Tag Archives: Christmas

Ep. #69-Miracle on 34th Street (1947)



On this week’s episode, we take on 1947’s yuletide classic MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, in which the New York Supreme Court decides once and for all if there is indeed a Santa Claus. Meanwhile, we discuss our personal Christmas favorites, the temperament of senior citizens, rampant holiday consumerism, the perils of Imagination Nation, and hey, what the hell happens with all those letters sent to Santa, anyway?


Ep. #68-Gremlins



This week, as we head into the holiday season, we take on 1984’s yuletide horror comedy GREMLINS, directed by Joe Dante. Little green monsters. Murder. Mayhem. Death by microwave. Yep, the staples of a classic Christmas genre flick are on full display. So does this movie still hold up 34 years later? Is Gizmo as cute as we remember? And, wait, what did Phoebe Cates just say about her dead father? Strap on in for some Looney Tunes-inspired lunacy sure to give children everywhere nightmares until St. Patrick’s Day.


Ep. #30-Surviving Christmas



On this special holiday edition of SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER!?!, we take on 2004’s SURVIVING CHRISTMAS, a yuletide comedy that was apparently so subversive the studio found it necessary to release it two weeks before Halloween–or, more likely, ashamed and embarrassed. And who can blame them? Ben Affleck plays a seemingly coked-up advertising exec who rents James Gandolfini and his family for Christmas in order to overcome a crappy childhood. What to make of a Christmas comedy that starts with a suicide and then proceeds to offend every minority in existence? And did we mention mom Catherine O’Hara somehow winds up an amateur porn startlet? Yes, we discovered something even more excruciating than forced holiday family time. You’re welcome.


Ep. #29-Die Hard



On this week’s episode, we take on a film that helped to define what a summer blockbuster truly is, 1988’s action classic DIE HARD. Yes, we know this goes against everything this podcast stands for, but it’s the holiday season, and we’re in a giving mood. Plus, who thought it was a good idea to release a Christmas flick in July? So strap on in and prepare yourself for terrible Alan Rickman impressions, bloody foot fetishes, and lots of Twinkie talk.