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“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Getting into the Holiday Season Spirit Songs”!

Hi, everyone!

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, a new season of holiday festivities is upon us!

As you break out the decorations and holiday clothes, grab some hot chocolate and turn your radio to Jammin’ with Jamie as we start…

‘Tis the season!

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Thoughts On: “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday”

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I’ve written about Pee-wee Herman twice before. Both times, I predicted I’d end up writing about Pee-wee’s Big Holiday when it was released on Netflix.

… I’m psychic!

I was so excited for Pee-wee’s Big Holiday that I stayed up until 12:00 am PT––– 2:00 am my time––– to watch it the second it premiered!

This was how I looked just before 2:00 am on March 18.

This was how I looked just before 2:00 am on March 18.

Thank goodness I was on a different floor with the door closed… otherwise, my constant laughter would’ve woken everybody up!

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Here’s the poster…

That’s about how high I jumped every time I heard news about “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.”

That’s about how high I jumped every time I heard news about “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.”

Here’s the trailer…

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday is written by Paul Reubens and Paul Rust, directed by John Lee, and produced by Judd Apatow. (You all know how much it means to me to see someone who’s both a writer and a performer!)

Let’s do this!

“Ha ha!”

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Christmas/Holiday Movies: “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

I had so much fun writing about Halloween movies, I decided to extend the series and write about films perfect for Christmas/the holiday season! Most will probably be about Christmas, but I’m leaving myself wiggle room for other holidays and general winter movies.

Remember, these are not reviews: I’m writing about films and TV specials that I love and recommend.

My favorite Christmas movies generally have a nice mix of humor, fun, wackiness, and heart––– and some good music doesn’t hurt, either.

This first film has all of that, and more. Warm up your voices, because it’s time for…

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)!

By the way, if you like the Muppets, make sure you check out The Muppets on ABC!

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Here’s the trailer:

I’m not sure why there’s music from Beetlejuice in the trailer, but it works.

I'm smiling already!

I’m smiling already!

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Plot: Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy, bitter businessman, despises Christmas and all forms of kindness and charity; but this Christmas, he just might get a chance to redeem himself…

Spoilers lurk beyond this point!

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Halloween Movies: “The Monster Squad”

This month, I’m going to watch (and, in some cases, re-watch) some movies that are perfect for the Halloween season. These are not reviews, because I’ll only be writing about films I love and recommend. There’s no plan, method, or scientific algorithm to what movies I’m going to watch or how I’m going to structure these entries. I’m just going to have fun with it, and I hope you will, too!

The one promise I’ll make is that I’ll only include spoilers after the jump.

For this inaugural entry, I’m going to write about a movie I just saw for the first time––– well, all the way through, anyway…

The Monster Squad (1987)!

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Here’s the trailer…

I’ve known about The Monster Squad for a while, though I don’t know exactly how long. When you love the Universal Monsters as much as I do (and I’m sure many of you do), you read a lot about them and other films that reference or utilize them. I was bound to come across The Monster Squad at some point. And I did. I read about the plot, found out some trivia, and watched some clips. All signs pointed to this being a film I’d love.

So recently, I finally ordered the twentieth anniversary DVD online. I watched it with my family, who had never even heard of it until I told them about it. Luckily for all of us, my gut instinct turned out to be a bullseye: we loved every minute of it––– and if you love monster movies, you will, too!

Here’s the basic, spoiler-free rundown…

The Monster Squad (1987)
Plot: Some young friends obsessed with monsters suddenly find themselves face-to-face with the Universal Monsters and must stop Dracula’s plan before it’s too late.
Monsters: Count Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, the Wolfman, the Gillman, and the Mummy
Scare Factor: It may be scary to kids about five years old or younger, but it all depends on the kid. If this kid has already seen some monster movies, especially ones with the Universal Monsters, he or she will probably be fine. For everyone else, watch it and have fun!
Gore Factor: The gore’s pretty minimal.
Family-Friendly Factor: There’s some scattered swearing and some suggestive comments. Some people may find a couple of words offensive.

Look out! Behind you!

Look out! Behind you!

ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK! Spoilers lurk beyond this point!

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Thoughts On: “Frozen”

Hi, everyone!

This is the first of what I hope to make a series of posts in which I write down and share my thoughts on various films. Some will be new releases you can experience in theaters, while others will be films you can check out on DVD. No matter which film I’m writing about, I will always take great care in regard to spoilers: if I feel compelled to write about one or more spoilers, I will mark them very clearly so you can choose to skip them and come back to read them later. (You’re welcome.)

I’m starting this series because I saw a film entitled, Frozen, and felt so strongly about it that I wanted to share it and my thoughts on it with anyone and everyone I could. This is why these posts are not intended to be “reviews” or summaries, as well as why I will neither be going out to see every single new release so I can post about it here, nor writing about every movie I do end up seeing. None of those prospects is why I started this series.

When the credits began rolling on Frozen when I saw it for the very first time, I had an overwhelming feeling (one of many, actually) that I just couldn’t shake, and didn’t want to, anyway: I have to tell everyone I can about this film. That feeling inspired not only this post, but this entire new series of posts, and I want to stay true to it.

All images belong to Walt Disney Pictures.

All images belong to Walt Disney Pictures.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get to our inaugural “Thoughts On” post! The film: Frozen, from Walt Disney Animation Studios, originally released on Wednesday, November 27, 2013: Thanksgiving weekend. (You can check out Frozen‘s very “cool”––– pun intended––– official website here!) To start off, let’s get one thing straight…

Should I see “Frozen”?

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Filling Thanksgiving Follies”!

Hi, everyone!

Due to illness, this Jammin’ with Jamie jam session will jam Saturday, November 26!

Next Thursday, it’s time to gather with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving!

While you’re thinking about what you’re thankful for and working up an appetite, make sure you jam with us (pun intended), as we tide ourselves over with an appetizer of…

Dinner’s up!

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Chicago and Sports Songs”!

Hi, everyone!

Many of you are no doubt still celebrating the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. Well, allow us on Jammin’ with Jamie to help you continue that celebration!

Here’s the windup…

Play ball!

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Halloween Harmonies (Halloween 2016: Part 6)”!

Hi, everyone!

Thank you for sharing this magical broomstick ride through spooky seasonal songs with us! We have come to our final Halloween-themed jam session (for now), and this time, we’re going to take our theme as literally as possible!

When the bell tolls six on Saturday morning, it will be time for…

Trick or treat!

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Monster Melodies (Halloween 2016: Part 5)”!

Hi, everyone!

This is my one-hundredth blog entry! Woo-hoo!

As I have made clear in so many previous posts here (and on other sites), I’m a big fan of horror (and horror comedy). I have a special place in my heart for monster movies. Monster movie fans often dub ourselves, “Monster Kids.”

This week on Jammin’ with Jamie, we’re unleashing our inner Monster Kids––– or maybe, for some of you Jammers, discovering them––– with one of my personal favorite of our Halloween jam session themes…

“Listen to them… the songs of the night…”

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Dungeon Dance Ditties (Halloween 2016: Part 4)”!

Hi, everyone!

I always encourage my fellow Jammers to sing and dance along with me during our jam sessions. This week, the focus will be on the latter.

The amount of spooky songs that are somehow related to dancing is, well, shocking… pun intended!

So let’s give our muscles a jolt as we jam to…

A 5, 6, 7, 8…

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Terror-ific TV Tunes (Halloween 2016: Part 3)”!

Hi, everyone!

How do you get in the spirit of the spooky season? Of course, there are Halloween harmonies you can sing and dance along to, but there are also plenty of Halloween movies, TV shows, and TV specials that will get you excited for the haunted holiday!

So turn out the lights, grab some popcorn (or candy corn), and snuggle up with a blanket or two, and jam with us to a macabre mix of…

Let’s tune in!

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Mad Science Songs (Halloween 2016: Part 2)”!

Hi, everyone!

As promised, we’re still jammin’ to Halloween songs, and as also promised, we have a new Halloween-related theme this week!

I locked myself away in my laboratory to experiment and come up with a theme, when suddenly, “EUREKA!”

Pull the switch!

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Supernatural Songs (Halloween 2016: Part 1)”!

Hi, everyone!

… It’s time.

It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we helped ourselves to a heap of haunting hors d’oeuvres to celebrate being halfway to Halloween!

At this time last year, I wasn’t doing Jammin’ with Jamie, and I didn’t anticipate just how much I’d miss sharing some of my favorite music––– from my lifelong Halloween hallmark harmonies to new diabolically delightful ditties I discovered––– with you amazing Jammers!

When I first started Jammin’ with Jamie in October 2011, I dove right into the dungeon of devilishly dance-able ditties, and have continued that grand tradition ever since!

Now that I’m back on the airwaves (and online), I’m not wasting any time in going back to my roots… even if I have to hike through a haunted forest to find those roots!

Now that I’m back on the airwaves (and online), I’m not wasting any time in going back to my roots… even if I have to hike through a haunted forest to find those roots!

So crack open your favorite spell book, refresh yourself with your favorite potion from your cauldron, and invite the spirits in your house to sing and dance along with us to…

Now say the magic words!

“Jammin’ with Jamie” Theme: “Athletic Anthems”!

Hi, everyone!

A few weeks ago, the Olympics reached the finish line. Watching athletes excel in the sports they’ve trained relentlessly in for years inspires many of us to work hard “go for the gold” in our own lives… but some great music helps when the going gets tough!

You know what they say: “When the going gets tough, the tough get jammin’!”

… No? That’s not what they say? Well, they should, because one of the best ways to get going when the going gets tough is to get a tune going in your head!

So let Jammin’ with Jamie be the background music to your motivational training montage, as we jam to some…

Get pumped!