A CHRISTMAS STORY CHRISTMAS MOVIE REVIEW
It is really hard to live up to what has been dubbed by society as a “classic.” Especially when the original has been on a constant loop, every Christmas Day, on Ted Turner’s Broadcast Station. I know I know… what’s a broadcast station (traditional television) and who the fuck is Ted Turner (old white man with a shit load of money)? Anyways, it’s hard to live up to being a “classic.” So T.C., Ryan, and Chad were all surprised that there was a sequel coming out for A Christmas Story, 40-ish years after the original. Then T.C., with his Batman-esque, detective work; reminded us that there were already 2 sequels before today’s film A Christmas Story Christmas. And that’s a title NOT keeping Christ out of Christmas. Is it any good? Present company is mixed on the quality of this movie, but we all agree it could have been way worse, because that’s normally what happens. But what do we know… Why don’t you grab that red rider bb gun, cozy up in your best bunny jammies, and give A Christmas Story Christmas a try.
DIRECTED BY: Clay Kaytis
STARRING: Peter Billingsley, Erinn Hayes, Julie Hagerty, Ian Petrella, Scott Schwartz, R.D. Robb, Zack Ward, River Drosche, Billy Brayshaw, Julianna Layne, Tegan Grace Muggeridge, Cailean Galloway, Alistair Galloway, Yano Anaya
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
Ryan Aleck Hill (Screener Squad, Video and Audio editor)
Ryan is a Washington D.C. based filmmaker & video editor who loves watching and talking about movies more than just about anything. He currently works at a creative agency as a director of photography/video editor, and does freelance video editing for Anthony Fantano/TheNeedleDrop. He also has a YouTube channel (Downhill Media) where he works on a weirdo art explainer series called “Artsplained” with his partner Michelle. He was a part of the Spill.com community way back in the day, where he was cursed with an obsession for movies. In an effort to break the curse, he shows up on the Screener Squad podcast every once in a while and edits for One Of Us. Chris Cox claims that this is the only way it can be broken. You can follow him on Twitter but you’ll probably regret it.
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