Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmasby Alonso Duralde
(Limelight). Don't waste another second of your valuable holiday time on another boring Christmas movie. Film critic Alonso Duralde highlights the best and worst movies of the Yuletide season with this fun and informative film guide. Whether you're looking for the classics, family favorites, holiday horror, Christmas-themed crime epics, or the most wonderfully awful cinematic lumps of coal, Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas will point you and your rental queue in the right direction. Whether your idea of a holiday classic is White Christmas , Bad Santa , Die Hard , Eyes Wide Shut , or Gremlins , you'll find the right film for you, as well as an exhaustively entertaining breakdown of the various screen Scrooges, from Alistair Sim to Jim Carrey to...Tori Spelling? And get ready to encounter movies you may never have heard of from the gritty noir Christmas Holiday , starring 1930s singing ingenue Deanna Durbin in her first hard-bitten adult role, to the loony Santa Claus , a Mexican kiddie movie in which St. Nick teams up with Merlin to fight the devil! Plot synopses, video availability, and fun facts did you know the actor cast as Uncle Billy in It's a Wonderful Life was also in the running to play mean old Mr. Potter? make this a stocking stuffed with information you'll turn to every Christmas season.
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Despite the too-easy title of my review, don't make the mistake of thinking that this terrific compendium of Christmas cinema touches only on familiar festive flicks. "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas" is the perfect listing of holiday movies, making sure to include beloved classics like Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and the myriad versions of A Christmas Carol, but also branching out into such different holiday-film categories as heist and horror. Independent L.A. film critic Alonso Duralde brings an encyclopedic knowledge of film to his task, but never condescends or comes across as anything less delightful than a true lover of movies, and Christmas movies in particular. Leonard Maltin just included it on a list of essential movie reference books, and having read through it twice, dog-earing all the way, I have to agree. If you can't wait for December to bring you Hollywood's holiday goodies every year, "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas" will whet your appetite for merry movies all the year through.
This is truly an awful book. Alonso Duralde is probably the least credible critic alive, which is really saying something considering how poor most critical analysis is these days.