Free Movie Monday

Free Movie Monday: Christmas Eve Double Feature

Merry Christmas Eve! and Welcome to Free Movie Monday. Today we have another holiday double feature: I Want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown and A Michael Buble Christmas. Both were selected in celebration of Christmas tomorrow and both are wholesome and entertaining for families to watch together. Enjoy the shows!

Family Friendly Content Warning: It’s a kids cartoon and a music concert. It’s about what you’d expect. Merry Christmas!

Free Movie Monday (early): The Hunt for Gollum

Welcome to the Free Movie Monday post for December 17th. This movie is a fan film prequel to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy titled, The Hunt for Gollum. It is posted early to keep with the LOTR theme since the premier of The Hobbit is tonight at midnight. Fan films for multiple different franchises are available online and they’re usually free to watch. This particular fan film, which shares the same J.R.R. Tolkien source material as The Hobbit in the LOTR books, is on the high end of the spectrum of quality compared to many other fan films. This adaptation of the story details the search for the long-time possessor of the ring, Gollum, which is conducted by Aragorn and the wizard Gandalf the Grey. More information about the film can be found on their web page, which includes free downloads. Enjoy the show!

Family Friendly Content Warning: There is a severe amount of violence and gore, similar to that seen in the LOTR trilogy which had PG-13 ratings. No nudity. No profanity.

Free Movie Monday: Prep & Landing

Welcome to Free Movie Monday. Today’s event offers a double feature of short films. Remember the Free Movie Monday for Thanksgiving week when I accused Disney of never offering any of their films for free? It was something to the effect of keeping their intellectual content locked up in a “metaphorical vault”. Well, today’s double feature shows that they’ve proved me wrong. Disney’s Prep & Landing is about two of Santa’s elves that prepare the homes of every child so that Santa can land his sleigh and deliver the toys. Good thing they got all those high tech gadgets to help them get the job done. Today’s double feature is great opportunity for kids and adults to watch together. Keep a close watch and you might see cameos of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Merry Christmas and enjoy the show!

Family Friendly Content Warning: Some elements of adventure and very mild slang related to the holidays. An elf acts naughty briefly. A girl gets on the naughty list and tries to cheat her way off of it.

Free Movie Monday: The Musketeer

Welcome to Free Movie Monday, November 26, 2012. Today’s movie is The Musketeer, based on the classic novel, The Three Musketeers, by Alexandre Dumas. This version of the story focuses on d’Artagnan, the young swordsman who dreams of joining the King’s personal guards and also seeks to avenge the death of his parents. Enjoy the show.

Family Friendly Content Warning: A woman bathes, her shoulders, legs and back are shown. A man tries to force intimacy with his niece but does not succeed. Women wear dresses which reveal cleavage. A man swims in his underwear. A couple of mild innuendos. There is a moderate to severe amount of violence. People are shot and stabbed while fencing. Canons are fired on a group of men. Other theatrical explosions. A man murders a boy’s parents in front of him. A man threatens to kill a little girl. A man shoots another man after setting his library on fire. There is little or no profanity, possibly some religious exclamations.

Free Movie Monday, Thanksgiving Double Feature

Welcome to Free Movie Monday. In anticipation of Thanksgiving this Thursday there will be a double feature today. The first feature is a two-part episode of the Alf Thanksgiving special, Turkey in the Straw. If you’re not already familiar with the hit TV series from the 80’s, Alf is about an alien who escapes the explosion of his planet and crash lands on Earth in his spaceship. The plot may sound familiar to any Superman fan. However, instead of being the Man of Steel, this alien is a funny, furry, little creature with a long snout and a big mouth (pun intended). He happens to crash land on the property of a modern suburban family who adopts him and keeps his presence a secret from the officials. In this Thanksgiving special Alf begins his mischief by eating all the turkey and pumpkin pie and throwing the father’s clothes in the garbage. Of course he had good reasons for both. (If you like Alf, you can watch all 4 seasons for free on Hulu).

The second feature is an older version of the Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street. Since it is an older version there may be some aspects about it which are not as appealing as the newer versions. However, it still contains the classic, timeless story of a little girl who, at first, didn’t believe in Santa Claus. This story is symbolic of the holidays in more ways than one. It has many of the good and magical characteristics of the season and gets us into the spirit. However, it is also filled with the commercial hype of the holidays, being focused on Macy’s and Santa Claus, and rarely if ever mentioning Jesus as the central figure of Christmas. It is also symbolic of Thanksgiving. Just as our retailers treat this upcoming holiday on Thursday, Thanksgiving is mentioned in the beginning of the movie during the Macy’s parade, but gets over it quickly in order to focus on Christmas and holiday sales. Indeed, this is one of the few movies that even mentions Thanksgiving and the two features being shared today are the only two out of the entire free video collection on Hulu, Crackle, and YouTube Movies that have anything to do with Thanksgiving (with the exception of a few Saturday Night Live clips and other clips of Thanksgiving TV show specials. I wanted to share the movie Squanto, but of course Disney never offers anything for free. They have to protect their precious intellectual property with a metaphorical “vault”). Even the website your currently reading has and will have a few blog posts regarding Black Friday freebies and other ways to save your Christmas budget. This is not intended to neglect the opportunity that we have this week and on Thursday to take a few moments to contemplate what we are thankful for. As I brought this dilemma to the family table at dinner last night, I was presented with a very interesting perspective: we don’t have to rush through Thanksgiving in order to get to Christmas. Rather, Thanksgiving is the perfect way to start the Christmas season since there is nothing greater to be thankful for than our families and God’s gift to the world. Do what you need to do in order to save your holiday budget this year, but also enjoy the holidays for the real reasons that we have them. So without further adieu, here is Miracle on 34th Street.

Family Friendly Content Warning: Alf has some very mild profanity. In Miracle on 34th Street Santa Claus hits a man with his cane.

There is a freebie from Staples that is valid today and tomorrow only. Get a free eco-friendly bag. Print this coupon and bring it to the store to claim the bag. The bag is intended to get you to fill it with stuff you’re going to buy and then you get 15% off everything in the bag. But there is no restriction in the fine print to just getting the bag if you want it. It’s the same as any reusable shopping bag for which some retailers may charge $1-$5.

Free Movie Monday, Cast a Giant Shadow

Welcome to Free Movie Monday. Today’s movie is Cast a Giant Shadow, staring Kirk Douglas, Angie Dickinson, Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner and John Wayne. This war movie is based on the true story of Israel’s struggle for independence, lead by the first Israeli General, David Daniel “Mickey” Marcus, who was a United States Army colonel before joining the Arab-Israeli War.

Family friendly content warning: In addition to the parents guide on the Internet Movie Database, there are a couple of close ups on a belly dancer, a woman unties one of her straps and reveals cleavage before she falls to sleep from exhaustion, there is a moderate amount of war scenes, bomb explosions, machine guns, showing the injured from the war, etc. The rest of the description at IMBD is accurate.

Since yesterday was Veteran’s Day (observed today) other movies of interest may include:

Free Movie Monday, The Hope & The Change

Welcome to Free Movie Monday. Today’s movie is The Hope & The Change, a documentary which interviews 40 democrat and independent voters who voted for Obama in 2008 but will not vote for him again in 2012.

Family Friendly Content Warning: The Vice President mouths the F-word in the President’s ear. Possibly other, more mild, profanity that was missed on review. One sexual innuendo used metaphorically.

Free Movie Monday: The Good Witch

Welcome to Free Movie Monday. Today’s movie is The Good Witch, which was chosen in anticipation of Halloween this Wednesday. In the small town of Middleton some strange events take place after a mysterious woman moves in to an old house that was previously abandoned. After talking to animals, conjuring up her own recipes and curing nightmares, people begin to wonder if she’s actually witch casting magical spells. Enjoy the show!

Family Friendly Content Warning: A woman wears a low-cut dress on a date. A woman speaks with another woman about how to increase intimacy with her husband. Two teen boys vandalize a store. There was little or no profanity.

Note: This is a family-friendly movie with a subtle Halloween theme. On Halloween this Wednesday a more creepy movie will be posted for those who wish to get into the spirit of Halloween even more. Wha ha ha ha ha!

Free Movie Monday: Adventures in Babysitting

Welcome to Free Movie Monday. Today’s movie is Adventures in Babysitting, starring Elisabeth Shue (Back to the Future II and III). As a babysitter is just starting her job for the evening she gets a call from her friend who is at the bus station in the city and needs a ride home. Having no one else to depend on the babysitter reluctantly takes the kids with her to pick up the friend. Their adventure in the big city of Chicago begins when they get a flat tire on the freeway and a shady-looking tow truck driver helps them out. They must make their way through the city, avoiding car thiefs, gangs, frat boys and many other obstacles before they can get the friend from the bus station and make it home before the mom and dad find out what’s been going on.

Family Friendly Content Warning: Rated PG-13 by the MPAA. It was probably close to a PG rating if it weren’t for two “F” words. The parents guide on the Internet Movie Database is accurate and provides a complete description of potentially offensive content.

Free Movie Monday: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Welcome to Free Movie Monday. Today’s movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, starring Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Steven Spielberg. As aliens are preparing to land on Earth to make first contact, a french scientist makes world travels to study the clues they’ve left behind, the US government makes arrangements to cover up the entire event, and multiple civilians report preliminary sightings and become very preoccupied with visions of an inactive volcano in Wyoming.

Family Friendly Content Warning: The movie is rated PG by the MPAA. The content advisory at Internet Movie Database is accurate.

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