Top 10 Christmas Movies

This article was published on the original Sorry I’m on 30/12/2010.

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Honourable Mentions
Batman Returns, Trading Places, Bad Santa, Jingle All The Way, It’s A Wonderful Life

Dishonourable mention
Santa’s Slay (2005)

Santa's Slay

What a terrible movie this is. But really, I don’t think the creators were really chasing an Academy nomination when they decided to cast former WCW Champion Bill Goldberg as a psychotic, murderous Santa Claus (because Santa is an anagram for Satan – get it?). The first scene involves Goldberg humorously killing off a bunch of annoying second string celebrities including Fran Drescher and Chris Kattan (and James Caan – why did he agree to this?). Goldberg tears through the movie killing, maiming and even smashing out some signature wrestling moves and catch phrases (and did I hear his theme music in one scene?).
…actually, this movie is pretty rad – the kind of movie that you laugh at, not with.
…wait; it’s produced by Brett Ratner: ewwwww!


Die Hard (1988)

Die Hard

Yeah, Die Hard made my Christmas list. The Nakatomi-set action masterpiece is set on Christmas Eve – the Christmas decorations, snow and music are a dead giveaway (unlike Gruber’s minions who just wind up dead). Despite the body count McClane tallies up, Die Hard will always be a festive Christmas treat – as will the lesser-but-still great sequels.


MIFF 2010 in Review

 This article was published on the original Sorry I’m on 11/08/10.

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What an amazing, hectic and crazy few weeks it has been attending this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. I’ll admit that I played it relatively safe in my choices; I mainly chose sessions consisting of classics or upcoming theatrical releases, but it was still an exhausting and time consuming undertaking – Now my house looks the Sedgwick Hotel after a visit from the Ghostbusters.

MIFF brings a veritable bounty of films from all regions of the globe, causing mass headaches for the film fan in terms of picking films whilst under budget and time-related constraints – such is why the few movies I chose to attend are all in English and of the fairly well-known variety.

Here is a wrap-up of my MIFF adventures, brought to you in the form of Review-Mini:

With the power of Guillermo Del Toro producing, Vincenzo Natali (Cube) directing and an idea which promised something between The Fly and Species; on paper Splice is an absolute winner. Too bad that the execution for the most part is fairly uninspired and an initially encouraging – if lacklustre – first half is blown into ridiculousness come the third act.

Seriously, the film is destroyed by the ludicrous decisions and hilarious dialogue from its main characters (Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley), and the story turns to a place that it never recovers from. Or maybe I’m not quite ready for adulterous, bestiality incest.

You read that right.

At least Brody didn’t whip out the Christian Bale Batman voice ala Predators5/10


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