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Re: Christmas Movie Cliche thread
« on: December 09, 2012, 01:10:00 pm »
I LOVE Scrooged!  They tried to scare the DICKENS out of people!  It does make me wonder what other brilliance we were robbed of by Mr Mike's passing... have you ever seen his dark fairy tales on the old Saturday Night Live show in the 70s? (to me, the 70s show is a completely different beast than anything that happened anywhere else).

I will say that I never really dug Mac Culkin either, despite digging the flicks.  I knew even as a kid the acting was kind of forced, but having said that, he was wonderfully creepy on Kings.  I never knew what was going on in his head.

Totally agree on the Protag not believing, but it's not just that, he's usually the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who doesn't believe in whatever.  "Everyone believes in the magic of Christmas, Frank."  I suppose the inversion would be the character being the only one who believes in a cynical world, or if you want to go the Christmas Atheist route, finds a logical reason to celebrate or something along that line.

I never dug The Santa Clause, didn't like any of them, never understood the appeal, and while I'm a fan of Tim Allen, the idea of him as Santa seemed forced and unrealistic.

Did anyone else here remember the Santa Clause: The Movie flick that the Superman producers made in the 80s, with Dudley Moore as a disgruntled elf?  That is HARD to watch now, but something about the old-school effects and the murky, dark film quality that you're squinting through... that got into my mind.  And it was the first thing I'd ever seen John Lithgow in and he creeped me out for a long time since.  Maybe even until Third Rock From The Sun.  But now, he's GORGEOUS!

That movie did have the VERY heavy appearance of the street orphan, urchin, or poor kid who won't have anything this Christmas.

 

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