Double Feature: Super Monsters Save Christmas (2019) & My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever (2018)

The next double feature is a holiday themed children features! I don’t know when I started to get into the Super Monsters specials as I don’t watch the normal series anyways but they are a decent 20+ minute long. As for pairing it with My Little Pony, I actually do like My Little Pony, the old stuff and watched some of the newer specials as well so here we are (plus its pretty slim pickings for Christmas kids films that I haven’t reviewed on Netflix…).

Super Monsters Save Christmas (2019)

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It’s Christmas Eve in Pitchfork Pines, and the Super Monsters are joining forces to deck the halls, find Santa’s missing reindeer and save the holiday. – IMDB

Super Monsters is honestly geared towards kids. Whether its the characters and their cutesy appearances to the dialogue that revolves around emphasizing the good values to have through the consequences what happens, its all about delivering a positive message (similar to a lot of other kids shows). Its a harmless movie this time about a neighbor (who we learned is related or friends with Santa Claus from last year’s special) who gets overzealous about his Christmas decorations and blows the power for everyone but of course, the Super Monsters try to fix it to soon realize after Santa finally stops by that someone has detached the reindeer and they run off to play hide and seek of all things. Of course, Super Monsters to the rescue again.

There is nothing essentially wrong with this one. It directs its attention solely to its intended audience. Its not quite the entertainment for parents perhaps but it does offer some nice lessons on Christmas and friendship and working together. It has a little bit of singing and music and stays pretty colorful and cheery with lots of Christmas-y things. I’m not a parent but for its length and its quick-paced plot points, it should grab a kids attention.

You can check out my review last year of Super Monsters and the Wish Star HERE.

My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever (2018)

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Director: Denny Lu & Mike Myhre

Voice Cast: Tara Strong, Andrea Libman, Ashleigh Ball, Cathy Weseluck, Tabitha St. Germain, John de Lancie

In this one-hour Christmas-themed special, the Mane Six and Spike are each hoping to find the best gift ever for Hearth’s Warming. – IMDB

While I’m not a huge supporter of this new My Little Pony designs with giant heads and such instead of the sleeker design when I was a kid, these My Little Pony movie specials are actually pretty. It does feel like perhaps its geared kids a little older than Super Monsters above.

The movie feels like an actual story with the ponies changing tradition and deciding to do a Secret Santa gift swap. They obviously call it something else but I never quite realized how fun all the ponies have and its not some dumb down dialogue but it does work pretty well even if they do play with some movie references like their take of meshing Sleeping Beauty’s fairies with The Christmas Carol or whatnot. That’s just one example. Its all about the value of gifts and of course the best gift ever is defined here. If you watched some other My Little Pony shows or movies then you might already know what it is because its a big focus all the time.

This one was surprisingly fun to watch and pretty entertaining. Its still not exactly geared towards parents but more to keep kids attention but this is not for young kids so it has more complete dialogue and the music is pretty catchy. I wouldn’t mind watching more My Little Pony movies if its like this one (but then maybe I’m a bit biased).

That’s it for this kids double feature for the holidays!
Have you (or your kids) seen these two? Share your thoughts in the comments below to give a more accurate kids perspective on this one. 

Christmas Belle (2013)

Next up in the holidays movie marathon is Christmas Belle. Its something of a modernized holiday spinoff of Beauty and the Beast which as some of you know, I’m a huge fan of twisting fairy tales. Cinderella and Snow White are two very popular properties that get the spinoff treatment but I have yet to see Beauty and the Beast (except for Beastly which was okay…I think). With that said, Christmas Belle falls into my soft spot so it already has some points before we start.

Let’s check it out!

Christmas Belle (2013)

Christmas Belle

Director: Alex Wright

Cast: Haylie Duff, Nicholas Gonzalez, Mark Famiglietti, C. Thomas Howell, Sheree J. Wilson, Jerry Hauck

IMDB didn’t really have a decent synopsis so here’s my version: Isabella Everhart is sent by her father to document the Lowell estate passed down to Hunter Lowell. Hunter Lowell is a grumpy guy with a lot on his mind and rudely rejects Belle’s appearance however due to his urgency to get everything done before Christmas, reluctantly accepts the arrangement. He is hard to approach and while Belle enjoys this job and the library full of rare books and gets to know the housekeeper Angie very well, her eagerness to prepare the house for the estate sale gets her in trouble when she rearranges a room she isn’t allowed into. However, this breaks the ice a little between her and Hunter as he tries to make amends to her for his behavior. As they know each other more, they become closer and its here that long time friend Tony enters the town with her father to show his love for her with big gestures and a few lies.

Christmas Belle

Christmas Belle plays along with the Beauty and the Beast plot line quite closely. Of course, while Hunter is not called The Beast and his dog is, it somehow hints that Beast growing a fondness for Belle is an overshadow of what is to happen, which to be honest, we all already know the ending. However, regardless of that, Hayliee Duff and Nicholas Gonzalez has a lot of chemistry as their relationship gets closer. It still lacks some depth and feels a little disjointed but they are incredibly charming together and its hard to not fall in love with the genuine feelings between them. Of course, Tony (played by Mark Famiglietti) shows up and tries to break them apart and its here that my frustration for Hunter shows that I have bonded with him because his easiness to believe lies becomes quite irritating as many male romance films tend to build them that way where they falter when doubted and stop believing the girl that they know more and not this bozo that shows up claiming things. Who do you trust, right? Its pretty obvious but it never happens that way. Of course, its the conflict that they need to resolve to get their happy ending. To be fair, its expected and I did enjoy a lot of this whole going on because bonding with Belle and Hunter was part of the deal to hoping they will get together (even if this is one of those movies that it will happen).

Christmas Belle

With that said, Christmas Belle does have some issues. Lets start with something good that leads to something bad. The good part is that the setting of the estate is absolutely beautiful. Its a mansion with a beautiful interior decorating and the land around it is a vineyard with a lovely barn and a covered bridge. Its picturesque. The town itself is wonderful as well being homey and charming. However, the direction of the film wants to make it more dramatic than it is or just that they had an obsession with the score. With that came segments of showing a shirtless Nicholas Gonzalez doing his morning run two or three times to some orchestral music which was slightly unnecessary and over the top. There were other scenes that were more fitting like lens flares on Christmas lights in a decorating scene with some nice orchestral music as well that worked better. However, the score was so loved that in one part it actually overpowered the dialogue between Belle and Hunter.

Overall, Christmas Belle had a little bit of good and bad. It could have used with a less of flaunting the score and overdoing it. Some scenes felt downright unnecessary. At the same time, the source material works for a Christmas theme. Haylie Duff and Nicholas Gonzalez both do a great job as Belle and Hunter and are completely believable as the leading couple here to root for. There are some over the top sappy dialogue but it stay nice and fluffy and the feel good factor here is pretty decent. Although there’s one part that Belle threatens to punch Tony and I wish she did but I think these movies have something about not having violence and foul language so probably thats why it didn’t happen. Still, its a little average but relatively enjoyable.

Halloween Marathon: Sharknado (2013)

Next up is Sharknado! My boyfriend honestly thought it was a joke when I told him that I’m going to watch this because he hadn’t heard about it before.  Unlike him, I’d had multiple recommendations to see this and I’ve read a fair amount of reviews from all of you lovely bloggers. Suffice to say, this was tied with the highest amount of votes (separate categories of course) but it was the highest votes I had.  I’m pretty sure at least a few of you will be happy to know that it got included 🙂

I’m actually pretty excited to get out of the slashers and thrillers and head into something completely requiring zero brain power! Lets check this out! 🙂

sharknado Director: Anthony C. Ferrante

Cast: Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, John Heard, Cassandra Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, Alex Arleo, Neil H. Berkow

A massive hurricane is about to hit Los Angeles.  Champion ex-surfer and beachside bar owner Fin (Ian Ziering), along with his friend Baz (Jaason Simmons) and employee Nova (Cassandra Screbo) heads out to rescue his family: wife April (Tara Reid) and his daughter and son, despite the flooding that has brought sharks to invade land, sea and sky also.

I repeatedly use The Asylum productions for the famous Shitfest hosted at The IPC.  One of the most memorably bad one was 2 Headed Shark Attack.  Seeing as I saw that along with the even more destructively boring 100 Degrees Below Zero was not even close to anything along enjoyable, I had my doubts about Sharknado.  I mean, what could I expect? Although, I always wonder if it could get worse (which I’m sure the answer is that it could).

Sharknado

Sharknado is the exception to these direct to video Asylum productions.  Maybe it was because I had no expectations from it or just that I’d expected to be horrible and plus, I already knew what to expect: bad CGI, exaggerated acting, ridiculous dialogue and illogical storyline.  Still, I’m here to tell you that Sharknado is an absolutely fun treat.  Yes, it has all of those things and it does it in the most shameless way but who doesn’t like to see sharks everywhere plus, characters that make some pretty crazy decisions.

I seriously have no idea how to talk about a B-horror when its a treat. So here’s just a few pictures to show you a bit about Sharknado (and maybe a few of my personal comments) 😉

Sharknado

I think its the first Tara Reid movie that I’ve enjoyed so thats a plus. And as stupid as some of the dialogue was and the cast wasn’t anything special, I really liked the main dude Fin played by Ian Ziering. Plus, the girl who plays Nova isn’t bad either.  No one was really annoying so thats another plus. The daughter still has issues she likes to talk about while trying to survive this craziness but hey, when’s a better time than possibly dying any moment than to talk about how important you are to your dad, right? 😉 Not a complaint, just an observation..haha!

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What makes it great is the crazy action-ish scenes like this 😉 This is just the beginning of everything and it gets way out there. Thinking of those scenes actually makes me kind of happy.  Ultimate guilty pleasure anyone? Yeah, this is definitely one of mine!

Sharknado

I could use so many more awesome gifs but then I’d be spoiling all the fun and we can’t have that.  Whats showing Sharknado without some airborne sharks? I totally recommend Sharknado because its just awesome brainless fun.  I finally found a movie I like from Asylum! Woohoo! 😉 Shut off your brain and enjoy this one! Its really everything you expected but completely not at the same time.  Maybe that doesn’t make sense to you but it does to me 😉

Any thoughts on Sharknado? Did you find it entertaining? Are there any other Asylum movies you would recommend?