Rob Weiner discusses three new releases for 2015.
Studios have been releasing holiday-themed movies since mid-November. Texas Tech University's Rob Weiner, pop culture guru and humanities and popular culture librarian, discusses new movies, including “Love the Coopers,” “The Night Before” and “Krampus.”
Rob Weiner, humanities and popular culture librarian, (806) 834-5126 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- “Every year Hollywood produces new movies related to Christmas. Usually, we get comedic films that are more often than not just silly. Sometimes there is a gem in there. Theaters will often show classic Christmas films such as ‘It's a Wonderful Life' and ‘National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.' Television also is filled with specials and reruns of classics, including ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,' ‘Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,' ‘Frosty the Snowman,' ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas' or ‘The Year Without a Santa Claus.'”
- “‘Love the Coopers' is a movie where you can have a few laughs and leave the theater feeling good. The message of Christmas is still intact, so there is a seriousness to the movie as well. The film has not received the best reviews, but I think it's nice to see stars like John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Alan Arkin in the same film.”
- “With Seth Rogen in ‘The Night Before,' you know edgy humor is going to abound. It's R-rated, so no surprise there. You get to leave your brain at the door and enjoy the movie. They are searching for the ultimate Christmas party so you know what you are getting into. It's got a great cast though with Anthony Mackie and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.”
- “There is the negative side with ‘Krampus' that is based on German folklore related to a demon who punishes children during the Christmas season. Horror and Christmas have had a long history, so for those who want something a little more frightening, here you go.”