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Reindeer Games – Episode 115



20 Responses to “Reindeer Games – Episode 115”

  • Cristiona:

    The guy playing Nick… it’s a total, “Hey, that guy!” moment.

    Your version of Twas The Night Before Christmas was sweet and funny. Merry Christmas, Cecil!

    As for Reindeer Games, I just remember it being panned by everyone, and never even knew what it was about. Sounds like it’d be worth the effort to track down the director’s cut and give it a whirl.

    • Cecil:

      Thank you and Merry Christmas to you! I wanted to do something a little special this year and I’m glad it worked out well.

      What happened was critics saw the theatrical cut and panned it because it deserved it. Then the director’s cut comes along and no one bothers to check it out. A shame, it should be a better received movie. It’s not on the level of Die Hard or Lethal Weapon, but it is damn fine entertainment.

  • bastardjackyll:

    LOL, 100% Classic. You through out so many titles, my heart skipped a beat when you mentioned “Decoys”, I thought I was the only one who LOVED this movie. I don’t know if a review is coming, but if so, that’s awesome (nice Thor mention too, but I’ve already yapped about that).

    I actually met James Frain (Nick) around 2003. He was a guest at a hotel I worked at, and we had to keep our “profiles” on the front desk of things we did and didn’t recommend. One of the lines on the profile were “Don’t waste your time on…” and mine said “…movies starring Ben Affleck” (he was making alot of stinkers at the time). Frain and his girlfriend (who was a SMOKING hot Thandie Newton lookalike) saw the profile and started cracking up. I hadn’t seen Reindeer Games and I didnt know who he was, so I assumed he just didn’t like Affleck. He told me that he was an actor, did a “little movie” with Affleck, and that he was a “really nice guy”. Had I known he was talking about Reindeer Games (and had I seen it beforehand), I would’ve totally asked him about making out with Charlize Theron (and possibly asked to sniff his fingers). Frain was a really nice guy too, and he’s done some great stuff since then, especially that awesome run he had on 24. Very solid character actor.

    • Cristiona:

      I’ve heard interviews with Mike Star, and it seems like character actors tend to be really nice people across the board. Maybe because they don’t get the ego stroking of the big stars, but they always seem to be really down to earth.

      • Cecil:

        There are some actors that always do solid work and appear in tons of movies. Those are the guys you know don’t have an attitude and will always perform. We need more of those.

    • Cecil:


      I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Decoys. An all around fun movie with one of the best one liners EVER. Expect an episode on that at some point.

      Ben got a bad rap back then. While Surviving Christmas and Gigli weren’t good, they didn’t deserve the thrashing they were getting. I’m convinced a large portion of that was because of Jennifer Lopez, who I never liked and never got her popularity. She is just awful. Also, while I feel Jersey Girl is one of Kevin Smith’s weaker films (Cop Out being his worst) it would most likely have been received better if not for the whole looming “Benifer” thing. I’ve heard nothing but good stories about how much of a good guy Affleck is and I’m glad he was given the opportunity to show just how talented he is as a director.

      Charlize is stunning. I remember the first time I saw 2 days in the valley and was like “Who is she?!?” Then I was rooting for her in the catfight vs Teri Hatcher.

      Frain has a very solid track record. I liked him in the Tudors and Tron Legacy. He seems to be doing very well for himself so it is good to hear he is cool.

  • Nice behind the scenes look. Had I known it wasn’t going to be a play by play review I might have made a greater effort to find a copy of the film, though I doubt my local retailer stocks the director’s cut. Maybe next year.

    Great rendition of “Twas the Night”, its always fun in indulge in other little creative venues like that.

    • Cecil:

      It’s worth tracking down. One of the reasons why I just talked about the movie is because I think folks really should see this one without knowing too much.

      Thanks! I’m so happy it went well.

  • Merry Christmas,Cecil and kudos to Mrs. T for her writing assist as well:)

  • john:

    Good version of Twas The Night Before Christmas. How long did it take you to come up with rhyming lyrics?

    Didn’t know Reindeer Games got negative reviews just that it was a rather forgotten film despite the cast involved. I only knew about it because they played the film on TV.

    Releasing a Christmas themed action/crime drama in February would hurt the box office sales. lol!

    I hate it when actors or actresses say a film is bad just because it had some negative reviews and did poorly at the box office unless it is deserved like Gigli.

    • Cecil:

      Thank you! It took about a week of writing and re-writing until I was happy with it.

      The original cut was panned and it seems that is the only version that a lot of people have seen. The director’s cut is a completely different movie.

      I know right? I think they just wanted to get it out rather than sit on it a year. Dopes.

      I don’t like it either, especially when it is a movie the actor/actress did on their way up. It’s like they forget how if they didn’t get that job they may not have ascended to the level they are now. Rooney Mara was bitching just about every gig she had prior to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo remake. She doesn’t realize how replaceable she is.

      While I realize Charlize wanted to badmouth the movie for some reason, I think Hancock was another bad movie of hers. The first half was hilarious and then it turned into this super serious attempt at redemption.

  • This was a fantastic review, but I’m commenting more to let you know how much I love your show in general. I found it perhaps a week ago, and am killing my way through every video I can, learning more about movies I loved, hearing alternate opinions on movies I hate, and finding new movies to love (I’ve already bought 4 based on these reviews). Thank you very much for these incredibly well made reviews, with thought provoking opinions and background information. I wish more shows like Good Bad Flicks existed.

    Merry Christmas.

    • Cecil:

      Thank you so much! I always enjoy hearing stuff like this. 🙂

      Out of curiosity, what four movies did you buy?

      Merry Christmas to you too!

      • Not including “Society” from your old openings, I picked up DOA, Priest, The Hidden, and Stone Cold. I have many many more waiting to be bought on my wishlist (Christmas Evil, Screamers, GI Joe, Waxwork, She Wolves of the Wasteland, and Night of the Comet). I’m a film collector, so it is wonderful to find ones of which I’ve never heard.

        • Cecil:

          Excellent! Those are some real gems. I’m a collector as well. (obviously, lol) and was just at a flea market this past weekend. Found some great ones for cheap. (Vidocq, Mazes and Monsters, and Universal Soldier on Bluray) I would have bought more but we got there late and it was close to closing. Going back again, this place had it all!

  • Shaun:

    In the reviews upon release, the main reason I read for seeing this flick was Charlize Theron’s boobs.

    And they were good.


  • Jr.:

    Viewing this again from September 2013, the Ben Affleck part is oddly relevant…

  • my friend Eric England’s friend Kyle Newacheck, John Frankenheimer and Chris Caccioppoli all made films called Reinder Gamds. Newacheck made his with Comedy Central’s Anders Holm and Blake Anderson and Caccioppoli made his Reindeer Games with R.I.P.D. (2013), East of Hollywood (2015) and Soulmating (2014)
    There’s also a 90s film by Dirigo/Edgewood/Newborn which was released, like the Mabharata by TDM in Netherlands.

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