As a child of the 80s (er, 70s?), I can remember no greater joy during the holidays than watching as the “SPECIAL” animation flew across the television screen, pre-empting regular programming for what was most certainly to be a kid-friendly cartoon. In prime time! While these cartoons may never quite reach the same iconic status as the Grinch or A Charlie Brown Christmas, they’re still worthy of an annual holiday viewing. With any luck, these specials might just warm the hearts of a whole new generation. Read More
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On this day in 1901, Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois. In honor of what would’ve been Mr. Disney’s 109th birthday, we want to help you celebrate the holidays, Disney-style. In 1958, Walt Disney Productions presented a special titled “From All of Us to All of You,” also known in later years as “A Disney Channel Christmas”, “A Disney Christmas Gift” and most recently, “Jiminy Cricket’s Christmas.” Read More
I’m sure you’ve seen plenty of holiday movies this month, and heard about even more. So my Christmahanukwanza gift to you is a list of my favorite non-holiday films to watch with the kinfolk. Hopefully watching movies that everyone enjoys will keep family-related “incidents” down to a minimum this year.
Back to the Future
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
The Muppets Take Manhattan
The Neverending Story
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Princess Bride
The Wizard of Oz
Man, you can really tell I grew up in the 80s/90s. Happy holidays, everyone!
I bet over the last week or so you’ve been thinking, “Man, I wonder what that dude-who-writes-the-Blockbuster-blog’s favorite holiday movies are.” Well set your mind at ease, friend, because I’m here with my Top 10 Holiday Movies of All Time. You’re welcome.
Please note: I’m not really a Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas kind of a guy, so you won’t see those here. Again, I’m rocking the reverse order on this one, for to build suspense. That’s the kind of life-changing stuff you learn when you major in English.
10) A Charlie Brown Christmas
The only reason this isn’t higher is because it’s technically not a movie. And yet I still include it on the list, because I’m a rebel. Related sidenote: one of my favorite episodes of Arrested Development is “Good Grief,” where they have all the references to A Charlie Brown Christmas: the music, the beagle on top of a doghouse, the sad Charlie Brown walk, etc.
9) Bad Santa
I told you this wasn’t going to be a Miracle on 34th Street kind of a list.
If you were a kid when Gremlins came out and you didn’t want your very own mogwai, then you have no heart. Of course, it’s probably best that you didn’t get one, considering all the death and destruction they cause.
I love the idea of the Scrooge character from A Christmas Carol being updated to a ruthless TV executive. Bill Murray is his usual brilliant self.
5) The Muppet Christmas Carol
As I’ve said before, I’m not a fan of Charles Dickens. But it is a universal truth that everything is made better by Muppets.
4) Die Hard
I understand there is some debate out there as to whether or not Die Hard is a holiday movie. I contend that it is. “Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho.” is a classic holiday line, right up there with the bit about angels getting their wings.
2) Christmas Vacation
This is another one I watch every year. So many classic scenes and lines. It would definitely be number one on my list, if not for…
1) A Christmas Story
I don’t see how you could put any other movie as your top pick. While It’s a Wonderful Life is a great movie, I was tired of it after having to watch it every year of my childhood. But I watch A Christmas Story every year. Now that it’s on repeat for 24 hours straight, we’re basically being beaten over the head with it. And yet it is so good that it remains my favorite holiday movie of all time.
It’s the holiday season (and has been since before Halloween, if local store displays are any indication), and I’m here to help you find presents for the people in your life who love movies. Why? Because I’m a giver.
Blockbuster Online Gift Subscriptions
Sure, you can be all cynical and claim I’m just shilling for my company. And you’d be partially right, Scrooge — the rent doesn’t pay itself.
But I really do think these are great gifts. I’ve given them to people before, and they’ve showered me with praise and affection for it. Instead of just getting one present, your giftee gets to have movies delivered for as long as you choose. It makes an especially awesome gift to go along with a Blu-ray player, since we don’t charge extra for Blu-ray rentals.
But what if, for some strange reason, gift subscriptions aren’t really your thing? We have gift cards and all sorts of other ideas on our Gifts Page.
Speaking of Blu-ray, that seems to be the go-to gift this season. If you’re looking for a player to buy, I think the Playstation 3 is the best, since you get a player and game console all in one. Two excellent things that are combined to make one unbelievably cool thing — like a liger.
I also like Samsung Blu-ray players, especially since you can order movies from Blockbuster On Demand on them.
And where else can you order movies from Blockbuster On Demand? Oh, only the world’s first/best DVR. It’s one bad mother… Shut yo mouth! I’m just talkin’ about TiVo.
So you’ve got a player, but you need movies to give with it. Yet again I have your back. Here are some I would recommend to start off a killer collection:
Planet Earth (every Blu-ray owner should have this)
The Godfather: The Coppola Restoration (This is all three movies)
The Dark Knight
Pirates of the Caribbean
If you’re looking for some advice on video games, check out my Video Games for the Holiday Season post.
What to get for the film freak who has everything? I like to go with movie merchandise (or “merch,” as we say in the business). Luckily, we have all sorts of merch in our stores, including framed film cells, posters, and collectibles. We also have a Holiday Gift Guide to give you more ideas. Find a store near you.
In addition, I’ve scoured the internets to find other quality movie merchandise:
Star Wars Flash Drives (Decapitate your favorite Star Wars character and store data on his corpse!)
Star Wars: 1,000 Collectibles: Memorabilia and Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away (A coffee table book with pictures and anecdotes about all the fantastic Star Wars collectibles)
Tauntaun Sleeping Bag (Yeah, this is a very Star Wars-centric section. I won’t apologize for it.)
Team Edward James Olmos Shirt (Stick it to Twilight nerds while repping BSG)
Zombiepocalypse Scooby Doo Shirt (Currently sold out, but would make the perfect gift for yours truly)
The holidays are coming up, which means I have video games on the brain. While some people are saying the releases for this holiday season don’t compare to the loaded slate from last year, there are a ton of games I’m looking forward to, some of them sequels to my favorite next-gen games. So can it, Debbie Downers.
Here are the titles I’m looking forward to this season. Many of these are already out, but unlike some bloggers, I don’t get sweet free games to play, so I’m a little behind on my gaming.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (Playstation 3)
I don’t own a PS3, so I only got to play the first Uncharted a little. The awesome critics’ scores on this, though, along with Blu-ray capability, means I’ll inevitably be buying a PS3 soon.
Brütal Legend (Playstation 3, Xbox 360)
I really like the idea of playing as a roadie transported to some crazy, heavy-metal-inspired fantasyland. Even better, the roadie is voiced by Jack Black. Not to mention all the other great voice acting done by Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford, Lemmy Kilmister Rob Halford, Tim Curry, David Cross, Steve Agee and Brian Posehn.
Halo 3: ODST (Xbox 360)
This is basically just a big expansion for Halo 3, but it apparently has tons of playing time, plus gives you access to the normal Halo 3 multiplayer. Although if you’re a big enough Halo fan to want this, you probably already own Halo 3. Anyway, more Halo is fine by me.
Dragon Age: Origins (Playstation 3, Xbox 360)
I love RPGs, and Bioware makes some great ones. The fact that this game has been called the spiritual successor to Baldur’s Gate means the only reason I haven’t picked it up yet is that I’m afraid I’ll wind up jobless, friendless, and on the streets due to all the time I would spend playing it. I would have to carry around my Xbox 360 and a bunch of jerky in a polka-dot handkerchief on the end of a stick (Fun Hobo Fact: that’s called a stick and bindle). It might be a risk I’m willing to take, however.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Playstation 3, Xbox 360)
The first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was a fantastic game. It was the first in the series to stray from the WWII setting, and although I’m always down for fighting digital Nazis, it was a welcome change. It also marked the return of Infinity Ward as the developer.
The fact that Infinity Ward is back developing the sequel bodes well, and I hear Modern Warfare 2 is even better than its predecessor. We had midnight release parties all over the country for it, because we love video games and we love to party. You can check out the pics on our Facebook page.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
This makes me want to swing my arms from side to side, take one step and then again. And that means I would of course be doing the Mario. You’re welcome for that blast from the past. I’m excited not only because this is an old-school, side-scrolling Mario game with better graphics, but also because it has simultaneous multiplayer gameplay (for the first time in a Mario game since the original Mario Bros.).
Assassin’s Creed II (Playstation 3, Xbox 360)
I enjoyed the first game, what with all the sneaking and assassinating, but it certainly had a few problems. I found it got very repetitive; every mission seemed to be the same after a while. Also, a lot of the action felt like it was automatic — you didn’t have to really do much to jump across rooftops or fight eight dudes at once.
The early reviews from the sequel have been great, though, and claim that those issues have been fixed. Can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360)
Oh, man, I love killing zombies in video games. Or re-killing them. Or whatever it is you do when you shoot one in the head. These aren’t zombies by the traditional definition, but potato, potato, I say. That saying doesn’t translate well in print.
The Saboteur (Playstation 3, Xbox 360)
I don’t know a ton about this game, but the demo playthrough I’ve seen looks pretty cool. You get to run around an open-world Paris and foil the Nazis, which seems like a good time.
Mass Effect 2 (Xbox 360)
Okay, this comes out well past the holidays, but I run this blog, and I’ve let that very small amount of power go to my head. So I’m including it. I think Mass Effect was one of the best games of the last few years. I played it through twice, once with Commander Mookie Shepard, and once with Commander Evil Mookie Shepard. I think it’s very cool that your decisions from the first game will be reflected in the sequel, including whether key characters are alive or dead. I like my sci-fi realistic like that.