Our (sort-of) annual look back at the year in film. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Merry Christmas everyone! As Lewis prepares to attend a midnight screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the duo look back over all the films they haven’t seen in 2015… and marvel at how violent the eighties were.
For our third Christmas Special we thought we’d try something a little different. This year, rather than talk about Christmas films past and present, we decided to do a DVD commentary – something we’ve been talking about for ages but haven’t got round to doing until now. And what better film to ‘commentarize’ on than Scrooged?
We’re both huge fans of Bill Murray, and I make a point of watching Scrooged every year – watching old crater-face in action always brings a smile to my face and Christmas cheer to my heart. Actually, speaking of BM’s acne scars, I noticed they were conspicuously absent on the DVD cover – perhaps Paramount thought they might scare the children?
Anyway, I digress. Going back to the podcast, feel free to join in with us by watching the Scrooged DVD along to the podcast (we tell you when to start it), but you don’t need to be watching the film to listen. To be honest we spend most of the podcast talking about random other stuff anyway. Highlights to look out for include us fawning over Karen Allen, a discussion about whether Bobcat is a popular name in the United States and Ian desperately covering for me as I nip off to the toilet.
Merry Christmas everyone, see you in 2014!
Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:
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Director: Richard Donner Year of release: 1988 Studio/Distributor: Paramount Country: USA
Time for another 101 Films Christmas Special… but we thought we’d try something a little different this year. Behold – our first ever film commentary! If you have the DVD of Scrooged, join in by watching the DVD along with this podcast, but if you don’t… well, just enjoy our drunken ramblings.
For any listeners/readers who have Scrooge-like tendencies (Scrooge before the ghost visits of course), this might be the podcast for you. Although Lewis and I love Christmas – this is in fact our 4th Christmas Special podcast, we did two for 101 Video Games That Made My Life Slightly Better (see here and here) and last year we did our first 101 Films Christmas Special – we appreciate that not everyone gets as full of festive cheer as we do. So after discussing films which are about Christmas last year, this year we look at films that just use Christmas as a setting. So you can have tinsel and turkey in the background, but no character can learn the true meaning of Christmas. Luckily there’s a surprising number of films like this, including some of our favorites. That’s right, we finally have an excuse to discuss Die Hard and Gremlins!
We also take the opportunity to cast our collective uninformed eye over some of the big films of 2012 and what there is to look forward to in 2013. To summarise, this year was superheroes and franchises, next year its superheroes and franchises. The magic of film…
So, let’s hand the rest of this post over to a friend of the show, St Nicholas. That’s right, Santa Claus himself!
Ho, ho, ho! It’s Father Christmas here! MERRY CHRISTMAS, ho, ho, ho! Lewis (nice) and Ian (naughty) have asked me to give all the boys and girls who listen to 101 Films an early Christmas present. So I’ve looked through your Christmas lists and it seems that all of you wanted the 101 Films 2012 Christmas Special!
So for all the nice children out there (Ms Rainbow Fudge, Claire Curie, Eoin Boyle) and even for the naughty ones (the fellas at The Crash and Burn Podcast) here’s this year’s Christmas special:
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Thanks Santa! And thanks to all those who have listened to our podcasts and suggested films over last 12 months. Lewis and I really appreciate it and hope you continue to enjoy our ramblings and support us. Merry Christmas everyone!
Lewis and Ian have decked the halls of 101 Towers with boughs (boughs?) of holly, put the turkey in the oven to roast and are avoiding standing under the mistletoe. Yep, it’s CHRISTMASSSSSSS! That means of course its time for the 101 Films Christmas Special. Last year we looked at films that are about Christmas, this year we look at films that are set at Christmas but not really about the season. Merry Christmas Listeners/Readers!
CHRISTMAS!!! Tis the Season for 101 Films to throw off the shackles of their self-imposed rules and talk about films they’ve both seen. Yep, Lewis and Ian discuss their top ten Christmas films, plus the usual nonsense including such festive topics as acid rain, Christmas lesbians, murder and what the name of the Scottish one in the X-Men was. Plus we have Christmassy editions of I’ve Got A Great Idea For A Movie and Ian’s Ukulele Challenge.
Lewis and Ian also exchange presents. See below for a picture of one of them.
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CHRISTMAS!!! Tis the Season for 101 Films to throw off the shackles of their self-imposed rules and talk about films they’ve both seen. Yep, Lewis and Ian discuss their top ten Christmas films, plus the usual nonsense including such festive topics as acid rain, Christmas lesbians, murder and what the name of the Scottish one in the X-Men was.