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COM 224 Assignment Allison Sicilia

Mattermap door Allison Sicilia 01 december 2017

Popular Christmas Movies

  • Elf (2003)

    • Buddy (Will Ferrell) was accidentally transported to the North Pole as a toddler and raised to adulthood among Santa's elves. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn't fit in, the adult Buddy travels to New York, in full elf uniform, in search of his real father. As it happens, this is Walter Hobbs (James Caan), a cynical businessman. After a DNA test proves this, Walter reluctantly attempts to start a relationship with the childlike Buddy with increasingly chaotic results. ...»
      Moviefone Bron: Oath Inc 27/11/2017
    • While the words "instant holiday classic" might be pushing it, Elf is at the very least a breezily entertaining, perfectly cast family treat.
      Michael Rechtshaffen Movie Critic The Hollywood Reporter Bron: The Hollywood Reporter 27/11/2017
    • "I ingested a lot of sugar in this movie and I didn't get a lot of sleep. I constantly stayed up. But anything for the movie, I'm there. If it takes eating a lot of maple syrup, then I will - if that's what the job calls for." ...»
      Will Ferrell Actor Bron: Thought Co. 30/08/2016
    • On his favorite scene - "One that sticks out in my mind is one I have in the department store, Santaland, with Artie Lang who's playing the mall Santa Claus. That actually was kind of fun because we only had one take to do that because if we thrashed the Santaland, we knew it would take too long to build back up, and we were on such a tight schedule. That was really fun. We did that essentially on one take. It's always fun to have the adrenaline of, ?We have to get it right.? That's a favorite for sure." ...»
      Will Ferrell Actor Bron: Thought Co. 30/08/2016
    • On the elf suit - "It's always nice having something like that, especially in the wardrobe area, that immediately kind of helps you become the character.
      The elf outfit immediately? I didn't have to t
      ry too hard once I got in the tights. It was kind of a perfect visual." ...»
      Will Ferrell Actor Bron: Thought Co. 30/08/2016
    • "It's an incredibly heated debate around what movie tops the list as being the best for Christmas time, as some reckon the oldies are the best, whereas others are steadfast in their belief that the new ones put a more modern spin on the holiday season.
      Well that debate appears to be over with Elf, starring Will Ferrell, voted the best family Christmas film."
      Stewart Perrie Entertainment Writer Bron: LadBible 21/11/2017
  • Home Alone (1990)

    • In its opening weekend, Home Alone topped the box office, making $17,081,997 in 1202 theaters. The movie maintained its number one spot for a full 12 weeks and remained in the top 10 until June of the following year. It became the highest grossing film of 1990 and earned a Guinness World Record as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever domestically. ...»
      Jennifer M Wood Staff Bron: Mental Floss 16/11/2017
    • In order to get the most authentic performance possible, Joe Pesci did his best to avoid Macaulay Culkin on the set so that the young actor would indeed be afraid of him. And no one would blame the young actor for being a bit petrified, as he still bears the physical scar from one accidental altercation. “In the first Home Alone, they hung me up on a coat hook, and Pesci says, ‘I’m gonna bite all your fingers off, one at a time,’” Culkin recalled to Rule Forty Two. “And during one of the rehearsals, he bit me, and it broke the skin.” ...»
      Jennifer M Wood Staff Bron: Mental Floss 16/11/2017
    • Kevin’s allegedly scary neighbor, who eventually teaches him the importance of family, wasn’t a character in the original script. He was added at the suggestion of Columbus, who thought the film could do with a stronger dose of sentimentality. ...»
      Jennifer M Wood Staff Bron: Mental Floss 16/11/2017
    • When filming of Home Alone wrapped, the production donated some of the artificial snow they had created (the stuff made from wax and plastic) to the Lyric Opera of Chicago. It has since been used in a number of their productions. ...»
      Jennifer M Wood Staff Bron: Mental Floss 16/11/2017
  • A Christmas Story (1983)

    • In the 1940's, in the town of Hammond, 9-year-old Ralphie wants one thing for Christmas -- an official Red Ryder BB rifle. When he asks his mother for the BB gun for Christmas, she says, "No, you'll shoot your eye out". When he writes an essay about it at school his teacher gives him a C+ with a note saying "You'll shoot your eye out." Next he asks Santa for the gun, Santa's response is familiar, he says, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid." Ralph fears that he'll never get the BB gun for Christmas. But there may be a surprise in store for him. ...»
      Rotten Tomatoes Movie Critics Bron: Rotten Tomatoes 01/12/2017
    • If you're a fan of Christmas movies or films that use nostalgia as a driver, A Christmas Story cannot be missed. Then again, if you're in either category, you have probably already seen it.
      James Berardinelli Reel Reviews Bron: Rotten Tomatoes 01/12/2017
    • "There are a number of small, unexpectedly funny moments in A Christmas Story, but you have to possess the stamina of a pearl diver to find them."
      Vincent Canby New York Times Bron: Rotten Tomatoes 01/12/2017
    • When A Christmas Story first opened, it only made $19.3 million.
      Keely Flaherty BuzzFeed Staff Bron: BuzzFeed 12/03/2014
    • Peter Billingsley, the actor who played Ralphie, was the first child who auditioned for director Bob Clark. Clark figured he couldn't hire the first child he saw audition, so he auditioned thousands of others before deciding to cast Billingsley as Ralphie anyway. ...»
      Keeley Flaherty BuzzFeed Staff Bron: BuzzFeed 12/03/2014
    • In 2004, San Deigo entrepreneur Brian Jones bought the house in Cleveland where A Christmas Story was filmed for $150,000 on eBay.
      Keeley Flaherty BuzzFeed Staff Bron: BuzzFeed 12/03/2014
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

    • "The acting is superb all around. The script is lovely, good spirited and perfect viewing for the Christmas season."
      Steve Rhodes Internet Reviews Bron: Rotten Tomatoes 30/11/2017
    • "One of the few perfect and genuinely emotional Christmas movies that will live on forever..."
      Felix Vasquez Jr Cinema Crazed Bron: Rotten Tomatoes 30/11/2017
    • Good, too, are Maureen O'Hara and John Payne, as the lady and gent who help Mr. Kringle spread sunshine. And most amusing are little Natalie Wood as the child who has been trained to sniff at Santa and Gene Lockhart as the much embarrassed judge. Porter Hall is a tangle of malice as the big-business psychiatrist and at least a dozen others are delightful in small roles or bits. Scenes shot in actual New York settings add credibility to the film. ...»
      Bosley Crowther Movie Reviwer Bron: NY Times 06/05/2047
    • For all those blasé skeptics who do not believe in Santa Claus—and likewise for all those natives who have grown cynical about New York—but most especially for all those patrons who have grown weary of the monotonies of the screen, let us heartily recommend the Roxy's new picture, "Miracle on 34th Street." As a matter of fact, let's go further: let's catch its spirit and heartily proclaim that it is the freshest little picture in a long time, and maybe even the best comedy of this year. ...»
      Bosley Crowther Movie Reviewer Bron: NY Times 06/05/2047
  • The Santa Clause 2 (2002)

    • "It was fun because the children on the set - the elves - actually believed that I was Santa Clause. It was a tremendous amount of responsibility on my shoulders and I didn't want to disappoint them. I had to stay in character all the time so I couldn't swear or get mad." ...»
      Tim Allen Actor Bron: BBC 30/11/2017
    • "We didn't set out to do anything except make that first movie, but what happened was that we handled the Santa Clause myth in such a responsible manner that it seemed plausible to the older kids, and adults could see it too. What we did this time was to make a movie for adults that's OK for kids to see. Really it's a story about four adults, set in Santa's world, and what would happen if Santa had to deal with the same problems that most adults go through." ...»
      Tim Allen Actor Bron: BBC 30/11/2017
    • "I didn't want to be in that outfit and fat suit more than 25 days, I knew I couldn't physically do it. Instead I ended up being in it 55 days. I didn't want to do it again, all the make-up. It's very difficult for me to sit still for four and a half hours a day, I'm so energetic and fidgety. I was able to get a masseuse to do reflexology. They couldn't touch much but she could work on my feet (which I've become addicted to!). I couldn't eat so I had to eat with a straw. During the last movie I didn't take care of myself, this time I did." ...»
      Tim Allen Actor Bron: BBC 30/11/2017
    • "The Santa Clause 2 is chock full of heartwarming holiday cheer."
      Tyler Hanley Palo Alto Weekly Bron: Rotten Tomatoes 30/11/2017
  • The Polar Express (2004)

    • The story: As Hero Boy lies awake in bed, there is a rumble in the street and a passenger train lumbers into view. The boy runs outside in his bathrobe and slippers, and the conductor advises him to get onboard. Having refused to visit a department store Santa, having let his little sister put out Santa's milk and cookies, Hero Boy is growing alarmingly agnostic on the Santa question, and the Polar Express apparently shuttles such kids to the North Pole, where seeing is believing. ...»
      Roger Ebert Movie Reviewer Bron: 11/09/2004
    • That's the magic of "The Polar Express": It doesn't let us off the hook with the usual reassuring Santa and Christmas cliches. When a helicopter lifts the bag of toys over the town square, it knocks a star off the top of the Christmas tree, and of course an elf is almost skewered far below. When Santa's helpers hitch up the reindeer, they look not like tame cartoon characters, but like skittish thoroughbreds. And as for Lonely Boy, although he does make the trip and get his present, and is fiercely protective of it, at the end of the movie, we suspect his troubles are not over, and that loneliness may be his condition. ...»
      Roger Ebert Movie Reviewer Bron: 11/09/2004
    • There's an interesting disconnect between the movie's action and its story. The action is typical thrill-ride stuff, with the Polar Express careening down a "179-degree grade" and racing through tunnels with a half-inch of clearance, while Hero Boy and the Hobo ski the top of the train to find safety before the tunnel. At the North Pole, there's another dizzying ride when the kids spin down a corkscrewing toy chute. ...»
      Roger Ebert Movie Reviewer Bron: 11/09/2004
    • "The Polar Express" is a movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations. It has a haunting, magical quality because it has imagined its world freshly and played true to it, sidestepping all the tiresome Christmas cliches that children have inflicted on them this time of year. The conductor tells Hero Boy he thinks he really should get on the train, and I have the same advice for you. ...»
      Roger Ebert Movie Reviewer Bron: 11/09/2004