Day 5: ‘Christmas Vacation’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies

Christmas Vacation is a holiday tradition for me, and for that reason I am in no position to judge the film. There are certain movies we all associate with memories, and so they transcend quality and stand outside of criticism and comparative analysis. Regardless of what arguments we hear or better films we see, some movies will always have a special place in our hearts.

For me, Christmas Vacation is one of those films. I have watched it all my life, and I associate it with Christmas – and so, it always works. Nothing can change that.

This year I decided to be a little more critical as I watched it, if only for the purpose of this blog post. I can be honest and admit there are some flaws; in an alternate universe where quality matters, Christmas Vacation wouldn’t mesh well with the part of me who demands something well-crafted and coherent. That said, it’s still a genuinely funny movie, one that makes me laugh despite having seen it dozens of times. Continue reading Day 5: ‘Christmas Vacation’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies

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It’s the 12 Days of Christmas Movies!

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!

We would say “Happy Holidays,” but for some reason that seems to piss people off. Plus, Donald Trump is President now, and we’re trying to stay in his good graces. That dude really loves Christmas.

Anyway, in an effort to be less cynical about holiday joy, The Cinematic Tangent will be counting down the days to Christmas with our very own 12 Days of Christmas Movies extravaganza!

Over the next 12 days (including Christmas Day!) we will be watching the best and the worst films this wonderful season has to offer. Continue reading It’s the 12 Days of Christmas Movies!