Christmas movies on TV and Netflix Canada

Canada.com has a nifty guide for how Canadians can get access to the U.S. Netflix library. It would come in handy if you’re looking for great Christmas movies to stream this week. The selection on Netflix Canada just doesn’t cut it. No White Christmas, no Miracle on 34th Street.

Here are my picks for Christmas movies streaming on Netflix Canada.

Elf

Elf Will Ferrell

A new classic, the Will Ferrell vehicle from 2003 was a hit at the box office and has only grown in popularity since its release. Ferrell is Buddy, a human who was raised by elves in the North Pole. He ventures to New York to find his biological father (James Caan), who Santa tells him is on the naughty list. Elf also stars Ed Asner as Santa, Bob Newhart as Papa Elf, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, Amy Sedaris and a pre-Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage. Directed by Jon Favreau.

Bad Santa

Bad Santa Billy Bob Thornton

While not nearly as crass as the unrated DVD version (the so-dubbed Badder Santa), Netflix’s version of Bad Santa is nonetheless a good bet for laughs on Christmas Eve (Just don’t watch with any children). A department-store Santa (Billy Bob Thornton) plans a Christmas-Eve robbery with his sidekick and meets a bullied kid he wants to help out. Stars Billy Bob Thornot, Bernie Mac and Lauren Graham.

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Recap: Lady Gaga on Saturday Night Live (with video)

Kenan Thompson and Lady Gaga in SNL promos, Nov. 2013

After a week off, this is all they could come up with? Lady Gaga was host and musical guest on the first new episode of Saturday Night Live since the one helmed by Kerry Washington at the beginning of the month. Gaga was a fine host whose strong monologue gave me false hope for the rest of the episode; it was a bit of a mess, but it’s nice to see Gaga doesn’t take herself so seriously that she can’t poke fun at herself. For the first time since I can remember, the stronger sketches came after Update.

Cold open

Rob Ford fever has hit SNL. The episode opened with the host of a CBC news show grilling Toronto Mayor Rob Ford; I think the joke here was that Rob Ford does and says crazy stuff, then apologizes for it, and repeat. Maybe the other joke was this tired stereotype: Bobby Moynihan as Ford and Taran Killam as the host had ridiculous Canadian accents that just weren’t funny, eh. Soorry, eh. There’s a video of the cold open (and praise which I do not understand) over at Gawker.

Rob Ford SNL gif

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Lost in the world

A newly released video for Kanye West’s “Lost in the World,” off his brilliant 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The video is directed by Ruth Hogben, a fashion filmmaker who has worked with Lady Gaga, Maison Martin Margiela and Alexander McQueen. Hogben has said that “Lost in the World” has been a year in the making and that she and West collaborated throughout the entire process.