A Breton Carol
For those of you not in the know, I’m a HUGE fan of Christmas – the tinnier the music the sweeter it sounds to my ears! The gaudier the decor, the better! The cheesier the film, the more engrossed I am! Stick a few tubular bells on at the right time of the year and I’m in!
It occurred to me the other day that many of the actors that I’ve chatted with probably have EPIC Christmas films just waiting for me to discover them.
Here are what I’ve uncovered so far.
2012 – 12 Disasters of Christmas
It’s Christmas Eve when an ominous dark star appears in the sky; could this star be a sign that Judgment Day is near? When massive earthquakes and natural disasters tear apart cities, it seems that the day of reckoning is upon us – and now a small band of heroes must come together to save the world!
2011 – Snowmageddon
An Alaskan town is in danger of destruction by a mystical snow globe that appears on a family’s doorstep, wrapped like a Christmas gift, and causes deadly “natural” disasters in the real world, while simultaneously occurring in the globe.
2006 – Holiday Wishes
Danni Hartford, party planner to the King family, wants to find her sister. Britney, the Kings’ spoiled 15-year-old daughter, wants a horse. On a nearby horse farm, Rachel is treated like a servant by her foster siblings; all she wants is a real family. When all three girls make wishes at the Christmas dance, Britney and Rachel’s souls switch bodies. But the girls soon find their new lives are not exactly what they pictured. When Danni discovers what has happened, she must figure out how to switch the girls back.
2001 – Three Days
Ten years ago, Andrew married his childhood sweetheart, Beth. Now Andrew’s a high-powered literary agent, but his relationship with his wife has not fared as well. When Beth is tragically killed just days before Christmas, an angel gives Andrew the chance to relive the last three days his wife was alive. But he can’t change fate and Beth will still lose her life. However, Andrew can still discover the gift Beth needs most from him.[youtube https://youtu.be/4-lWwjEGqBE]
Do let me know if I’ve missed anything in the comments or via twitter!
A few weeks ago, himself and I were invited to his father’s for a belated Christmas dinner – un-Christmas if you will – with a few of the un-In-Laws. It’s a tradition that we’ve been creating the last few years and as the month of January can occasionally fall a bit flat after all the festivities, a post-Christmas celebration gives us all something to look forward to. A brilliant idea I think!
After a delicious meal and some great company we were presented with a little bag of gifts; the most unusual of which was…a Lancashire Cheese Bomb (My un-in-laws know me very well).
Tonight we cracked it open!
Absolutely delish on crackers, very smooth and flavourful and definitely one of the most eye catching gifts I’ve ever received.
Hmmm, I shouldn’t really have blogged about it as I intend to gift a few to others in future!
So, maintaining my tradition (of a year ago *ahem*), I am officially calling in 2015 with a Canadian.
Last year it was the delightful Leah Cairns (who I will absolutely be bringing back for a chat!)…this year, Culturally Fixated is joined by the equally fabulous and hilarious
Where to start!! There’s something about Magda that made it just *IMPOSSIBLE* for me to stay in interview mode – she’s that sort of person that I immediately started chatting to as though we were life long friends!
We discuss Christmas and her two Christmas TVM for Scifi (I refuse to call them siffy) – Snowmageddon and the 12 Disasters of Christmas.
Then we took a meander down ‘genera’ lane and chat about the appeal of Sci Fi and the huge emotions and stories that can be told. Kyle XY, Caprica, Caontinuum, Battlestar Galactica – it’s so wonderful to find an actor that loves ‘my’ shows as much as I do.
Oh, and did I mention she’s a Buffy fan. There’s a point where you can almost hear us swoon across two different continents over Spike…that is to say James Masters.
We cast a quick eye over two of her recent (released if not shot recently) films – A Reason and The Green Inferno and Magda compares the mediums of TV and film to come round to a favourite medium for telling stories.
We briefly touch upon some of her hobbies outside of acting – including travelling and both her Canadian and Polish roots. Finally we chat about the upcoming year!
Some of the music that we both love!
Recited by Allen Ginsberg
Once again Culturally Fixated is joined by our Special Correspondent in LA to celebrate Christmas!!
Welcome back to the fabulous, the funny, the festive
What a chat!! We cover all sorts of everything – we dove straight in and began discussing Marvel, comics, Agents of SHIELD and Reed’s reunion with Jed Whedon, Mo Tancharoen and Dichen Lachman. From there – it was a hectic head first trip down the rabbit hole as we covered Rossum, Hydra, the spectrum of TV villains and the parallels of the fictional and real world.
Then onto Reed’s insanely busy 2014 – from Wayward Pines to the final season of Franklin and Bash, to working with Malcolm McDowell and his first foray in comedy (on TV anyway), then onto State of Affairs and back again.
All the while joined by Monkey (an actual magical monkey) and Donald (the inebriated and obscenely snobby elf). Daniel Whitehall – yup, heartless evil Nazi Hydra leader – even serenaded us with a chilling rendition of Jingle Bells.
Oh and I taught Reed how *not* to say Nollaig Shona (Merry Christmas in Irish).
My Christmas movie marathon has begun.
While I do adore the festive season; I’m an even more complete sucker for the feel good films that it spawns.
Have spent my Sunday evening curled up in front of a fire, sipping hot chocolate with tiny pink and white marshmallows and welling up at the loveliness that is one of the finest rom-coms ever.
It’s so refreshing seeing a film with romantic leads that are over 25; have faces that move; funny and witty dialogue; secondary characters that consist of more than just quirks and a decent storyline…
Ok the storyline is daft…but beautifully so!
For any of you that might have missed it, check out the trailer below.
This is undoubtedly a Christmas film primarily because it’s set at Christmas time but I could watch it any time of the year…over and over again which is why I’ve made one of those mental rules that only allows me to watch it…well…about now!
So…are ye’s all of you judging me? Or do you have any build-up-to-the-holidays films that you’re watching? As always, comments muchly appreciated!