Holiday movies

WTF Christmas Movie IMDb Plot Keywords

The holiday film genre is a goldmine of mediocrity. It’s hard to know who is to blame, from the C-list talent, to the cliché plot lines, and cash-grab moviemakers shilling cheesy Christmas cheer. Tis the season! We’re looking at Christmas movies with the worst IMDb plot keywords — because what do “black leather pants” and “Hooked on Phonics” have to do with the holidays? These insufferable films range from depressing to ridiculous, so brace yourself for a whole lot of WTF, and watch with caution. … Read More

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The Frustrating Geographical Inaccuracy of ‘Home Alone 2: Lost In New York’

Every Thanksgiving weekend, I like to watch the 1992 Chris Columbus-John Hughes classic Home Alone 2: Lost in New York to kick off the holiday season. And every year, I end up ranting about how there’s no way Kevin McAllister could run from The Plaza Hotel to his uncle Rob’s house on West 95th Street while the wet bandits nip at his heels. … Read More

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The Most Insufferable Holiday Movies of All Time

Everybody loves a good holiday movie. When we wrote last week about the beginning of the season, and our favorite annual Christmas movies (Die Hard and It’s A Wonderful Life), our readers threw in their favorites: A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, Muppets Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, etc. But, lest we forget, every film of the season ain’t White Christmas; there are plenty of rotten holiday movies. (And, in fact, one of them is coming out tomorrow: steer clear of New Year’s Eve as though your life depends on it.) As many great Christmas movies as there are, it’s also a very tricky style to get right, requiring the proper mix of holiday cheer, sentiment, laughs, and warmth. It is pretty easy to screw that elixir up, and end up with something sickly sweet and utterly unwatchable. After the jump, we’ll gather up a few lumps of coal from our previous Christmas stockings. … Read More

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