A Real Movie Critic Has Thoughts

A real-deal movie critic joins us on “A Christmas Ham” this week to talk about the history and hypnotic effect of cheesy TV Christmas movies. Also, we somehow touch on the opioid crisis. I didn’t even know there was a dark side to my movie obsession until I talked to John!

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There are 6 comments.

  1. GadgetGal Thatcher

    John dispersed the usual crushing morosity with a light-hand here… but I still needed a few moments of Yule Log video to recover.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0i1Nnn5Syg

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    • December 13, 2019, at 11:58 AM PST
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  2. kedavis Member

    Wow MKH is STUNNING! in the podcast photo. SHE should star in a Hallmark Christmas movie!

    And, while It’s not strictly speaking a Hallmark Movie itself, hopefully A Christmas Movie Christmas rates some discussion somewhere along the line.

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    • December 14, 2019, at 1:44 PM PST
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  3. Taras Coolidge

    If JPod were a real film critic,* he might have remembered that the Western gente includes, aside from a great many formula potboilers, some of the greatest films ever made.

    Even lesser Westerns were about something important: doing the right thing when it isn’t easy; protecting the weak.

    Christmas movies are about something important, too: forming or recovering families; and sometimes communities as well.

    For the most part, the small towns in (some) Christmas movies are real towns: the filmmakers don’t have the money to build fake ones.

    JPod also puts forward the strange notion that opening a Walmart in a small town eliminates jobs — as if the stores are staffed by robots!

    *A critic for a conservative periodical is the equivalent of a Canadian actor.

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    • December 14, 2019, at 6:09 PM PST
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  4. kedavis Member

    Taras (View Comment):

    If JPod were a real film critic,* he might have remembered that the Western gente includes, aside from a great many formula potboilers, some of the greatest films ever made.

    Even lesser Westerns were about something important: doing the right thing when it isn’t easy; protecting the weak.

    Christmas movies are about something important, too: forming or recovering families; and sometimes communities as well.

    For the most part, the small towns in (some) Christmas movies are real towns: the filmmakers don’t have the money to build fake ones.

    JPod also puts forward the strange notion that opening a Walmart in a small town eliminates jobs — as if the stores are staffed by robots!

    *A critic for a conservative periodical is the equivalent of a Canadian actor.

    Best line from JPod: “People can think they are more important than they are.”

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    • December 15, 2019, at 6:43 PM PST
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  5. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    As an expert on the Christmas movie genre, would MKH consider writing and producing a Christmas movie?

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    • December 16, 2019, at 2:17 PM PST
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  6. kedavis Member

    Sounds good to me, as long as she also stars in it!

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    • December 16, 2019, at 3:43 PM PST
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