Once Again, It’s Time To Watch Santa Claus Conquers The Martians On The Shattered Lens!


Watching the 1964 holiday sci-fi epic, Santa Claus Conquers The Martians, is a Christmas Eve tradition here at the Shattered Lens!  So, sit back, turn on Kid TV, and get ready to sing!

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HOORAY FOR SANTY CLAUS!

Holidays Scenes That I Love: From It’s A Wonderful Life, George Bailey Wishes Bedford Falls A Merry Christmas


I love the pure joy of this scene.  Not even old Mr. Potter can bring George down.

Of course, for that matter, George can’t bring Mr. Potter down either.  It’s a Merry Christmas all around!

(Be sure to check out Case’s alternative reading about life under Mr. Potter, It’s A Wonderful, Pottersville!)

Music Video Of The Day: Silent Night by Lindsey Stirling (2011, dir by ????)


I am a totally unapologetic fan of Lindsey Stirling.  I imagine some of that is because I wish I could play the violin.  It’s an instrument that has always fascinated me and I’ve always regretted that I never learned how to play it.  I also regret that I never learned how to play the piano or really any musical instrument.  Back when I was in the third grade, I had a music teacher who told me that I had the worst singing voice she had ever heard and that I needed to pay more attention in class.  Oh well!

Anyway, this is a really nice and heartfelt performance of Silent Night.  Silent Night is actually one of my favorite Christmas songs.  I certainly prefer it to that one where everyone’s singing about the bells.

This video was filmed at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Enjoy!

Music Video Of The Day: You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Lindsey Stirling and Sabrina Carpenter (2018, dir by Joshua Shultz)


If Sucker Punch had taken place during the Christmas season, one could very easily imagine this video as being a scene in the film.  It just needs a giant ninja and Scott Glenn offering up words of pithy wisdom.

That said, what this song and this video do so well and what I love about them is that it provides a whole new spin to a very familiar song.   Does the Grinch now own a casino or an Old West saloon?  Is the Grinch now a gangster?  And what exactly is the Grinch’s relationship with Sabrina Carpenter?  This video leaves us with much to ponder during the holiday season.

This video was directed by Joshua Schultz, who has also directed videos for Juliet Simms and Haley Reinhart.  According to the imdb, he’s currently in pre-production for a film called The Fog.

Enjoy!

Thank You!


To our wonderful readers:

We hope you have enjoyed Christmas here on the Shattered Lens!  Today is not only Christmas but it’s also the 7-year anniversary of the founding of this website!  Thank you to everyone who has every read a post, left a comment, or decided to subscribe!  As much fun as it is for us to share our opinions, it’s the readers who make all of this worthwhile!

We know that 2016 has been a difficult year for many of you.  It’s been a difficult year for some members our own family as well.  However, 2016 is nearly over.  And we’re going to do everything we can to make 2017 a good one for everyone!

With all that in mind, thank you for reading and we hope you’ll continue to read in the future!

Y’all are the best!

And now, as Christmas ends, here’s one final gift to you.  Here’s a video of a Jedi kitten, courtesy of Zach King, aka FinalCutKing.  Zach may not have won the Amazing Race but he certainly knows how to make adorable kittens do amazing things!

ENJOY!

Holiday Scenes That I Love: The Ending of Christmas Evil


Here one final holiday scene that I love.  I present to you the ending of the greatest psycho Santa movie ever made, 1980’s Christmas Evil!  Needless to say, if you haven’t seen Christmas Evil, the scene below counts as a spoiler.

If you have seen Christmas Evil then you know that, even though it’s about a possibly psychotic gentleman who thinks that he’s Santa Claus, it’s also a surprisingly sweet-natured and sincere little Christmas horror film.

And the ending, to me, is simply holiday perfection.  Even the grindhouse can occasionally can get in the Christmas spirit!

Here you go.  Merry Christmas, everyone.