Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

Scrooged

Bill Murray and Carol Kane in Scrooged (1988) 

2020 is nearly behind us. In some ways time has flown by. In others, it feels like it’s completely stopped. Weeks of working from our couches, a never-ending deluge of bad news, we’re ready for something uplifting.

While Kaely had started decorating for Christmas immediately after Halloween, Tuesday is a proud Grinch when it comes to the holiday season (just ask past and present roommates). However, 2020 has left us feeling a little emotionally battered, and even bah-humbug Tuesday quickly turned to the new Hallmark-esque movies popping up on Netflix and Hulu days after October 31st. While these movies did provide comfort, we still rely on our go-to holiday movies to truly get our eyes shining red and green. 

Elf

Premiered 2003 | PG | 97 minutes | Comedy, Family 

Say what you will about Will Ferrell’s comedy, but this tops one of the best movies in his career. Buddy, played by Ferrell, was accidentally sent to the North Pole as a young child and raised among Santa’s elves. Feeling the overwhelming sense that he doesn’t belong among his peers, Buddy travels to the far-off land of New York to find his real family. As you can imagine, hilarity ensues. 

The Santa Clause

Premiered 1994 | PG | 97 minutes | Comedy, Family

Tim Allen being a childhood favorite, I grew up not only watching the TV show “Home Improvement,” but also enjoying this holiday gem. Businessman Scott (Allen) finds himself in the throes of a divorce with his wife when he accidentally kills Santa Claus. Little does Scott know, he is now the new Santa as he’s transported to the North Pole. While he thinks he and his son had one night of fun, months of odd changes convinces him he may not have been dreaming. 

The Holiday

Premiered 2006 | PG-13 | 136 minutes | Comedy, Romance

This movie makes even a cold heart like mine teary eyed. While many would replace this with Love, Actually, I believe this movie is far superior. The story isn’t new and could even be added into the Hallmark category, but I can’t live without it. Amanda, a California well-to-do, swaps places with Iris, an English countryside businesswoman. Quickly, the lines blur between their old life and new, including hunky men for both ladies. 

Scrooged

Premiered 1988 | PG-13 | 101 minutes | Comedy, Drama

Yes, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been made hundreds of times, but Bill Murray takes the cake when it comes to holiday movies (Groundhogs Day anyone?). Frank Cross (Murray) is a rich TV executive who takes the term curmudgeon to an entirely new level. As the story goes, Frank sees his past, present and future when visited by a series of ominous ghosts. While The Muppet Christmas Carol gets honorable mention, Scrooged reigns supreme. 


Whiskey and Popcorn is a movie podcast by local film critics Kaely Monahan and Tuesday Mahrle. You can hear their full movie reviews on whiskeyandpopcorn.org.

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