Ep 68: Love Actually

It’s a romantic Christmas for Nate and Ryan as they discuss Love Actually, the 2003 holiday rom-com starring Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant, and most of the other British movie stars you can think of in the pre-Benedict-Cumberbatch era of British movie stars. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Love Actually has become an annual favorite for many, including Nate’s and Ryan’s wives. Listen in as they discuss what sticks and what doesn’t in this throw-it-all-at-the-wall Christmas epic.

Is Love Actually in your annual holiday movie rotation?  Let us know your thoughts!

Mentioned in the episode:
Love Actually is the Least Romantic Film of All Time by Christopher Orr (The Atlantic)
I Will Not Be Ashamed of Loving Love Actually by Emma Green (The Atlantic)

Ep. 58: Elf

For our fourth annual Holiday Extravaganza, we’re re-watching Elf, the 2003 Will Farrell comedy hit that has become a must-see for many people each year.  Our feelings for Elf have deteriorated over the years, so we wanted to watch it again to see if there’s something we’re missing.  This is the first time we’ve watched a Christmas movie that neither of us are big on, and we know that many of our listeners do like this movie. As the spirit of the season dictates, we watched with a generous mind and an open heart.  Though we can’t say that it made much of a difference…

Share your thoughts!  Are we just being Grinches?  What do you love about Elf? If you’ve never liked it, how have you managed to stay under the radar so the Elf fanatics don’t forcibly decorate your house?  Let us know!

Ep. 47: Die Hard

maxresdefaultIt’s our 3rd Holiday Spectacular, and this year, Nate and Ryan are watching a more contentious entry into the Holiday Movie Canon: 1988’s Die Hard.  For a Holiday Spectacular this outside the box, Nate and Ryan called in some back up.  Friend of the program and most frequent guest Evan Mather joins the conversation as a life-long Die Hard fan (you’ll have to listen to see what that fan group is called).

With Evan’s help, Nate and Ryan discuss the virtues of the 80’s action movie, Bruce Willis’ charisma, Alan Rickman’s devilish magnetism, and if you can enjoy Die Hard at Christmas time without being tremendously annoying.

What are your thoughts on Die Hard?  Can it be considered a holiday movie?  Where does it rank for you among action movies?  What outside-the-box movie do you watch every winter?  Let us know!