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8 bit Christmas.
« on: November 25, 2021, 01:09:16 am »
So streaming on HBOmax right now is a film based on the book (that I didn't know about).   It's basically "A Christmas Story" but with the ultimate goal of the kid getting a NES instead of a red rider bb gun.   It's by no means a rip-off of that movie but they are similar enough to make the comparison.   It's surprisingly good.   I mean as in I might want to watch this again next year good.   Also the ending made me feel feelings.   I'm being decidingly vague on purpose because I hate to spoil any of it.   Just experience it for yourself.   

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2021, 08:06:28 am »
I saw the Preview for this.

I like Neil Patrick Harris and my kids are interested because it's about NES.
so will check it out this weekend with them.

edit: watched last night after dinner.
I enjoyed it and so did the kids.
« Last Edit: November 26, 2021, 11:00:23 am by nitrogen_widget »

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2021, 01:47:42 pm »
I am planning to watch it this weekend.

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2021, 03:40:20 pm »
As one who grew up with earlier consoles, I tend not to be drawn to movies which glamorize the NES.  I've also grown a somewhat cynical view of new Christmas movies since seeing many of those responsible for them turn out holiday garbage while denigrating the tradition pretty much any other time of the year.

So I immediately soured on the idea of giving this movie my time.  Fortunately, Lisa is much more forgiving of industry and celeb transgression and wanted me to watch it with her.  What would I do without her :)

I'm happy to say that the writers and producers nailed this one.  I saw so many parallels with my own childhood, it seemed uncanny.  It is obviously the product of a group of people who grew up in a similar time.  It was very well done, with a ton of tongue-in-cheeks moments and excellent story-telling.  Christmas movies should touch the viewer deeply and separate the commercialism from the true meaning of the tradition.  This did it in a very, very entertaining way and had just enough of the heart-wrenching moments to make it memorable, without being over-the-top or seeming forced.

Instant classic in my book.  :cheers:

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2021, 07:41:06 pm »
My only negative feeling about the film was that one scene in which they used a made up game.   Not only was it a fake game, but it was a genre that really didn't appear on the NES.   The solution would have been an easy one... just use Karate Champ instead.... it would have fit the scene perfectly and considering it's data east they could have gotten the license for a song.   I get that it is just a movie and something like that shouldn't matter but considering the fact that real games were used in the rest of the film it stood out like a sore thumb. 

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2021, 09:41:42 pm »
RetroUSB's yearly 8-Bit Xmas always intrigued me, but I'm not big enough into NES to purchase any of the carts: https://www.retrousb.com/index.php?cPath=30&osCsid=424bffa6920f7c3977d4ee748ae14af1

No, it's not movie related. But it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the previews.
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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2021, 09:52:20 pm »
It was good. Definitely resonated with me as someone who was around the same age as the kids in the movie in the 80s.

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2021, 10:03:50 pm »
Kids, and more importantly wife loved it.  She wants to make it an annual watch

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2021, 10:57:07 pm »
Watched it and enjoyed it. Pretty much what you expect from a typical cheesy Christmastime movie.

My only negative feeling about the film was that one scene in which they used a made up game.   Not only was it a fake game, but it was a genre that really didn't appear on the NES.   
Yea, that was a bit odd. Maybe it had to do with licensing or something.
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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 10:55:21 am »
It was good. Definitely resonated with me as someone who was around the same age as the kids in the movie in the 80s.

I was roughly the same age so i could relate also.
especially being 10ish and being friends with a jerk just because his parents could afford the cool toys. lol.

But, other than atari 2600 i was full on team home computer back then.
ti99 then c64, then amiga.

i knew NES existed but i'm ashamed to say i've never played a real one.
Or a SNES.
just sega consoles now that i think about it.

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #10 on: Yesterday at 10:37:12 pm »
Was it me or was Doogie calling it an Entendo the whole time?
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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #11 on: Today at 12:23:24 pm »
*cue Men On Film*
“HATED IT!”

The only good thing was June Diane Raphael looking like a sexy teacher during the movie and a silver fox at the end of the movie.  Don’t waste your time.  Poorly paced jokes and a drawn out story brought on by writing and poor actors.  It was just a thinly veiled version of a Christmas Story with a NES in place of an “official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200-shot, range model air rifle, with a compass in the stock and this thing that tells time”.

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #12 on: Today at 03:52:03 pm »
I got bored with it fairly quickly but I also think it's okay for people to enjoy things.

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #13 on: Today at 06:17:07 pm »
Going to have to watch this, pretty much my experience except when I was 10 in 1989 replace NES with the Sega Genesis. I was addicted to video games and nothing was going to prevent me from getting this new 16 bit console that was coming out and the screenshots of games in magazines was like I had never seen before. I think it was like $200 bucks so I started going door to door washing peoples cars or mowing their lawns to save up; at $5 a job progress was coming in slow.  Christmas morning came around, my parents were not interested in buying me the newest games conceal, had an atari 5200 but never wanted to buy the NES. After everyone opened their presents that Christmas morning and we were sitting around in the wrappers, my mom says you know I think there was one more present in our bedroom, pulls out the Sega Genesis and I lost my ---goshdarn--- mind. Best Christmas ever.

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #14 on: Today at 06:41:45 pm »
That was me except it was summer of 1986 mowing lawns at $8 each to save up for a NES.  Less than 30 minutes after buying it and hooking it up I got grounded for 2 weeks for yelling at my sister.  Ahh the memories…

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #15 on: Today at 08:51:13 pm »
I was one of like five kids in America that owned a SEGA Master System because we all lived on the same street and had a Japanese neighbor with one and we all liked it better.  A rare and isolated victory for SEGA that Christmas.

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #16 on: Today at 08:55:28 pm »
Same here! We started with Sega because it seemed to have better RPG's and wasn't all hung up on blood and gore. Overall though, the SENS got more play time than the Genesis did and I'd say the games have aged better.

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Re: 8 bit Christmas.
« Reply #17 on: Today at 08:56:13 pm »
Also - my kids and I enjoyed the film. It was fun, and the appropriate length. 90 minutes is where it's at.