CinePunked mark the holiday season with an appraisal of one of the most iconic family film franchises of the 1990s – Home Alone. Is Kevin McCallister the luckiest or unluckiest boy in the world? What is the bond between mother and son? And where does one draw the line with slapstick? All this and more as we explore Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.
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With Robert JE Simpson, and Ben Simpson.
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Its become a tradition for us to revisit a Christmas cult classic each year – usually resulting in a heated difference of opinion between the CinePunked core. This year, Ben got to pick – and with Rachael still off on maternity leave, the Simpson brothers sat down separately to relive their misspent youth with Home Alone 2: Lost In New York.
We’ve taken the second half of 2020 relatively quietly outside of some project testing and festival commitments, but we couldn’t not do a festive film. Both Ben and myself were kids when Home Alone came out, and looking back through adult eyes proves a useful experience.
At least this time there’s no ambiguity – unlike some of the other seasonal choices, the Home Alone films are undisputable Christmas films.
The episode contains audio clips (used within fair use provision) from the following:
Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (dir. Chris Columbus, 1992)
Home Alone 2 – Theatrical Trailer (x2)
Home Alone 2 VHS release tie-in Talkboy tv advert (1994)
Dryvrs Episode 1: Just Me in the House By Myself (dir. Jack Dishel & Kerry Harris, 2015)
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As the recording was done just ahead of another lockdown here in Northern Ireland, this episode was recorded via Zoom in Comber and Newtownards, Northern Ireland on 22 December 2020 with our separate home studio setups.
Engineered and edited by Robert JE Simpson and first published on 25 December 2020.