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By Shiny Shelf on 27 December 2010 Comments Off

Like Scrooge, we’re a bit at sea about what the future holds for our favourite kinds of nonsense.

By Shiny Shelf on 25 December 2010 Comments Off

One late Christmas Ever Ebenezeer Scrooge was visited by three spirits who showed him the past, the present and the Yet To Come. This is like that, but with three reviewers & Shiny’s usual pop culture nonsense. Merry Christmas.

By Shiny Shelf on 24 December 2010 Comments Off

One late Christmas Eve Ebenezeer Scrooge was visited by three spirits who showed him things from the past, the present and the Yet To Come. This is like that, but with three reviewers & Shiny’s usual pop culture nonsense. Merry Christmas.

By Jim Smith on 23 December 2006 Comments Off

For me there’s only one annual Xmas ‘must watch’ and it’s the 1984 BBC TV adaptation of former poet laureate John Masefield’s utterly peculiar seasonal children’s novella ‘The Box of Delights’.

By Jonn Elledge on 22 December 2006 Comments Off

I haven’t seen ‘Home Alone’ in well over a decade. I have no particular desire to correct this oversight…

By Mark Clapham on 21 December 2006 Comments Off

A fondly remembered BBC tradition, it was always a mystery through the 1980s and 90s as to why exactly the BBC never revived the ‘Ghost Stories for Christmas’ series of literary chillers…

By Eddie Robson on 20 December 2006 Comments Off

Over the course of Shiny Advent we’ve largely focused on things you could actually watch/read in a day, so we haven’t done any novels yet…

By Mark Clapham on 19 December 2006 Comments Off

If there was any doubt that the BBC has a stranglehold on Christmas TV viewing in the UK, it must have been dispelled this year by the way rival broadcasters have moved their festive highlights out of the way of the BBC’s Christmas week onslaught…

By Mags L Halliday on 18 December 2006 Comments Off

There’s more than one Yuletime episode of ‘The X-Files’ to choose from, but the others tend towards the maudlin instead of the gothic humour…

By J Clive Matthews on 17 December 2006 Comments Off

On 17 December 1989, the first half-hour episode of ‘The Simpsons’ aired in the US, kicking off a sitcom of unprecedented popularity and one of the defining TV shows of the last decade and a half…

By Jonn Elledge on 16 December 2006 Comments Off

The Christmas episodes of ‘The West Wing’ are unremittingly bloody miserable…

By Mark Clapham on 15 December 2006 Comments Off

The Nightmare Before Christmas’ is a late relic of stop motion animation, an art now almost entirely eradicated by CG animation…

By Eddie Robson on 14 December 2006 Comments Off

The BBC may have caused a bit of noise this year with its decision to cancel ‘Top of the Pops’ but it has, very quietly, kept the show ticking over…

By Jon de Burgh Miller on 13 December 2006 Comments Off

While there have been many adaptations of the Dickens classic over the years, few capture the heart of the tale and convey it with such lean brevity as this 1983 Disney offering…

By Mark Clapham on 12 December 2006 Comments Off

Tim Burton’s sequel to ‘Batman’ is riddled with perverse decision making – not only is it a big summer movie set at Christmas, but it’s also loaded with bleak moments of humorous violence and fetishistic relationships…

By Stephen Lavington on 11 December 2006 Comments Off

There are some lifestyle choices which can’t be justified by any objective standard, and a full-on enthusiasm for Chevy Chase is one of those…

By Eddie Robson on 10 December 2006 Comments Off

Given that ‘Only Fools and Horses’ has had about three episodes designed to stand as its definitive finale, it’s hard to imagine a time when the BBC wasn’t bothered about giving closure to its sitcoms…

By Stephen Lavington on 09 December 2006 Comments Off

Bruce Willis may not be the obvious contender for title of Christmas action hero (Arnold Schwarzenegger can, after all, draw on Jingle All the Way, and good luck to him with that)…

By Mark Clapham on 08 December 2006 Comments Off

Just in case you thought this advent calendar business was all going to be dewy eyed nostalgia about the movies we used to watch on TV when we were still young… here’s something new.

By Eddie Robson on 07 December 2006 Comments Off

What could be more Christmassy than suicide?

By Mags L Halliday on 06 December 2006 Comments Off

The tradition of the Christmas Special is embedded in British culture…

By Jim Smith on 05 December 2006 Comments Off

The Brett/Burke ‘Blue Carbuncle’ is perfect Christmas viewing. It has some substance as well as atmosphere but it really gets the festive juices flowing.

By Stephen Lavington on 04 December 2006 Comments Off

People have their own preferences as to which is the best film version of ‘A Christmas Carol’. For my money, however, the pick of the bunch is Bill Murray’s ‘Scrooged’.

By Mark Clapham on 03 December 2006 Comments Off

It’s hard to forget during the commercial onslaught through autumn and winter, but Christmas isn’t just about presents, booze and food…

By Mags L Halliday on 02 December 2006 Comments Off

‘Brazil’ is Terry Gilliam’s absurdist take on Orwell’s ‘Nineteen-Eighty-Four’: not merely a totalitarian dystopia but an incompetent one, where it is not thoughtcrime which destroys you but a mistake in the paperwork.

By Eddie Robson on 01 December 2006 Comments Off

Here at Shiny Shelf we’ve come up with the wheeze of doing a sort of reviews advent calendar, building up to the festive period by writing about a Christmassy movie or TV episode for each day of advent…

By Eddie Robson on 03 November 2002 Comments Off

I’m not sure what I can add to the substantial praise already lavished on this film over the years, just encourage those who haven’t seen it to do so at once. Well, maybe not at once: maybe you’ll want to save it for December.