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Merry Christmas!

‘Tis the season to celebrate the birth of Christ.

‘Tis the season to celebrate being with the ones we love.

And ‘Tis the season to watch those classic Christmas movies alongside family.

The following clip from 1990 cinematic magic known as ‘Home Alone’–masterfully created by director Chris Columbus and screenwriter John Hughes–sparked great laughter from kids and adults alike this evening.

That’s what you call a money clip.

Yup…still got it.

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! 

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Welcome to the Christmas Movie Shelf, Pal

Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie?

This is a heated debate that rages throughout the entire year–almost as much as the fictional Nakatomi Plaza skyscraper did that fateful night–for movie fans (and even non-movie fans) of the 1988 action film masterpiece that starred Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman (RIP), Bonnie Bedelia and Reginald VelJohnson (Carl Winslow!) and Alexander Godunov (RIP). Due to the extensive conversation that follows this seemingly fun and nonsensical question, it’s best to exercise brevity whenever possible. With that in mind, here are a few key notes regarding the aforementioned debate.

Just last year, ‘Die Hard’ screenwriter Steven E. de Souza confirmed via Twitter that #DieHardIsAChristmasMovie.

FYI – That specific tweet was covered and discussed on Time’s website.

Yes, that Time.

Then there’s this snippet from a Washington Post article published yesterday online titled “‘Die Hard’ isn’t just a Christmas movie — it’s the best ever, according to its Hollywood distributor” by Eli Rosenberg and Alex Horton.

“Christmas is a liminal ritualized period of carnivalesque inversion during which underdogs and the powerless are briefly elevated above hierarchical structures,” historian Greg Jenner wrote on Twitter. “John McClane is a classic Christmas underdog triumphing over selfish venality.”  

So this is a very real debate. So gloriously real that 20th Century Fox has reignited the topic of its popular film via a recently produced trailer just this week that is every bit as awesome as you’d hope it would be.

Is ‘Die Hard’ a Christmas movie?

Yes. 

Make room, Elf on the Shelf.

Rediscovering a Classic

Disney’s awakening force concerning old favorites isn’t limited to Star Wars these days…

Christmas and the holiday season is the time to be surrounded by loved ones, including nieces and nephews who enjoy learning about a fun new movie to get excited about. At this point in the year, there’s an unrivaled collective energy that has the truest power to bring people together. Even the stress of shopping for those perfect gifts in these final days (who, me?) is no match for the Christmas joys of late December and the promise of the impending new year. And one of these joys is the timeless classic “The Nutcracker.” I remember going to the theater with family to see the cinematic version (a longgggg version) when I was a kid. It’s one of those stories you don’t forget.

However, according to Disney, “The Nutcracker” is a story almost as old as time that can be reimagined for a new generation. And, apparently, there are four realms that push the boundaries of vibrant imaginative curiosity we never knew about…

The theatrical release date is a bit off into the future on November 2, 2018. Still, if there’s one studio that can sustain movie magic, it’s Disney.

Actress Mackenzie Foy (the trailer’s young heroine) famously played young Murph in Christopher Nolan’s 2014 space epic Interstellar. In that film, Ms. Foy’s affecting performance was limited to earth. In The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, she’s the one who takes off into unknown galaxies realms.

Happy Monday!

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” just got some serious musical competition over the weekend…

All I want for Christmas is for a Christmas-themed Foo Fighters album to be a real thing (crossing my fingers) with the medley above as the title track.

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.