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5 Fun Christmas Movies Now Streaming


Spling reviews 5 fun Christmas movies now streaming on Netflix and Showmax to help get you in the spirit of the celebration! Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, A Boere-Krismas, The Christmas Chronicles, Herb & Moon and Elf.

 
Celebrate Christmas at 7th Bingeing with Spling Watch Party


It's that time of year again... can you believe it!? After an upside down year, many people are glad to be crossing (or coasting) over the finish line. Now with the holiday season upon us, it's time to think of fun things like Christmas. To help get you in the Christmas spirit, Spling is hosting a watch party around the holiday classic Elf starring Will Ferrell and directed by Jon Favreau. The comedy tracks with a human raised by elves who's much taller than his brothers before being led on an adventure to New York City!

Here's Santa (you know it's Spling) to give you more on what to expect on Sunday 20 December from 5pm!

We'll be hitting play on Netflix (or that dusty DVD) at a fixed time so that we can watch the movie together. Using the Live Event Tracker on splingmovies.com participants can watch all the special features! Check out the itinerary for the start times of certain videos and then plan your evening by clicking on each of the links at the right time. Restock the popcorn or eggnog in between viewings and join the conversation via socials using the #BingeingWithSpling hashtag or joining one of the watch party groups!

Singer/songwriter and guitarist Charles Tertiens... better known to some as Karl Ahari. Spling got the chance to interview the one and only Santa Claus! Then, to wrap things up... Spling will be chatting to director, actress and musician Dominique Mabille, the director of the short film, Christmas Spirit. This short dark comedy centres around a family where grandpa is a real-life Grinch... and it'll play when kiddies have gone to bed after 8pm.

With prizes, movie trivia, live commentary from Spling and a whole bunch of Christmas fun, it's a great way to spend a Sunday evening. The watch party turned movie night festival is great fun and there's no admission fee... but we'd encourage those with more than enough to consider supporting Santa Shoe Box.

 
Bingeing with Spling: Christmas Edition


It's almost Christmas again and what a year it's been! Just as everyone's getting ready to coast over the finish line into 2021, we've got Christmas to remind us of the important things in life. It's a wonderful reminder of goodwill to fellow man and the importance of relationships in a year characterised by polar opposites.

To get you in the festive spirit, Spling has created a Christmas edition of Bingeing with Spling on Sunday 20 December... here's what you can expect:

Special Guest, Charles Tertiens

Charles Tertiens is a comedy magician who's probably best known for his TV appearances as Karl Ahari and the Cash Crusader. A handsome chap with a twinkle in his eye, he's full of fun, eager to entertain and will be sharing some of his charm and magic with us on the night. Joining the watch party fun and in conversation with Spling, there will be plenty of opportunities to smile, laugh and hopefully warm some cockles!

Natasha Meister's Christmas Medley

Natasha Meister will be kicking things off with a special Christmas medley to get the watch party started. Usually playing her guitar, this is a showcase of the Canadian artist's powerful voice. Singing well known Christmas carols with Laura Cavacece, it's a fun and Christmassy collection of all-time favourites to get you in the mood for Christmas trees, candy canes and all that goes with the holiday.

Short Film: Christmas Spirit

Dominique Mabille is the director who brought us Christmas Spirit, a dysfunctional family dark comedy that centres on the annual celebration. Centring on a suburban family who have a tough time dealing with their crotchety grandfather, Christmas takes on a completely different tone when the old geezer croaks.

We'll be enjoying this twisted comedy after the main feature, which will be followed by an interview with the director herself. A 3rd year AFDA graduation film, Mabille will be giving us the behind-the-scenes story of this quirky blend of Little Miss Sunshine, Home Alone and... you've just got to see it!

Santa's Coming to Town

Spling has the honour of welcoming Santa to the next watch party! While the jolly guy is working overtime to ensure nice kids get their gifts this year, tinkering away at the North Pole with his army of elves, he cut out some time to chat with Spling. It's a rare occurrence for the guy to make guest appearances but luckily through the magic of the Interweb, we're making it possible to get some burning questions answered!

The Main Feature: Elf

Jon Favreau may be famous thanks to movies like Iron Man and The Jungle Book, but before he became all that he directed a little Christmas comedy called Elf. Now a holiday classic, the Will Ferrell vehicle has become a staple movie for many people wanting to get into the swing of Christmas.

The film follows Buddy, a human raised among elves at the North Pole who discovers he's not an elf before embarking on a journey to New York to find his biological father. An over-the-top yet heartwarming comedy, it's a feel-good movie that will generate a few chuckles and maybe shed a tear. Tune in via Netflix or dust off a DVD, because Elf's coming to town too!

Christmas Celebration Video

Whether you've been naughty or nice, we want you to send us your Christmas video messages, carol singing or special messages to friends and family. Spling will be compiling a video that will premiere at the next Bingeing with Spling watch party. Surprise someone and make their year by sneaking in a special video or message into this fun video and help support Santa Shoebox. Get in touch with us via our contact page or our social media feeds in order to submit your message or video.

So Much More...

Bingeing with Spling online watch parties make it possible for just about anyone from anywhere to participate. Time zone difficulties aside, you can patch in with friends or family from all over the world. Get them to follow the fun at splingmovies.com using the Live Event Tracker and you're in for a fun night in.

Prizes, movie trivia, social media banter, live commentary from Spling... it's a wonderful way to connect with other movie lovers without leaving the comfort of your couch!

 
Prof. Jonah Choiniere on Paleontology, Ledumahadi Mafube and Jurassic Park


Jonah Choiniere is Professor of Comparative Palaeobiology at the Evolutionary Studies Institute of the University of Witwatersrand. Having relocated to South Africa, he's become integrally involved in the research institute at the forefront of some major discoveries in South Africa. In preparing for the latest Bingeing with Spling watch party of Jurassic Park, Spling found that a 12-ton dinosaur had been discovered in 2018. While this news generated a significant deal of interest in scientific communities, leading to a great number of research papers, it only amounted to a handful of mainstream news articles.

Shocked at the lack of interest from South Africa about research decades in the making, Spling decided to find out more information from the newsmakers themselves. After being referred to Prof. Choiniere, he managed to secure this Zoom interview, in which the two discuss paleontology in the real world, several major discoveries including the sauropodomorph Ledumahadi mafube*, South Africa as a goldmine of fossils and some misconceptions when it comes to Jurassic Park.

While the word "professor" conjures up a certain image, Choiniere breaks many of the stereotypes. Passionate, enthusiastic and committed to the study, he's able to unpack exactly what goes into the field of paleontology. Originally a student of archaeology, Choiniere's work as a paleobiologist has sent him across the world from the United States to China and South Africa. It's also easy to see how both sciences collide in Steven Spielberg's iconic Hollywood franchises, Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park.

*While Ledumahadi mafube looks like with a sauropod, the dinosaur grouping that includes the Brontosaurus, it's actually more of a cousin. Living some 200 million years ago in the region now called South Africa, this herbivore walked on all fours and weighed as much as two African elephants. The name is Southern Sotho and is translated a giant thunderclap at dawn. Read more...

 
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