Category Archives: Nifty YouTube Thing

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: Mixed Nuts

If you’re wondering what an all-star Nora Ephron Christmas movie where Adam Sandler plays the ukelele, Liev Schreiber wears a dress, and Jon Stewart is a rollerblading yuppie might look like, wonder no more. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: Battleground

Not only does this trailer bury its film’s Christmas roots (well, the Siege of Bastogne, but still), it buries the heaviness of the material. There’s plenty of humor in Battleground, but there’s plenty more grit, grime, and sober tension, too. Um, merry Christmas? Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: Elf

There are, like, thirty Ray’s Pizzas. They all claim to be the original, but the real one’s on 11th. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: The Bishop’s Wife

From the Miracle on 34th Street school of Meta Trailers About Making Trailers that Reveal Nothing comes the preview for The Bishop’s Wife. It’s not as long and overdone as the Miracle trailer, but it’s plenty snarky. (“Have you seen it?” “No, not exactly…” “Then how do you know it’s great?”) Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: Lady in the Lake

Peter Jackson can talk all he wants about how 48 frames per second is the next step in cinema. We all know the real “revolutionary innovation in film technique!” is first-person detective stories. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Technically not a trailer, just a promo for a made-for-TV movie, but no matter. I adored this movie in my younger days and can still know several scenes by heart. I’ve been afraid to rewatch it ever since, because what if I don’t love it? Or, worse, what if I do? Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: A Christmas Carol

Geez, Lionel Barrymore. Way to give away the ending. Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

Yet another “let’s not mention Christmas in the trailer” trailer. Most interesting here is just how far the announcer goes to remind us that this is not Sean Connery. It’s the new Bond! Continue reading

Nifty Christmas Retro Trailer: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is it best to watch this in October or December? I could never decide. Continue reading