Random Factoid #515

25 12 2010

Again, a Merry Christmas to you!  How did I spend Christmas?  Surprisingly, not at the movie theater – for the first time since 2007.  I’ll probably hit it hard tomorrow, though.

As for my nice relaxing day at home, I spent it watching plenty of Christmas favorites – “Elf” uncut and commercial-free on USA, “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” with too many edits on ABC Family, and most of “Home Alone” on HBO.  It was nice to settle down and enjoy these movies that I’ve seen a million times; of course I recited every line in my head along with them.

Oh, and I scored a nice $25 in movie cash, which will probably be gobbled up before 2010 is over as I scramble to catch what I can of the year’s best before my impending top 10 list.

P.S. – Check out this awesome mash-up video for a different type of holiday spirit.

Random Factoid #494

4 12 2010

It’s Christmas time, and that means it’s time for “Elf” and “Home Alone” to come back on TV again!  Oh, wait – HBO has been playing “Home Alone” all year long.  Being such a classic of my childhood (and always fun to watch as it awakens your inner sadist), I can’t resist indulging myself time after time watching it.

Way back when in Random Factoid #26, I said that “The Little Rascals” was that movie that I know line for line.  But watching “Home Alone” for the first time this holiday season reminded me of a different sort of feat I have achieved.  While I may not know every line in the movie (thanks to the beginning section that I usually skip), I know just about every noise that Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern) make when they move through Kevin McAllister’s death tap of a house.  Every grunt, scream, and mutter – the length, the volume, the syllables.  Everything.  That’s impressive, if I do say so myself.

P.S. – Speaking of “Elf,” check out the Moviegoer’s Challenge I made back in 2003 when I was obsessed with the movie.  I posted it on Random Factoid #126 to kick off December 2009, and it has since become my second most-viewed post of all-time (behind the review of “Paranormal Activity”).  So I kindly invite you to take part in the holiday festivities that so many of my readers have engaged in.  300 people can’t be wrong.

Random Factoid #149

24 12 2009

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!  I hope everyone is able to spend some time with family or loved ones and really catch the spirit of the season.

In my family, Christmas Eve follows a pretty set routine.

In the morning, we usually do some hard-core baking.  At 2:00, we go to the Christmas Eve service at church.  Before we go to a Christmas Eve party that we plan with three other families around dusk, we all gather around and watch a Christmas movie.  This year, we watched “The Polar Express.”  Previous years’ selections have included “Elf” and “The Santa Clause 2.”

Random Factoid #126

1 12 2009

I have been saving this one for a while, and you are really in for a treat.  Since today is December 1st, it seemed like a good time.

In 2003, I became quite obsessed with “Elf.”  I even went as far as to create what I called the “Moviegoers Challenge,” designed to see how much people really paid attention in the movie.  I’ll attach a Microsoft Word file for you to download it, but I’ll paste it onto this post.  If you decided to actually take it, keep in mind that I actually knew all the answers to this.

Elf Moviegoers Challenge – click here to download.

Full challenge is posted after the break.

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Random Factoid #96

1 11 2009

Welcome to the glorious November!  For me, the first day of the month of November means that it is now OK to listen to Christmas music again (although I started about a week ago when we started singing Christm- … pardon me, holiday carols in choir).  So today’s factoid is somewhat of a confession.  I like to watch Christmas movies during the summer to remind myself of the splendor of the season when it is 100˚ here in Houston.  I watched “Elf” at least 10 times a few summers ago.