The Bishop’s Wife: Another Look At The Making Of A Great Film

The Bishop’s Wife puts you in mind of another bit of magical fantasy, Portrait of Jenny. Both films are based on novels by Robert Nathan and both enjoy the idea that a charming almost magical personality can enter your life at the most unexpected moments. The obviously banal aspects to the story are simple. Bishop […]

A Meowy Christmas Vacation

Film Title

A Meowy Christmas Vacation

Synopsis

Steve and his furry friends drop yet another load



Cast

Steve, I Will Be Making A Formal Complaint, Rudzinski
Cerra Atkins
Ben Dietels
A Mangy Tabby named Whiskers
Various botfly-infested rodents

When I reviewed the worst Christmas movie ever made, A Meowy Christmas, I had no idea of the massive amount of whiney butt-hurt that would be forthcoming from the movie creators, Steve Rudzinski and the writer of that horrid mess, Bill Murphy. This was 3 years ago and long forgotten until a got yet another […]

The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t

Film Title

The Christmas That Almost Wasn't

Synopsis

Yet another dreadful Saving Christmas movie, Italian style.

Director

Rossano Brazzi

Cast

Paul Tripp
Lydia Brazzi
Alberto Rabagliati
A Truckload of Creepy Midgets
Mischa Auer
John Karlsen
Rossano Brazzi

Christmas is fast approaching and another year of watching and reviewing Christmas movies is winding down. This movie is yet another recommendation from one of our fine readers. The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t should have been named The Christmas Movie That Wasn’t. So, what went wrong with this wonderful Santa Save Christmas Movie? The short […]

Mrs. Worthington’s Party-A.K.A. Noelle (2007)

Film Title

Mrs. Worthington's Party (Noelle)

Synopsis

A priest comes to a small New England village to shut down a dying parrish. What is thought to be a routine sacking is anything but.

Director

David Wall

Cast

David Wall
Kerry Wall
Sean Patrick Brennan
Jean Bates

It is no secret that faith-based movies have taken their review lumps from both believers and non-believers alike. The harsh criticism heaped upon this genre of movie has been well deserved, and I have been a joyful participant in this scrutiny. Faith-based Christmas movies are especially vulnerable to criticism for poor artistic presentation and falling […]

The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

Film Title

The Bishop's Wife

Synopsis

An angel comes to Earth to help raise money for a Bishop’s church. If he had just used Zelle, we wouldn’t have a movie.

Director

Henry Koster

Cast

Cary Grant
Loretta Young
David Niven
James Gleason
Monty Woolley
Gladys Cooper

There are many examples in cinema history of iconic movie roles originally being intended for very different actors than those who ended up playing them, from Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey as the original would-be stars of the Bad Boys franchise to Will Smith and Val Kilmer in the roles of Neo and Morpheus in […]

A Christmas In Vermont (2016)

Film Title

A Christmas In Vermont

Synopsis

Tan-colored milkshakes save Christmas



Cast

Chevy Chase
Abigail Hawk
Zack Ward
Howard Hessman
Morgan Fairchild

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! Though there is some reason to speculate that he may have been drunk the whole time, and little doubt that the entire role was filmed in no more than a day or two, the highest-billed male actor in the 2016 TV movie A Christmas in Vermont is none other […]

Home Alone (1990)

Film Title

Home Alone

Synopsis

Other than Elf, the most pointless and annoying Christmas movie ever made.

Director

Chris Columbus

Cast

Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci!
David Stern
John Heard
Catherine O'Hara
John Candy
Roberts Blosson

I knew that if I avoided the grave long enough that this day would come. There is no longer putting it off or pretending that this movie does not exist. Having long ago reviewed atrocities like It’s A Wonderful Life, Elf, and Santa Claus And The Ice Cream Bunny, this landmark in Ruthless Christmas Movie […]

Trapped In Paradise (1994)

Film Title

Trapped In Paradise

Synopsis

Nothing expresses Yuletide joy like robbing a bank

Director

George Gallo

Cast

Nicholas Cage
Dana Carvey
Jon Lovitz
Florence Stanley
Richard Jenkins

Trapped in Paradise is far from the most beloved entry in the great Christmas movie pantheon, as evidenced by the fact that it has not yet been covered on this site. Its own cast reportedly hated working on it so much that they took to calling it Trapped in Bullshit, though the only source I […]

A Christmas Carol (2018)

Film Title

A Christmas Carol

Synopsis

A modern-day rendition of the timeless classic

Director

David Izatt

Cast

Stuart Brennan
Bonnie Wright
Rebecca Hanssen
Sarina Taylor
Mark Paul Wake
Alec Westwood

As you know, A Christmas Carol is my favorite genre of Christmas Movies and I have already watched and reviewed at least 16 versions of this venerable classic. This version is a low budget but more than adequate re-telling that is set in modern-day Scotland. This Ebeneezer Scrooge (Stuart Brennan) is a young and wildly […]

Elves (2018)

Film Title

Elves

Synopsis

Ancient Elves locked in a chest only come out at Christmas.

Director

Jamaal Burden

Cast

Who Cares?

I’ve come to an unassailable generalization. Every Christmas movie with “Elf or Elves” in the title is going to be horrible and without redemption, campy or otherwise. The opening “teaser” (more like snoozer) scene lasted 6 minutes and consisted of two young boys sitting in a dark room with that awful piano, bang-bang one chord […]