Christmas

Scrooged (1988) - Richard Donner

Hey constant reader, it’s December and that means it’s okay to bust out the holiday movies and partake in some cheesiness that would otherwise be scoffed at. That’s no different here at RottenPop. We love these soon-to-be forgotten treasures. However, it is often harder to appreciate these “classics” without a little assistance from sweet lady cannabis. So, I am pairing some cannabis or cannabis products with my viewings of these movies. I will let you know what the effects are. How it feels. And weather or not it helped the viewing experience.


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89/100

A fantastic holiday comedy!

Director: Richard Donner
Producer: Richard Donner & Art Linson
Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, and Alfre Woodard.
Studio: Paramount Pictures

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Okay, let’s open the bag…

I got these Camino Gummie’s from Airfield Supply Company in San Jose, California. And the packaging is pretty childproof. The trick is to put one thumb in the outside flap, and one in the inside. Then you just pull apart. Oh wow. The smell just hits you. It’s definitely spicy. Oh man. This is crazy how far edibles have come. This is just amazing.

Look at these things. The gummie’s themselves are really soft and juicy looking. It’s not sticky or anything. It looks like a common gummy candy. I love it.

Oh wow. It’s so soft. The flavor hits your taste-buds right away. The consistency is great, it’s like a high-quality gummy bear. You swallow it, but the flavor just sits there. It just stays in your mouth. And if you like spicy things, then this will be right up your alley. If they were trying to replicate the feeling of California in a flavor, then this is just about it.

They’re delicious!

Today we get to take a look at the Christmas dark-comedic classic, Scrooged. A fantastic film directed by iconic filmmaker Richard Donner. It features an all-star eighties cast with the hilarious Bill Murray, alongside Karen Allen, John Forsythe, Bobcat Goldthwait, Carol Kane, Robert Mitchum, Michael J. Pollard, and Alfre Woodard. It’s a fun film that can be enjoyed by the entire family. I will be viewing my personal Paramount Home Video VHS copy, while enjoying Pineapple Habanero Sativa Gummies from Kiva Confections. A delicious cannabis treat that makes for a great movie-time snack.

First, I am going to look at the gummies. They look delicious. I’m a pretty tolerant user of Cannabis and I need about 60 - 75 milligrams of THC to feel any good effects. However, edibles have always been pretty inconsistent for me. KIVA seems to be the only exception. Their products hit well all the time. Making the 5mg. per piece a perfect snack for the movies. I am going to have to eat roughly two-thirds of the bag to feel a good effect. But at least they’re good. Let’s see how it goes!

The packaging describes the effect as uplifting. A great effect for a dark comedy like this one. These Camino gummies have some amazing packaging. The artwork, colors, and design scream California. And the package describes the flavor accurately as a tropical and tangy heat. Personally, I love spicy foods. I was instantly hooked by the Pineapple Habanero flavor and enjoyed the sweet and delicious spice!

Scrooged is a Christmas comedy film from director Richard Donner and Saturday Night Live sketch-writers Mitch Glazer and Michael O'Donoghue. It was released on November 23rd, 1988. The movie features Bill Murray doing an amazing job as the deplorable, Frank Cross, the President of IBC Television. He’s so slimy and smarmy. But also human and redeemable. I mean it’s Bill Murray so you can’t really hate the guy.

Cross doesn’t have the Christmas spirit. Instead of being caring and compassionate, the evil corporate president is manipulative and greedy. (Staples) On Christmas Eve, he makes his employees work overtime while simultaneously laying people off. And he does it with so much glee. Frank Cross has no regard for anyone other than himself. Well… I guess that isn’t entirely true. He pines for his ex-girlfriend Claire Phillips, played by the magnificent Karen Allen. But it isn’t enough to chisel through his stubborn exterior.

This holiday grumpiness brings on a visit from his deceased ex-boss, who informs Cross that he will be visited tonight by three Christmas ghosts. The ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. The humor and story are both fully entertaining. But these effects on the ghoulish zombiesque boss are what really make this picture stand out. It’s one of the only Christmas movies to feature this level of creature effects.

Right around here is where those Camino Gummies started to take effect. The Sativa effects are subtle and smooth. It’s not anxiety driven at all! This is also the time that we get to see Frank Cross at his worst. He argues with Claire about her compassionate nature. Cursing about her being held down by the people she lends her time to. Frank even delivers the line…

BAH HUMBUG

There is an adorable scene with Frank’s assistant Grace’s family. It’s seriously touching and a bit nostalgic for me. I haven’t ever been very wealthy. Growing up was always a struggle. My mother never made very much money, but she always tried to hold Christmas together. This scene just reminds me of that time. They love each other and that’s all that matters. The touching scenes continue as Frank witnesses his brother’s friends and family opening their Christmas gifts. They are opening gifts and playing Trivial Pursuit, pondering the name of the boat that shipwrecked in Gilligan’s Island. These are some of the best parts of the picture. Bill Murray is able to show his range. He isn’t just a funnyman. He evolves before your eyes and shows empathy. He learns about the repercussions of his greed.

The final ghost comes when Frank wakes up in the gutter with the frozen corpse of a local wino staring at him. It’s haunting. His trip shows a possible future where the people that are close to him, have become broken down and shells of their former selves. Claire is an uncaring socialite. Grace’s sick son is locked up in a mental health facility. It’s a bleak look at Frank Cross’ possible life or death. Then… the greatest scene of Bill Murray going insane with holiday happiness! It’s a Christmas miracle!

If you are a fan of movies like A Nightmare Before Christmas and Bad Santa, then Scrooged should be a part of your holiday viewing. It’s not the Norman Rockwell-esque type Christmas movie that A Christmas Story is, but rather an Alternative look at the entire Christmas genre. A proper setting for a modern retelling of Charles Dickens classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The story is interesting and it delivers a positive message about love and caring. Not to mention the humor and a great deal of talent. Bill Murray is effective, and Karen Allen was great. But Alfre Woodard and Bobcat Goldthwait both deliver some great performances. Both comedic and dramatic. This is a great movie that can be watched and loved by everyone. A movie that feels right at home next to a cozy fireplace or bright decorations. The kind of movie that you can enjoy a nice hot meal in front of when it’s raining, snowing, or just too damn cold outside. It’s got that feeling. And it comes highly recommended from me.

These Pineapple Habanero gummies were hot enough to keep me warm while watching this chilling comedy. The delicious, sweet flavor has a spice that sits right on the back of your tongue. It goes really well with some popcorn. I only ate about half the bag and man… they have me feeling really good. Bill Murray and Sativa go really well together. They put you in the mood to laugh and using these gummies as a movie time snack with Scrooged proved to be a great idea. If you live in an area that has these gummies then check them out. These are going to be my go-to when it comes to tasty edibles.

Jingle All the Way (1996) - Brian Levant

OKAY COMEDY 67/100

Jingle All the Way is a 1996 holiday comedy film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger alongside the comedic Sinbad. It was directed by Brian Levant and produced by Chris Columbus. Levant had experience behind the camera with The Flintstone's and Beethoven, both were effective kids pictures. Jingle All the Way proved to be a fun kids movie, but it also entertains adults. It’s a fun feature that has a great atmosphere and entertainment for the whole family.

 Howard (Schwarzenegger) is an overworked mattress salesman that has been spending too much time at the office and not enough with his family. His son, Jamie (Lloyd), wants the hottest selling toy of the Christmas season. An action figure called Turboman. The problem is that Howard never bought the toy, and it’s Christmas Eve. That means Howard will have to fight his way through the horrendous shopping crowds, including a sociopathic mailman (Sinbad), in order to fulfill his son’s Christmas wishes.

It was a success at the box office, dragging in $129 million worldwide. It was met with good reviews, but critics complained about the focus of the movie being on the commercialism of Christmas. Those complaints gained some serious traction, and the movie had gotten a bit of a negative response. But it quickly died out, and the film had begun to air regularly on television during the holiday season.

Arnold Schwarzenegger had only starred in a few comedy films before this one. The bulk of his portfolio is made up with action films, but Jingle All the Way was a change of pace. The story is really basic, and it plays it safe with the plot. This was another gripe by critics. But I think that the simplicity brings more out in the characters. This is less about the story and more about watching Arnold and Sinbad act around each other in a Christmas setting.

The cast is great for this movie. Even Jake Lloyd. He wasn’t nearly as annoying as he was in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Phil Hartman is perfect for the role of Ted. He plays a scummy neighbor so well. The way he acted and his mannerisms, they made me want to punch him in the face. I would say that’s pretty convincing acting, considering how much I adore Hartman’s comedic genius. I also liked Sinbad. He was great and worked as the comic antagonist. It’s interesting that Joe Pesci was originally intended for this role.

I am a big fan of Arnold Schwarzenegger films and found this comedy to be hilarious. I remember seeing this movie with my family during the 1996 Christmas season at the Northridge Fashion Center in Northridge, CA. I was a kid, but I can still recall the madness of the crowds. It was and still is a topical movie that rings true with a lot of people. This is a great holiday movie that I always enjoy around Christmas. It’s fun for fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger movies and serves as something that the entire family can enjoy. There is also a quick cameo from the WWE’s Big Show as a giant Santa.

Jingle All the Way (67/100)

A good Christmas movie filled with laughs. Great for family movie night.

Director: Brian Levant
Producers: Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan, Mark Radcliffe
Writer: Randy Kornfield
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Phil Hartman, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, Curtis Armstrong, Robert Conrad, Jim Belushi
Studios: 1492 Pictures, 20th Century Fox
Release date: November 16, 1996
Budget: $75 million
Gross: $129.9 million

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