2014 Draws to a Close

It's that time again. Time to cut down the Christmas lights, knock over the tree, and throw out whatever mistletoe didn't get eaten before it goes bad. It's Christmas again, and you know what that means: it's time to say good-bye to Mainlining Christmas for another year.

Granted, the next year starts in a week, and we typically post reviews whenever the hell we feel like it, so it's not like we'll be out of your lives entirely. But we'll be out of holiday-mode, so the 3 to 10 posts a day pace is over and done with for the foreseeable future.

I'm relieved to get the holidays behind me, but - as is always the case - it makes me a little sad, as well. Sure, the near-constant barrage of Christmas specials and movies gets a bit much, but it's also tradition.

On top of all that, this has been a pretty good Christmas. We've excavated a whole other level of holiday movies and found a number of unexpected gems. We saw old, forgotten films: Beyond Tomorrow, The Bishop's Wife, Prancer, and Christmas in Connecticut; episodes we enjoyed from Moonlighting, Leverage, and The Flash; and newer, less famous movies we enjoyed: Joyeux Noël, Happy Christmas, Young Sherlock Holmes, In Bruges, I am Santa Claus, Go, and All is Bright. We also finally got around to The Lion in Winter, which deserves to be remembered as one of the all-time great Christmas films. Meanwhile, The Snowman and the Snowdog wound up being an unexpected pleasure, and both Peace on Earth and its remake, Goodwill to Men, were phenomenal shorts that we should have gotten to years ago.

That's not to say it was all great. We endured all three Santa Paws films, the last two made-for-TV Home Alones, and things so bad, I'd rather not list them all here (I didn't initially realize how many awful things we saw).

But let's just put those behind us.

Overall, it was a pretty good year. In addition to an - okay, let's go with "mixed" - assortment of specials and movies, we also put together thirteen Nerdtivities, one of which is, in fact, now officially award-winning. Yup. A pretty good year overall. Can't wait for next Christmas.

No. No, wait. I can wait. In fact, eleven months sounds like a reasonable stretch of downtime.

Damn, I'm tired.