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My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

We’re one week away from Christmas and everybody’s making lists of their favorite movies. As always, some are debating whether or not Die Hard belongs on the list. Don’t be silly, of course it does. What says Christmas more than “Now I have a machine gun, ho, ho ho”…? Here are my 12 favorites, a mix … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Christmas Movies

Annie Hall: This Is 40

A NERVOUS ROMANCE.  In the film’s first scene, Woody Allen as Alvy Singer addresses his audience, letting us know that he recently turned 40 and that this landmark event has brought on a life crisis. It wasn’t really planned, but I happened to watch this movie for the first time in many years at exactly … Continue reading Annie Hall: This Is 40


WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) decides to recreate the road trip to Walley World that his parents took him on 30 years ago, this time with his wife (Christina Applegate) and two sons. A reboot of the original Vacation franchise that also plays pretty much like a remake of the first film. … Continue reading Vacation

American History X

SOME LEGACIES MUST END. A reformed neo-nazi (Edward Norton) is released from prison after serving time for homicide and tries to save his younger brother (Edward Furlong) from making the same mistakes. First-time director Tony Kaye thought that the studio ruined his film, but this is actually a frightening, fascinating study of how easily everyday … Continue reading American History X

National Lampoon’s Vacation

EVERY SUMMER CHEVY CHASE TAKES HIS FAMILY ON A LITTLE TRIP. THIS YEAR HE WENT TOO FAR. The Griswolds leave Chicago for a road trip to the West Coast and Walley World, a popular theme park, but their journey quickly descends into chaos. One of Chevy Chase’s most popular (and funniest) comedies is not for families; … Continue reading National Lampoon’s Vacation

National Lampoon’s European Vacation

FOR OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS, EUROPE HAS SURVIVED MANY GREAT DISASTERS. NOW FOR THE REAL TEST. CHEVY CHASE & HIS FAMILY ARE COMING FROM AMERICA! The Griswold family competes in a TV game show and wins money for a trip to Europe; the first stop on the journey is England. In the sequel to National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) … Continue reading National Lampoon’s European Vacation

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

YULE CRACK UP!  As Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) waits for the all-important Christmas bonus, he starts planning for the best Christmas ever with his family. Of course, disaster looms in this third chapter of the series, which is one of Chase’s funniest movies and a modern Yuletide classic. The one ingredient that always works to perfection … Continue reading National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation