Happy 25th Anniversary Home Alone, Ya Filthy Animal


Growing up, my brother and I didn’t voluntarily do all that many things together. Since we are six plus years apart in age and different genders, there just wasn’t a ton of overlap in our interests. It probably didn’t help matters that I kind of resented him for being born and blowing up my spot as an only child. So it was the rare occasion when we found some common ground and could tolerate each other’s company enough to actually want to hang out (Side bar: as adults, we actually get along really well).

One thing that we both enjoyed was the movie Home Alone; we probably liked very different things about it, but it made us both laugh and was something that we could actually agree on. I probably liked the idea of having an entire house to myself, while my brother may have been more amused by all the people falling down and comical injuries.  Plus I could appreciate Kevin’s attitudes about ice cream:


Whatever we liked about it, it was a movie that we could both sit down to watch and there would be relative peace in the household during its run. In fact, we enjoyed Kevin McAllister’s battles with the Wet Bandits so much that we made the unprecedented move of going to see Home Alone 2 in the theater together. That marked the first time just the two of us went to the theater, an event that wouldn’t happen again for nearly twenty years.

I don’t think that I’ve watched Home Alone in its entirety in a very long time, but if I come across it on basic cable I’ll stop and watch at least until the next commercial break. I can’t hear Brenda Lee’s “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree” without thinking of the scene from the movie where that song was prominently featured. I’m not even sure that Home Alone is even that good of a movie, but it hits all the right notes of nostalgia that I have fond memories of it. And really, how can you not love a scene like this:


I’ve even considered buying this Home Alone-inspired ugly Christmas sweater, in case I’m ever invited to an ugly sweater party.

In honor of this anniversary, lots of people on the web are taking a moment to write about Home Alone:

I’m curious if Home Alone holds up at all today. I’m guessing my fondness for the movie would soften any faults that I see through the eyes of an adult. Maybe I should give my brother a call and see if he wants to watch it.


Pop Culture Odds and Ends – Hell Has Frozen Over Edition

Now, I don’t know for a fact that Hell has in fact frozen over, but I don’t see why it should be exempt from the deep cool that most of the United States has been plummeted into. This weather is ridiculous – part of western New York may get 80 inches of snow in the next few days. 80 inches! I didn’t even know that was possible! For someone who hates winter on a good year, I’m miserable beyond belief. I need to move.

I’m bouncing back from several weeks of computer issues – malware is no joke, my friends – so unfortunately this week’s pop culture roundup is not as thorough. There’s still plenty of good stuff in here to peruse when you are hibernating from these frigid temperatures. Kick back, grab some hot cocoa and catch up on what’s been going on in the world of pop:


  • It was only a matter of time: Jordan Belfort (the inspiration for The Wolf of Wall Street) is shopping a reality show.
  • Freed up from his commitments on Community, Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) is going out on tour.
  • Marvel has released the first still for Guardians of the Galaxy:


  • How many times would The Wet Bandits die if Home Alone was real?


  • Forbes released their list of 30 Under 30 for arts and entertainment.
  • MythBusters is getting a spinoff, perhaps as a result of all the posts I’ve written about the show recently.
  • An A to Z guide to Abed’s pop culture references on Community.
  • A Girls parody involving cats? Sounds good to me:


  • Steven Seagal and Clay Aiken are both considering running for office (Arizona governor and Congress, respectively).
  • A recent Jeopardy! category forced Alex Trebek to rap:

Seriously – those were the easiest questions ever!

  • Ringo Starr and…the Powerpuff Girls?


Trailer Time:

  • This new Sundance Channel series Red Road looks promising:


  • The first promos for the late night changing of the guard at NBC have been released. First up, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:

Too much Leno for me and I’m surprised Conan got any screen time at all.

  • Next up – Late Night with Seth Meyers:


  • A new promo for FOX’s The Following:


  • A new trailer for the second season of House of Cards:


  • A trailer for the Veronica Mars movie:


  • This documentary about Tom’s Restaruant in NYC, made famous by Seinfeld, looks interesting:


  • New footage from Spiderman 2:


  • The Raid 2:


  • Falling Downton Abbey:


  • Will Smith, Tyrese and the Crown Prince of Dubai all went skydiving. That sounds like the set-up to a joke, but it really happened.

And, as always, we end with the supercuts and mashups:

  • A tribute to dancing in movies (set to The Pointer Sisters’ “Neutron Dance” for extra awesomeness):


  • A supercut of Norm MacDonald being a terrible salesman:


  • A supercut of TV commercials of actors and actresses before they were famous:


  • A Psy/Lincoln Park mashup:


  • Leonardo DiCaprio: The Movie:



  • And finally – two of my absolute favorite things: The Breaking Bad opening credits done in the style of The Wire:


Stay warm, people!