Ever watched a Christmas movie and wondered at the end, “What WERE they thinking?” You don’t have to anymore! Alonso Duralde, film critic, has just published his latest Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas book, and it will save you valuable time when searching for the perfect holiday flick.
Witty and concise, Alonso Duralde packs a ton of film information into roughly a page, or a page and a half, per film.
Don’t waste another second of your valuable holiday time on another boring Christmas movie. Film critic Alonso Duralde highlights the best – and worst – movies of the Yuletide season with this fun and informative film guide. Whether you’re looking for the classics, family favorites, holiday horror, Christmas-themed crime epics, or the most wonderfully awful cinematic lumps of coal, Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas will point you and your rental queue in the right direction. Whether your idea of a holiday classic is White Christmas, Bad Santa, Die Hard, Eyes Wide Shut, or Gremlins, you’ll find the right film for you, as well as an exhaustively entertaining breakdown of the various screen Scrooges, from Alistair Sim to Jim Carrey to…Tori Spelling? And get ready to encounter movies you may never have heard of from the gritty noir Christmas Holiday, starring 1930s singing ingenue Deanna Durbin in her first hard-bitten adult role, to the loony Santa Claus, a Mexican kiddie movie in which St. Nick teams up with Merlin to fight the devil! Plot synopses, video availability, and fun facts – did you know the actor cast as Uncle Billy in It’s a Wonderful Life was also in the running to play mean old Mr. Potter? – make this a stocking stuffed with information you’ll turn to every Christmas season.
About the Author…
Alonso Duralde (West Hollywood, CA) has written about film for MSNBC.com, among others, and programmed film festivals, including the USA Film Festival/Dallas.
The book includes the following chapter titles:
- With the Kids Jingle-Belling: Christmas Movies for Kids
- Nestled All Snug in Their Beds- Christmas Movies for Grown Ups
- Like a Bowlful of Jelly: Christmas Comedies
- A Blue, Blue, Blue Christmas: Holiday Tearjerkers
- Putting the Heist Back in Christmas: Crime and Action Extravaganzas
- There’ll Be Scary Ghost Stories: Holiday Horror
- Scrooge-a-Palooza: ‘A Christmas Carol’ on Film
- The Worst Christmas (Movies) Ever: Lumps of Coal in Your Cinema Stocking
- Just Like the Ones I Used to Know: Christmas Classics
Mr. Duralde includes “Fun Facts” about each of the movies listed in the main chapters. He also included in the appendix a list of movies that he did not cover, and denotes those that he recommends with a *
I thought the inclusion of the fun facts made each title more interesting. Several movies were covered that I have never even heard of, including Fanny and Alexander, Millions, and Remember the Night. And some of my favorites were not included, such as Last Holiday. I thought the Lumps of Coal chapter was quite interesting, despite the author’s scathing review of both Thomas Kincade’s Christmas Cottage movie and Mr. Kincade’s paintings (which he labeled “tacky artwork”).
The Scrooge-a-Palooza chapter makes this book a worthy purchase by itself.
Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas is available on Amazon.com. Why not pair it with a Christmas Classic, such as It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street , as a stocking stuffer for someone you love this year?
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