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Reel List: Top 10 Christmas Flicks

Posted: December 24, 2014 by jperritt in Reel Lists, Seasonal

Emilio’s Top 10:

You need to understand something first: I am from Brazil, a country situated in the so called Southern Hemisphere. In this way the seasons here happen in opposite order as in the USA. So Christmas here happens during Summer. We do not have a Christmas school break in which we have a nice movie/family season to watch flicks drinking hot chocolate while the snow falls. Christmas is right in the middle of summer break, so the movie tradition here is much smaller; we are too busy playing in the water. And of course, being hot weather things are quite different: Santa sweats like a maniac, we go to the beach during Xmas and so on. Another disclaimer: I find Christmas movies usually to be pretty bad. Rare exceptions. I know what you are thinking: “grinch-hearted blogger.”

My favorites, in no particular order:

The Grinch stole the Christmas

Not Jim Carrey’s live-action, but the old cartoon. Perritt also mentioned this (he may have telepathically stolen the idea from my head). Man, I used to watch this thing every year. I remember something funky about his heart being small and that used to freak me out mightily. Need to rewatch this one.

Pan’s Labyrinth

This is one of my all-time favorite movies. I love it dearly. I will, one of those days, write a post on it. This is a good movie that I like to watch every year, and usually at this season. It is set in Spanish and it is well worth the effort of reading some subtitles. Guillermo Del Toro at his finest. Behold the trailer

The nightmare before Christmas

Tim Burton wrote (but not directed) this lunacy, this creepy story full of interesting stuff. And of weird stuff. It involves the idea of a man (?!) that finds out about the Xmas season and suggests to his people replacing Halloween with Christmas; and the many decidedly weird things and characters that accompany it. Just watch it.


Remember: Brazil-December-Summer. So this is the kind of thing we would watch at beach/Christmas season, and of course, decide to stay in the sand. Like scared little girls. At least we had soccer.


Another one that used to spook me. They showed this every year in December. All those rules. I was always a bit concerned that someone would gift me a Gizmo and I would end up messing up the rules, feeding him in the wrong time, getting him wet and all that… OS Gremlins, a true nightmare before Christmas. I know grown adults who only watched this as children and who were so spooked that they refuse to see it today, in which occasion they would sigh with relief at discovering that the movie is funnier than scarier.


Bill Murray is the man. Here he has to deal with the wickedness of his ways and heart. Lovely and funny movie. The ghosts of Xmas past are there to teach him what life is about. And if you are not careful, you may learn a lesson or two yourself…

Die Hard

This classic, #epicwin action movie is set during Christmas. Of course, people are too busy running to and from terrorists to bother with mistletoe, but the delicious movie uses several Christmas songs and is quite good, having set the tone for action movies for decades now. It has a magnificent villain; superb action; it has great phrases, such as “Ho Ho Ho now I have a machine gun.” So, there. Here are some videos of scenes from DH 1 and DH2 coupled with the Xmas song I hate the most (warning, there is some red syrup that looks like blood in the video).

John Perritt’s Top 10:

Each year our family goes to Ousterhout Christmas Tree farm near Pelahatchie, MS, to participate in one of the longest lasting traditions of the Christmas holidays. If you think about it, cutting down a tree, bringing it into your house, and putting lights and decorations on it is somewhat of a strange tradition. However, it is one of the Christmas traditions that is shared by many, and, something we can all enjoy. While many of these traditions do not directly point to the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Christians can still participate in them and enjoy them as they help us to remember the first advent (and anticipate the second) of our King.
Similarly, some of the Christmas movies mentioned below do not help in telling the story of the birth of Christ, however, there are many I enjoy during the Christmas holidays. As we have mentioned, every film communicates truth from Scripture, but this post will not get into parallels or themes. Rather, this is simply a list of films I enjoy each Christmas season, with a few comments. Some of these films will be discussed, in detail, at a later date.
So here is my top 10 list, in no particular order:

Home Alone (1990): synopsis – A young boy named Kevin McAlister is left home alone while his parents head to France for the Christmas holidays. While at home, Kevin, tortures two would-be criminals that attempt to rob the McAlisters and many other homes in the neighborhood. If two criminals getting tortured by an eight-year-old doesn’t say ‘Christmas’ I don’t know what does. Classic scenes/characters – The pizza delivery scene, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern’s physical comedy, the spider on the face, Santa giving Kevin a few tic-tacs as a treat, and even the ever-frustrating fact that Kevin never finishes his microwavable meal he prepares prior to his torturous antics. Great Lines: Kevin: I made my family disappear; Marv: Kids are afraid of the dark. Harry: You’re afraid of the dark, too, Marv. Kevin: Is this toothbrush approved by the American Dental Association?

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (1964): synopsis – Rudolph and his team of misfit toys teach us that we are all special and should not be left out of reindeer games. Classic scenes/characters – Yukon Cornelius and his trusty pick axe, Sam the Snowman played by Burl Ives, Rudolph covering up his nose with dirt, the abominable snowman getting his tooth pulled, and that ear-piercing-noise when Big Red’s nose would glow. Great Lines: Yukon Cornelius: Didn’t I ever tell you about Bumbles? Bumbles bounce!

The Family Man (2000): The extremely wealthy, Jack Campbell, gets a glimpse of what his life would have been like had he chosen a life with a family instead of riches. Personal Thoughts: This film is excellent and highly underrated. I look forward to watching it each year and continue to enjoy it each viewing. I know it’s basically a retelling of the classic film, It’s a Wonderful Life, but it’s still well done. I’m a huge Jeremy Piven fan, so that’s a big plus as well. Although I would highly recommend that you rent this movie, there is some adult content you must be aware of, so go to IMDb and check out the parental guide. Classic scenes/characters – The diaper change. Great Lines: [after Jack hands his son to the day-care worker] Do I get a receipt or something? Jack: I’m in the middle of a deal, Cash: Well, you’re working on a new deal now, baby. Arnie: Don’t screw up the best thing in your life just because you’re a little unsure of who you are.

Elf (2003): As an infant, Buddy, accidentally climbs into Santa’s bag and is taken back to the North Pole where he is raised by elves. However, years later he is released into the world to find his true family. Classic scenes/characters – Putting the star on the tree, the raccoon attack, congratulating restaurant employees on making the world’s best cup of coffee. Faizon Love as the Gimble’s Manager, the snowball fight, the soundtrack (we own it, you should buy it), and Bob Newhart as Papa Elf. Great Lines: Buddy: Buddy the elf, what’s your favorite color? Buddy: He’s an angry elf. Buddy: Have you seen these toilets? They’re GINORMOUS! Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite. Buddy: You smell like beef and cheese…you sit on a throne of lies. Buddy: Son of a nutcracker!

A Christmas Story (1983): The coming-of-age story about a young boy and his pursuit of an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. Personal Thoughts: It says a lot that this film can show repeatedly for a 24 hour period on TBS or TNT…I forget, and I will watch it over and over again. Classic scenes/characters: Ralphie, Randy, Swartz, Flick, Scot Farkus, the lamp, the Bumpuses dogs, fa ra ra ra ra, and the classic tongue stuck to the poll. Great Lines: You’ll shoot your eye out! Ralphie: Be sure to drink your Ovaltine. Mr. Parker: Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian. Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny. He looks like a pink nightmare. Randy: I can’t put my arms down! Schwartz: Well I double-DOG-dare ya! Ralphie as Adult: [narrating] NOW it was serious. A double-dog-dare. What else was there but a “triple dare you”? And then, the coup de grace of all dares, the sinister triple-dog-dare. Schwartz: I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!

Christmas Vacation (1989): The Griswold family hosts an unforgettable family Christmas, but gets a few too many relatives in one house. Personal Thoughts: I know that this is one of the edgier choices on the list, but it has been a long-time favorite for years. I am not recommending that you add this to your list of Christmas films, or that you go out and rent it immediately. There is some adult content in this film and we all must be cautious and considerate of that. All of that being said, this is a classic comedy that I truly enjoy to watch. To me, Cousin Eddie (in this installment of the Vacation series) may be one of the funniest characters in cinematic history. Classic scenes/characters: Cousin Eddie, the cat playing with the lights, Clark Griswold on the roof, the S.W.A.T. team. Great Lines: Clark: Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa’s sleigh on its way in from New York City. Eddie: Are you serious Clark?; Eddie: If that cat had nine lives it sure used ’em all. Clark: Good talk Russ. Bethany: Is your house on fire Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are Christmas lights. Eddie: He’s just nawin’ on a bone.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): With a little help from an angel, George Bailey gets a little help in seeing what life would be like without him. Personal Thoughts: Is there really a more classic Christmas film than this? Not only is this a classic Christmas film, but a classic film that was nominated for 5 Oscars – three of them being, Best Actor, Director, & Picture. Although it did not win in those categories, Frank Capra did receive a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Director. This is a film that helps us to see God’s sovereign hand in our lives. Great Lines: Zuzu Bailey: Look Daddy! Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings. Annie: I’ve been savin’ this money for a divorce, if ever I got a husband. George: Well, you look about the kind of angel I’d get. Sort of a fallen angel, aren’t you? What happened to your wings? George: Isn’t it wonderful? I’m going to jail! Clarence: Ohh, there must be some easier way for me to get my wings.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001, ’02, ’03): Where to begin? A hairy-footed hobit named Frodo battles his way through Middle Earth on his quest to destroy a ring. There, that one sentence should sum up one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time. Personal Thoughts: I know this may seem like a strange trilogy to include in a list of Christmas films, but it belongs here for me. If you remember, each year in December these films were released, so I became accustomed to anticipate them as a part of the Christmas holidays. The extended versions of these films were also released for Christmas, so they made their way on my Christmas lists each year. Great Lines: There’s really too many great lines, characters and scenes to mention in this brief section, but here’s one…Gollum: My precious.

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): Charlie Brown assists most of us in our frustration of the commercialization of Christmas, by searching for the true meaning of Christmas. Personal Thoughts: While every one of the mentioned films have parallels and themes surrounding Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, explains what the true meaning of Christmas is; i.e., the birth of Jesus Christ. Classic scenes/characters: The entire peanut gang, the little Christmas tree that just needs some love. Great Lines:Charlie: I guess you’re right, Linus. I shouldn’t have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don’t know what Christmas is all about.; Charlie Brown: Thanks for the Christmas card you sent me, Violet. Violet: I didn’t send you a Christmas card, Charlie Brown. Charlie Brown: Don’t you know sarcasm when you hear it?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966): Dr. Suess tells the story of a grumpy hermit who plans to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville. Personal Thoughts: This was one of my favorite Christmas movies from my childhood, even though I was slightly afraid of the Grinch. Classic scenes/characters: The Grinch (obviously), sweet little Cindy Lou Who, and the Grinch’s dog, the dog attempting to pull the entire sled, the Grinch using a magnet to remove stockings from the fireplace mantel. The song – You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch / Your heart’s an empty hole / Your brain is full of spiders, you have garlic in your soul / Mr. Grinch / I wouldn’t touch you with a thirty-nine-and-a-half foot pole. Great Lines: Cindy Lou Who: Santie Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why? Narrator: But do you know, that old Grinch was so smart and so slick, that he thought up a lie and he thought it up quick. Grinch: Why my sweet little tot…there’s a light on this tree that won’t light on one side. So I’m taking it home to my workshop, my dear. I’ll fix it up there, then I’ll bring it back here.


Top 5 Christmas Movies

Posted: December 11, 2014 by Blaine Grimes in Reel Lists

At this station in my life, I usually have some time in December to catch up on movie watching. I always try to see some of those movies that “everyone should see,” as well as those recommended to me by friends. At the same time, however, there are certain movies that I like to revisit as Christmas rolls around each year. With that in mind, here is a list of my top 5 favorite Christmas movies.

Home Alone

This has been my Christmas favorite for years. It still makes me laugh after all these years, but it’s best enjoyed with friends and family. My absolute favorite moment is Daniel Stern’s iconic scream when the tarantula is on his face.

A Christmas Story

MV5BMTI1NzY1NjkyMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjYxNjE0MQ@@._V1__SX1390_SY676_Jean Shepherd’s subtly humorous, silky-smooth voiceover narration as Ralphie helped this film achieve its status as a classic. It’s a very nostalgic movie, and I can’t really explain why I like it so much. Maybe it has something to do with the 24 hour TBS marathon every year. If you see something many, many times over the years, you’re bound to start liking it. Then again, I have friends who despise it for the very same reason.


It’s equally charming and funny, and it is easily my favorite Will Ferrell movie. If you haven’t seen this one, you now have homework. The dethroning of the mall Santa is priceless.

The Santa Clause

Okay, I’ll admit, it’s a pure nostalgia pick on my my part. I remember watching this movie as a young boy, and revisiting it brings back some good memories. Also, this is the movie that gave me the courage to try eggnog (see the scene below), and my life hasn’t been the same since.

The Bourne Trilogy

bourne1There’s all sorts of problems with this being on the list. First of all, it’s three films instead of one, making my top five a list of seven. Niether are these movies (to my knowledge) set in or around Christmastime. So why are they on my Christmas movie list? Admittedly, there is a Romans 9-like element of the potter having the right right to do as he wills with his own vessels in this decision; but basically, these movies make my list because, for some unknown reason, I watched them with my family one year while I was on Christmas break in high school, and it’s been a yearly tradition ever since (and don’t pretend like your family doesn’t have weird Christmas traditions). Also, they’re just good movies, so why not watch them on one of those cold winter nights?



Well, that’s my list! And after reflecting on it, it looks like the Christmas movies I like the most are the ones I have enjoyed with my family and friends over the years. That’s why I don’t consider this a definitive list of the five best christmas movies of all time; they’re just the ones I enjoy revisiting every year. How about you? What is your favorite Christmas movie, and why? Sound off in the comments! Finally, be on the lookout for John’s 5 worst Christmas movies. 

Reel Lists: Top 5 Horror (Part 2)

Posted: October 31, 2014 by Blaine Grimes in Reel Lists, Uncategorized
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Just a few days ago, John made some comments about the change in seasons and how that’s connected to our pre-fall existence. He also said that we like to capture these seasons by enjoying seasonal foods, as well as flicks. With that in mind, we at Reel Thinking thought we would compile another Reel List for you to enjoy (or not enjoy). Let us state up front that neither of us are huge fans of the horror genre. Therefore, some of our horror films may seem a little less horrible than those of your average horror film fan (I can only handle so much gore). So, for those of you die-hard horror fans, please sound off in the comment section and compile your own list. [Be sure to check out John’s list by clicking here.]

Blaine’s Top 5


While the Chestbursters are plenty scary, the most ineffably terrifying thing about this movie is that “in space no one can hear you scream.” Ridley Scott puts us right aboard the Nostromo with Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and company, making us experience and participate in their isolation. Roger Ebert said it well: “One of the great strengths of “Alien” is its pacing. It takes its time. It waits. It allows silences (the majestic opening shots are underscored by Jerry Goldsmith with scarcely audible, far-off metallic chatterings).”[1]signs-poster


I’m with John on this one, and I think that the restraint Shyamalan exercises is brilliant. In this way, it is not unlike the aforementioned Alien or Hitchcock’s Psycho. In making the audience wait … and wait … and wait to see the aliens, Shyamalan capitalizes on the fact that the human imagination is often better at fabricating fear than are special effects.


Forget Twilight; Guillermo del Toro’s first feature-length film, Cronos, is a unique vampire story that is a meditation on the horrors of immortality as much as it is anything else. It’s also a deeply personal film, as del Toro wrestles with his Catholic upbringing. And while I’m hardly a fan of vampire movies, I have to admit that, for some strange reason, I find this film captivating and moving. Nevertheless, it is a del Toro film and is not for the faint of heart.

The Exorcist

One of my family members thought it would be a good idea to show me this movie when I was eleven years old. It wasn’t. Words cannot fully express what this movie did to me. I was haunted by sleeplessness for a period of three month (I’m not exaggerating or joking). I haven’t seen it since, and I doubt I’ll ever have the courage to watch it again. But since this post is all about the top horror films, I figured that my most terrifying cinematic experience should make the list. Parents, please don’t show this to your eleven year old.

The Shining

Sorry Norman Bates, Jack Nicholson takes psychological horror to a whole new level in this film. I know how the film ends; I’m familiar with the twists and turns, and yet I’m always a bundle of nervous tension from start to finish. It’s also hard to ignore the formal excellence of Kubrick’s work. The soundtrack is as unnerving as the visuals, which is really saying something when you’re talking about a movie where gallons of blood pour from an elevator.

Honorable Mentions

Jaws is one of my top ten favorite movies, and it definitely belongs on this list. My original list also contained Psycho and What Lies Beneath. The Birds is another one of my favorites, and it really is terrible that I didn’t have a Hitchcock film on the list. In the end, though, I didn’t want my list to look exactly like John’s (that’s no fun for our readers). What other list-worthy films did I neglect? Sound off in the comments!

Reel List: Top 5 – Horror

Posted: October 30, 2014 by jperritt in Horror, Reel Lists
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Just a few days ago, I made some comments about the change in seasons and how that’s connected to our pre-fall existence.  I also said that we like to capture these seasons by enjoying seasonal foods, as well as, flicks.  With that in mind, we at Reel Thinking thought we would compile another Reel List for you to enjoy (or, not enjoy).  Let us state up front that neither of us are huge fans of the horror genre.  Therefore, some of our horror films may seem a little less horror than your average horror film fan (I can only handle so much gore).  So, for those of you die-hard horror fans, please sound off in the comment section and compile your own list. [Blaine’s list will be posted tomorrow]

John’s Top 5:

daniel-danger-psycho-poster-redPsycho – For me, this is the all-time greatest horror film ever made.  Hitchcock was a master of suspense and I am still amazed that this film is creepy in 2014.  Anthony Perkins played the roll of Norman Bates in phenomenal fashion – it was Oscar worthy.  Killing off a notable lead in the beginning paved the way for many plots to follow suit.  Even though I still know the ending, I am amazed at the erie feel I still receive.

What Lies Beneath – Some of you may be scratching your heads on this one.  Robert what_lies_beneathZemeckis is an excellent director and a film like this shows his versatility.  Plus, almost anything with Harrison Ford is worth watching (almost! Crystal Skull was a horror film of different sorts).  Again, the acting by Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer was excellent and the story wasn’t sacrificed for the scare. If you can make it through this movie without jumping or being slightly scared of the water, it’s probably because you’ve watching one too many Saw movies.

signs-posterSigns – If you’ve followed this site at all, you know that I’m (still) an M. Knight Shyamalan fan.  This was one of the most fun theater experiences I’ve ever had.  Everyone was screaming, everyone was shouting, and most people were covering their eyes (Normally this kind of thing bothers me, but it was fun).  Again, the acting was great.  Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix worked well together and this was one of the few movies where the kids didn’t bother me.  Plus, there’s several notable scenes – the baby monitor, the corn field, the pantry, and the basement.  It’s also as funny as it is scary.

Jaws – Okay, some of you may have objections to Jaws being a horror movie.  Object all you want, but picturejawsposter yourself in the open water with a great white swimming under you…pretty horrific, right?  Jaws was the birth of the summer blockbuster and if you can watch this without being slightly scared of the water (sound familiar?), then you’re not human.  Steven Spielberg worked masterfully to create anticipation (John Williams helped with that, just a tad), by not showing audiences the shark until half-way through the film.  Although the film is tense throughout, Robert Shaw’s dialogue on the ship at night is the highlight.

devil-posterDevil – I wanted to put a more recent film on here.  Plus, not mentioning a film entitled DEVIL for top horror movies seems like it’s breaking a rule somehow.  For those of you who know anything about this film, Shyamalan is attached to it (he wrote the story).  However, not only is this movie pretty scary, the theology that runs throughout is impressive.  It begins with Scripture and has biblical themes until the credits roll.  It is a violent film, but it doesn’t relish in gore like so many (less-creative) horror films.  I’ve written more about it here.

Just so you know, I don’t think all of these are classics and I don’t think this is the definitive horror list.  I do, however, enjoy these films and think they offer some good scares if you’re ever in the mood.

The Oscar season is upon us, and we here at Reel Thinking want to take the time to highlight some of the films being released this fall and winter. Blaine listed his last week (in no particular order), and John’s top 5 are listed below. Also, sound off in the comments, letting us know what movies you’re looking forward to this fall.  And yes, we do have a few of the same movies listed, but John tried to branch out a bit and list some other notable forth-coming titles.

John’s Top 5:

Interstellar: Okay, so Blaine and I seem to disagree on Christopher Nolan (it’s okay, friends can disagree).  I’ve really enjoyed most of what he’s directed since I was first exposed to his filmmaking in Memento.  In my opinion, Nolan can make a film that’s appealing to the masses without sacrificing quality work.  He has been a master at mixing genres, and it appears that he’s doing it again – a heartfelt sci-fi/drama.

Unbroken:  If I had to pick one movie to watch this year, it would be this one.  Simply watching the trailer makes me think they should go ahead and give it the Oscar for Best Picture.  While I’m not crazy about Angelina Jolie directing, I am crazy-excited about the Coen Brothers writing the screenplay.


Foxcatcher: So, this story sounds too insane to be true, but it is.  I admit that I’m just a little curious to see Michael Scott…I mean, Steve Carrell and Channing Tatum pull off roles that seem to go against their normal characters.  Will we be seeing Oscar noms for these two?


The Imitation Game: I’m with Blaine on this one!



Exodus: Gods and Kings:  I’m not sure if we’ve got another Noah on our hands, but I am curious to see what Ridley Scott does with this film.  I’ve enjoyed a lot of Scott’s previous work, and although I’m unsure if I will be seeing this, I am a bit intrigued.  Not to mention that I am a fan of Christian Bale and Aaron Paul.


5 Best Films about Easter

[Note: This post was submitted prior to Easter, but was unable to be fit into the schedule] With Easter just around the corner, it is a great time to revisit some of the best films that have explored the importance of this special holiday. You can watch these films with your children to explain the significance of this important holiday, or you can watch them yourself to mediate on the themes and what they mean for your faith.

Though there are many great films that have been made about Easter, we narrowed them down to just a few of our favorites. These are movies that focus on the events commemorated in the holiday itself — the crucifixion and the resurrection — as well as those that explore the life of Christ, leading up to and including the crucifixion and the resurrection. Here are our picks for the 5 best films about Easter:

The Passion of the Christ

Mel Gibson’s controversial film is an emotionally wrenching exploration of the last 12 hours of Jesus’ life. The movie provides a brutally honest depiction of the crucifixion, including the harsh treatment and beatings that Jesus endured leading up to it. Many feel that the film brings home the weight of the suffering that Jesus endured and the great sacrifice that he made.

Jesus of Nazareth

Originally a television miniseries, this film depicts the full life of Jesus, using accounts from the gospels. From his birth to his crucifixion, the film explores all of Jesus’ life and ministry. The movie is critically-acclaimed and is considered to be one of the best about the life of Jesus.

The Robe

After participating in the crucifixion of Jesus, a tribune wins Jesus’ robe in a round of gambling. The man, named Marcellus, is then haunted by visions and nightmares and is wracked by guilt. He goes on a quest to learn all he can about Jesus, and he changes his whole life in the process. It is a moving account that will help many to renew their faith.

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Max von Sydow stars as Jesus in this critcally-acclaimed film that tells about the life of Jesus. The movie, nominated for five Academy awards, takes its cues from information found in the Gospels, choosing a literal interpretation of the story.  An all-star cast includes Martin Landau, Sidney Poitier, and Janet Margolin.

The King of Kings

This silent but powerful film explores the life of Jesus, with a focus on many of the miracles he performed and on the relationships he formed. The story starts with the repentance of Mary Magdalene and it ends with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. It was directed by legendary filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille.

There are many other great films about the life of Jesus and the sacrifice he made that you can watch with your family to reflect on the significance of the Easter holiday.

What are some of your favorite films about Easter or about the life of Jesus? Share your picks with us in the comments!


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Reel List: Top Bond Actors

Posted: November 2, 2012 by Emilio Garofalo Neto in Reel Lists

It is inevitable: everyone has a different favorite Bond. Some say the actor you saw as Bond in your teenage years become the standard by which all are measured, and there is some truth to that. Here are some of our views!

Emilio’s Top 5:

5 – Roger Moore – No actor played Bond more times than Moore; and let’s be honest: he had one too many. By the final movies he was almost 60 and it showed; the stuntmen are the ones who really played Bond by the end of the day. Anyway, he does have a certain charm and is the funniest of them all.

4 – Timothy Dalton – I recently watched the Living Daylights again last week and it holds up very well. Dalton is a return to a more serious tone, no fuss, no cuteness. Not even very funny; I wish he had more chances to do the part, but legal trouble kept his 3rd movie in the works for years, and by the time it was solved he was too old for the part, leading to…

3 – Pierce Brosnan – The first Bond I saw in the theaters, unlike John Kwasny who saw every film in the theater, going all the way back to Dr. No. Brosnan has charm and a certain brutal quality; he even has a boyish glee at playing his childhood hero. Except for GoldenEye, none of his movies are very good. I wish we could see him in a great and serious script.

2 -Sean Connery – The classic Bond and still the favorite of many; the combination of looks, smoothness and roughness is great part of Connery’s appeal besides, he’s the one by which all other are measured.

1 – Daniel Craig -He was already in the mix for the top spot before Skyfall; now I humbly submit that he brings something to Bond that none of the above could. A reviewer called him a white shark in a tuxedo; and he is right. Craig is menacing and charming at the same time; and very much human. I hope he plays the part for years to come.

John Perritt: (My list is not as detailed as Emilio’s)

  1. Daniel Craig
  2. Sean Connery
  3. Timothy Dalton
  4. Roger Moore
  5. George Lazenby
  6. Peirce Brosnan

We know that Skyfall doesn’t come out for another week, but we wanted to give some press to James Bond films by comprising a few lists for you.  Today we list Bond’s best villains and henchmen and tomorrow we will have a double-feature post.  The first post (6 a.m.) will list the best Bond films and the second post (12 p.m.) will list the best actors to play James Bond.  Be sure and check all our Bond lists out this week and come by next Thursday and Friday to read Emilio’s thoughts on the film.  Usually Brazil receives films later than the U.S. but they released Skyfall earlier in Brazil, so he’s already seen it and “went insane over it” – his words.  Be sure and check his posts out.

John Kwasny:

  1. Jaws   (The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker)
  2. Oddjob   (Goldfinger)
  3. Rosa Klebb  (From Russia with Love)
  4. Bambi and Thumper (Diamonds are Forever)
  5. Nick Nack (Man with the Golden Gun)
  6. Auric Goldfinger (Goldfinger)
  7. Mr. Big  (Live and Let Die)
  8. Alec Trevelyan  (GoldenEye)
  9. Gustav Graves (Die Another Day)
  10. Le Chiffre   (Casino Royale)


  1. Raoul Silva (Skyfall)
  2. Blofeld (several)
  3. Auric Goldfinger (Goldfinger)
  4. Alec Trevelyan (Goldeneye)
  5. Le Chiffre (Casino Royale)
  6. Oddjob (Goldfinger)
  7. Jaws (The spy who loved me)
  8. Red Grant (From Russia With Love)

Yesterday we looked at the John’s top 10 lists, today we will look at Emilio and Josh’s.  Enjoy!

Emilio’s Top 10:

  1. Unbreakable
  2. The Departed
  3. Pulp Fiction
  4. The Big Lebowski
  5. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  6. The Goonies
  7. The Incredibles
  8. Return of the Jedi
  9. Hot fuzz
  10. Gladiator

Josh’s Top 10:*

  1. Princess Bride
  2. Uncle Buck
  3. Unbreakable
  4. Jumanji (unless you count Zathura)
  5. A Series of Unfortunate Events
  6. The Italian Job (word is that the sequel is in the works)
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  8. Napoleon Dynamite (the cartoon series doesn’t count)
  9. Spaceballs
  10. Avatar (just kidding…please don’t encourage this!!)

*Disclaimer:  I had a really hard time with this list.  Sequels make me nervous.  No one wants to ruin a good film.  This is the best I could do…don’t hate…

This is the last post in our three-part series on trilogies.  We comprised a top 10 list on best trilogies and movies that should have stopped at one installment.  Today and tomorrow we will be looking at films that should have made a sequel.  All of this talk about trilogies was sparked because of the release of The Dark Knight Rises.  A film that could prove to complete one of the best  film trilogies in recent years, if not, of all time.  One may scoff at that, but consider the trilogies that have been made.  It’s difficult to find a trilogy which contains films that are equal, or better, than the initial installment.  Therefore, enjoy our last list of this series on trilogies and look forward to other Reel Lists down the road.

John Perritt’s Top 10:

  1. Willow
  2. Stargate
  3. The Incredibles
  4. Unbreakable
  5. Dumb & Dumber (I know this sequel is almost confirmed)
  6. E.T.
  7. The Last Starfighter
  8. The Goonies
  9. The Breakfast Club
  10. Clue

John Kwasny’s Top 10:

  1. True Lies
  2. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  3. Flash Gordon
  4. Elf
  5. Sahara
  6. Independence Day
  7. The Incredibles
  8. Unbreakable
  9. Finding Nemo
  10. Blade Runner