Sunday, November 29, 2009

I Really Really Really Look for Different!

Some of these are HARD TO FIND.

A Christmas past: vintage holiday films (1901-1925) - B&W
121 min.
Silent vignettes of the Christmas holiday season, digitally remastered. This WAS NOT my cup of tea, and I like silents (well I like Charlie Chaplin), but I couldn't get into these. If you enjoy short silent films, you will probably enjoy these. Hard to Find

Chicken soup for the soul: inspirational stories for the holidays (2006) - Color
88 min.
Based on the book "Chicken Soup for the Soul" by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.
Vignettes that are inspirational and thought provoking. From the Chicken Soup Television Series. Although this can't be found everywhere, I think Amazon may have it, or try your local library. I enjoyed it very much, I wish they had a volume II.

Hollywood Christmas (1996)
90 min.
(from Netflix) Actress Jane Seymour hosts this collection of scenes from holiday movies, ranging from classics such as It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street and White Christmas to contemporary favorites Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas and A Christmas Story. Deleted scenes and footage from other films feature chanteuse Rosemary Clooney singing "Welcome Christmas, Little Friend" and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in a 1944 animated short.

Roots: The Gift - (VHS only) (1988)
100 min.
(from NY Public Library) The characters of Kunta Kinte and Fiddler from Roots are back in this movie. In this movie the two of them accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape. And the two of them try to help him and also see this as an opportunity to escape themselves. Hard to Find

Santa Claus: A&E Biography (2005)
50 min.
(from Netflix) This installment of A&E's popular "Biography" series traces the personal history of Santa Claus, from his origins in fourth century Turkey to his immortalization in "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" and modern appearances on the big screen. Despite the commercialization of Christmas celebrations, the "Jolly Old Elf" remains a symbol of what is worthwhile about the holiday season: generosity, kindness and goodwill toward men.

The Vicar of Dibley: 10th Anniversery Specials (2004) - Color - Starring Dawn French
100 min.
(from Netflix) The holidays are always eventful for the eccentric residents of Dibley and their female vicar, Geraldine. In "Merry Christmas," Alice spots a supermodel in her undies in the vicarage. It isn't long before the entire village believes that Gerry is one of the first lesbian vicars in England. In "Happy New Year," the villagers have plans to give Gerry a birthday present she'll never forget: a blind date.If you are familiar with the British series "The Vicar of Dibley", you will know doubt have seen this one already, if not, it is not necessary to watch the series to enjoy the crazy people in this village.

The Vicar of Dibley: Christmas Specials (2006) - Color - Starring Dawn French
108 min.
(from Netflix) Christmas is in the air at the vicarage -- or could it be love? -- in this festive pairing of holiday specials plucked from the hit Britcom's 2006-07 season. With the busiest time of year fast approaching, Geraldine finds herself distracted by charming "townie" Harry Kennedy. But when Harry pops the question and Geraldine returns with a resounding "yes," their big day threatens to become a big disaster.

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