Thursday, December 17, 2020

My Top 15 Christmas Movies

This is something I did back in 2012, and it was definitely time to update. The short little Rankin/Bass specials aren't on here. This is just straight feature movies.

1. "A Christmas Story"  - How could it not be?  Not just because I'm from Cleveland and there was a bunch of the movie shot here. It's just a great flick that seems so relatable. No matter what age or generation. My kids love it as much as I do and I love it as much as my Dad does. It takes us back to a better time, where things seemed more pure and innocent, even if they weren't we didn't have 24 hour coverage of everything, with instant everything. 

2. "It's a Wonderful Life"  - Again, a classic, that takes us back to a better time. (minus how racist the world was then) Also a movie that brought in some religion. I'm not the most religious guy, but these days most TV shows and movies are afraid to mix in any type of religious views. Plus Donna Reed was in my childhood spank bank. I'll admit it, she was an old school smoke-show!

3.  "The Santa Clause"   -Who knew Tim Allen would make such great Santa. Early on I was in on this movie for the kids, but as time has gone on, it's become one of my and my wife's favorites. (It use to be #9 on this list.)

4. "Scrooged"   - The 1988 "modern" version of the story of Scrooge. Bill Murray plays a TV exec that needs a holiday wake up call. This has always been one of my favorites ever since my oldest brother turned me on to it. Like so many Bill Murray roles, it doesn't get old. The visiting ghosts are all great as well!

5. "Christmas in Connecticut"  Honestly, I don't know why I love this movie, but do. My mom turned me onto it on year when I was kid...My brothers were older and out for the evening. My Dad was working, it was just us decorating the tree, eating Chinese food, and she popped this flick on. Another old, black and white film, taking us back in time. Comedy and romance and Christmas.

It's rarely on TV. Normally once or twice during the season, and at least one of those is a odd time slot. It's on my DVR, and the wife bought me a copy a few years ago.

6.  "Home Alone"   -Maybe this is too high, but it's still fun to watch. The kids love it, and always find time to watch it throughout the year...Not just Christmas time. We all had the little bit inside of us that wished we could get left home alone, and do just what we wanted. Let alone take down a couple of bad guys.

"Elf "   - When this came out, I didn't expect to like it. I was a little burned out on the whole wacky Will Ferrell thing, but shit he was funny. Lots of laughs, and lots of Christmas spirit and lots of spaghetti with maple syrup!

8. "Miracle on 34th Street" (the original)  -Again we journey back in time. Maybe I'm an old soul, because I love these old black and white classics. The movie telling us to believe long before the "Polar Express." Oh, and Maureen O'Hara, another, classic, old school, hottie!

9.  "The Santa Clause 2"   - Tim Allen back on the list for a second time. Of this trilogy of movies, this one is my wife's favorite. It's a great look at the magic of Santa and Christmas and totally unrealistic, which is great, because reality sucks!

10.  "Fatman" - New to this list! Fresh off of Amazon. I thought my wife, our oldest daughter and I were going to watch this as a goof and just pick it apart. I mean Mel Gibson as Santa!?! Then I loved it! It's violent and dark and a whole different spin on Santa. Spoiler Alert: Santa is a bad ass! Seriously, it was a fun watch.

11. "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" - This one has slipped on the list. Not going to lie, been a little burnt out on it, but that's my own damn fault for putting it on too much. Without a doubt my favorite of the "Vacation" movies. Chevy Chase at his best, being the family man that we all hope we're not, but wish we had a little bit more of his heart in us. So many great lines in this!

12.  "The Family Man"    -Nicholas Cage in a "It's a Wonderful Life" reversal of sorts. Douchebag Cage gets a taste of the life he could have had, had his choices not taken him down another path and now what life does he want?  Plus Tea Leoni is sexy!

13. "Uncle Nick"  - Another new addition to the list, my buddy Hotch turned me onto this a few years ago. As I laughed, I told myself, 'the kids can't see this.' Maybe it's the Clevelander in me, but sometimes dark is good. This is  dark Christmas movie. Some call it an anti-Christmas movie. I don't. It just shows a side of Christmas and some people's lives that everyone tries to ignore or hide, especially in the Holiday Season.

14.  "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas"  -I just loved this so much as a little kid...I can't take it off my list. Just fond memories of these little muppets. Maybe because music was big in our house. It will always and forever remind me of my mom.

15.  "Love Actually"   -Total chick flick I know. I never would have seen it, had it not been for my wife...But guess what?  It's good...It's funny...It's sad...It's happy...It's Christmas. Seriously, I'm surprised at how much I actually can tolerate it, let alone like it.

That's the list. What's yours like?

Merry Christmas!

PS: Here's a few more.
"Fred Claus"
"Christmas with the Kranks"
"Bad Santa"
"Die Hard"

Yeah, I did it!

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