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10 GREAT MOVIE CHRISTMAS MOMENTS (IN MOVIES THAT AREN’T REALLY ABOUT CHRISTMAS)

By Alan Hurst If you’re into Christmas, then you probably have a favourite Christmas movie (mine is 1947’s The Bishop’s Wife) or a favourite Christmas episode from an old sit-com (the 1970 episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show to name one). But Christmas can also pop up in a film that really isn’t about…

TWO CHRISTMAS FAVOURITES

By Melissa Houghton Home Alone 2, Lost in New York (1992) I’ve added this Home Alone sequel to my list of essential Christmas movies. A great escape film and a joy to see New York gussied up during the holidays. Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) does it again and accidentally boards a flight to New York while his family is Florida-bound. With…

THE FIVE GREATEST WEREWOLF MOVIES

By John H. Foote Mummies, vampires, witches, werewolves, ghosts, and zombies truly can be frightening. Yet for me the single most terrifying creature I have experienced in a film was a human being, Dr. Hannibal Lector. Scariest moment? A rubber ball comes bouncing down a flight of stairs, still wet from having been tossed into…

ESSENTIAL “WITCH” MOVIES FOR HALLOWEEN

By Alan Hurst Witches have always intrigued me. Whether it was watching the TV series Bewitched as a kid, touring the sites of Salem, Massachusetts (home of the infamous Salem witch trials) on a road trip, reading Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in school, or a first viewing of Rosemary’s Baby (1968), the mere idea of…

Valentine’s Day with Two Douglas Sirk Classics

By Alan Hurst I’ve been looking for a reason to write about two of my favourite Douglas Sirk films and, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, the timing is perfect. When Sirk hit his prime in the mid 1950’s his films were major money makers for Universal but they were not critically well received, particularly…