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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,090,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Very interesting book concerning different Christmas movies available for viewing. I especially am always looking for post-WWII movies concerning families at Christmastime while a loved one is serving overseas. Most of the movies I have discovered do not leave me disappointed. This book will be helpful in finding other movies taking place around the holiday.
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Christmas movies are so fun to watch and this book is informative with fun facts and information about some of our favorite movies. I never see much about one of my favorites, the remake of Christmas in Connecticut with Tony Curtis/Dyan Cannon.
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What a great book! Full of fun facts and insights about Christmas movies through the ages, and the writer's witty style takes it a step beyond other encyclopedic books of this type.

This book is a must for the Christmas movie lover, but only if they're on the nice list!
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11/29/2013 12:35pm Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas
I had a chance to examine this book before I bought it and it has a lot of film titles that
I hoped would be included and they were including TV movies;
such as "The Homecoming, A Christmas Story." The Waltons 1971 Holiday TV-movie.
This little book has every possible Christmas movie (the good, the bad and awful)
and also mini-reviews of the films, the impact they have had at the box office,
TV-Airings that cemented their reputations and movies
that have out lasted more successful films.
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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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