Christmas Treats: For Adults Only

Posted by on Jan 1, 2012 in Christmas Treats (Other Than Your Aunt Mildred's Gingersnaps) | 0 comments


It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): Like eating apple pie, playing baseball, and hanging Norman Rockwell art, watching Frank Capra movies like this one means celebrating America.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010): Those who have actually read Grimm’s Fairy Tales and works of Hans Christian Anderson (and haven’t just seen the tame adaptations) know that there’s some seriously dark and creepy stuff going on. Scandinavian folklore has some similarly crazy stories about gift-bringers on Christmas (sometimes called “Yule Goat,” “Tomte,” and “Nisse”) who, as morality tales for kids, terrorizes the naughty as much as rewards the good. This Finnish horror movie takes that sentiment to the extreme with a reindeer-devouring, child-hunting Santa Claus. And, yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds.

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