Ho-ho-how to find this month’s Christmas-themed movies & specials

This December, are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, you can stream “White Christmas” and many other holiday favourites pretty much all month long if you’re all set up with a Crave, Netflix, Hollywood Suite (free through early January 5) or some other on-demand accounts. If you’re still getting your Xmas fix the old… Read on

This week’s podcast: Grinch, Peanuts or Rudolph?

The question comes up every December: which of the “Holy Three” of holiday specials — Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas or Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas — is best? Really, they’re all great and deserve their evergreen status. When you’re on a radio show with other guests, however, you’ve got… Read on

America’s most radical filmmaker: Frank Capra?

Here it is, not even one week into December, and already broadcasters have aired the big four Christmas favourites: Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The newest, The Grinch, first aired 49 years ago. “Wonderful Life” turns 80 next year. The good… Read on

Plenty of TV goodies under the tree tonight

This glorious Larry Fritz illustration graced the cover of TV Guide for the week of December 24, 1955–exactly 57 years ago today. Back when signals were pulled in from all over on rooftop antennas–for free.Off to Cloverdale to start my shopping. While you are wrapping gifts tonight by the Yule log on the “Fireplace Channel”… Read on

This week’s podcast: why Rudolph still rules

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so this week on CHML, Scott Thompson asks about the big sell out involving our favourite animated Christmas specials.Specifically, we talk about those Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer ads that are playing this month during other holiday specials.  Scott says the campaign features the Aflec health insurance duck… Read on

Happy day before boxing day

It sure doesn’t feel like Christmas. People in Toronto aren’t out shopping for T-shirts–they’re wearing them. It’s such a green Christmas, I don’t know whether to trim the tree or cut the grass.Thank goodness It’s a Wonderful Life is on tonight at 8 p.m. (NBC and CTV). I used to borrow a 16mm print of this… Read on