Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’18: White Christmas

I’ll admit it. I could have paid closer attention to White Christmas. My attention was so divided, in fact, that I don’t remember what I was doing besides watching it. I may have been playing Super Smash Bros Ultimate, and in my defense, you would too.

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Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’18: The Christmas Chronicles

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The Christmas Chronicles, one of Netflix’s barrage of original Christmas flicks for 2018, is not good. Directed by Clay Kaytis of The Angry Birds Movie, it is a mostly joyless, sometimes crass, often formulaic, persistently ugly movie with nearly no redeeming qualities. Its creators seemed to have had a hard time deciding between whether it was a kids’ film or something edgier–and it has none of the charm or personality to pull off either.

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Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’18: A Christmas Prince: Royal Wedding

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I reviewed A Christmas Prince when it first came out, and while I thought it was just the worst, I could have imagined things still worse and let it pass mostly on its good looks. A Christmas Prince, if you don’t remember, is the schmaltzy ABC Family-style nothing-movie that 53 people watched every day for a while.

The film was vapid, trite, predictably-scripted, poorly-acted, and unsurprisingly, precisely what the average Netflix viewer was looking for. Given that this must have been made on a shoestring budget, it’s hard to deny Netflix their well-deserved win. They gambled on a sure-thing and it paid off.

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Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’17: King of the Hill: Pretty, Pretty Dresses; Hillennium & ‘Twas the Nut Before Christmas

Mike Judge and Greg Daniels’ King of the Hill is one of the greatest shows that ever aired on television, animated or otherwise. If you need me to explain why, you really need to go back and watch the show. Start at the beginning. Then do your best to sort of grin and bear everything after Season 6. It’s not bad. It’s just not the same.

Anyway, there have been a few Christmas episodes and I recently re-watched the first three of them: Pretty, Pretty Dresses; Hillennium and ‘Twas the Nut Before Christmas.

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Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’17: Bad Santa 2

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Adam and I got sloshed last night and watched Bad Santa 2. It was horrible.

After looking back through the archives, it seems I have not written a blog post about Bad Santa. This is probably because we covered it on one of our Christmas episodes. To varying degrees, Adam and I were on the same page about that one. It had some charm. It was overall an enjoyable film that deserved to exist.

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Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’17: Ranma ½: Tendo Family Christmas Scramble

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Full disclosure: this review is nostalgia-informed. Perhaps nostalgia-captive.

I love Ranma 1/2‘s Christmas OVA, Tendo Family Christmas Scramble. I even love the title, because it includes the word “scramble”, which is an A+ comedy word.

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Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor ’17: A Christmas Prince

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Netflix is finally going after the sweet, sweet schmaltzy cinematic trash money that ABC Family has been hogging to themselves for years. To wit, I provide you the trailer, which essentially plays the entire movie out in 2 minutes:

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor 2016: 9/25

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It’s no secret that I’ve spent most of my life disapproving of this movie. I watched it a fair amount as a child, as my aunt gifted me a copy one year for the holidays. Then I grew out of it, left it in that great pile of films I once enjoyed but didn’t feel much need for any longer.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Brian’s Exploratory Christmas Endeavor 2016: 8/25

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I love this special. It is unassuming, low-budget, hurried in its production, and unique. The child characters are voiced, hilariously, by inexperienced real children. Its soundtrack is among my favorite music, Christmas or otherwise, that I’ve heard in my entire life.

It’s just wonderful. And I discussed in our holiday episode last year. So I’m not going to go to too much trouble reviewing it here. It’s a 30-minute (less, really) family-friendly Christmas cartoon that does its job, and well. A classic if ever there was one.

★★★★☆

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