It’s 25 Films of Christmas starting tomorrow December 1st here on Serg Beret.com. Twenty-five Christmas movies have been chosen to celebrate the season from holidays classics that have stood the test of time, hilarious comedies of the joy of the season, thrilling action that show another side of the holidays and horrifying stories that are set around Christmas time. This will go in chronological order to see how the holidays have progressed and what is considered a holiday classic.
This schedule was difficult to choose from since two have been covered before in reviews, those two being 1974’s Black Christmas and 2003’s Love Actually. These can be found under the Film A Week series.
What’s the schedule? Unwrap below at the link to see what we have planned*.
As many can see, not everything in October got done. Personally, this month was pretty damn hectic. I did not have no time to post everything or make everything come to fruition. I got busy with a new tutoring gig I’m doing, the newspaper work piling up and college eating up my time. I feel like complete crap for not getting it all done and I personally apologize for all of it. To make up for it, late November and December are going to be filled with lots of stuff to make up for this misfortune.
The last episodes of Friendly Film Perspectives have not been uploaded, but will be soon in a quick unedited format on YouTube. This is to get them out of the way and bring Friendly Film Perspectives back again. The FFP podcast will now be every two weeks in order to free up more time for personal life situations and more editing in between. It gives me and Matthew Reveles room to breathe in life. Solo Film Perspectives or Top of the Crop Lists will be done in between episodes.
Late this month, me and my sister Jennifer Berrueta are going to be officially starting Back to the Drawing Board, a new podcast show that will focus on animation in film and television. This series will be different from Friendly Film Perspectives as it will dive deeper into the creation and history of the work with a review toward the end of the show. We’ve been trying to get this off the ground for about two years, but the time is about right to make it a possibility. Unlike FFP, this show will take longer to create in order to put more work into talking about the history to give a new and informative experience for those listening or viewing. The first episode will be about Sleeping Beauty and should be up by the end of the month. Since we are busy people, expect this show either once or twice a month.
Also, our first true video series should be starting around this time with my best friend Gerardo Monroy aka Jerry in which we tackle our favorite topic: food. It’s nothing new really, but it’s a show about food in which we try new foods, eat classic food faves and even some gross stuff. Gross food is not the main focus of the show. This is honestly more about exploring food around or area and eating it. The show will be filmed by Guillermo Morales, a close friend of Jerry’s, who is a new addition to the site. This series working title is Another Unoriginal Internet Food Show.
The one thing that is sure to come quite soon is a series I’ve been wanting to do for some time now and can finally get around to it. One game franchise I enjoyed, along with millions of others, was Guitar Hero. Personally, I wanted to know the history behind the product, its rise to fame and its inevitable downfall. This series will examine the game series from the first installment to the last (with some spin-offs discussed in between) as well as take a look at the history of the franchise. This series will start pretty soon as well and is aptly titled The Rise and Fall of Guitar Hero.
For December, a more elaborate 25 Days of XMAS will be done this year. This time, the site will be exploring 25 Christmas special and films with one per day as a way to celebrate the holidays. Unlike other series, I’m actually working on this one in advance to have stuff ready by December 1st. It’s a new work routine I want to start to ensure the best quality from this blog.
This is what is to come in the coming weeks. I’ll be back in full form again while balancing out my own life outside of the internet.
Thanks for your time and patience,
Sergio J. Berrueta aka Serg Beret
P.S. One more quick announcement before I go, next year, the real part two begins.
A few months ago I watched a documentary & read a book that changed my life called “Half the Sky” [www.halftheskymovement.org] about the oppression and violence women face across the globe.
I remember just sobbing watching and reading anecdotes of young girls who had been kidnapped and sold to brothels and were forced to have sex with up to 10 customers a day 7 days a week, kept naked, beaten, and tortured. My heart felt heavy learning about honor killingsin the Middle East…knowing there are over 100k Chinese girls unaccounted for…that Vietnamese girls have to fight to get educated because families rather educated their sons…about African women coerced to get their genitals mutilated and how that results in obstructed labor increasing the chances of a mother dying while giving birth…
Coincidentally I had already booked a trip to visit Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines and I thought to myself, I can’t visit those countries knowing what I know now and not do something to help. So here I am…asking you to be part of this journey with me. I will be personally going to 3 shelters (2 in Cambodia and 1 in the Philippines) and delivering all the supplies to these young girls and women. All of these organizations help girls that have been rescued integrate themselves back into society by providing them shelter, counseling and education.
My goal is $10k. Why $10? $4,500 will be donated to International Justice Mission [www.ijm.org] in order for them to launch a rescue mission to save girls from brothels and the rest of the monies will go to buying supplies for 110 girls and 20 staff members in a shelter in Cambodia who chose to remain anonymous and educational tools for the women at My Refuge House [www.myrefugehouse.com]. Thank you for listening and thank you helping me make a difference!
So here I am…asking you to be part of this journey with me. Please donate, share, create awareness…this is not for me…this is for the millions of girls that were robbed of their innocence and freedom. Thank you for listening and helping me make a difference.