Merry Christmas, joy to the world. Now go watch Treevenge, a 2008 Christmas short film classic from the team behind Hobo With a Shotgun. Treevenge is a perfect flick to spring on your in-laws after turkey dinner. It's 16 minutes of trees and revenge, Canadian-made with a guest appearance by Jonathan Torrens and it's available free on Vimeo and Youtube. Treevenge is golden holiday brilliance.
Other epic Christmas movies include Gremlins, Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Scrooged, either of The Grinches and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
But the real action is on the big screens this holiday season and the Village 8 is teeming with movies worth hitting up. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues sees director Adam McKay (Talladega Nights) back in the saddle with the complete cast from the first one along with Harrison Ford (most likely playing a guy who's a prick), Kayne West (ditto) and a whole slew of other noted guests.
The first Anchorman is one of the most celebrated comedies of the last decade so it has big cowboy boots to fill and the world has changed since those initial jokes first hit so perfectly in 2004. Regardless, with a team of Will Ferrell and company back driving the wagon, you gotta go give them a chance. Christina Applegate reading the news!
American Hustle, now playing, is an incredible, slick 1970s conman movie cut through with jealousy, lies and dialogue that's switchblade sharp. The team behind Silver Linings Playbook — director David O. Russell, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper — is joined by a fistful of heavyweight talent like Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Robert De Niro. The ladies steal the show — Adams is unreal and it's starting to look more and more like Jennifer Lawrence is the true second coming. David O. Russell plays it a little safe in the ending perhaps but this film is still awesome and American Hustle might take the cake for 2013.
The Hobbit 2 is also on screens all week and while it kind of reduces Bilbo to a supporting character (until the end) it's still pretty hot stuff. On the other end of the thermometer, the kids will also like Frozen (but I don't).
Starting Christmas Day you can check out The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. I haven't seen it but it looks kinda like Forrest Gump trapped inside the mind of a guy who can't get laid. It looks kind of trippy but the trailer reeks of one of those "inspiring" dramas that feeds it to you with a snow shovel. Of course, a lot of people like those too.
Justin Bieber's Believe also plays but that kid is a bigger embarrassment than Nickleback these days. Every time I turn on the Internet he pops up in some clip acting like a self-entitled douche. The Christmas lesson in play here is: don't let your children become pop stars and don't bother supporting this one. I Believe I'll skip this one you little jerk-off.
So yeah, Merry Christmas dear readers, take care of each other. There are a lot of hard times in the world and we have it pretty good up here in Whistler. Let's everyone forget about the stupid "Boxing Day Sales" on crap we don't' need and go donate even $50 or a hundred bucks to a food bank or an animal shelter instead? It's time to start realizing that there's more to the holidays than cheap electronics and plastic garbage that will probably just end up in the ocean anyhow. Be the change.