And all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
Wait, wrong story. Let's start again.
For this week's release we decided to give you two episodes for the holidays. Instead of going with the usual picks of classics or family favorites, we decided to expand our holiday movie repertoire and watch something different.
One of the picks was The Night Before. I personally enjoy the majority of the movies that Seth Rogan and Joseph Gordon Levitt appear in so I was excited to see this one. I was not disappointed. The movie premise is that three friends are ending their yearly holiday traditions in favor of moving forward into new ones. What occurs throughout the film is your typical buddy shenanigan comedy with a holiday twist. The writing is moderately clever with some of the best lines being delivered by Levitt and Rogan throughout the film. While there is a fair amount of physical comedy within the movie, it's far from slapstick. I also wouldn't consider it too profane or vulgar. Of course, you likely don't know my gauge for such things, but nothing really shocked me.
Krampus on the other hand is touted as a horror movie. This movie actually felt like two movies within one. If you don't know the historical context of Krampus, I suggest you check here:
The first half of the movie is used to build the personal drama and suspense as Krampus is picking off the family members one by one. The second half of the movie plays out visually like a Dark Crystal remake. One of the things that I like best about the monsters themselves is that for the most part they were not computer generated. There are obvious exceptions to this but all of the larger "people sized" monsters were clearly people in detailed costumes. I didn't find the majority of the movie very scary and despite my general dislike of her work, Toni Collette was tolerable. And this is coming from someone who hates horror movies.
We hit a milestone in our listenership last week. It's a small one, but a good one. We're so excited to continue making content for you and we hope you're still enjoying listening.
We also wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday!