Miracle On 34th Street (1947) – Quickie Review

One of the few films where I’m not bothered by the heavy-handed sentiment. When a movie is this charming you just accept it. Effectively touching and surprisingly very amusing holiday classic filled with spot-on performances. John Payne has a very strong Cary Grant quality; he’s effortlessly charismatic. And Edmund Gwenn is absolute perfection as Santa …

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Elf – Quickie Review

A well-deserved modern holiday classic. It tugs the right heartstrings without making you feel manipulated. Will Ferrell is so funny and so endearing. It’s a wonderfully balanced and inspired performance. And everyone else is perfectly cast even though some of the choices go against conventional thought. It’s hard not the watch this on TV every …

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Christmas Vacation – Quickie Review

Modern Christmas classic penned by the late John Hughes. So many great one-liners impeccably delivered as only Chevy Chase can. There are a couple of scenes where the sentiment rises in the cheesy level, but they are mostly short-lived and the lunacy continues. Randy Quaid is masterful. A yearly must watch.

Christmas Story, A – Quickie Review

My all-time favourite Christmas flick. I need to watch this every year without fail and sometimes more than once since it plays on TV all season long. Constantly laugh-out-loud funny. Darren McGavin steals the movie with his nonsensical cursing. However, Peter Billingsley easily gives one of the best child actor performances ever. Classic feel-good holiday film that’s …

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Ref, The – Quickie Review

Loud, abrasive, offensive and undeniably hysterical. By far, Denis Leary’s best movie as a leading man although it is definitely bolstered by an immaculate supporting cast. This film is endlessly quotable with some jaw-droppingly crude one-liners. It doesn’t lay on the holiday sentiment too thick which makes it watchable any time of the year. However, it …

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