rapsittie Street Kids: Believe In Santa" (2002). This month, Kerry and Collin dive into a direct-to-video sequel to one of the greatest animated films of all time, as well as a Christmas special that has gained notoriety as one of the very worst of all time. Both feature the voice of Paige O'Hara.
76 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
Episode 41: Babes In Toyland - Director's Cut (1986)
Kerry and Collin unearthed the Director's Cut of this pretty terrible movie, a cut that runs 2 hours and 22 minutes and features lip syncing by Drew Barrymore, Keanu Reeves and Pat Morita, none of which is remotely convincing. This is the third version of "Babes In Toyland" that has been discussed on the show and certainly the most nightmarish and bizarre (which is really saying something after that terrifying Mickey Mouse/monkey hybrid from the Laurel & Hardy version). Many conspiracy theories are discussed with regards to who is singing what. Also, is it possible to make a Terrence Malick Christmas movie? Listen and find out.
73 minutes | Dec 23, 2020
Episode 40: Christmas In Connecticut
Kerry and Collin celebrate the 75th anniversary of the incredibly charming "Christmas in Connecticut" (1945). Yes, they are well-aware Arnold Schwarzenegger directed a remake for television in 1992 and they'd rather be unaware of it. They also talk about a few other Christmas films watched over the holiday season. Also, more TV recommendations, "We Just Say Book" and a thank-you to all the guests of 2020.
97 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Episode 39: Home Alone
Kerry and Collin talk with film critic Matt Fagerholm (RogerEbert.com) about the beloved classic, "Home Alone" (1990), which celebrates its 30-year anniversary. They discuss why the film has endured, its flaws, the careers of John Hughes and John Candy and, of course, how it compares to the French horror film, "Code Pere Noel." Also, more TV recommendations and an update on Kerry's book progress.
72 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
BONUS! Beth Crowley and Her Song "You Ruined Christmas"
Welcome to Christmas Songs Actually! Here is a bonus episode in which Kerry and Collin talk to singer/songwriter Beth Crowley about her Lifetime/Hallmark Christmas-movie-themed song, "You Ruined Christmas." They also talk about Christmas short films and where to find them. Also, TV talk and how The Flintstones connect to the music of U2.
73 minutes | Dec 3, 2020
Episode 38: Dear Santa (2020)
Collin and Kerry interview documentary filmmaker Dana Nachman about her latest film, "Dear Santa" (2020), which opens in theaters and on VOD on December 4th. The film looks at the efforts of Operation Santa, an organization that has been around since 1912 and helps those less fortunate during the holidays. It's the feel-good movie we all need right now. Plus, a segment of holiday TV special recommendations.
88 minutes | Nov 25, 2020
Episode 37: Star Wars Holiday Special
Kerry and Collin are joined by former Director's Club co-host Brad Strauss to talk all things "Star Wars," namely the 1978 Holiday Special, the Ewok movies, the Christmas album and the LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special, currently on Disney+. With plenty of audio clips from your favorite Star Wars musical numbers, we'll "take you higher than the diamonds in the sky." Stir-whip-stir!
71 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Episode 36: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey
Kerry and Collin are joined by film critic Leo Brady (amovieguy.com) to talk about Netflix's recent release, the musical fantasy "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey." Just how well do these big musical numbers mesh with the sci-fi elements and the overall human story? How does Buddy 3000 stack against Johnny Five? There's a lot to talk about here, plus Kerry's own journey to see all 1,001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. And be sure to follow Leo Brady's Christmas movie watching journey on Twitter @leosamovieguy, #amerrymovieguy.
81 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Episode 35: Silent Night, Deadly Night
Kerry and Collin are joined by Patrick Ripoll (of Directors Club and Tracks of the Damned) to talk about the controversial-at-the-time slasher classic, "Silent Night, Deadly Night." Did parent groups in Wisconsin have a right to be upset by it? More importantly, how's the soundtrack? We dive in and explore what makes this movie unique and unsettling.
64 minutes | Oct 4, 2020
Episode 34: Rare Exports
This month, Kerry and Collin are joined by Christine Sellin to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Christmas cult film "Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale." This horror treat from Finland delves into Norse mythology, mysteriously slaughtered reindeer, childhood fears and capitalism. It accomplishes a lot in 82 minutes. Perfect for Christmas or Halloween.
92 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Episode 33: Santa Buddies
Kerry and Collin fill the episode with tangents of a slightly darker nature, but also find time to talk about the "Air Bud'-inspired, direct-to-minivan concoction "Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws," in which cute little puppies must save the spirit of Christmas. This episode is longer than the film itself, but it provides plenty of dog food for thought (but not for kids). EXPLICIT!
52 minutes | Aug 21, 2020
Episode 32: Get Santa
Kerry and Collin take a look at the British comedy, Get Santa, starring Jim Broadbent as Santa Claus (again). The hosts had slightly different reactions to it, but Collin did get to re-discover a Christmas song he forgot he liked and Kerry talks about "Red River" (1948), "From Here To Eternity" (1953), "Atlantic City" (1981) for the We Just Say Book segment.
69 minutes | Aug 4, 2020
Episode 31: Die Hard 2
Erik Laws (frequent guest on "Movie Madness") joins Kerry and Collin for a discussion on DIE HARD 2 in honor of its 30th anniversary. How does it compare to the original? What's the best quality kill? Is it a Christmas movie? We also get into some comic book talk and Kerry talks about "The Ascent" (1977), "The Quiet Man" (1952) and "Local Hero" (1983) for the "We Just Say Book" segment.
73 minutes | Jul 19, 2020
Episode 30: Beyond Tomorrow
Kerry and Collin unearth a wholesome 1940 chestnut called "Beyond Tomorrow" (a.k.a. "Beyond Christmas") and talk about its music, special effects and vague spiritualism. Other topics include the Brady Bunch Christmas album, the death of John Lewis and seeing "Vertigo" at the Music Box Theater during COVID-19.
92 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Episode 29: A Very Brady Christmas
Kerry and Collin are joined by Jim Peebles, an old friend from Collin's childhood who has a lot to say about the legendary sitcom and the (putting it politely) misguided story elements of its 1988 Christmas movie. Who has the most slappable husband? Who's paying for Bobby's college, which he's not attending? And the next time someone is trapped in a coalmine, should we try singing them out? Tune in and learn some valuable life lessons on family, marriage and architectural disasters.
72 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
Episode 28: This Christmas
Delroy Lindo has been getting a lot of attention for his stunning performance in Spike Lee's "Da 5 Bloods," so Kerry and Collin decided to dive into "This Christmas," an ensemble comedy featuring Lindo, Idris Elba, Chris Brown and Loretta Devine. Can anyone out there explain where the name "Sock it to me cake" comes from? They also get into the topic of BLM protests and how to be a white ally in these troubled times.
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