Wrapping it up for December

Hello, my darling readers!
Another month is over, so let me give you a little summary of the amazing posts just to make sure you didn’t miss anything. 😉 Can you believe that it’s already the end of December and 2021 is as good as over? Absolutely insane.

As is customary for December, this is the month I do a deep dive into all the holiday movies and discover some new ones!

As per usual we have the Top 5 Tuesday and Thursday Movie Pick posts, all with appropriate spooky themes as well!

And last but not least some of my favorite quotes to brighten your day:

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A Boy Called Christmas

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For today’s Christmas movie review, I bring you a brand spanking new release. A Boy Called Christmas hit Netflix this year and after seeing the trailer, of course, I couldn’t skip it!

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

An ordinary young boy called Nikolas sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north in search of his father who is on a quest to discover the fabled village of the elves, Elfhelm. Taking with him a headstrong reindeer called Blitzen and a loyal pet mouse, Nikolas soon meets his destiny in this magical, comic and endearing story that proves nothing is impossible.

The Rating:

This movie definitely wasn’t on my radar but when I opened Netflix and saw Maggie Smith looking back at me, I knew I had to check it out. It is not the most amazing Christmas film I have ever seen, but it certainly is a cute flick and I enjoyed watching it.

I absolutely love Maggie Smith (who is telling the story), her character almost reminded me a bit of the dowager in Downton Abbey. This was a layer they didn’t have to include the movie would have been long enough and would have had enough of a story with just the tale she tells but I like that we get this frame. It did make me chuckle a few times, and that’s always appreciated!

This is your typical Christmas movie in as far as you can tell where the story is going to end approximately two minutes in. But the film is cute enough that I really don’t mind. There are some interesting (and even dark) twists to the story that are somewhat unusual for a movie that appears to be geared towards little kids in most other regards. I like that they did try to do a bunch of different stuff here!

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I’ll be Home for Christmas

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Welcome to another season-appropriate movie review. Today we’re going to take a closer look at I’ll be Home for Christmas.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Estranged from his father (Gary Cole), college student Jake (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) is lured home to New York for Christmas with the promise of receiving a classic Porsche as a gift. When the bullying football team dumps him in the desert in a Santa suit, Jake is left without identification or money to help him make the journey. Meanwhile, his girlfriend, Allie (Jessica Biel), does not know where he is, and accepts a cross-country ride from Jake’s rival, Eddie (Adam LaVorgna).

The Rating:

This is another Christmas movie that pretty much came out of left field for me. I had never even heard of it, but Disney+ threw it my way, so here we are. To be honest, now that I have seen it, I can tell you that I wouldn’t have missed much had I continued living in ignorance.

I guess the main appeal of the movie when it came out back in 1998 was that the lead is played by Jonathan Taylor Thomas and that his girlfriend is played by Jessica Biel. I would assume that posters of both of them adorned a significant number of bedroom walls back in the 90s. However, in 2021 that is not enough to make this movie work.

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Noelle

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It is December, so I hope you all are ready for a volley of Christmas movie reviews! Let’s kick things off this time with Noelle, a 2019 Disney production.

The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):

Kris Kringle’s daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who will take over for their father this Christmas. When Nick is about to crumble like a gingerbread cookie from all the pressure, Noelle suggests he take a break and get away…but when he doesn’t return, Noelle must find her brother and bring him back in time to save Christmas.

The Rating:

To kick off the traditional series of Christmas movie reviews, we’re taking a closer look at Noelle. I’ve been doing this for a while now, so I feel like I’m running out of X-Mas stuff to talk about. That also means I’m now diving into movies I’ve never even heard before and will hopefully pleasantly surprise me. Noelle is one of them.

I just browsed through Disney+’s section of remotely Christmasy-looking things, and this was the first film to catch my eye. An Anna Kendrick flick? I’m sure that’s gonna be nice. Well, turns out it was more on the cringe side of things but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

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The Christmas Chronicles: Part 2

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It’s almost Christmas, can you believe that? I could swear it was March only yesterday.
There is one particular Christmas movie I was curious about. Last year (a little late to the party as usual) I watched The Christmas Chronicles, and Netflix dropped a sequel this year!

The Plot (from Rotten Tomatoes):

Teenager Kate Pierce is reunited with Santa Claus when a troublemaker threatens to cancel Christmas — forever.

The Rating:

Let’s see, what can I say about this one?
Overall I did enjoy it but you shouldn’t have your expectations up too high.

First of all, what was good about this sequel?

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The Santa Clause

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I was thinking about which Christmas movies I could review this year and spend a hot minute browsing Disney+. Well, I stumbled upon The Santa Clause, a film I remember watching on VHS. Turns out, there are two sequels I haven’t seen yet, so I’ve got my schedule set!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

The Rating:

Okay, so first of all, let me tell you something: I had never noticed that the title is a play on words. Up until know I had only seen the film in German and it doesn’t quite work there. Anyways, let’s get to the review!

Many films you remember from your childhood don’t hold up once you rewatch them as an adult. Well, this one was actually still pretty cute!

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