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December 2017 Christmas Movie Guide

I've organized a list of movies to get you through the Christmas season! Even if you can't watch one every single day, hopefully this can help you. Merry Christmas!

December  1 Friday - National Lampoon: Christmas Vacation 2 Sat - The Grinch 3 Sun - Elf 4 Mon - Jingle All The Way 5 Tue - Jack Frost 6 Wed - Beauty and the Beast 7 Thur - Love Actually  8 Fri - Scrooged  9 Sat - The Santa Clause  10 Sun - Miracle on 34th Street 11 Mon - Prancer 12 Tue - Santa Clause 2 13 Wed - Fred Clause 14 Thur - A Christmas Carol (2009) 15 Fri - Home Alone 16 Sat - The Polar Express 17 Sun - The Nativity Story / Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 18 Mon - White Christmas  19 Tue - Christmas with the Kranks 20 Wed - Deck The Halls 21 Thur - Charlie Brown Christmas  22 Fri - Home Alone 2 23 - It’s a Wonderful Life                                                                                           24 - Muppets Christmas Carol

Top 7 Thanksgiving movies 2017

It's the time of year again for Turkey, football, and awkward family time. What happens after the feasting is done, the football games are over, and everyone wants to relax and watch a movie?

     You don't have do any exhaustive research to figure out what movies will make your family happy at your Thanksgiving gathering this year. I've done it for you! These are my Thanksgiving movie recommendations in no particular order:

7. The Wizard of Oz
     This movie is legendary. We've all seen it. It's an excellent classic with plenty to entertain adults and children. It's got a positive message (there's no place like home), charm, vibrant and lively musical numbers, memorable and lovable characters, colorful settings, and flying monkeys. (They still freak me out.) The Wizard of Oz deserves to continue being passed down to new generations, and enjoyed by older ones.

6. The Sound of Music
     This is another legendary classic with iconic imagery, beautiful…

Funny weird stuff I did a long time ago...

Years ago around 2000, my friends and I recorded some wacky prank calls. These calls have recently resurfaced, and have been converted to digital format. I uploaded some of them to Youtube. Enjoy!

Wonderful art films for Fall 2017

Bored of the same "summer blockbuster" movie selections? Seen too many children's animated poo poo pee pee jokes lately? In the mood to watch something that expands your movie horizons a bit? This is the perfect list for you! These are hand-selected art films you can find on Netflix, iTunes, or other streaming services. You may have missed them the first time around, but now is the perfect time to check them out. This is my *ahem*...."expert"..(I'm simply an expert in my own mind, as a movie lover!) list of wonderful art films for Fall 2017.  (in no particular order)

1. Irrational Man (2015)

This quirky drama was released in 2015 and quickly forgotten. It's a shame that it was so overlooked. The personal controversies and reputation of legendary writer/director Woody Allen and the extremely low marketing budget were a combination that made this little film get swept under the rug. And, the fact that Allen, 82 years old, is trying to write plausible dial…

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore

There's plenty to love about the quirky and stylish Netflix original movie I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore. It was released at the end of February, 2017, so it's new. Actress Melanie Lynskey really shines as the lead character, Ruth. The style feels indie and modern. There are also some genuinely suspenseful moments involving dark hallways, hiding people, and lurking danger that had me holding my breath. There were also some quirky funny moments, most of which coming from the character Tony, played by Elijah Wood.

I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore was written and directed by an actor named Macon Blair. He has appeared in at least a dozen movies and TV shows. And, he has written or co-written a handful of projects. According to IMDB (The International Movie Database), this is the first movie he has directed. For a first time directing, this movie is incredibly strong. The emotions are deep, the suspense is real, and the writing is great.

However, bef…

Arrival review

Arrival is suspenseful and hypnotic. Amy Adams plays Dr. Louise Banks, a language expert and professor. When strange space crafts descend on the Earth and float silently above the ground, every world government is frantically scrambling to research what the aliens' intentions are. That's where Dr. Banks comes in. She is recruited by the US military to see if she can crack a code of communication with the space crafts / aliens. She is racing against the clock because no one knows what the aliens might do, or the other governments of the world.

    I loved Arrival. The stark colors and sharp editing create a very suspenseful atmosphere. Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner have fantastic chemistry as fellow language and alien researchers. They are co-workers who are under enormous pressure to find the truth.

Arrival earned 10 Oscar nominations (!!!!), and they are certainly deserved. It was nominated in all the most exciting categories, including sound, writing, production design, directi…