Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas #01: Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis

The annual thirteenth post.





Tom Waits kicks so much ass. Another warning about the audience. This is my favorite song he has done (that I have heard).

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

You too, Charlie Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas: #02: 2010 Send Off Edition




Another year has come and gone.
Work is still work.
I started an online journal this year.
I'm keeping it anonymous for now.
I plan on revealing it and myself as editor
if I get to issue #10. Issue #3
debuts in another month or two.

I had a few pieces published this year.
Just had a poem published in amphibi.us.
"The Morning Before The Flash Of Winter"
It's about soft acts of violence.
And nuclear war.
And the end of romance.

There is no Cookin' With The Pope this year.
I'll be cooking my signature gift
to reruns of How I Met Your Mother
and whatever else they put on Fox after Midnight.
Maybe some Sabaton/SYL/Overkill/ on the radio.

Speaking of Strapping Young Lad, I made a mock
book trailer a year or so ago. Uploaded it to YouTube,
but hid it under Private as WMG caught wind.
I offer it to you random passerbys as a gift.
I used to have a regular reader, but they
got a case of the snoots a year(s) ago.






I leave 2010 with a bit of sluggishness
and welcome the promise of 2011.
Until sooner,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

And Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas: #03: Movie Review: Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone (1990) is a good-natured family comedy from my childhood that still entertains twenty years later. It is the story of what happens to a young, obnoxious little boy, Kevin McCallister (played by Macaulay Culkin), when he wishes he could just live alone. While rushing to board a plane to France, Kevin's parents inadvertently leave their son home alone, and the kid finds out first-hand that dreams sometimes come true. While fun at first, Kevin soon realizes that the world he wanted can turn nasty in a heartbeat.

Reality isn't the only antagonist in this new world. A pair of bumbling burglars, played wonderfully by Daniel Stern and Joe Pesci have their sights set on Kevin's house and the treasure trove of goods within. Much of the story revolves around a cat-and-mouse battle for survival as the criminals repeatedly attempt to rob the house.

As a kid, I would have to say I found the Tom & Jerry aspects the most appealing. Watching it all come to a head in his little fun house of torture was everything it could be for a nine-year-old. I still remember getting the VHS and ripping it open to find the cheesy little blueprint of his madness. Fun stuff.

Watching it now, I think it is the human connections that get to me the most. The old man and his son, Kevin's mother (played to beautifully by Catherine O'Hara) going berserk trying to get home to her son, and the always great-and-mighty John Candy's comforting presence in the back of the Budget Rental van.

Home Alone strikes many mature themes throughout, focusing on maturity, security, and judging others. It teaches us to face our fears, even at the risk of failure. It states that loneliness is no substitute for happiness.

Chris Columbus directs a John Hughes script with a fairly heavy twinkle that makes the film a must-see during the Christmas season. Hughes was a genius at blending comedy with a serious tone and it comes through masterfully here.

One thing I noticed this year that I hadn't seen previously is a certain weakness of relationship between father McCallister (John Heard) and his son. Keep an eye on the reunion scene, as it seems he could really give a damn that his son is okay. A slight hug, a well-wish, then--? Sort of interesting, especially as it is coupled shortly by the reunion scene between the old man and his son next door. Maybe it is the foreshadow of a falling out to come.

Overall, Home Alone is a second-tier modern Christmas classic that can be shared yearly by any age group.

For Its Genre/Era/X: Great

Overall: Really Good

P.S. Senta Moses is as cute as a Senta Moses napping in a pile of kittens and puppies.






Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas #04: Christmas Vacation Cat




Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas #05: The Tree's Revenge




Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas: #06: Gonna Get The Angel




Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!!!!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas #07: Sweet Pea In A Christmas Tree




Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!!!!!


...you too, sweet pea....

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas: #08: Jingle Bombs





Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas: #09: Sam Kinison on "Married...with Children"






Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas: #10: The Little Drummer Boy



Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas #11: Angry Cat In A Christmas Tree



Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!!


...and NOT sweet pea...


uh-oh...NINJA EDIT!!!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas: #12: Animal Chorus



Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Thirteen Posts Of Christmas: #13: The Cup Size Choir



Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!