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Ho ho Ho Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kicking Kwanza, and Festivius for the rest of us.

Enjoy the holiday season with a holiday fest of classic movie reviews. Ho ho Ho Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kicking Kwanza, and Festivius for the rest of us.  There should be something here for everyone.

 

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  • Scrooged (1988) – Episode 96

      Welcome to today’s show, Scrooged (1988), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is Scrooged (1988). This is a wonderful comedy starring Bill Murray and Karen Allen. It is a modern retelling of “A Christmas Carol.” Actors Robert Mitchum played Preston Rhinelander big boss of the network. Mitchum was covered in Episode 54 – Out of the Past (1947). Bill Murray played Francis Xavier Cross AKA Frank Cross. This SNL funnyman went on to star in some of the finest comedies of the last 45 years. Murray was born in Illinois in 1950. He and his brothers worked as caddies while attending Loyola Academy. He … Continue reading The post Scrooged (1988) – Episode 96 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • A Christmas Story (1983) – Episode 95

      Welcome to today’s show, A Christmas Story (1983), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is A Christmas Story (1983). It is a family friendly traditional holiday tale. Actors Melinda Dillon played the role of loving Mother Parker. Melinda was born in Hope, Arkansas in 1939. Melinda was working in improv when she made her film debut in The April Fool (1969). Her next role came seven years later with Bound for Glory (1976). Melinda is perhaps best known for the mother of a kidnapped son in Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). Other roles include Absence of Malice (1981), A Christmas Story (1983), … Continue reading The post A Christmas Story (1983) – Episode 95 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • White Christmas (1954) – Episode 94

      Welcome to today’s show, White Christmas (1954), my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follow the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Remember this show is completely free and independent. All I ask is that you jump over to iTunes and give me a review. Today’s movie is White Christmas (1954). Don’t ever watch this movie. I only selected it so I could use the von Scherbach quote from Stalag 17 (1953). This film has entirely too much singing even for a musical. The dancing, however, was excellent. Actors Bing Crosby played singer Bob Wallace. Crosby was born in Washington in 1903. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University but was more interested in singing in local bands. In 1925, Bing and part of the band left for Los Angles. Bing eventually signed with CBS and was very popular … Continue reading The post White Christmas (1954) – Episode 94 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Episode 53

    It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) is a beloved Christmas movie featuring an all-star cast. With the help of an angel, George Bailey gets his life back on track. Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is a Christmas favorite features some great stars. The film is It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)[i] [ii] starring the amazing James Stewart as George Bailey. Jimmy as I will refer to him from here on, was born in 1908. At prep school, Jimmy was an athlete, musician, and actor. He entered Princeton in 1929 and continued to act while studying. Following graduation, he toured with the University Players and was on Broadway in 1932. The Depression dried up any work for the young actor. In 1934, the lanky actor … Continue reading The post It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) – Episode 53 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • The Bishop’s Wife (1947) – Episode 52

    The Bishop’s Wife (1947) is a wonderful and beloved Christmas movie. This movie has a great cast of many English and American actors Rough Script The Bishop’s Wife (1947) Welcome to today’s show, my name is John. As always you can subscribe to the show on iTunes or follows the links to social media in the podcast show notes. You can also go to snarkymoviereviews.com to read notes, bios, and other random movie thoughts. Today’s movie is a Christmas favorite features some great stars. The film is The Bishop’s Wife (1947). This movie was remade as The Preacher’s Wife (1996) with Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston. Quite frankly I have never watched the remake failing to see how they could improve on the original. Cary Grant played angel Dudley. Grant was born in England in 1904. At the age of 14 he left home and joined a comedy troupe. In 1920, he was selected to perform on Broadway. He stayed in the US. His first film was … Continue reading The post The Bishop’s Wife (1947) – Episode 52 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

  • Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) – Episode 13

    Ho ho Ho Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kicking Kwanza, and Festivus for the rest of us. As a special Christmas treat, I have put together a podcast about the fantastically bad Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964). I hope everyone of all faiths and denominations as well as those that lack either will enjoy. Before I get into this too deeply I need to make a couple of notes. First, this movie is in the public domain so you get slightly different versions each time you view it. So don’t be too put off if the summary does not match scene for scene. Secondly, it is pretty hard to review that the actors in the film when about 80 percent of their bios state in the first line that they are best known for this stinker of a movie. But I will Endeavor to Preserver. Movie line. Did you get it? It seems that scavenged whomever they could get that was working on Broadway and hustled them over to an … Continue reading The post Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) – Episode 13 appeared first on Classic Movie Reviews - Snarky. […]

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