12 Films of Christmas 2018 (Final Part)

It’s time, ladies and gentlemen. The final part in this year’s 12 Days of Christmas series. It’s been fun, but it’s time for it to come to an end. So let’s go out on a note.

I was considering going with “Jingle All the Way” for this last one, as it was on tv earlier. But then I decided against it because I’d prefer to not get annoyed by a movie on christmas fucking eve. So instead I went with a different thing that was on tv, something that airs every year, same Bat-time, same Bat-channe- damn it, wrong old thing. This is “From All of Us, to All of You”. In this interesting piece of Disney animation, Mickey Mouse and Jiminy Cricket host a sort of christmas show in which they give us some “christmas cards” from various characters. These “cards” are short films, some actually christmas related, and some just clips from movies like “Cinderella” and “The Jungle Book”. And for some unknown reason, it has aired on Swedish television every year since 1960. So yeah, living here in Sweden all my life, I’m kind of familiar with this. I feel nostalgic about seeing it, but at the same time it almost gets a bit same-y, since nothing new is added. Okay, I lied, at the end they show clips from new/upcoming Disney movies, but other than that, it’s the same thing as always, with only minor edits throughout the years. That said, there’s something a bit nice and warm about it, and it brings a nice sense of joy every time I see it. “From All of Us, To All of You” is a charming little compilation with a fascinating legacy.

On the last of christmas’ days, Markus wishes your ass, happy holidays, and a merry fucking christmas.

12 Films of Christmas 2018 (Part 2)

I didn’t say that all the movies featured here would be unique and interesting… or even good for that matter. Yikes.

So the entry for the 12 Films of Christmas is a 2016 made for tv romantic comedy called “A Cinderella Christmas”. It’s basically “Cinderella”… but shit. An event-planner (Emma Rigby) sneaks into a christmas-themed masquerade in which she meets a wealthy dude (Peter Porte) and they fall in love. When she then runs out of the party he will do anything to find his mysterious princess charming. Some days I wonder why other people are so stupid. Some days I wonder why I am so stupid. While watching this movie I asked myself both those things. The characters in this are either dumber than a bag of bricks or duller than beach ball. I know that you are given some leeway when crafting characters, you are allowed to divert somewhat from realistic human behavior… but the writing here doesn’t so much bend their characteristics as much as break it in half and tell you “Merry fucking christmas, our reality is better than yours”. What else? The actors are passable at best, the cinematography is as “just turn on the camera” as it gets, the attempts at humor aren’t really that funny, and nothing in this is even remotely engaging. I don’t like talking smack about movies, I like liking movies… but sometimes that’s hard, as “A Cinderella Christmas” has proven today.

On the second day of christmas, Markus brings to you, a movie with characters dumber than poo.