Episode 42: A Yertle of Turtlenecks

0042 HolidayThis week, dear listeners, we talk about HOLIDAY MOVIES! And before you run away screaming, we assure you that we will only be talking about holiday movies that don’t get enough love during the holidays.

If all this holiday talk makes you want to drink along, we suggest Yellowtail Cabernet Sauvignon, which gets the job done nicely.

Show notes behind the cut!

Movies mentioned:
Beauty and the Beast
White Christmas
Love Actually
It’s a Wonderful Life
Home for the Holidays
Raising Arizona
Broadcast News
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Alice’s Restaurant
For Your Consideration
Grumpy Old Men
The Last Waltz
The Ice Storm
The Big Chill
Pieces of April
Die Hard
Bad Santa
The Ref
The Thin Man
Trading Places
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Lethal Weapon
20 Feet from Stardom
The Apartment
Shop Around the Corner
Batman Returns
Better Off Dead
Minority Report
Long Kiss Goodnight
Eastern Promises
Life of Brian
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Rare Exports
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
The Hudsucker Proxy
The Big Lebowski
Black Christmas
Silent Night, Deadly Night
The Star Wars Holiday Special

People mentioned:
Danny Kaye
Rosemary Clooney
George Chakiris
Holly Hunter
Robert Downey, Jr.
John Candy
Steve Martin
Arlo Guthrie
Martin Scorsese
Bob Dylan
Ang Lee
Katie Holmes
Oliver Platt
Alastair Sim
Dan Aykroyd
Eddie Murphy
Shane Black
Mel Gibson
Val Kilmer
Marlon Brando
Darlene Love
Billy Wilder
Michelle Pfeiffer
John Cusack
Katherine Helmond
Jonathan Pryce
Terry Gilliam
Viggo Mortensen
Doug Liman
John Goodman
Tim Robbins
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Bea Arthur

The Love Actually Drinking Game


  1. Scrooge – 1970: Albert Finney as Scrooge, Alec Guinness as Marley. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrooge_%281970_film%29

  2. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” is a love letter to a kind of espionage movie they don’t really make anymore, and it’s astonishing in its detail. Also, one hell of a showcase for guys who can act the hell out of a moment that just involves a look, a quirk of the mouth, a tilt of the head. I’m so very glad I caught it in the theater, with a properly appreciative (read: “quiet”) audience.

    Part of the thing with the Python movies and their bits of historical accuracy is, Terry Jones is a huge history buff. If you want a good laugh with some education thrown in (or the other way ’round, perhaps) check out some of the documentary stuff he’s done over the last couple decades. “The Story Of 1,” “Crusades,” “Barbarians,” and so forth.

    And hey, shout out to Noel. He’s the one who pointed me in your direction, so huzzah!

    1. You’ll get to do bigger shout-outs to Noel in a couple weeks! 🙂

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