Daily Podcast: What We Watched Over The Holidays And Our Favorite Christmas Gifts

On the December 28, 2017 episode of /Film Daily, Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, senior writer Ben Pearson, weekend editor Brad Oman and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about what they did over the Holidays and share their favorite Christmas gifts.You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).


  • Hayden writes in that "Yes Die Hard is a Christmas movie. If you break the plot down, it's the typical Christmas story. A distant father who has to go on an adventure to rekindle his relationship with his family. Think about all the Christmas movies that have this exact plot device. Also it's important that it's on Christmas Eve because police activity would be down. If It's A Wonderful Life counts, which it should, then Die Hard should. A very massive chunk of the film doesn't even take place on Christmas."   
  • Leanne R. from LA writes in that "Rankin-Bass Christmas specials would have been a good addition to your lists, especially when you consider A Charlie Brown Christmas and Mickey's Christmas Carol were mentioned in the episode (both technically films, but are popularized as tv specials). And I wasn't sure if I missed this or not, but The Santa Clause is a quintessential Christmas movie for me.  I also wanted to give a shout out to Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle & You've Got Mail as well, which are not technically Christmas films but strike the proper feel-good Christmas tone to pass. You've Got Mail, especially, feels more Christmas-y (based on The Shop Around the Corner, it feels more deserved of a Christmas film title) and for a rom-com fan like me is also a yearly Christmas film staple.  Otherwise, very much enjoyed your lists! Thanks for the update and keep up the good work."
  • Have any geeky thoughts on this news that we might not have addressed on the podcast? Send your opinions, speculation, analysis and suggestions to peter@slashfilm.com.What we've been doing over the Holidays:

  • Jacob finished Ultimate Beastmaster and American Vandal, finally got around to The Shape of Water, played more Wolfenstein 2, played The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 and Pitchcard.
  • Peter binge-watched two whole seasons of Survivor, watched the Star Wars episode of The Toys That Made Us on Netflix, and played The Thing: Infection at Outpost 31 board game.
  • HT watched Ultimate Beastmaster, A Christmas Prince, A Christmas Inheritance, gave in and listened to the Hamilton soundtrack even though she was trying to save it until she saw the show.
  • Chris saw THE LAST JEDI again on Christmas Day (it's still good). I've also been reading and making an effort to not look at my phone, which is just bliss.
  • Ben watched The Last Jedi (again), It's a Wonderful Life, Logan Lucky, Mudbound, A Ghost Story, and The Good Place
  • Brad saw The Disaster Artist and Molly's Game, is continuing to catch up on awards season movies like The Post, The Florida Project, and I, Tonya, and is finally spending time playing Star Wars Battlefront 2.
  • Favorite gifts we got for Christmas:

  • Peter got a Hot Toys life-size Baby Groot replica and Google Wifi router
  • HT got KOREAN SKIN CARE, also the Costco MoviePass/Fandor year-long subscription
  • Chris iphone X
  • Ben got a bunch of board games
  • Jacob got lots of new PC stuff
  • Brad got the Ectomobile Owner's Manual Book and his life back.
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