Badlands (1973)

 ★★★★★

 

There are few directors working today that can simultaneously stir equal amounts of love and hate for their films as Terrence Malick. In his first 39 years as a feature length director, he has only released five films (excluding the soon to beBadlands (1973) released, “To The Wonder”). Each of his films have become critically acclaimed primarily because of his overwhelming visual style, as well as his innovative storytelling techniques. His first film was the 1973 crime film “Badlands”. Since it was Malick’s first film, it is obvious that he was still coming into his own. Not because the film is lacking, but because of all of his films, this one has more continuity and structure than his subsequent films. (It probably carries more dialogue as well.)

Following in the footsteps of Arthur Penn, “Badlands” serves as a companion piece to Penn’s 1967 masterpiece, “Bonnie And Clyde”. “Badlands” tells the story of a twenty five year old delinquent, Kit (Martin Sheen), who falls in love with a fifteen year old girl, Holly (Sissy Spacek). When her father (Warren Oats) disapproves of their relationship, Kit kills him and the two young rebels head off on a killing spree, as they Badlands (1973) attempt to make it out of the country.

“Badlands” is loosely based on the lives of Charles Starkweather and Caril Fugate, who in January of 1958, killed 10 people in just an eight-day span. Although many of the details of this film are different from these real killers, the basic plotline is identical. Multiple other films have also been inspired by this killing duo, such as “Natural Born Killers” (1994) and “Kalifornia” (1993), but of all these films “Badlands” portrays these characters in what seems to be the most accurate (and disturbing) nature.

Of Terrence Malick’s films, “Badlands” is by far the darkest and most disheartening. His other films have darker moments, but typically he also includes redeeming characters to help balance his stories. It is hard to have a connection with Kit or Holly in this film because they have no remorse. Their killings are Badlands (1973)unjustified, brutal and unnecessary. Every time a new character comes onto the screen, you have the inclination to start screaming for them to run, like you’re watching a “B” horror film. Their brutality and unconditional savagery is appalling.

From a technical aspect, “Badlands” is one of the greatest directorial debuts ever. Malick shows maturity far beyond that of most rookie filmmakers. With the advantage of hindsight, we now know that Malick’s strength will always be in his visual storytelling. Had he been a filmmaker in the silent era, he would be remembered as one of the pioneer’s in filmmaking because he can portray any story with just a fraction of the dialogue, unlike most modern films. You can watch “Badlands”, or any Malick film, without any volume and you will have no trouble following the film. The words are obligatory because the camera is Malick’s voice. His films are visual poems about their locations, characters and even their filmmakers.Badlands (1973)

Besides a great visual presence, “Badlands” also boasts two amazingly strong performances from its stars. Sissy Spacek was almost completely unknown at the time. Her character seems a bit naive, but it is not acting that feels wrong, but rather the character she is portraying. The character is naïve and inhibited, not the actress. Martin Sheen’s character seems crazy, so it is almost easy to excuse his behavior, but because Spacek’s character appears to be somewhat sane, I am always surprised with the ease at which she walks through the film. For the majority of the film she doesn’t even appear to care that she is connected with such a loathsome creature.

Similarly, Martin Sheen gives a stirring and commanding performance in ‘’Badlands”. He gives glimpses of an insanity that he would later expand upon in “Apocalypse Now” (1979), and his cunningly patient, yet powerfully dangerous Badlands (1973)demeanor makes him a commanding screen villain. Martin Sheen has often remarked that James Dean is a major influence on his life and career, and it is interesting to note that Charles Starkweather also remarked on his fascination with Dean.

Being a film from the early 1970’s, the music in “Badlands” plays a role of itself. Throughout the film, each song is carefully placed in order to invoke the right moods and feelings. The song that I suppose could be described as the “love” theme for this film is titled, “Migration”. The same theme would be used again to a degree in the 1993 film “True Romance”, which similarly is about a couple on the run, traveling across the country. It is a brilliant tribute to “Badlands” and perfectly conveys the nature of the characters’ relationship.

Jack Fisk was the art designer on “Badlands” and he has continued to work with Malick on all of his subsequent films. Their work together has continued to be groundbreaking and inspirational. Fisk also met Sissy Spacek during filming, and married her the following year.

 

New Blu-ray And DVD Releases For December 31, 2012

As our year comes to a close, everybody seems to be slowing down. This week’s new releases are definitely no different. There are a few movies being released, labeled as “new editions”, but I believe all of them have been available before. The good news is that starting next week new releases are back in full swing, including several classic films appearing on Blu-ray.

The significant releases this week are:

December 31, 2012

  • “Looper” (2012): Earlier this fall, most movie lovers were surprised by both the critical and commercial success of this sci-fi adventure film. Directed by Rian Johnson (“Brick”) and featuring a brilliant cast including JosephLooper (2012) Godon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt and Paul Dano, “Looper” is one of this years most entertaining movies. This movie is more enjoyable if you haven’t already heard about the plot, so I won’t even begin to explain what is happening in the film, but trust me when I say that even though it may seem complex, it will be a film you continue to talk about. “Looper” is also currently in the running to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The competition is tough, and “Looper” could end up falling just short, but there is no denying what a great job Rian Johnson did with his script.

January 1, 2013

  • “Cosmopolis” (2012): On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, “Cosmopolis” is a drama film that has received mostly negative reviews, and was a complete financial failure. Directed by David Cronenberg (“The Fly”,Cosmopolis (2012) “A History Of Violence”) and starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton and Jay Baruchel, “Cosmopolis” is about a billionaire whose life begins to fall apart and instead of trying to better things, he throws himself into a downward spiral that will only make matters worse. The general consensus on this film is that most people will feel uneasy or awkward throughout the film, leaving them with a bad taste once it ends. The viewers who like the film are already fans of Cronenberg throughout his career, and they go into the film with an understanding for what they are about to see. I have heard that it is nice to see Robert Pattinson finally doing some real acting for a change.

Cinemark Classic Series

This series is now over, but click HERE to see which classic films will be shown next!

The new line-up for the Cinemark Classic Series is here, and what a selection they have for us. I have to say that these films are the most interesting group I have seen in a long time, but as long as there are classic films playing in theaters, I’m not going to complain. Here are the upcoming films:2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

January 2nd:

January 9th:Rocky (1976)

January 16th:

January 23rd:

  • “To Catch A Thief” (1955)- Not RatedTo Catch A Thief (1955)

January 30th:

February 6th:

  • “Saturday Night Fever” (1977)- Rated R

Tickets are available at the box office or at the Cinemark site. And remember that if you buy tickets to all films, you will receive a discounted package price.

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

★★★★★

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My Hall Of Fame

 

Amongst the bulk of movie lovers, there is little argument about the excellence and mastery of Woody Allen and his abundance of films. If you ask someone which Woody Allen movie is their favorite, the majority of film fanatics willBroadway Danny Rose (1984) inevitably say either Annie Hall (1977) or Manhattan (1979). Because both of those films are universally loved and praised, it is easy to understand why they are the most commonly remembered and adored Woody Allen films. However, if you want to get to know another film lover, you should ask which Woody Allen film is their favorite, with the exception of these obvious classics. Whatever film they choose next will be extremely informative as to what kind of movie fan (and person) they really are. For me, my third Woody Allen film will always be the comic gem, Broadway Danny Rose (1984).

Woody Allen always plays the lovable loser well, but in Broadway Danny Rose he goes even further because he plays a loser talent agent for the hopeless and untalented. None of his clients possess enough raw talent to make it big, because if they did, Broadway Danny Rose (1984)they wouldn’t have hired Danny Rose for their agent.

Like all great Woody Allen movies, Broadway Danny Rose takes place in New York, where a group of stand up comedians is sitting around the Carnegie Deli telling old stories about Danny Rose. Most of the stories are short, humorous anecdotes about Danny’s years as a stand-up comedian, but Sandy Baron says he has the ultimate Danny Rose story, and the heart of our film begins.

Years before, Danny was representing a washed up Italian singer named Lou Canova (Nic Apollo Forte). All of a sudden nostalgia is making a comeback and Lou’s popularity is growing.Broadway Danny Rose (1984) Danny gets Lou a performance at the Waldorf Astoria, and Milton Berle is going to come see the show. Since this is the most important show of Lou’s career, he asks Danny to be a “beard” and bring Lou’s mistress, Tina (Mia Farrow), to the show. Reluctantly Danny agrees, but when he goes to pick up Tina he is mistaken as being Tina’s real boyfriend, and her gangster ex-boyfriend puts a hit out on Danny. Now Danny and Tina are on the run, with only a few hours before Lou’s big show.

It has often been said about Woody Allen that he plays the same role again and again, but the Danny Rose character is much different from his other roles, specifically in the fact that he quite Broadway Danny Rose (1984)honestly is a loser. Don’t get me wrong, when I call him a loser I mean it in a good way. Danny Rose is kind, thoughtful and patient. He treats everyone around him with the upmost respect and truly believes in other people, including his hopeless clients. One of the early scenes in the film showcases Danny trying desperately to convince someone to hire one of his clients for the weekend. As Danny rattles off all the acts that he represents, they sound like they would be well suited for a circus. However, Danny (or Woody) is there with his waving arms and wide eyes, somehow trying to convince this guy that what he needs is a one legged tap dancer, a one armed juggler or maybe even a woman who performs songs using just glasses of water. As you sit there and listen to the “water glass music lady” do her magic, Woody looks right at us and smiles, not because he is trying to convince us she is talented, but because he honestly believes in her.Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Broadway Danny Rose isn’t a long movie, running at only 84 minutes, but every scene is funny and the story is certainly original. It is one of the best screenplays in Woody Allen’s career, and was nominated for an Academy Award. Mia Farrow is almost unrecognizable in this film with her big blonde hair and dark sunglasses that she wears throughout nearly every scene. Even her speech pattern seems drastically different than in her other films. Of the numerous roles that Mia Farrow had in Woody Allen’s films, this is the acting performance that I enjoy most because she plays a role that is so completely different from everything that I have come to expect.

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)Besides all of the marvelous things I have already said about Broadway Danny Rose, it also holds the distinction of having an uproariously hysterical scene when Danny and Tina are being chased by one of the gangsters inside a warehouse full of parade floats and balloons. When the gangster starts shooting, he puts holes in a tanker truck filled with helium. As the chase continues, Danny keeps yelling, “I’m just the beard!” and his pursuer answers with a string of derogatory and profane remarks, but it’s their squeaky, helium filled voices that make the scene one of the funniest things in any Woody Allen film.

 

The Green Hornet (2011)

 ★★

 

After 19 years of studios and filmmakers attempting to make a Hollywood film version of The Green Hornet, it finally happened. Based on the TV series, that was based on the film serials, that were based on comic books, that were based on the 1930’s radio program, The Green Hornet (2011) is a superhero movie, but somewhat different from the typical comicThe Green Hornet (2011) book films we are used to seeing.

The Green Hornet tells the story of Britt Reid (Seth Rogan) who is the son of wealthy newspaper mogul, James Reid (Tom Wilkinson). Britt lacks ambition and is wasting away his life in every possible area. When his father dies unexpectedly, Britt is bitter, and along with his father’s mechanic, Kato (Jay Chou), Britt sets out to vandalize his father’s memorial. In the process of cutting the head off of his father’s statue, Britt witnesses a small gang attacking a young couple walking down the street. Britt tries to intervene, and Kato joins Britt as they proceed to fight off the entire gang.

After they get back to Britt’s house, they discover that the police have mistaken them for criminals, and together they decide The Green Hornet (2011)to become superheroes that appear to be average criminals.

Now that Britt’s father is dead, he has complete control of his father’s newspaper. He uses his power to continuously print stories about the Green Hornet, in order to gain popularity as well as the attention of the Los Angeles crime boss, Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). Britt hires a new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), who he has do research to try and predict the Green Hornet’s next moves. Then Britt, along with his nameless sidekick, spend their nights doing exactly what Lenore has predicted.

Where The Green Hornet differs from other comic book films is that Britt Reid is a loser.  He has coasted through life without really learning anything. He has Kato to build his weapons and “Bond-like” cars, and he has Lenore do all the “brain” work. He doesn’t even have to run the newspaper because he has his father’s trusted partner, Mike Axford (Edward James Olmos), to run that area of his life. Britt Reid may very well be theThe Green Hornet (2011) laziest superhero ever.

Being a screw-up does have some advantages. Unlike most comic book heroes that are suave and sophisticated, the Britt Reid character is able to focus on being funny. Seth Rogen not only starred in the film, but also co-wrote the film with his longtime filmmaking partner, Evan Golberg. The film plays to Rogan’s comic strengths, and ends up being much more hilarious than expected.

Where Rogen lacks is in his crime fighting skills, his sidekick, Jay Chou, easily fills in these gaps. He may not equal Bruce Lee’s performance of Kato from the TV series, but he certainly does a respectable job with the role.

The rest of the cast seems misused, as Cameron Diaz is hardly in the film enough to take any credit, and Christoph Waltz is supposed to be a villain that doesn’t appear to be scary, but Waltz is too good at being scary. It would be hard to make The Green Hornet (2011)him not appear intimidating, especially considering this film was released the year after his terrifying portrayal of the Jew hunting Nazi in Inglourious Basterds (2009). The best supporting performances in the film are the two cameos by Edward Furlong and James Franco. They are well used in their hysterical, albeit brief, scenes.

The Green Hornet is not a great action film. The filmmakers rely of the special effects too much, and they had nothing new to bring to the genre. The direction seems misguided, and for an action film without substance, it drug on too long. Even the Green Hornet theme song was underused, further distancing the franchises fan base from the “new” look that director Michael Gondry created. They did however do an above average design on theThe Green Hornet (2011) “Black Beauty” vehicle. I was also surprised, and pleased, with the abundance of comic relief that is in the film.  Despite the film’s humor, it is still easily forgettable, and although it had a decent showing at the box office, it is unlikely to gain a following or any sequels. Then again, after Batman And Robin (1997), I thought that franchise was dead as well.

The Ghost And Mrs. Muir (1947)

 ★★★★

 

It can be aggravating to fall in love with someone who can’t love you back. It’s worse, however, when you fall in love, they love you as well, and you still, for some reason, can’t be together. You now, like one of you happens to be a ghost. That isThe Ghost And Mrs. Muir (1947) exactly the problem that faces Mrs. Muir (Gene Tierney) in the 1947 romantic film, The Ghost And Mrs. Muir.

A year ago, Mrs. Muir’s husband died unexpectedly and now she has decided to move, along with her daughter (a young Natalie Wood) and her friend and maid (Edna Best), to live by the sea. She finds a great bargain on the perfect house, but soon discovers that the home is haunted by its previous owner, Captain Daniel Gregg (Rex Harrison). After some quick decision making, she takes the home anyway, and Captain Gregg soon learns that she has more spirit than he ever thought possible. Intrigued by her passion for the house, as well as her aspirations of living there permanently, this unlikely pair decides to share this home together.

Before long they become comfortable with each other, and although it is impossible to be together in a romantic sense, they can’t stop themselves from falling in love emotionally. When Mrs. Muir begins to run out of money, Gregg has Mrs. The Ghost And Mrs. Muir (1947)Muir write down his life story and have it published, enabling her to avoid moving in with her in-laws.

While trying to convince a publisher to see her, Mrs. Muir meets a successful writer named Miles Fairley (George Stevens). He is instantly infatuated by her and begins to pursue her with an uninhibited determination. Torn between two very different men, Mrs. Muir realizes that she has to make a decision that will affect the rest of her life… and perhaps even longer.

With such an unusual storyline, The Ghost And Mrs. Muir embodies an abundance of originality. Gene Tierney, in a role unlike everything for which she is famous, is forced to face the realities of her life head on. Her heart is obviously leaning in one direction, but how can she spend her life in love with a ghost? The film, and her performance, go beyond that of a normal romance film.

Joseph L. Mankiewiscz has an uncanny ability to create highly entertaining films on a consistent basis. The Ghost And The Ghost And Mrs. Muir (1947)Mrs. Muir could easily be thrown next to his other great films and overlooked, but when you take each one individually, it is clear that he was a brilliant director. His films cover every end of the spectrum, and the one thing that they all have in common is their quality.

Both of the leading male roles are intriguing because, although the story is certainly a drama, each of their roles provides the audience with a regular dose of comedy. Rex Harrison may not be remembered for his sense of humor and comedic timing, once again proves that as an actor he knows how to deliver his lines better than most. His character is brass and undignified, yet Harrison had no problem conveying the character’s unsavory The Ghost And Mrs. Muir (1947)quintessence without ruffling the feathers of the Hays Code.

Although his character couldn’t be further from that of Rex Harrison, George Sanders is equally amusing, and if possible, even more alluring than usual. His dialogue is slyly cunning, and once again, his voice hypnotizes and manipulates everyone into falling for his charm. Sanders played similar roles to this many times in his career (most notably in Rebecca and All About Eve), yet I never seem to grow weary of his performances. Whether it’s his mesmerizing voice or his deliciously wicked smile, he somehow continues to manipulate everyone into loving him… even when we know we shouldn’t.The Ghost And Mrs. Muir (1947)

Overall, The Ghost And Mrs. Muir is a wonderfully enjoyable film that has a little something for everyone. If you are having trouble embracing the fantasy love story, the haunting score (no pun intended) by Bernard Herrmann is sure to sweep you away. I am always surprised by the sentimentality of this film and find myself more engrossed and connected than I ever expect. The characters are so enthralling that it is easy to become swept away by the splendor of such a basic, albeit complex, love story.

What Is The Perfect Christmas Day Movie?

Well Christmas has finally arrived, and once all the presents are opened I know that your first impulse is to open up one of the new movies you just received and start watching, right? Wrong. This is the perfect day to sit down with all ofA Christmas Carol (1951) your extended family and watch a truly great Christmas movie together. It doesn’t matter if you choose a movie that most people have previously seen because half of the room will fall asleep at some point anyway. After having read a great number of blog posts this holiday season, as well as having watched a lot of Christmas movies myself, I have compiled the following list to help show all the possibilities and choices that would help enhance your day. I tried to limit this list to movies that include Christmas as a major plot point, have a Christmas song as part of the story, or in some way embraces the spirit of the season. I am certain that I missed quite a few films that could be added, so feel free to put your suggestions in the comment box and I will add them for next year’s list.

Scrooge (1935): Starring Sir Seymour Hicks as Ebenezer Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol (1938): Starring Reginald Owen as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Remember The Night (1940) Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray.Shop Around The Corner (1940)

The Shop Around The Corner (1940): Starring Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan.

Beyond Tomorrow (1940): Starring Harry Carey and C. Aubrey Smith.

Holiday Inn (1942): Starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. It features the songs “White Christmas” and “Happy Holidays“.

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944): Starring Judy Garland and featuring the Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)song, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas“.

Christmas Holiday (1944): Starring Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly.

I’ll Be Seeing You (1944): Starring Ginger Rogers, Joseph Cotten and Shirley Temple.

Christmas In Connecticut (1945): Starring Barbara Stanwyck and Sydney Greenstreet.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946): Starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell and Henry Travers. This movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Miracle On 34th Street (1947): Starring Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and Natalie Wood. This film wasMiracle On 34th Street (1947) nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

It Happened On 5th Avenue (1947): Starring Victor Moore and Charles Ruggles.

The Bishop’s Wife (1947): Starring Cary Grant, David Niven and Loretta Young. This film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

Holiday Affair (1949): Starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh.

Scrooge/A Christmas Carol (1951): Starring Alastair Sim as Ebenezer Scrooge. This is commonly considered the best of the Christmas Carol films. It was released as Scrooge, except in the United States, where it was released as A Christmas Carol.White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas (1954): Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen.

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962): This is the 53 minute animated film starring Jim Backus as the voice of Mr. Magoo.

Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964): Claymation animated TV special.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): This is the original Peanuts classic film starring Charlie Brown and all his friends.Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) (Including Snoopy.)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966): This is the 26 minute animated classic.

Frosty The Snowman (1969): Claymation animated TV special.

Scrooge (1970): Starring Albert Finney as Ebenezer Scrooge. This is a musical version of the Charles Dickens’ story.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970): Claymation animated TV special.

A Christmas Carol (1971): This is the animated short film with Alastair Sim as the voice of Scrooge.

A Chipmunk Christmas (1981): This is the animated TV special starring Alvin, Simon and Theodore.

The Snowman (1982): This is the animated short film.A Christmas Story (1983)

A Christmas Story (1983): Starring Peter Billingsley. “You’ll shoot your eye out!”

Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983): Mickey Mouse as Bob Cratchet and Uncle Scrooge as… well Scrooge.

A Christmas Carol (1984): This is the TV movie starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge. (Despite my dislike of most TV movies, IA Christmas Carol (1984) think George C. Scott is the best Scrooge of them all.

Santa Clause: The Movie (1985): Starring Dudley Moore, John Lithgow, and David Huddleston as Santa.

A Garfield Christmas (1987): This is the TV animated short film.

Scrooged (1988): Bill Murray stars in this modern day telling of the Charles Dickens’ tale.

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988): Jim Varney stars is this comedy that outdoes all the other Ernest movies. That isn’t saying very much, though.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989): Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo star in one of the funniest and most National Lampoon's Christmas vacation (1989)outragous Christmas comedies ever made.

Prancer (1989): Starring Sam Elliott, Cloris Leachman and Rebecca Harrell.

Home Alone (1990): Macaulay Culkin terrorizes Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern.

Edward Scissorhands (1990): Hardly a Christmas film, but many would be upset if I left it off of the list, so here it is: Tim Burton’s sentimental, albeit somewhat scary, fantasy tale.

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992): Macaulay Culkin terrorizes Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. (Didn’t I just say that a minute ago?)

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992): With Kermit as Bob Cratchit and Michael Caine as Ebenezer Scrooge, this film is a musical family favorite for everyone to enjoy.The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): This is the revolutionary stop motion animation film.

The Nutcracker Suite (1993): Starring Macaulay Culkin.

The Santa Clause (1994): Tim Allen stars as the “new” Santa Claus.

Trapped In Paradise (1994): Nicholas cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey star as three brothers who can’t get out of town after they rob a bank.

Miracle On 34th Street (1994): This is a re-make of the 1947 film that isn’t as good, but has enjoyable performances, especially from Sir Richard Attenborough as Santa.

Mixed Nuts (1994): Steve Martin heads an all-star cast in the overwhelmingly hysterical film from director Nora Ephron.Mixed Nuts (1994)

The Ref (1994): Dennis Leary takes a family hostage on Christmas Eve, but as this comedy proves, Christmas always makes the unexpected happen.

The Preacher’s Wife (1996): This is a remake of The Bishop’s Wife, and it stars Denzel Washington, Whitney Huston and Courtney B. Vance.

Jingle All The Way (1992): Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad and Phil Hartman star in this film that is… well, funny, but bad.

Jack Frost (1998): Starring Michael Keaton and Joseph Cross.

Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas (1999): Mickey Mouse bring all his friends for this animated, feel good event.

Reindeer Games (2000): Ben Affleck stars in the action spectacular that promises plenty of guns, blood and robbers dressed like Santa.

The Family Man (2000): Starring Nicholas Cage, Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle.How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000): Jim carrey stars in this live action remake of the animated classic.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001): Starring Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth.

The Santa Clause 2: The Mrs. Clause (2002): Tim Allen is back, and this time he needs a wife!

Bad Santa (2003): Billy Bob Thorton stars as a… bad Santa.

Elf (2003): Will Ferrell stars in this comic/family film.

The Polar Express (2004): Director Robert Zemeckis revolutionized animated films with the help of Tom Hanks and this magical story from Chris Van Allsburg.

Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas (2004): So many Mickey Mouse Christmas cartoons, and so little time.

Christmas With The Kranks (2004): Tim Allen is back for more Christmas fun, and this time he brings Jamie Lee CurtisChristmas With The Kranks (2004) with him.

Surviving Christmas (2004): Starring Ben Affleck, Christina Applegate and James Gandolfini.

Joyeux Noel (2005): This film is based on true events that took place on Christmas Eve in 1914.

The Family Stone (2005): Diane Keaton and Craig T. Nelson head an all-star cast in this Christmas time drama.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006): Tim Allen is back for more family friendly fun.

Deck The Halls (2006): Starring Matthew Broderick and Danny DeVito.

The Nativity Story (2006):

The Holiday (2006): Starring Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law.

The Very First Noel (2007): Animated short film with the voice talent of Andy Griffith.

Fred Claus (2007): Starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin Spacey and Paul Giamatti.

Four Christmases (2008): Starring Vince Vaughn and Resse Witherspoon.

Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas (2009):

Disney's A Christmas Carol (2009)

Disney’s A Christmas Carol (2009): The Disney animated film starring Jim Carrey as Ebenezer Scrooge.

Arthur Christmas (2011): This is a 3D animated film starring the voice talents of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy.