The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Preamble

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Last year I spent the build-up to Christmas by reviewing films that had a (sometimes tenuous) link to the festive season.

At the time I thought this was a clever and interesting idea, but the most basic of online searches reveals that this sort of thing has been done many times before and in most cases done better.

Nonetheless some people seemed to enjoy my incoherent and badly informed reviews.

And more to the point, I enjoyed writing them.

Not all of the films were as good as I remembered them being.

Some of them were awful.

But the quality of the films wasn’t really the point

It was the Christmasishness that was under scrutiny.

And I discovered that there were quite a few surprisingly Christmas(ish) films out there.

So many, in fact, that I managed to identify another 24 films to review this year.

And I already have another 24 lined up for next year.

And so far I’ve got 17 lined up for the year after that.

So, even though it could well be way of making a relatively unpopular blog even less popular for a month every year, this is potentially going to be an annual thing for some time to come.

And, given that content has been pretty sparse on these pages, since my darling daughter entered my life and decided that time I had previously spent writing inane posts about cartoons, morality and penguins would be better spent serving as her bed (because she’s perfectly happy to sleep on me but far less inclined to sleep anywhere else) then 24 posts about films that are vaguely linked to Christmas is probably as good as it’s going to get on this blog for a while. Also, one of the few activities I can do while my daughter is lying prone on my chest is watch films. If those films can be categorized unconvincingly as Christmas movies then so much the better

If you missed out on last years efforts and really have nothing better to do than go sift through some poorly written reviews, then these are the movies that made the cut:

Door 1 – Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Door 2 – Iron Man 3
Door 3 – Lethal Weapon
Door 4 – Reindeer Games
Door 5 – Ghostbusters 2
Door 6 – Batman Returns
Door 7 – LA Confidential
Door 8 – The Long Kiss Goodnight
Door 9 – The Last Boy Scout
Door 10 – The Ice Harvest
Door 11 – The Nice Guys
Door 12 – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Door 13 – Gremlins
Door 14 – The Bourne Identity
Door 15 – In Bruges
Door 16 – Trading Places
Door 17 – Eyes Wide Shut
Door 18 – Prometheus
Door 19 – Rocky IV
Door 20 – First Blood
Door 21 – Enemy of the State
Door 22 – 12 Monkeys
Door 23 – Brazil
Door 24 – Die Hard

Tune in tomorrow to find out which ‘sort-of-but-not-really-Christmas-themed’ film is behind door number 1 of:

The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films

  10 comments for “The Second Annual James Proclaims Advent Calendar of Christmas(ish) Films – Preamble

  1. November 30, 2018 at 10:28 am

    You’re back!
    You beauty!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. gigglingfattie
    November 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Omg yay!!! I loved your countdown last year! Can’t wait for the new list!

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  3. Bryntin
    November 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    Glad to see this James, the world needs James writing in it, whether it likes it or not.
    Unfortunately I am about to enter my December offline hiatus so won’t see your posts until it’s all over but I expect they’ll be alright. 😉

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  4. November 30, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Deck the blog with films of Christmas, fa la la la la, la la la la
    Panama is a famous isthmus, fa la la la la, la la la la
    find a rhyme that’s any better, fa la la fa la la fa la la
    send it to me in a letter, fa la la la la la la la la!

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    • December 1, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      I didn’t even know isthmus was a word. I’m going to use it all the time now!

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  5. December 1, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Good to see you, James! I think I mentioned this last year, but it bears repeating. In my mind, the ultimate not Christmas/Christmas movie is “The Ref.” And it is also a perfect movie to introduce an infant to dysfunctional family dynamics. Not that she will ever experience this first-hand, of course.

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    • December 1, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      She may yet. But it is certainly a film that qualifies for these purposes and may well feature this year, having been cruelly overlooked last year.


  6. December 2, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Hi James good to see you back with more Christmas films. Looking forward to your reviews. Good to hear that your daughter is doign fine.

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