Coming Attractions

Frohe Weihnachten, Tom!
Frohe Weihnachten, Tom!

Have you noticed all those ads on the TV for Tom Cruise’s new movie Valkyrie? If you’ve seen them, you’ve probably noticed the movie is being released on December 25th. Christmas Day. Now, I know with houses full of family members celebrating the holidays, many people choose to trot down to the local movie house (or in the case of Valkyrie movie haus) to take in a show. But, can you imagine the Christmas Day conversation people would have to have about Cruise’s latest masterpiece?

“Hey, I know. Let’s go see Valkyrie!”

“Mmmm. What’s it about?”

“A plot to kill Hitler!”

Nice way to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.

Of course, that got me thinking. What other films which might be considered out of sync with the holidays have been released on Christmas Day?

Christmas Day 2007 may have brought us feel good fare like The Water Horse and The Great Debaters, but it also marked the release of AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem. At least the word “requiem” sounds kind of holidayish.

2006 left Children of Men, Notes on a Scandal, and Black Christmas under the holiday movie tree, while 2005 was pretty much horror-free. Other holiday gems include, Suspended Animation (Will Chill You To The Bone!), Thirteen Days (Woo-hoo! The Cuban Missle Crisis), and The Hours (what’s with Nicole Kidman’s nose?)

Maybe next Christmas will bring the release of another remake of Dawn of the Dead.

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One thought on “Coming Attractions

  1. You know, I thought the same thing about Valkyrie at first. But then I thought maybe it was marketed for Jewish people, since they don’t celebrate Christmas but probably get the day off work anyway. So why not see a movie? What better way to celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, than with a movie about putting out the light of the mastermind behind a dark period in Jewish history?

    I’m not actually sure if I’m being serious or sarcastic…

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