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Add Comment on 15 December 2010 by by Amy Nicholson
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A film critic conquers Christmas movies

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The holidays are hard, but film critic Alonso Duralde's done the heavy lifting in keeping your family entertained, even when Grandma is staring off into the fire and your 13-year-old cousin is swearing he's too old for sugar plums. Duralde's Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas exhaustively catalogues every flick even tangentially related to Santa Claus -- even the 2009 thriller The Box for instilling a fear of gifts. (And he prankishly includes The Godfather Part II.) This bonanza's been broken down into sections for every mood, whether you've burned the goose or gotten sentimental. Plus there's an entire chapter on remakes of A Christmas Carol with awards for Best Marley (Statler and Waldorf, A Muppet Christmas Carol), Best Cartoon (Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol) and Worst Scrooge is a Ruthlessly Ambitious Woman (Ms. Scrooge). Essays defend each film's inclusion, reminding us the evil weapons in James Bond's On Her Majesty's Secret Service were "'Christmas presents' that actually carry deadly, crop-destroying spores." And, of course, each film comes with fun facts. You might have known that the punk band Sloppy Seconds made a fizzy cover of "Hooray for Santa Claus" from the 1964 cult flop Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, but did you know Mickey Rooney trashed the '80s horror Silent Night, Deadly Night growling, "I'm all for the First Amendment, but don't give me Santa Claus with a gun going to kill someone. The scum who made that movie should be run out of town."

 

A book inspired by the movies deserves a trailer. How many Festivus flicks in this mash-up can you name? 

 

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