a christmas carol review

In the 1988 dark comedy Scrooged, cold-hearted TV exec Frank Cross (Bill Murray) is about to unveil a live-broadcast adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. But the mean-spirited Frank doesn’t want a quaint, cutesy commercial for the show. He wants something dark and gritty, so he cuts his own trailer which features a parade of nightmarish imagery: acid rain, international terrorism, drug addictions, freeway killers. When watching the newest, and darkest, incarnation of A Christmas Carol, directed by Nick Murphy and written by Steven Knight, you start to get the impression that someone took one look at that fake Scrooge commercial and decided to make it a reality. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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a christmas carol featurette

This ain’t your grandaddy’s Scrooge! FX’s new ultra-dark, ultra-creepy take on A Christmas Carol flips Charles Dickens’ immortal classic upside down and turns it into something approaching full-blown horror. This new take on the story debuts on FX tomorrow night, and there’s a new featurette that delves into what makes this Carol so different. Watch it below.

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A Christmas Carol trailer

We’re just over a month away from Christmas, and while that means we’re going to be spending lots of time in theaters catching up on some of the year’s best movies, FX is giving us something else to watch in our downtime at home. The cable channel is airing a “dark reimagining” of A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as he’s guilted into transforming from a penny-pinching, Christmas-hating miser into the world’s best boss. But if you’re looking for a lighthearted version of this story, look elsewhere: Guy Pearce‘s Scrooge adds “sex creep” to his character’s long list of terrible attributes in this one. Read More »

a christmas carol trailer

A Christmas Carol has always had elements of horror. It is, after all, a story about ghosts. But what if someone cranked all that spookiness up tenfold? The result might look like this new BBC miniseries adaptation, which looks like a full-blown horror movie take on the Charles Dickens classic. Guy Pearce plays the greedy Ebenezer Scrooge, who finds himself confronting all sorts of creepy goings-on. Watch the A Christmas Carol trailer below.

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disney christmas carol musical

Let the Christmas Carol musical wars begin! Earlier this month, word broke that Apple was dishing out a ton of cash for a new A Christmas Carol musical starring Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. Not to be outdone, Disney has decided to develop their own A Christmas Carol musical, which is called Marley, and will retell the Charles Dickens classic through the eyes of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ghostly former business partner, Jacob Marley.

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a christmas carol musical

Unlike Ebeneezer Scrooge before his ghost-inspired transformation, Apple isn’t afraid to spend tons of money. The company has won a bidding war for a new take on A Christmas Carol from Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell. Netflix, Warner Bros., and Paramount were all vying for the movie, but it was Apple who emerged the victor, agreeing to large chunks of change for Reynolds and Ferrell, ensuring that they’ll both have happy holidays.

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A Christmas Carol Musical Movie

It’s the first day of fall, but here we are talking about the most wonderful time of year thanks to news of Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds teaming up for a musical reimagining of the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale A Christmas Carol. But this will likely be unlike any adaptation we’ve seen before, since the filmmakers behind this take come from the world of straight-up comedy – and sometimes even R-rated laughs. Find out more about the A Christmas Carol musical movie below. Read More »

Making of Home Alone Commercial

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, go behind the scenes of Google’s recent Home Alone Again commercial starring Macaulay Culkin. Plus, the Home Alone star sits down with the Angry Video Game Nerd to play the awful video game adaptations of the holiday classic and its sequel, and Drunk History tells the story of Charles Dickens and the creation of A Christmas Carol. Read More »

Examining 10 Great Motion Capture Characters

War for the Planet of the Apes Caesar Andy Serkis

Motion capture is quite the filmmaking tool these days. It takes us to new and extraordinary worlds of fantasy and adventure, introducing us to characters we thought the world of movies could never allow us to meet. So in celebration of War for the Planet of the Apeslet’s explore some incredible protagonists and antagonists who proved how amazing mo-cap can be. From beasts to aliens to even regular humans, this tech allows actors to become just about anything.

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christmas carol remake

Every generation gets their version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and some of those versions are a little better than others. Sometimes, you get lucky and get to grow up with the wonderful 1951 version starring Alastair Sim or the surprisingly great A Muppet Christmas Carol. Others are cursed to live with 1970’s atrocious Scrooge or Robert Zemeckis’ truly awful 2009 CGI-animated clustercuss starring Jim Carrey.

You can tell a lot about a filmmaker based on what they focus on when they adapt Dickens’ classic novella. Which means I now get to look forward to learning a thing or two about director Bennett Miller and writer Tom Stoppard, the unlikely duo who have been tasked with bringing this iconic story of holiday redemption to the screen for the umpteenth time.

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