Category Archives: Nifty YouTube Thing

A Little Love for Christmas

It’s not the holidays until Darlene Love belts it out. Merry Christmas, everybody!

Happy Halloween! Now Let’s Watch Thriller Again

It’s been a busy month for me, with little time to update much of anything around here. That’s my flimsy excuse for why I didn’t do a Nifty YouTube Thing series this year, but I couldn’t overlook my tradition of posting Thriller on October 31. I’ve praised it twice before, so you should now by now why I find it to be perfect Halloween viewing. Continue reading

Nifty Boxing Day Retro Trailer: Gosford Park

One last trailer for the season. I wonder if the McCordles were kind enough to observe Boxing Day. Assuming they survived it, that is. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: It’s a Wonderful Life

Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan! (And Merry Christmas to you, too.) Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: A Christmas Story

Slowly but surely, it grew from middling box office to minor cable TV success to beloved classic. Couldn’t’ve happened to a nicer movie. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: Die Hard

The trailer is top notch, of course, but I’m also including the famous TV spot containing one of my favorite taglines. Rewatching it for the first time since 1988, I realize my teenage brain remembered how incredible the commercial was but forgot how cheap those 80s graphics looked. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: Gremlins

I mean, whose dad didn’t wander into Chinatown and buy a mysterious creature from a shopkeeper’s grandson, only to have the creature turn into a swarm of murderous lizard monsters, eventually leaving several neighbors dead and half the town in utter ruins? Just another holiday film packed with anecdotes to which we can all relate. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: The Shop Around the Corner

In which the Lubitsch Touch involves nobody having an accent despite everyone playing Hungarians and it totally works because it’s that good. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: Scrooged

Remember, folks: we may all love Bill Murray, but only Karen Allen gets to call him Lumpy. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: Better Off Dead…

Poor Charles. He could be home right now, drinking this monster eggnog his brother makes with lighter fluid. Continue reading