Paramount Pictures

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.

Cloverfield (2008) - Matt Reeves

79/100

A unique look at the Giant Monster genre from Bad Robot!

Director: Matt Reeves

Producers: J. J. Abrams and Bryan Burk

Writer: Drew Goddard

Starring: Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David and Mike Vogel

Studios: Bad Robot Productions and Paramount Pictures

Release date: January 18, 2008

Country: United States

Budget: $25 million

Box Office: $170.8 million

Cloverfield is a 2008 giant monster movie from Bad Robot, the production company responsible for Lost, Star Trek and Alias. The viral marketing campaign that launched ahead of this movie was tremendous! It had fans actively search the internet for clues like articles, videos, blogs, etc. that created amazing hype. I have to admit that I had gotten swept up in it too. I was a big fan of Lost and loved drawing comparisons and relations between these universes. I still do.

The film is presented in a found footage format, much like The Blair Witch Project from 1999. The characters are all young adults living in New York City. Rob and his friends Hud, Marlena and Lily are all fighting for survival as their home city is being ripped apart by monsters.

Cloverfield is a tremendous effort. The shaky camera is a definite negative but I found it practical and forgivable. However, I remember some stories of moviegoers passing out or leaving to vomit from motion sickness. If you have a sensitive tummy, I would suggest giving Cloverfield a pass, or maybe just take a Dramamine. This is the greatest American kaiju film to date.

The acting is typical of a film like this. Not terrible, but no one is fishing for an Oscar here. We are treated to TJ Miller’s breakout performance as himself. Jessica Lucas was alright, but Lizzy Caplan and lead, Michael Stahl-David, were the best of the film. Lizzy was great as Marlena. I really enjoyed the dynamic between her character and Hud, TJ Miller. They all did a great job, but Michael Stahl-David carried this whole film on his back. As our lead, Rob spends the most time as the focus of the film. Stahl-David does a great job of blending into the universe and becoming a great character.

The movie is terrifying and depressing. The Cloverfield Monster is huge and wreaks some awesome havoc to New York. The destruction scenes were subtle and masterfully done. The head of the Statue of Liberty in the street is such an iconic image. The little monsters were vicious and they had that nasty bite that killed you in a pretty grotesque way. The ending was full of dread. Do yourself a favor and stay through the credits. Listen to the quiet voices. This is more than just a movie.

Trading Places (1983) - John Landis

GOOD HOLIDAY COMEDY 80/100

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Trading Places is a comedy film from 1983. It was directed by John Landis and had an all-star cast including Dan Aykroyd, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis. It’s a loose and modernized take on the Mark Twain tale The Prince and the Pauper. It isn’t just a great comedy, Trading Places is a great movie. It satirizes our society so accurately and relevantly. And it does so with charm. I’ve been a fan of this movie since first seeing it as a kid. My friends and I grew up quoting it in the schoolyard. This high-quality film pairs masterfully with the holiday season especially with a bit of spiced wine.

Mortimer (Don Ameche) and Randolph Duke (Ralph Bellamy) are two old and greedy entrepreneurs. They are brothers that own and run the commodities brokerage firm of Duke and Duke. They are horrible rich bullies that play games with young executives at their firm. They make a bet for one dollar to take a snooty, up-and-coming investor, Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd), and trade his everyday life with a destitute conman, Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy). Louis is framed for theft and drug abuse, destroying his life and forcing him into the care of a crass prostitute, Ophelia (Jamie Lee Curtis). Valentine is picked up by Duke and Duke and dropped into Winthorpe’s old life. He goes from a street conman to a well adjusted young businessman. Louis vows revenge on the Dukes and Valentine for stealing his old life.

This is my favorite comedy of the eighties. It never ceases to make me laugh. Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd are in top form. The content of their jokes is a bit dated, but it doesn’t take away from the hilarity. Both do a tremendous job. I loved watching a snooty Dan Aykroyd. “... Oh sure, like he went to Haaarvard.” is just one of his amazing lines. Aykroyd just plays a scummy character so well. Jamie Lee Curtis was great too. She broke away from the scream queen moniker that followed her since Halloween. The role of Ophelia gave her the opportunity to broaden her range as an actress.

I cannot recommend Trading Places enough. It’s hilarious, and it has a good story. The racial and sexual jokes are a bit harsh for our society today, but they shouldn’t detract from the entertainment of the picture overall. We love rags-to-riches stories that are set in a world we know. Even with the heavy handed, pro-capitalist nature of the film. If you can look past that you will see one of the greatest comedy films of the eighties.

Trading Places (80)

A fantastic comedy from Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd. A bit dated, but still highly entertaining and perfect for the holiday season.

DIRECTOR

JOHN LANDIS

PRODUCER

AARON RUSSO

WRITER

TIMOTHY HARRIS
HERSCHEL WEINGROD

STARRING    

DAN AYKROYD
EDDIE MURPHY
RALPH BELLAMY
DON AMECHE
DENHOLM ELLIOTT
JAMIE LEE CURTIS

STUDIOS

CINEMA GROUP VENTURES
EDDIE MURPHY PRODUCTIONS
PARAMOUNT PICTURES

RELEASE DATE

JUNE 8, 1983

RUNNING TIME

116 MINUTES

COUNTRY

UNITED STATES

BUDGET    $15 MILLION
BOX OFFICE    $90.4 MILLION

The Addams Family (1991) - Barry Sonnenfeld

REALLY GOOD FAMILY COMEDY 85/100

The Addams Family (85)

Another great feature for the holidays! It's not necessarily a Christmas movie, but it feels that way. Gather the family around for this one.

Directed by    Barry Sonnenfeld
Produced by    Scott Rudin
Written by    
Caroline Thompson
Larry Wilson
Based on    The Addams Family
by Charles Addams
Starring    
Anjelica Huston
Raúl Juliá
Christopher Lloyd
Music by    Marc Shaiman
Cinematography    Owen Roizman
Edited by    Dede Allen
Production
company

Orion Pictures
Distributed by    Paramount Pictures
(North America and Latin America)
Orion Pictures
(International, 1991-1997)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
(International, 1997-current)
Release date
November 22, 1991
Running time
99 minutes
Country    United States
Language    English
Budget    $30 million
Box office    $191.5 million

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The Addams Family is a dark comedy from 1991. It was directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starred Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci. The film is based on the old Addams Family cartoon from Charles Addams and the television program from the sixties. I’ve loved this film since my childhood. The humor is perfect. It’s the perfect mix of tame dark comedy that hasn’t suffered from age. While it isn’t a Holiday Film, it still stands a great comfort film that the entire family can enjoy. I lump this in with a lot of Christmas pictures and it doesn’t feel out of place.


The Addams Family are Gomez and Morticia. Their children, Wednesday and Pugsley. Morticia’s mother, Granny. Their butler Lurch and their hand, Thing. They are a rich but very strange family who appears to be a thorn in the side of the community they live with. The Addams’ lawyer, Tully Alford Esq. swindles the family out of their savings, a large cache of gold doubloons that makes up the entire Addams fortune. Tully is assisted in this rouse by a loan-shark, Abigail Craven and her “son” Gordon. Gordon closely resembles the long-lost Addams Family member, Fester Addams, and the duo use this to their advantage. Using Gordon to infiltrate the Addams’ estate and lead them to the riches. Only the problem is that “Gordon” is feeling more and more at home.  

This movie is written so well and the acting is awesome! The dramatic scenes can touch you while bringing a smile to your face. Everyone hits their mark, Anjelica Huston and Raul Julia are enchanting as Morticia and Gomez Addams. Their chemistry on screen is so real. My favorite character was that of Christopher Lloyd as the insane Fester Addams. Lloyd steals the show. Scenes with Fester coaching the young Pugsley and Wednesday are top notch. Its heart-warming to watch his admiration of their grotesque school talent show performance. 


The style of the film reminds me a lot of Burton’s quirky gothic esthetic. It felt like Barry Sonnenfeld had borrowed from Beetlejuice and the more recent, Edward Scissorhands. The effects were handled by Tony Gardner (127 Hours, Seed of Chucky) and are really good. Thing was, a great example of that. The scenes with Thing running around town and delivering for FedEx are great. It’s interesting to note that most of this movie was filmed on the same set as the original Addams Family television show. Also, Nineties Pop Rapper, MC Hammer contributed to the films soundtrack with The Addams Groove. A music video was produced and played before the film during the early theatrical run. It’s horrible. 


The Addams Family is a fantastically weird comfort film that leaves you entertained. I recommend this movie to everyone that hasn’t seen it. The characters might not be familiar, but it’s guaranteed to make you smile and laugh. Each member of the family brings their own bit of hilarity to the picture. Its heavily detailed and I keep finding new things to appreciate with each viewing. 

 

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