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''…Duralde's writing style is entertaining and enlightening. I also applaud his 'Fun Facts' for each movie, which as mentioned earlier, are insightful, and well…fun. If you are looking for that off-the-beaten-path book for the movie lover in your life, Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas just might be it.'' --Cinema Sentries, December 16

''Duralde successfully provides his own definition of what a Christmas movie is without limiting it to sentimental stories and Santa Claus. He gives an entertaining, funny and honest look at the movies that have come to be known as Christmas movies and provides the groundwork for others to discover what could be their next holiday staple. The book is sure to provide family and friends with endless entertainment as they discover new favorites.'' --Tribute

About the Author

Alonso Duralde (West Hollywood, CA) is the author of 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men. He has written about film for MSNBC.com and the Advocate, among others, and programmed film festivals, including Outest and the USA Film Festival/Dallas. A regular contributor to The Rotten Tomatoes Show, Duralde has been featured in documentaries for IFC and Starz, and on the Brokeback Mountain and Valley of the Dolls DVDs.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Limelight Editions (August 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879103760
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879103767
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #837,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a lifelong movie nerd who managed to stay out of theaters and away from the DVD player long enough to write two books about film: Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas (Limelight Editions) and 101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men (Advocate Books, 2005).

You can read my reviews of current movies at TheWrap.com and watch me talk about new films with other critics on the YouTube series WHAT THE FLICK?! With my talented husband Dave White, author of EXILE IN GUYVILE, I host a weekly podcast called Linoleum Knife about current movies. I also work with several film festivals, including Sundance and Outfest. My previous gigs include "The Rotten Tomatoes Show" on Current, Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Advocate, Artistic Director of the USA Film Festival/Dallas, and, back in high school, every possible gig at a suburban movie theater in College Park, Ga., from tearing tickets to running the projector. I'm lucky enough to be partnered with the very funny Dave White, whose book EXILE IN GUYVILLE you should absolutely read.



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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By typeface69 on November 8, 2010
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Duralde does a wonderful job going beyond the obvious holiday tropes and curates a truly inspiring list of Christmas classics. The chapter on holiday heist films is wonderfully inspired, but if you also want a detailed analysis of all the major Christmas Carols out there, Movie Little Christmas does the job as well.
Plus, you gotta love an author who can use the word "codswallop" when he picks apart the mistake that was Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike2029 on December 17, 2010
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Despite the too-easy title of my review, don't make the mistake of thinking that this terrific compendium of Christmas cinema touches only on the safe and familiar. "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas" is the perfect listing of holiday movies, making sure to include beloved classics like Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and the myriad versions of A Christmas Carol, but also branching out into such different holiday-film categories as heist and horror. Independent L.A. film critic Alonso Duralde brings an encyclopedic knowledge of film to his task, but never condescends or comes across as anything less delightful than a true lover of movies, and Christmas movies in particular. If you can't wait for December to bring you Hollywood's holiday goodies every year, "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas" will whet your appetite for merry movies all the year through. Leonard Maltin just included it on a list of essential movie reference books, and having read through it twice, dog-earing all the way, I have to agree.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mike McGranaghan on October 27, 2010
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This is one of the most clever book ideas I've ever come across. Some of my favorite holiday films are covered here, as are some less familiar movies that I now want to see. You're guaranteed to make a few new discoveries as well. Anyone familiar with Alonso Duralde's written reviews or his TV work on "The Rotten Tomatoes Show" and "The Grid" knows that he combines a vast knowledge of cinema with a sharp sense of humor. That's what makes "Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas" so much fun to read. Highly recommended for the holiday season, or any time of year!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kurt B. Reighley on October 16, 2010
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Like Duralde's previous book, "101 Must-See Movies for Gay Men," "Have Yourself A Movie Little Christmas" condenses a terrific amount of information and trivia into lively, witty prose that never runs on too long. The author, a seasoned critic and pop culture savant, clearly loves his subject matter - even when he's dealing with a film he expresses dislike for - and that makes this read that much more enjoyable. There are at least two chapters ("They'll Be Scary Ghost Stories: Holiday Horror" and "The Worst Christmas (Movies) Ever: Lumps of Coal in Your Cinema Stocking") so funny and compelling that, despite pressing deadlines and grown-up concerns, I found myself unable to set this book aside till I finished them (thank God that roast didn't burn). The chapter on myriad adaptations of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" actually made me see the holiday chestnut from surprising new angles, and the thorough appendices open the door to even MORE viewing possibilities. This book make a great gift for any Christmas buff or film fanatic, but make sure to buy two, cuz once you leaf through "Movie Little Christmas," you'll want a copy of your own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MusicFan on December 1, 2012
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At my house, we have a list of dozens of Christmas movies that we choose from for our holiday season viewing each year. Yes, we watch classics like "Christmas in Connecticut," "White Christmas," "A Christmas Story," "A Christmas Carol," "Meet Me In St. Louis," and "It's a Wonderful Life." But we also watch less well known, but equally enjoyable, Christmas movies like the 40s film noir "Lady In The Lake," the wartime drama "I'll Be Seeing You" (with Ginger Rogers and Joseph Cotten), the late Ingmar Bergman masterwork "Fanny and Alexander," the romantic comedy/drama "Remember the Night," the fine contemporary British film "Millions," the zany dark comedy "The Ref," and the 70s TV family story "The Homecoming" (the pilot for The Waltons series).

All of these, and many more, are featured in this excellent guide to holiday movies. The films are organized into chapters focusing on comedies, kids' movies, grown-ups' movies, tearjerkers, crime and action stories, horror, bad Christmas movies, and the big classics; there's even a whole chapter on the various films of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." The plot and cast of each film is described in detail, with assessments of how the particular movie fits into the holiday canon and "fun facts" about the film and the makers/actors. (For example, did you know that the director/star of "Lady in the Lake," Robert Montgomery, was the father of "Bewitched" star Elizabeth Montgomery?) At the end of the book, there's an appendix listing dozens of other movies with Christmas content.

This is a very useful guide to holiday movies that will give you great ideas for viewing beyond the major classics. On top of that, it's just fun and interesting to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vanina on December 19, 2012
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Having discovered Alonso Duralde through the DVD extras on the 'Valley of the Dolls' DVD, where he steals the show, I immediately ordered this book when I saw it announced. By writing with his usual charm (just check out his reviews on thewrap.com), Duralde accomplishes two things in this book: he manages to be one of the few film critics that don't grate on your nerves, and his take on Christmas is that it's not necessarily all sweetness and light.

I love Christmas, but realise not everyone does (or at least, not to the full extent..) and there's something for everyone in here. Even for the biggest Christmas film fans there's surprises littered around the book (the list of "Christmas" films, regular films that feature Christmas, is a goldmine), and for people not too familiar with holiday films, there's intelligent and funny descriptions of some of the best festive films that make you want to seek out more obscure titles. A real treat!
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