The holidays are finished. That’s it. No more eggnog and rum in the early evening, no more parties, no more sparkling lights to brighten the dark 4PM sky, no more having something to look forward to. Now all that’s left in our immediate future are weeks of winter work, my birthday, and then waiting for summertime. Or I guess you can make the most of your winter, enjoy wintery stuff, and have a nice life because it’s the only one you get, IT’S UP TO YOU! There are a million ways to look at a snow globe. “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Shia LaBeouf. Even though the holidays are over, I would still like to talk about them. Is that all right? Specifically I’d like to talk about what movies you saw during them. I saw three movies: Anchorman 2, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Punk Singer. One of them was way, way, way too long for how few good jokes it had; one of them was incredibly frustrating in the way that it depicted a woman’s ownership over her own creative work; and one of them taught me that Kathleen Hanna is married to Adam Horovitz, which is not something I had any idea about, and is very much worth seeing, especially if you are a young woman. Not saying which one was which! “Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” -Shia LaBeouf. I still haven’t seen The Wolf of Wall Street. Did you? I bet you did! What did you think? Controversy yes or controversy no? What else did you see? Hmmm? Hmmmmmmm?

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  1. I saw Frozen. I have to say that it wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been. It actually passed the Bechdel test and the snowman wasn’t in it that much. But the music was obnoxious and not well written. There were 3 Arrested Development references which was the best part. Good job, whoever put those in there.

    If they had cut like 15 minutes and 3 songs I would have liked it more. Ah well.

    • I went to a NYE party at a friend’s house and there were lots and lots of children there. At some point, they put a song from Frozen on and every single kid was singing at the top of their lungs and I was like ok…..I mean whatever floats your boat I guess (I haven’t seen it) but then I looked at my son and he was rolling his eyes and my heart swelled with pride.

    • I made a huge lego castle for Elsa from Frozen to live in! (with my five-year-old cousin) (but I really really enjoyed it and it was a GREAT castle)

    • I saw Frozen with my nieces. The 3-year-old was mostly terrified for some reason, and the 6-year-old seemed surprisingly blase about the whole thing. I’m not a huge fan of musicals in general, but to me the songs in this movie were particularly unbearable. They seemed to be going for some sort of corny ’60s style that just annoyed the living crap out of me. The animation was great, and the story was fine. I could not sit through those songs again, though.

      • My friend was saying that she thinks they made it musical heavy because they want to put it on Broadway. They haven’t had a big Broadway hit since lion king and I guess this was supposed to be it?

  2. I saw Saving Mr Banks with my mother. It was good. I enjoyed myself but remain skeptical about a lot of it. My mom liked it too, even though she missed some major plot points until pretty late in the game. And then when we were in the car driving home she asked me, “Now, who was Mr. Banks?” MOM!

  3. I. Celebrate. Robot. Orthodox. Life. Day. Which. Is. On. The. Seventeenth.

  4. I was going to see Nebraska or Inside Llewyn Davis after work on Tuesday to fill the gap between work and NYE festivities but my plans were thwarted by some jag in my building using both washing machines at once on Monday night (which is my laundry night every single week because nobody else is ever doing laundry then EXCEPT DURING THE HOLIDAYS I GUESS) so I had to do my belated laundry instead. Boohoo poor me!

    But I did watch Sherlock yesterday which is basically a movie! Are we talking about Sherlock? It was good!

  5. I watched Aunte Mame and Trading Places back to back on Christmas Eve and drank really good champagne and it was glorious.

  6. It’s been snowstormin’ in Chicago for the last 3 days so I stayed in and watched MST3K for the first time. Man, I can’t believe I’d never seen it. That’s some good ish.

    • Seriously? You’ve never seen it? Well, sit back CT, and watch on! Which ones did you get to see? Because I will say the ones that are available for streaming on Netflix aren’t even the best eps…

      • I saw both of the Santa Claus eps. The one with Trumpy. (TRUMPY!) and another couple that kinda mesh together because I was just marathonin’ them suckers. I enjoyed all of them 100% except for the one with Crow just giggling all the time (I think it was crow, his voice sounded different). There were lots of cheap sex gags. My theory is that they were probably trying to be more like Beavis and Butthead but it didn’t work. Anyway, even that episode was pretty entertaining.

        Which ones are the best?

        • Manos the Hands of Fate is pretty much THE classic episode. As is Mitchell. Both are Joel era. As far as Mike era goes, The Beast of Yucca Flats is really good, as is Red Zone Cuba. But my favorite Mike ep is Alien from LA.

          Crow with the different voice is from the Sci-Fi era of the show. Of those episodes, A Touch of Satan and Girl in Gold Boots are gold.

          To be fair, the show was on for 10 years and they switched hosts and channels in that time. The only thing I would say to avoid is anything from the 1st season, and, although I know some people love them, the Gamera movies don’t really do much for me personally.

          • I think the definitive Mike episode is The Final Sacrifice, don’t you think? Or Space Mutiny (Blast HardCheese!).
            I love basically all the Joel episodes, but my favorites are the random non-Sci Fi ones. Girl In Lover’s Lane (thanks, Big Stupid!) and I Accuse My Parents are top notch.

          • ALSO! There are a bunch of Cinematic Titanic episodes on Hulu, and for my money Alien Factor is as good as the best MST3K episodes. Plus you get to hear have Dr. Forrester and Pearl joining in on the riffing, which can’t be beat.

          • “Hear have” – I am a genius at thinking thoughts and then typing them.

          • Man…I forgot about Big Stupid. What a great episode! I also still like the Ed Wood movie about the smut racket. That darn smut!!!

        • I like the Trumpy (Pod People) one a great deal and I agree that Manos is a classic. I also really like Werewolf because the closing credits are the best. I basically agree with all of artdork’s suggestions. It’s a shame more of the good ones aren’t available on Netflix.

          I was first introduced to MST3K through the one hour shows in syndication (The Mystery Science Theatre Hour) because I didn’t have comedy central. This is perhaps why I always fall asleep when watching it just past the hour mark. Even when I’m completely enjoying the show! So frustrating.

        • As others have said: Manos the Hands of Fate, Mitchell, and Final Sacrifice are all stellar — and I also have a soft spot for Eegah (ready, steady, bite me).

  7. I saw Catching Fire and liked it a lot.

    Side Note: I know it could always be worse, but there is so much snow, and I know that at some point, I’m going to have to shovel some of it. Not looking forward to that.

  8. I saw a lot of movies, but the most recent one was Memories of Murder; it’s about South Korea’s first documented serial murders. You guys should totally check it out.

  9. I saw American Hustle and Anchorman 2. I really loved one of them, and the other had some great laffs followed by very long stretches in which I didn’t laff at all.

    Was anyone else sort of shocked by the interracial dinner table scene? It fell prey to one of my least favorite comedy tropes, which is using a racist character to say very racist things, and then expecting us to laugh because, hey, he’s a racist so we’re laughing at him not at what he says.

    After the year we’ve had here, I don’t think that logic holds up. Still, basically everything Steve Carell did was a comedic miracle, so it wasn’t a waste.

    • I’m glad you said that, because myself and Flanny were saying the other day that we were uncomfortable about that scene. I just didn’t think it was necessary, we already got the point they were trying to make. It was a shame because other than that I enjoyed the film.

  10. I was underwhelmed by Nebraska although it had several fine moments. I was able to get a better Will Forte fix by revisiting MacGruber, a seriously underrated movie. So stupid, but Forte sells the hell out of that character. Also had to go back to his Tim and Eric Awesome Show mattress commercial.

    I might have had low expectations for Anchorman 2 because I was never really that enamored with the first one, but I thought this one was really funny! Best stupid comedy of the year for sure.

  11. I saw The Wolf Of Wall Street. The movie is fucking crazy. Very good, very long, very don’t care to see it ever again.

  12. So I went to see Anchorman 2 on the Sunday before Christmas because we had an ice storm and the power went out. It wasn’t supposed to come back on until Christmas Eve at 11:30 pm and our house was starting to get freezing! So we bundled up and headed to the movies. On the way there I said ‘oh man I wish we had brought a flask’ because when the power goes out apparently I revert to a college student. Luckily there was a liquor store NEXT DOOR which I’m sure was totally a coincidence. This apparently led to me thinking it was hilarious because apparently no one else liked it much. I was just so excited to see Vince Vaughn! Then when we got home the power was back on because it was a CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!

  13. I watched Scrooge, the old 1951 movie with Alastair Sim. It used to be an annual tradition when I was a kid/teenager but I hadn’t watched the whole thing in probably twenty years. It remains awesome. I was a bit surprised by how much of it I still remember. Like, the whole last part where Scrooge is suddenly all merry and manic (which is the best part) was preserved almost entirely intact, even down to the intonation of certain lines. It made me realize that I have to be a lot more careful about what I put in my brain. It would truly suck if I only had a few moments to live and some random scene from The Walking Dead started looping in my mind and my last words were “Goddammit, Carl.”

  14. I watched Christmas Vacation and The Heat. I try to make a tradition of watching Christmas Vacation. I will probably not make watching The Heat a tradition, although I liked it very much and have had deep thoughts on how I can cultivate Melissa McCarthy’s self-confidence and comedic timing.

  15. Anchorman 2, see my above comments, I enjoyed it a lot although I did think it was proof that a massive budget (compared to the first one, anyway) doesn’t always mean a great film.

    Also – Airplane 2 and Toy Story 3. Sequels are apparently the true meaning of Christmas.

  16. I watched The World’s End, which was good, but didn’t quite amuse me in the same way as Hot Fuzz, which tickles me pink.

    I also just watched Love Actually for the first time, and I actually enjoyed it. For a movie that on paper should not be “my type of movie”, I really found it quite charming. I am also suffering through a bad cold, so maybe my judgment is skewed.

  17. I saw Rare Exports a week or so after you all did so couldn’t really comment at the time. I was a bit surprised at how luke warm you all seemed… I really liked it! Even the ending, if you ignore the slavery implications and also how the hell would you go about approaching anyone to sell them a live santa??

    I also watched Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket with my brothers as per Christmas tradition, and they are both still perfect, but this year I was suddenly struck with how much more perfect AN is compared to FMJ. Startling realization.

    I also watched the Doctor Who Christmas special on actual Christmas for the first time in my life and cried and cried and cried and cried…

  18. anchorman 2 i thought was going to end 3 or 4 times before it did

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