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Christmas Movies Actually

Nov 5, 2023

The first big Christmas film of the season, Alexander Payne's "The Holdovers," is actually pretty great (the first Christmas movie of the season is rarely ever good). Film critic Steve Prokopy joins Kerry and Collin for the discussion of this theatrical release that is worthy of your time at your local theater (SPOILERS WARNING FOR THIS EPISODE!). Paul Giamatti plays a teacher stuck babysitting a prep school kid on campus during winter break. Is this one of Payne's best films? What would a pandemic have been like in the 1970s? What is the proper way to make any flaming dessert? All this, plus a look at the latest and greatest in physical media for the month of October for the Blu-ray Gift Exchange. 

Since this is a brand new movie, be on the lookout for SPOILERS, particularly in the 49:00 - 55:00 portion.

Films covered on the Blu-ray Gift Exchange:


“Videodrome” and “Tod Browning's Sideshow Shockers”

Janus FIlms:



“Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” 


“Rock Around the Clock” 


"Mr. North"

Warner Archive:

"Double Trouble"

"Christopher Strong"

"Dance Fools, Dance"

"The Devil Doll"

Warner Bros."


“Meg 2: The Trench"


“The Black Phone”