Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Becky's Top Christmas Films

It's that time of year again folks, which means it's time for holiday movies to start cropping up around every friggin corner. The ABC Family Channel does a different movie every day leading up to Christmas. It's sort of insane. So, to save you the trouble of watching a bunch of crap films, here are my top recommendations for your viewing enjoyment.

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It's a classic, and it's not very long so you don't have to sit there wanting to dig your eyes out from all of the sickening holiday cheer, or the cheerful Who singing. But, it's fun and pretty much word for word the book, so you have to love a true adaptation. And it has that great song.

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, one of the many claymation specials you come across this time of year. You may not have seen this one though, since it's actually a Pagan interpretation of how Santa came to be, and we know the Jesus Freaks don't like that too much so it's not aired on TV too often. But, it's written by the same guy who wrote The Wizard of Oz and it's a cute little story. If you haven't seen it, you should try to find a copy.

The Year Without a Santa Claus. Another claymation holiday favorite, but you have to love this one because it's got the Heat Miser and Snow Miser songs in it, which are totally catchy. It's also got nitwitted elves who aren't so great at their job, which makes me smile. Even elves suck sometimes.

The Muppet Christmas Carol. Michael Caine, Fozzie, Kermit, Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat. Seriously, I love this movie! Most of the stuff that has been made since Jim Henson's death has been awful, but somehow this film retained all of the cuteness and joy that the early Muppet films had. It's also got really cute songs and I love that Statler and Waldorf are Marley & Marley. LOVE!

This is a Christmas movie for the grown up folks, since it contains the nudity and the innuendo, but I couldn't love this movie more if you taped a $100 bill to it. I love the different stories the film follows, and I love the characters who are so believeable even if they have only had a fraction of screen time. It's honestly one of my favorite holiday movies and I'm going to watch it this weekend because that's how much I love it!

Don't like Will Ferrell? I don't care! This movie had me cracking up. It's campy, it's silly, and it's not even the tiniest bit believable but it makes you smile. I love smiling. Smiling's my favorite.

So there you have it. My list of movies that are actually worth your time to see this season. Hope you get to enjoy at least one of them.


Jason said...

Oh, there goes Mr. Humbug,There goes Mr. Grim.
If they gave a prize for being mean, the winner would be him. Old Scrooge, he loves his money cause he thinks it gives him power. If he became a flavour you can bet he would be sour

analeamaria said...

Fabulous choices! But you forget A Christmas Story!

Becky said...

That movie is ok, but it's not one of my favorites.

Bobby G said...

No Christmas Story? As far as im concerned thats the ONLY Xmas movie! Mainly because I hate Xmas. Also how can you forget Die Hard? That was a Xmas movie!

Amy W. said...

I also like A Christmas Story, but my all-time favorite vote goes to the claymation Rudolph. It is not Christmas if I don't see Rudolph. And because I am an old person trapped in a 27-year old body, I also have to throw in votes for White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life.

Hmmm...I may have to do a rip-off post...

Great blog!

analeamaria said...

Eight Crazy Nights is funny but it's more Hanukkah oriented.

John said...

Love Actually is a favorite with my wife and I. Every year our tradition is to watch it while we decorate the tree.