NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION. (1989) REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. © — sandrafirstruleoffilmclubharris

NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION. (1989) WRITTEN AND BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY JOHN HUGHES. DIRECTED BY JEREMIAH CHECHIK. STARRING CHEVY CHASE, BEVERLY D’ANGELO, RANDY QUAID, JOHNNY GALECKI, JULIETTE LEWIS, DIANE LADD, DORIS ROBERTS, SAM MCMURRAY AND JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS.REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. © NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION is the story of Clark Griswold, ably played by […]

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DIE HARD. (1988) A VERY CHRISTMASSY, MERRY CHRISTMASSY MOVIE REVIEWED BY SANDRA HARRIS. © — sandrafirstruleoffilmclubharris

DIE HARD. (1988) DIRECTED BY JOHN MCTIERNAN. BASED ON THE NOVEL ‘NOTHING LASTS FOREVER’ BY RODERICK THORP.STARRING BRUCE WILLIS, BONNIE BEDELIA, ALAN RICKMAN, ALEXANDER GODUNOV AND REGINALD VELJOHNSON.REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. © I can’t believe there are some people out there who still maintain that DIE HARD is not a Christmas movie, just because it’s […]

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A CASTLE FOR CHRISTMAS. (2021) REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

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A CASTLE FOR CHRISTMAS. (2021) DIRECTED BY MARY LAMBERT. STARRING BROOKE SHIELDS, CARY ELWES, LEE ROSS AND DREW BARRYMORE.

REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

I loved this schmaltzy Christmas romantic comedy, even if there’s enough cheese and corn in it to feed a family of five for a year. I love Cary Elwes- who the hell doesn’t?- and I have no objections to Brooke Shields, whom I’d only ever seen in THE BLUE LAGOON, her 1980 film. (No, I’ve never seenPretty Baby, her controversial 1978 film, though I’d like to, it’s meant to be good! Oooops, just heard it’s been ‘cancelled,’ I’m obviously too late!)Both stars are now well into their fifties and still looking absolutely fantastic, and that’s no word of a lie.

I love Brooke as Sophie Brown, a bestselling American author and newly-divorced mother of a daughter in college, Lexi. Sophie flees alone from…

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LOVE HARD. (2021) REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

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LOVE HARD. (2021) DIRECTED BY HERNAN JIMENEZ.
STARRING NINA DOBREV, JIMMY O. YANG, HARRY SHUM JR. AND DARREN BARNET.
REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

My kids and I have been really enjoying watching what we call the ‘Bad Christmas Movies’ on Netflix lately. We call them this because they’re not usually up to the standard of the so-called ‘Good Christmas Movies’ not featured on Netflix, like WHITE CHRISTMAS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, etc., but also because some of them are pretty awful.

That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t some bright little gems in there too, sparkling away happily under all the dross. Your Honour (pompously, of course), if it please the Court, I find LOVE HARD to be one such movie.

It’s called LOVE HARD on account of the two Christmas movies discussed and referenced by the protagonists in it: LOVE ACTUALLY and DIE HARD. Yes, according…

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THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. (2021) REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. © — sandrafirstruleoffilmclubharris

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN. (2021) BASED ON THE 2015 NOVEL BY PAULA HAWKINS. DIRECTED BY RIBHU DASGUPTA. STARRING PARINEETI CHOPRA AND KIRTI KULHARI.REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. © I must admit that I haven’t read the famous book on which this Indian Hindi-language film is based, nor have I seen the 2016 film also based […]

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JACK FROST. (1998) REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

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JACK FROST. (1998) DIRECTED BY TROY MILLER. STARRING MICHAEL KEATON, KELLY PRESTON, MARK ADDY, HENRY ROLLINS AND JOSEPH CROSS.
REVIEW BY SANDRA HARRIS. ©

I saw this movie in the cinema with my daughter back in 1998 when she was just a nipper and we have lovely memories of so doing, but when we re-watched it together at the weekend on Netflix, we each agreed that it sucks to high heaven, lol.

It’s probably just that everyone has lovely, fuzzy memories of the late ‘nineties, before international terrorism, global recessions and climate change really began to kick in and the world suddenly became a much scarier place to live in.

Also, we’d both completely forgotten exactly how much bloody ice-hockey is in the film (a lot, a very lot…!), and there’s not much to like there for a couple of Irish women who loathe pretty much all sports, but…

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