Classic Holiday Movies You Must See

It’s that time of the year again, the time that we can all snuggle up with hot cocoa and watch our  favorite holiday movies. Whether they’re movies from our childhood like A Christmas Story, or bad movies like Bad Santa . We at SLCC Mass Communication Center have put together the top holiday movies for your enjoyment!


MIXED NUTS, Adam Sandler, Liev Schreiber, Madeline Kahn, Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Juliette Lewis, Anthony La Paglia, 1994

Mixed Nuts -(1994)
7% Rotten Tomatoes
Directed by Nora Ephron, in this movie, you’ve got it all, slapstick comedy, a struggling crossdresser (Liev Schreiber) and a “who done it” murder mystery.  A serial killer is on the loose in sunny California, but that doesn’t stop Philip (Steve Martin) and Katherine (Madeline Kahn) two crisis phone line workers, from throwing their annual christmas party. AVAILABLE NOW ON YOUTUBE clink the link below.
Mixed Nuts 1994

Pop Quiz what was Adam Sandler’s first movie?
A. Billy Madison
B. Going Overboard
C. Mixed Nuts




The Ref- (1994)
71% Rotten Tomatoes  
Available now on NETFLIX The Ref Starring; Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and Judy Davis… What happens at the Chasseur house, stays at the Chasseur house, especially when your christmas party gets hijacked by a conman on the run. Gus (Denis Leary) a safe cracking thief pretends to be a marriage counselor for Lloyd (Kevin Spacey) and Caroline Chasseur (Judy Davis), who are expecting their family over for dinner. Gus is slowly starting to realize he hijacked the wrong family. Whats happens when you mix family drama, a drunk santa, blended together with an assortment of felonies? You’ll just have to see for yourself!



National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- (1989)

64%  Rotten Tomatoes
Having your extended family over for the holidays? Well so are the Griswolds! Directed by Jeremiah S. Chechik, Clark (Chevy Chase) and Ellen Griswold (Beverly D’Angelo) star in another National Lampoon’s Vacation, but it’s Christmas time. This hilarious comedy takes place in a nice quiet suburb outside of Chicago, it won’t stay quiet for long as the entire Griswold clan comes together for the holidays. The cast includes Eddie Johnson (Randy Quaid), Russell (Johnny Galecki) and Audrey Griswold (Juliette Lewis). Available on Netflix DVD.


Bad Santa- (2003) 

78%  Rotten Tomatoes

Director: Terry Zwigoff: Starring: Billy Bob Thornton Tony Cox, Lauren Graham.

Billy Bob Thornton plays the sleaziest Santa to ever come down the chimney in this controversial classic. Available on: Netflix, Hulu and amazon prime.



A Christmas Story- (1983) 

88%  Rotten Tomatoes
All Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) wants for christmas is a Red Ryder bb gun with a compass in the stock, but as he hears from his parents “you’ll shoot your eye out”.This Christmas comedy takes 9-year-old Ralphie on a wild goose chase (or duck chase if you will) were getting his x-mas wish isn’t so easy, so Ralphie takes his wish list to the big man himself, Santa Claus. Available on Netflix DVD.


Elf – (2003) 

84% on Rotten Tomatoes
Who doesn’t love a grown man yelling at a department store santa: “You sit on a throne of lies!”, this hilarious tale is available to rent through itunes & Amazon or on Netflix.


Nightmare Before Christmas -(1993)

94% Rotten Tomatoes
The ultimate animated christmas awesomeness, brilliantly realized in visuals, music and storytelling. The highest rated movie on our list, Tim Burton takes you into a creepy musical, where Jack Skellington (Danny Elfman) discovers something he has never seen before, something so beautiful that he is forced to defend it from the ultimate creeper Mr. Oogie Boogie (Ken Page). What is that something? Christmas town! Available on Netflix & Amazon



Jingle All the way – (1996)

17% Rotten Tomatoes
A fantastic tale of a father doing everything it takes to make it up to his son on christmas.


Home Alone – (1990) 

54% Rotten Tomatoes
A cautionary tale or every kid’s dream? Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) is left behind after his family goes on an out of state christmas vacation. Unfortunately Kevin finds himself defending his home against the infamous “wet bandits” 2 house burglars Harry (Joe Pesci), and Marv (Daniel Stern). With a big house full of christmas presents Kevin gets pretty creative, in this family comedy.




Gremlins -1984

85% Rotten Tomatoes
Directed by Joe Dante. Mixing a family holiday affair with some genuine gruesome scares available on Netflix & Hulu. When a small time gadget maker wants to buy his son Billy (Zach Galligan) a cute furry christmas gift, Billy ends up breaking the rules and feeding the little guy after midnight, find out what happens next in this creepy Christmas tale. Watch the trailer for this cult classic now, Gremlins.





Cloud Based Services Google Drive

Google drive it free only for users how only use up to 15 GB but after that if you want 100 GB its $1.99 a month 1 TB is $9.99, 10 TB is $99.99 a month even though that is a lot of money Google Drive is a good storage choose. Google Drive can do it all it does docs it can upload media etc… It looks though that it has been attacked by outside sources before one was a bug in the 2009 where Google Docs had allowed viewer access to private documents and in 2011 a lot of US government officials passwords and their accounts where hacked by someone in China. You can view google drive from your phone, tablet, computer practically anywhere. I selected this one because I primarily use this one more and pay attention to it more. ^DF

Moov Now

The Moov Now

There are two articles , and another review of the Moov Now. I think that the most important information can be gathered from all and how this activity tracker is more of a virtual coach than an activity tracker in the sense that it has the ability to let you know how long you have done something other than sit around.

has the ability to coach through an app available to any individual using a smart phone. The tracker has a very lightweight; the band that holds the tracker is also light and dynamic.

The app helps you get better at your training activity especially if it is Running, Swimming, Walking and indoor cardio workout that is already preset into the app. There is an 8-minute workout that requires you to wear two trackers at the same time to measure your landing, push and range of motion.

If you are an experienced athlete the Moov does not offer the advanced coaching you might want. If you are a beginner athlete or just getting started, than this tracker really has the ability to help you get motivated to exercise for a little at home with an intensity that can help you get better or do an interval walk, the coaching voice comes through your phone and helps you push yourself harder.   Another feature is that it automatically tracks your sleep and quality of sleep; the con of this feature is that if you stop moving the tracker just consider that as sleep.

The biggest downfall in all articles researched is that if you have a big size phone this would be a very difficult thing to have with you if you go running. Also if you choose the boxing work out it is necessary to have the second tracker. All other workouts only require one.

The battery will last for six months and once you need to replace the replacement is only a few dollars.


Black Friday apps


Slickdeals is one of my favorite apps and websites. There is lots of info on anything that there is to buy. You can go directly to the website here . Download the app on the ios here, android here.



apple-touch-icon-precomposed Buyvia is a newer app and website that works the same as slickdeals. You can download their android app here or for ios here. Their website is not as user friendly as slickdeals but works the same.

Also if you are looking for things to purchase online don’t forget that many retailers are offering free shipping and always has prime or other free shipping deals on certain products. Here is a comprehensive list of those retailers: Black Friday 2015: Target, Best Buy, Apple and others offering free shipping.

Happy shopping!!!



12 Holiday Playlist

Holiday Playlist

This Playlist is a dozen songs that SLCC students wanted to hear.

  1. Elvis Presley – Here Comes Santa Claus 0076


  1. Ariana Grande – Santa Tell Me



  1. Michael Buble – Jingle Bells



  1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You



  1. Chris Brown – This Christmas                                                                                                     328266935_262363   



  1. Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree kellyclarkston


  1. Run-DMC – Christmas In Hollis                Christmas TV Party - Run DMC                                                                   –d4


  1. Gene Autry – Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer a20791512bf3b5885fb7b4_m


  1. Arion – The Nutcracker  hqdefault


  1. Andy Williams – It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year                                 maxresdefault


  1. Frank Sinatra – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town MI0001959832


  1. Guns N’ Roses – White Christmashqdefault-2

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Off the beaten path-Holiday playlist


If a song didn’t make our playlist that you felt was off the beaten path. Comment below with the weirdest holiday song  and you could win a 30 dollar iTunes gift card!

  1. Christmas don’t be late- Alvin and the Chipmunks




2)The Hanukkah song- Adam Sandler


3)Whats this-Nightmare before Christmas

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4)Grandma got ran over by a reindeer



5)Santa claus goes straight to the ghetto-Snoop Doggy Dogg (NSFW)/Explicit



6)Christmas Unicorn-Sufjan stevens



7)Sleigh Ride- C3P0 and R2-D2 (NSFW)/Explicit-



8)Marc Bolan & T.Rex – Christmas Bop-trexchristmas



9) O’ holy night-eric cartman (NSFW)-

Eric Carman

10) Feliz Navidad


11) Kidnap MR. Sandy Claws- Nightmare before Christmas


12) Let it go- Frozen



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Google Drive!

I believe that Google Drive is an amazing invention and is one of the more convenient of the cloud services out there. Google Drive does not cost a thing unless you decide to upgrade from the 15 GB that they offer you. I think 15 GB’s is a bunch but if that doesn’t hold you over you can get 100 GB for 1.99 per month or 1 TB for 9.99 a month. On Google Drive you can upload anything! Videos, pictures, documents, or any media file! I think Google drive is pretty secure but you always have to account for hackers or scams. My opinion is don’t store something on Google drive you wouldn’t want someone to see and you won’t have a problem there.  You can access Google Drive from mobile or desktop and upload anywhere as long as you are in your google account.  I picked this service because this is really the only cloud service I use and I’m happy with it. I’ve never had a problem with it. So I felt like I had to represent Google Drive and how awesome like a possum it really is!

^VB :)