Mike Spiegelman tackles the top 5 worst Christmas movies made by major movie stars.
5. Robin Williams – Toys (1992) – Let’s begin twenty years ago when the creative force behind Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) released a Christmas movie. Director Barry Levinson and the late actor Robin Williams whipped up an original trailer where Williams riffed in costume and on set. The production looked mismatched and detached, Williams ranted on, but at least the trailer was 3 minutes long. The actual film departed from Levinson’s grounded family stories into a fairy tale about a toy factory threatened by the military. Williams runs the factory, his brother is LL Cool J, his love interested is factory drone Robyn Wrigh , and he drinks Pepsi Cola. The sets, despite their oversized parameters and bright colors, dull the action, even when there are explosions and floods in the final reel. Trevor Horn of the Buggles wrote the music, including holiday tunes that no one’s ever heard, which is ridiculous because, as Americans, we’ve heard every holiday tune ever recorded. Williams and Levinson later redeemed themselves when they made the even more insufferable Man of the Year (2006).
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Before “LA LA Land” didn’t win the Oscar, there was another musical about making it in Hollywood that didn’t deserve any awards. “Hollywood Musical!” came out two, maybe ten years before “LA LA” landed in theaters. Today is a rare solo show. Ok, the only one. It’s my one time doing it alone. So listen on 1.5 speed. Or even 2X. It will sound fine.
This is also a rare show where I shit on a movie. It’s a dull, out of focus movie with a couple of sharp performances from Dee Ann Newkirk and Angela Pupello.
This was recorded way before “La La Land” came out. But I put it on hold b/c I thought it was too mean and didn’t like that it was just me. So I’m putting it out now with little or no fanfare and just a core people listening to the show. I have another episode I was afraid to post. I might do that next. Plus, remastering old episodes that are no longer on itunes and/or need help with audio (AKA – sounded like shit)
Thanks to everyone who stayed with the show and thanks for your support.
Here are real Amazon reviews of “Hollywood Musical!”
“The Fate of the Furious!” Sean Conroy and I review the 8th “Fast and Furious” movie! If you love hearing people talk about family and have BBQ’s, this is the movie series for you! Sean and I went to the Thursday night screening.
“The Room” is fully exposed in Rick Harper’s doc “Room Full of Spoons.”
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bout the legal feud with Tommy, their strange friendship, where Tommy is actually from, how much work did it take to find his home town, and what Rick thinks of James Franco’s new movie “The Masterpiece.”
Adam Felber and Andres Du Bouchet perform their classic “tough” movie reviewers from the “website” “Ain’t Everything Cool dot Yes!” They’ve done these characters a few times over the years on the podcast. Always funny.
Here are a couple of past reviews from “Ain’t Everything Cool Dot Yes”:
“Star Wars Holiday Special” was ridiculous marriage of the future of filmmaking and the past of TV variety shows. As kids we were so excited to get more Star Wars at our own home! Now that I think of it, we went from seeing the movie in theater to watching the seeing the special on a little black and white TV!
Here’s the special and below an oral history and more background.
You’ve been warned.It’s the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special. It made us all sad. Watch it here.
Mental Floss has a great oral history of how the special came to be. Very worth reading. Here are a couple of highlights of the special’s low lights…
With a budget of roughly $1 million—the 1977 film cost $11 million—The Star Wars Holiday Special began filming in Burbank, California in the summer of 1978 with a script that had been heavily revised by variety show veterans Bruce Vilanch, Rod Warren, and Mitzie Welch to reflect the Smith-Hemion style of bombastic musical numbers and kitsch. Chewbacca was now trying to race home in time for “Life Day,” with his family watching interstellar musical interludes and comedic sketches—like a four-armed Julia Child parody—on a video screen.