Episode 6: Die Hard, The Santa Clause, Home Alone



Welcome to the sixth episode of The Leftover Popcorn Podcast! This is our special Christmas Day episode.

Leftover Popcorn is a weekly podcast dedicated to the world of moving pictures. Co-hosts Adam McGee (that’s me) and Andrew Snyder share a passion for everything, both weird and wonderful, from the world of television and cinema, and as such we’ll be discussing an eclectic mix of topics in the weeks and months to come.

The podcast itself is built with a very simple structure, with the hosting duties shared, each episode is built around a mixture of three or four regular segments. The segments rotate from week to week leaving discussion open to new releases in film and or TV, classics from both the big and small screen, broader discussions on influential figures and their work, previews of upcoming releases, and more.

Each segment is named after a quote from a movie or TV show that feature as a regular segue in our show, and hopefully will become familiar to you in time.

Anyway, that’s enough of an overview, let’s move on to what we have in store for you this week.

Running Order:

  • Intro: 0:00 – 01:33
  • What Makes A Good Christmas Film?: 01:34 – 05:20
  • Die Hard (John McTiernan): 05:11 – 31:48
  • The Santa Clause (John Pasquin): 31:49 – 49:17
  • Home Alone (Chris Columbus): 49:18 – 1:02:46
  • Top-5 Christmas Movies: 1:02:47 – 1:06:28
  • Wrap-Up: 1:06:29 – End

Warning: This podcast includes spoilers throughout!

Before you dive in and start listening, let’s take a closer look at the subject of this week’s main segments.

Die Hard (1988) – John McTiernan

Many people’s all-time favorite film, but then again Andrew and I aren’t many people. Considered an action classic, we look at the Christmas elements of Die Hard and try to figure what exactly it is that people like about it all these years later.

The Santa Clause (1994) – John Pasquin

One of the stranger family Christmas films centered around Santa Claus, Tim Allen stars in The Santa Clause, a slightly left of field Disney film which includes the death of Santa and the challenges his replacement faces in reconnecting with his son when everyone else thinks he’s losing his mind.

Home Alone (1990) – Chris Columbus

A Christmas classic created by two of the most noteworthy Hollywood filmmakers of the late-80s/early 90s, Home Alone is a riotous yet polished comedy that seemed destined to make its young star an A-lister for life. How does Macauley Culkin’s madcap home adventure hold up over 25 years later though?

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