Screen Junkies » Love Actually http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Honest Trailers: Love Actually http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-love-actually/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-love-actually/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:56:56 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=267653 Ring in the holiday season by revisiting the darkest, most depressing romantic comedy of all time.

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The 10 Best Holiday Movies of All Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-10-best-holiday-movies-of-all-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-10-best-holiday-movies-of-all-time/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:49 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=267567 Ten holiday movies that will put even the scroogiest of grinches in the holiday spirit.

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By Mike Sheppard

Ahhhh, the holidays. Well, they’re not here yet, but they sure are creeping up on us. And what do we all associate the holidays with? Well, besides scrambling to buy the most unique gifts for everyone you love (no pressure). That’s right…movies! Of course, family and friends are pretty good, too, but I’m pretty sure we need to make sure you have your viewing schedule lined up for all those free hours in between meals.

Over the years, there have been many films that have tried to capture the spirit of the holidays. Some of those have been hits and some of them have been misses. Huge misses. Then there are those films that don’t really revolve around the holidays, but take place during that time and, as such, have become synonymous with the season. Between these two types of categories, there is a solid selection of flicks for you to have prepped for your approaching free time.

I’ve crafted the perfect list here to bring you all the basics; your Christmas movies, your Thanksgiving movies and your awesome movies that happen to take place during the festive season. Follow this list and you’ll never groan about the holidays again

10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This seems like a great place to get started. I know that this is not up there with the first in the series, or even the European Vacation sequel, but this still hits some hilarious notes. From Randy Quaid‘s fake turtleneck, to Julia-Louis Dreyfuss’ yuppie neighbour schtick, we get a solid does of classic 80′s-90′s humour. But we also get those warm holiday moments where it all comes together to make us believe in the spirit of Christmas…even if it required some hostage taking.

9. Home Alone

Talk about an instant classic. When this film came out in 1990, it was a box office sensation. Never mind the fact that the great John Hughes wrote it, it launched the biggest child star career since Richie Rich graced the comics. For a little tyke, Culkin has amazing comedic timing and expressions that will generally make you laugh out loud as he single handedly annihilates two criminals trying to infiltrate his home (played with great over-the-top zeal by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). And if that doesn’t sell you, well good luck not choking up when little Kevin finally sees his mom at the end.

8. A Christmas Story

This is easily the ultimate Christmas classic for any child of the 80′s. Even if you missed that time period, there have been numerous re-releases because this film is an undisputed classic for the ages. One child’s obession with getting his one dream gift, the Red Ryder B.B. gun, string the whole mess together, but along the way we are all reminded of just how everything about our families can become polarized during the holiday season. If Ralphie’s plight does not resonate with you then you either skip Christmas or you don’t have a heart. Either way, this is required viewing you cold hearted jerk.

7. Bad Santa

Probably one of the most offensive holiday films ever made, Bad Santa still manages to make you get that ol’ magic feeling by the end. It may be tough to watch Billy Bon Thornton as the scoundrel Willy, a man who poses as Santa to rob shopping malls in the after hours, but it is even tougher to keep a straight face. Add a sexy appearance by Lauren Graham, the funniest kid you’ve ever seen, and the angriest dwarf you’ve ver encountered and you have the makings of comedy gold. There are many raunchy moments here, but the film’s central arc is Willy’s relationship with this sad, lonely kid that keeps the film from spiralling into pure debauchery.

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The ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’ Trailer Might Not Be Targeted Towards Men http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-what-to-expect-when-youre-expecting-trailer-might-not-be-targeted-towards-men/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-what-to-expect-when-youre-expecting-trailer-might-not-be-targeted-towards-men/#comments Sat, 10 Dec 2011 00:05:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=239349 I feel like I just gave birth by watching this trailer.

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ARRGH! I’VE NEVER IN MY LIFE WATCHED A TRAILER SO CLEARLY NOT INTENDED FOR MY DEMOGRAPHIC!

I can’t find humor to bridge the gap between me, a 31 year-old male film blogger, and this film. There’s no connection here. It’s not like they even created this movie for women. It’s like they created it with the expressed purpose of ensuring that no man, not a one, would pay to see it.

Here’s how I saw the pitch meeting going:

Exec #1: Well, the source material, the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting will really resonate with women in their child bearing years, and probably older women who look back upon their pregnancies with fondness. But what about men aged 18-49?

Exec #2: FUCK MEN AGED 18-49!

Exec #1: Yes, of course.

From the simpletons who (probably) brought you I Don’t Know How She Does It comes this film, an examination of female paradigms who:

  • Dance with the stars
  • Get hormonal
  • Enjoy their larger breasts
  • Adopt African babies (OMG! So cute!)

And the shithead men that apparently can’t find their dicks with both hands.

Further lending credence to the theory that if you can’t tell one compelling story in a film, use an ensemble to tell six and the women will get confused and default to empty smiles.

See also:

  • Love Actually 
  • Valentine’s Day
  • New Year’s Eve
  • He’s Just Not That Into You

That’s all for now.

Oh, before I forget, Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon, Rob Huebel? Can you guys hang back? I would like to have a word with you.

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9 Romantic Comedies That Are Crazy Stupid http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-romantic-comedies-that-are-crazy-stupid/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-romantic-comedies-that-are-crazy-stupid/#comments Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:08:36 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=222479 Love can be stupid, but not as stupid as these films.

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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is billing itself as that rare breed of romantic comedy that doesn’t suck six ways from Sunday. While the final verdict is still out, early reviews (including that of our own Fred Topel) seem to support the claim. So in honor of the release of Crazy, Stupid, Love., which hopefully isn’t awful, here are nine romantic comedies that are just crazy stupid.

Just Like Heaven (2005)

I watched this film while on a cruise with a girl who had come down with seasickness. As it turns out, the sound of her violently retching was the perfect background to this Reese Witherspoon turd. It has the same plot as the Bill Cosby bomb Ghost Dad, with about half of the laughs. Considering I laughed exactly once at Ghost Dad, that doesn’t say much for Just Like Heaven.

The Beautician and the Beast (1997)

When a sassy beautician travels to a far away county to work for a ruthless dictator, only one thing can happen: genital electrocution followed by a swift beheading. At least that’s what would happen in real life. In Hollywood, the two fall in love. Poor Fran Drescher. She could never step out from the shadow of her most memorable role: the reporter chick in UHF.

Alex & Emma (2003)

Rob Reiner is a huge anti-smoking advocate, yet he has no problem unleashing pollution like Alex & Emma onto the unsuspecting public. The film involves an author (Luke Wilson), a stenographer (Kate Hudson), and the Cuban Mafia. If that doesn’t excite you, it’s also worth noting that Kate Hudson plays three different roles, each with its own wacky accent. Sigh.

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

In Something’s Gotta Give, Keanu Reeves‘s character falls in love with a woman played by Diane Keaton. Yeah, you read that right. I don’t care what Sex in the City says, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell of that happening. A guy in his 30′s falling for a woman in her 50′s is about as likely as Lance Bass falling in love with a girl. Speaking of which…

On the Line (2001)

The plot of On the Line revolves around a shy guy (Lance Bass) who meets the girl of his dreams on a train, but doesn’t have the stones to ask her out. He then goes to great lengths to track her down, and wackiness ensues. Actually, replace the word wackiness with awfulness, and you’re right on target. This film also stars Joey Fatone, which only adds to the overpowering shittness. The only thing that saves this film from being number one on the list is the fact that Bass has since come out of the closet, so watching him pretend to be interested in a woman is unintentionally hysterical.

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