Top 10 Best Christmas Movies Relay Race

Well happy mid December everyone! This year, time has truly ran away from me… and if you’re keeping track, my life’s pace has been at lightning speed since I decided to make a movie last January! But hey, I do miss blogging and I remember how fun it was participating in my pal Nostra’s relay race posts in the past. Plus, when a good friend tagged you to do a relay race (thanks Keith!), you make time 😉 It’s a fun topic that’s perfect for this time of year, too!

So how does this work? Here’s a rundown from Nostra himself:

The rules are, just like the past relay races, very simple: The list has 10 Christmas movies (in random order) and when the baton is handed over to a new blogger, he or she has to remove one title of the list (with an explanation why) and add one new title. Once that is done a new blogger is contacted who will take the baton and run with it, doing the same (you can reinstate a title which has been previously removed). As Christmas is in three weeks I want to ask you to publish your entry as quickly as possible to make sure the list changes as much as possible before the 25th of December. Add the logo of this relay race to your post and also add links to those who came before you making it easy for everyone to find all the entries.

So here is the list of the 10 Best Christmas Movies as it stands now:

HOME ALONE

HOME

There are a number of Christmas films that I actually watch annually and Home Alone has been one of my favorites for years. This film, written by John Hughes, has all the elements to amuse and get you in the mood Christmas. And Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are of course hilarious when the “Wet bandits” Harry and Marv.

ELF

ELF

The film is almost fifteen years old, but the timeless story of a grown man who grew up among the elves and heads to New York, looking for his father, still is very funny and entertaining. Will Ferrell is the perfect “man child” and the short animated parts are a pleasure to watch. A real Christmas classic.

A MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL

MUPPET

Although Charles Dickens story has been translated to film many times, this version is still my personal favorite. A film with a lot of atmosphere and the warmth of the Muppets.

DIE HARD

DIE HARD

Every year people argue whether or not Die Hard can be labeled a Christmas film. Yet it is very simple: Although there is a lot of action, the story takes place around Christmas. And Bruce Willis might play his best role ever.

 

GREMLINS

GEMLINS

Although you might not associate this horror comedy with Christmas immediately, this film is set during this period and the gremlins even sing Christmas songs. A title that can not be missed.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE

WONDEFRFUL

It’s a Wonderful Life is a movie which is watched by lots of people every year. Rightly so, because it is a beautiful film that fits the Christmas period.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

MIRACLE

Another title that I have to think about immediately during this period. Although the opinions are divided which two of the two versions is the best.

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

ARTHUR

The clumsy son of Santa, Arthur, has to make sure that a forgotten package is delivered on time, doing this together with his grandfather. A very nice film from Aardman studios (also responsible for the Wallace & Gromit films).

EYES WIDE SHUT

EYES

I’m using the same argument here that many Die Hard fans cling to. The story is set during the festive season and, in actual fact, most if not all scenes are introduced by depicting a Christmas tree. It’s fair to say, that it’s dark psychological mystery isn’t exactly in tune with the Christmas cheer but if Die Hard can be tenuously linked to this joyful season then so can Kubrick’s masterpiece.

A CHRISTMAS STORY (Keith’s addition)

RALPHIE

Few films have defined my Christmas movie watching like Bob Clark’s delightful “A Christmas Story”. Sure, I gets overplayed during the season, but it is such a fabulous concoction filled with humor and heart. So many memorable scenes, so many memorable lines, so many memorable characters. This one simply has to be here.


Deciding what to remove was a painful task. I initially considered removing Eyes Wide Shut as the blogger who chose it himself said it ‘isn’t exactly in tune with the Christmas cheer’ but I guess it can still be considered an alternative Christmas film.

So the one I’m tossing out from this list is GREMLINS. I’ve only seen bits and pieces of one of the movies but man, I can’t stand those creatures!! I think seeing them sing Christmas songs will give me nightmares. Funnily enough, my short film’s lead actor’s theatre company is called Gremlin Theatre and for the life of me I have no idea why he chose that [shrug] Sorry Nostra but if I had to choose one, Gremlins‘ definitely gotta go!

So what’s my pick to replace it?

JOYEUX NOËL

I saw it on a Christmas weekend a few years ago as it was on Netflix. It’s a 2005 French film about the truce that took place on December 24, 1914 during World War I. Now this is a film that reflect the true Christmas spirit. Such a wonderful film that shows an uplifting lesson in humanity, though the truce is such a brief one and the troops from three countries had to pay the price for their disobedience. I’m a big fan of Daniel Brühl who’s great in the film, and I also love the performance of Guillaume Canet, Benno Fürmann and Diane Kruger. I’m glad I finally saw it and it’s become one of my favorite Christmas-themed films!


Ok I’m passing the yuletide baton to…
Brittani (yes a fellow Minnesota blogger 😉 ) over at Rambling Film Blog

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25 thoughts on “Top 10 Best Christmas Movies Relay Race

  1. Thanks for the pass! I know exactly what I’m reinstating. lol

    Great addition too. I only saw that movie once (In the Lagoon theater in Minneapolis!) but I really enjoyed it. I’d like to watch again.

  2. Aha Ruth! Gremlins! I gotta admit I love that movie but it’s hard for me to consider it a Christmas movie. As for Joyeux Noel, a film I haven’t seen and a French one at that. I’ll definitely be giving it a look!

    1. Hi Keith! Thanks again for tagging me. Yeah I can’t stand those creatures, gives me the creeps! I think you’ll love Joyeux Noel, it’s an unconventional Christmas film but one that actually captures the true spirit of Christmas which is peace and loving people despite our differences. Since you love French films then I think you’d like it even more.

  3. JackDeth 72

    Hi, Ruth, Brittani, et al:

    Though I am a big Kubrick fan. I’d opt to eject ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ and replace it with ‘White Christmas’.

    1. Hello Jack, good to see you old friend! I actually still need to see White Christmas (gasp!) Yeah I know, there are a lot of Christmas classics that I’ve missed.

  4. Hey Ruth. Nothing like a good ol’ relay race to bring us old bloggers (or blogging dinosaurs as Nostra referred to us) back together again. Hope you are well and it sounds very exciting with what you’re involved in just now.

    Great choice on Joyeux Noel. As much as I have a soft spot for Gremlins, Noel was one that didn’t spring to mind and it’s great to see it here.

    1. Hey there Mark! Ahah no we’re no dinosaurs, come on Nostra 😛 Good to hear from you, it’s been ages. I do miss blogging but this year just has been really nuts w/ the short film, becoming naturalized US citizens and also us moving to a new house, many of the most stressful things one does in life and everything is happening in a single year! Hope all is well with you and your family there in Scotland!

      Glad you have seen Joyeux Noel, it’s such an under-appreciated film many hasn’t heard of. I’m surprised so many ppl love Gremlins, ahah.

      1. We aren’t extinct yet, but the amount of bloggers that are still active since we’ve started has declined quite a lot. We’ve been around a long time, so I do think that kind of makes us blogging dinosaurs 😉

    1. Hi Nostra! Hey I’m glad I’ve introduced Joyeux Noel to some people. I wanted to pick something unconventional that people might not have seen but one I certainly would recommend.

      Thanks again for keeping up w/ the relay race to bring some of blogger friends together again 🙂

      1. Really enjoying this and it’s getting me that good old feeling back which I haven’t had in a long time when it comes to the English blogging community.

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