Sunday, December 13 2015 19:34

A Very Netflix Christmas - 2015: Holiday Cheer, Now Streaming (Plus win Netflix!)

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Netflix Stream TeamWe're approaching the home stretch as we move toward Christmas 2015, and that means it's time to stream some Holiday Movies and Specials on Netflix. It's seems like this year is a little light when  it comes to brand-new Xmas content, but one of the biggest and best is a Netflix Original Special, and that's the Sofia Coppola-directed A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS. In the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas (and as a Netflix #StreamTeam Member) I've picked out 12 Gifts of Netflix - a dozen seasonally-appropriate movies, specials and episodes for various members of the family to enjoy. Some are for the kids - some are grownups-only, and others can be enjoyed with the whole family. To spread a little cheer as well, I've got a flash giveaway included where one (1) lucky reader will receive six months of Netflix!

12 Gifts of Netflix: Rock Father Edition - 2015
  1. A VERY MURRAY CHRISTMAS (2015): Yes, Bill Murray comes together with half of Hollywood for a 2015 version of what a classic Holiday Special would be - if it were made today, and it was. George Clooney has a fantastic number in this one, as does Miley Cyrus.
  2. I AM SANTA CLAUS (2014): DO NOT WATCH THIS ONE WITH THE KIDS. This documentary hosted by Christmas-obsessed WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley is a fascinating and entertaining look at various people who play Santa Claus. Again, DO NOT LET THE KIDS WATCH THIS!
  3. Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS (1954): Until the 1996 Holiday Classic JINGLE ALL THE WAY came along to de-throne it,  WHITE CHRISTMAS was my favorite Holiday movie. While it's #2 behind JINGLE ALL THE WAY these days, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye had it going on back then. Truly timeless.
  4. Pee-wee's PLAYHOUSE Christmas Special (1988): Since we won't see the Netflix Original Movie, Pee-wee's BIG HOLIDAY until next year, it's time to revisit the Playhouse for some vintage wackiness.
  5. THOMAS & FRIENDS: SANTA'S LITTLE ENGINE (2013): All these years later, I'm still banned from commenting on the Thomas & Friends Facebook Page (yes, really) for saying the "Sir Topham Hatt is a figure designed to teach children to blindly follow authority" on a comment thread. Still, The Rock Daughters have grown to love Thomas to an extent, and there's a few Holiday movies on Netflix this year, including this one.
  6. MY LITTLE PONY - A VERY MINTY CHRISTMAS (2005): I reviewed this one last year,  and the kids still love it - an MLP Christmas adventure from a time long before FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC hit the scene and changed the course of Hasbro's ponies forever.
  7. LOVE ACTUALLY (2003): My wife loves this movie.
  8. BAD SANTA (2003): I love this movie.
  9. DreamWorks HOLIDAY CLASSICS (2012): A fun collection of Holiday episodes featuring characters from MADAGASCAR, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON and SHREK.
  10. MacGyver -"The Madonna" (1989 - Season 5, Episode 11): If KNIGHT RIDER was still on Netflix, I'd direct you toward that Xmas episode - but instead, try this 80s gem from MacGyver.
  12. Fireplace for Your Home: Ah, the classic yule log! Years ago, they'd run a flaming log on television to close out the later hours of Christmas Eve and Christmas. Then came DVD, and you could buy one and run it on loop (something I actually did). Now comes Netflix with the streaming Fireplace for Your Home. We don't have a real fireplace, so this will do. It has some generic Holiday Music as a soundtrack, but I prefer to put it on mute and play some tunes from somewhere else. Really warms my office.
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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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