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My Favorite Scene: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) “Marley and Marley”

When I was a kid, and during my marriage before my wife passed, it was a RITUAL ABSOLUTE that we watched The Muppet Christmas Carol.  Every family celebrates the holidays differently, and this is probably the only one the crossed over from my childhood to my adulthood….but I’m really glad it did.  The Muppet Christmas Carol was made in 1992, three years after the tragic and untimely death of Muppet founder Jim Henson.  Despite a dozen attempts to do other things with the core group of characters over the years under their stewardship at Disney, The Muppet Christmas Carol-to me-is the last thing that carried the Henson magic with it.

Not only is it a great Muppet film, it’s a fairly faithful (with pigs and frogs and whatever Gonzo is) adaptation of Charles Dickens’s Christmas masterpiece.  It pushed the boundary, as all of Henson’s films did, of what was possible with puppets, and while it’s all-ages appropriate, both the Ghosts of Christmas Past and Future scared the willies out of me when I was a kid.  I still find the floating doll face of Christmas Past creepy.  But it has wonderful songs (my favorite obviously being Statler and Waldorf’s Marley Brothers duet), funny moments, and unlike a lot of the humans who find their way into Muppetland, Michael Caine put in an extremely good performance as Scrooge.  It’s clever, joyous, a little weird, and endlessly inventive.  That was the Henson magic.  The magic that took a piece of felt and turned it into a universe of characters that would and will entertain and educate adults and children alike for decades.  So if you’re wondering what to do on Christmas Eve as a family…you could do a lot worse for traditions than adopt my family’s.

Michael Caine in The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Man Who Invented Christmas Trailer #1 “God Bless Us, Every One!”

Dan Stevens has had himself quite a year.  He was the male lead in Beauty and the Beast, at time of writing, the highest grossing domestic film of 2017.  His FX series Legion was critically lauded and renewed.  He had a great supporting part in Anne Hathaway’s Colossal, and he’s finishing the year by inventing Christmas…..or at least the second most popular tale told ’round that time of year.  Stevens is playing no less than Charles Dickens, on the brink of ruin, and looking for inspiration as the characters and iconic lines that make up A Christmas Carol come to him.  No doubt less factual than Domhnall Gleeson’s turn as A.A. Milne in Good-bye Christopher Robin, it’s still a good looking trailer and Stevens is joined by Jonathan Pryce and Christopher Plummer.  The Man Who Invented Christmas will open November 22, 2017.

The Man Who Invented Christmas Poster

Killing Time – October 31, 2013

Killing Time

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.
~Jim Rohn

Well, first the important things: welcome to all the new followers who seem to have flocked to my blog of reality stabbing in response to my posting that I was too sick to do a post about yelling at Ridley Scott.  One can only dare to dream what will happen when I can actually sit up here long enough to write the confusticated thing.  I’ve broken my record for new followers in a day and it’s not past lunch.  Maybe I should write all my posts with the aid of Nyquil…

Last week, as you no doubt have marked in your journals or etched on whatever tablet your community is using to keep records of important events, I joined Audible.  Yes.  I have embraced now not just the electronic book but the spoken one.  What was once heresy has now become a 24/7 effort to be able to have books flowing into my various sensory holes.  In week one I listened to three books and read four, so I think the experiment is working.

Killing Time milestones this week: Despite my plucky little intro, this has been one of the slowest weeks on the site in recent memory and the only one where we haven’t broken 1000.  We’re poised at 34k, but have not yet smashed through it.  This, as in all things, may be laid squarely at the feet of French Guiana.

The most popular article of the week for the second week in a row was a summary of what TV Shows Have Been Renewed or Canceled This Season Thus Far.

Grenada has been taken by the Killing Time phenomenon and become our 148th nation to visit, a taking accomplished far more smoothly than Reagan ever managed it.  Too soon?  Probably too soon.

You know who didn’t stop by this week?  If you answered French Guiana, then you’ve been privvy to my growing mad fixation on the tiny  South American dot that is preventing me from coloring in all of that continent in the giant map we keep in the rumpus room of the KT Lair (like your lair doesn’t have a rumpus room with a theatrically large map, don’t judge me).  At the risk of sounding repetitive….my friends in Suriname….the Maroni River which borders you and French Guiana is hideously secured.  It’s a national problem.  You would be helping them SEE that!  You swim the river, make your way to an Internet hostel, crank up KT, hit refresh on a couple of articles and then cartwheel your way back to Suriname.  Or look for a job there, because actually the jobless rate in Suriname is not good and French Guiana is ostensibly in the Euro Zone as a French protectorate.  What?  This isn’t common knowledge?

Books:
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
A Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris

Blu
 Ray:
The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition
The Big Bang Theory Season Six

TV/HULU:
Grey’s Anatomy Season Ten
Arrow Season Two
New Girl Season Three
The Blacklist Season One
Damages Season Five
Scandal Season Three

Song of the Week: Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack!!!

Video Game:
Game of Thrones
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Comics:
Thor God of Thunder Vol. 2: Godbomb by Jason Aaron

Killing Time – October 24, 2013

Killing Time

Old Time, that greatest and longest established spinner of all!…. his factory is a secret place, his work is noiseless, and his hands are mutes.
~Charles Dickens

 This may be a somewhat obvious statement to those who have followed the blog or know me in real life, but I read a lot.  When I was a kid, I was always the one in the corner with a book.  I’d sneak them into church, not out of disrespect, but because-purely from a narrative standpoint-they almost always topped what I was going to hear.  I had them in my textbooks in high school and college because, there, they ALWAYS topped what I was going to hear.  I had a friend put it to me quite well once.  I’d rather live in other realities, because I have no idea what to do with this one.  That’s very true and remains so to this day.  So, what to do about that?  Sign up for Audible so that now even driving and walking let me read?  Bully!

Killing Time milestones this week: The numbers dip hasn’t quite resolved itself, but we had a good enough week to push past 32k and 33k, so thanks for visiting so much.  The Latest vs. Greatest feature seems to be quite popular from the numbers, so I’m going to have to start doing some research if I’m going to keep cranking them out once a week.

The most popular article of the week was a summary of what TV Shows Have Been Renewed or Canceled This Season Thus Far.  We also had a change atop the all-time most viewed article.  The mutant phenomenon that was The Lone Ranger Trailer #4 getting over 1200 hits and becoming my most-viewed article (despite my essentially stating how much I thought it would suck) has been eclipsed by thousands of yellow minions pushing my Despicable Me 2 Review to the top of the heap.

No new countries this week to visit.  French Guiana, I’m honestly just passive aggressively hostile toward you right now.  I don’t have the energy to engage in a long debate and to reiterate how border security along the Maroni River is shoddy so anyone in Suriname thinking of trying it….

Books:
Homeland: Phantom Pain by Greg Gerr
Shutter Island by Dennis LeHane
Legion by Brandon Sanderson
Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Blu Ray:
The Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Edition

TV/HULU:
Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season One
Grey’s Anatomy Season Ten
Brooklyn Ninety-Nine Season One
Arrow Season Two
New Girl Season Three
The Blacklist Season One
Damages Season Five
Scandal Season Three441

Song of the Week: “Wonderboy” by Tenacious D (NO idea why)

Video Game:
Hitman: Absolution (first Hitman game I’ve played; any others recommended?)
Borderlands 2 (I’m getting really tired of dying on ult. vault hunter mode)
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Men in Black Alien Attack (thank you Game Fly for 180 achv. points in 15 min.)
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Comics:
Thanos Rising by Jason Aaron
Avengers Vol. 3: Prelude to Infinity by Jonathan Hickman