About the Book
Don't waste another second of your valuable holiday time on another boring Christmas movie. Film critic Alonso Duralde highlights the best - and worst - movies of the Yuletide season with this fun and informative film guide. Whether you're looking for the classics, family favorites, holiday horror, Christmas-themed crime epics, or the most wonderfully awful cinematic lumps of coal, Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas will point you and your rental queue in the right direction. Whether your idea of a holiday classic is White Christmas, Bad Santa, Die Hard, Eyes Wide Shut, or Gremlins, you'll find the right film for you, as well as an exhaustively entertaining breakdown of the various screen Scrooges, from Alistair Sim to Jim Carrey to...Tori Spelling? And get ready to encounter movies you may never have heard of from the gritty noir Christmas Holiday, starring 1930s singing ingenue Deanna Durbin in her first hard-bitten adult role, to the loony Santa Claus, a Mexican kiddie movie in which St. Nick teams up with Merlin to fight the devil! Plot synopses, video availability, and fun facts - did you know the actor cast as Uncle Billy in It's a Wonderful Life was also in the running to play mean old Mr. Potter? - make this a stocking stuffed with information you'll turn to every Christmas season.
About the AuthorAlonso Duralde (West Hollywood, CA) is the author of 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men. He has written about film for MSNBC.com and the Advocate, among others, and programmed film festivals, including Outest and the USA Film Festival/Dallas. A regular contributor to The Rotten Tomatoes Show, Duralde has been featured in documentaries for IFC and Starz, and on the Brokeback Mountain and Valley of the Dolls DVDs.
My Take on the Book
This book was so complete and provided an amazing collection of information and trivia about holiday movies. The movies that the author provides are broken down into into great sections (kid oriented, comedies, etc) and he also provides his readers some great thoughts on movies that he likes and dislikes. There are also some movies that I had never heard of but that they sounded like great ones (or at least most of them did).
I was able to plow through the book, and what was fun was that you could easily move around the book to sections that you were interested in finding more about.
This book was one that I would highly recommend, and I look forward to using this guide this holiday season to find some great movies in the future.
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