Media Update 12/23/21

Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

My mother and I watched this on a whim. The story follows a magazine columnist who has lied about her idyllic family life in the country for years. Now she has to produce her fictitious life or be proven to be a fraud in front of her fans, her boss, and a war hero. The movie stars Barbara Stanwyck as a clever yet desperate writer. She is great at providing both comedy and tension at the same time. Dennis Morgan plays the strapping young war hero and is appropriately charming. Character actors Una O’Connor, Robert Shayne, SZ Sakali, and Sydney Greenstreet provide a lot of comical misunderstandings. The movie is a farce with Stanwyck and her accomplices struggling to keep all of their plates spinning and keep up the charade while constantly being challenged. It is a fun holiday romp. I recommend this movie.

Princess Switch 3

I have been in love with this franchise since the first one and they just seem to get better and campier as they go. This movie follows the further adventures of three identical characters played by Vanessa Hudgens. She is such a delight in each of her roles but I especially love her Lady Fiona Pembroke who is the centerpiece of this story. Everybody returns from the first two films and everybody gets a chance to shine again. The major new character is played by the charming Remy Hii who is just a lot of fun. Will Kemp is a perfect holiday villain, a wealthy entitled asshat for sure. The movie is a great adventure that shows off Hudgens’ acting skills once again. Also, so many great costumes. I recommend this movie.

The Cheaters

Another movie watched on a whim with my mom. This is the story of a formerly rich but now bankrupt family trying to trick money out of a wealthy relative. Another comedy of errors, this movie has the family scrambling to put on a show. All of this is complicated by the true star of the movie, an alcoholic ex-actor played by Joseph Schildkraut. He is an enigmatic character The family is delightfully out of touch as played by Eugene Pallette, Billie Burke, Anne Gillis, Ruth Terry, and David Holt. Ona Munson is appropriately doe-eyed and lovely. The movie is a nonstop tale of teaching rich people to actually care for once. I recommend this movie.

Music of the Week:

Kallico – Light It Up (Fa La La)

Katy Perry – Cozy Little Christmas

Lindsey Stirling – Christmas C’mon

The Dollyrots – Santa Baby

Mashup of the Week:

Andy Rehfeldt – Last Christmas Angel of Death

Weekly Update:
This week’s theme is “Christmas in Disguise”
I watched a ton of YouTube and Twitch
I watched more Doom Patrol Season 3
I watched more Titans Season 3
I watched Santa and the Easter Bunny (Rifftrax Version)
I watched Star Wars Holiday Special (Rifftrax Version)
I watched The Last Shark (Rifftrax Version)
I started Elementary Season 7

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