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

Christmas in New York – pics from my NYC trip

Hello everyone! Greetings from New England! Hope y’all had a lovely Christmas w/ your family and friends. I had been in NYC for most of last week, we stayed at a loft on 34th street, but no there’s no Miracle on 34th Street 😉 , though we felt very blessed to have spent a festive and safe Christmas in the Big Apple with no major incidents.

We’re now in New Hampshire where my in-laws resides, but I thought I’d share some pics from our Christmas in New York. Most of these are my Instagram pics, with a couple shots taken by my hubby.

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As for movies, well I haven’t seen anything since The Force Awakens before we left, not sure if we’ll fit in movie viewing before the year’s done. In any case, I’ve got my Top 10 of the Year post ready to go for Dec 31, so stay tuned! 😀


So did you see anything on Christmas Day folks? Well, hopefully it was a good one!

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Five Essential Classic Christmas Movies – by guest blogger Rockerdad

A note from yours truly, RTM:
It’s that time of the year again, my favorite season if you ask me. I was going to post a Top Five Christmas Movies list, but after raking my brain to find the ones I thought were ‘worthy’ to be included, I ended up turning to my reliable guest blogger Rockerdad. Having just seen the first one this past weekend (I’ll have my review on a later post), I’d have to agree that It’s A Wonderful Life is the quintessential uplifting Christmas movie, one to pass on from generation to generation as the uplifting message is as timeless as Christmas itself.
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It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

This Frank Capra classic is and has been a holiday staple for years. Pretty heavy on the melodrama but is ultimately rewarding because of Jimmy Stewart’s believable performance as regular good guy George Bailey whose limits are tested by a greedy and scrooge-like bank magnate (Lionel Barrymore). Donna Reed is sweet and Barrymore is right up there with the most despicable screen villains of all time.

Miracle On 34th Street (1947)

One of the best, this film introduced us to a very young Natalie Wood. Edmund Gwenn claims to be Kris Kringle but young Susan (Wood) is skeptical as is her mother (Maureen O’Hara), a special events coordinator at Macy’s. Somehow, they warm up to Kris but he is then threatened to be committed to the asylum after the store’s ill-intentioned psychologist deems him unstable. A young lawyer (John Payne), promises to defend Kris in court and then the fun begins.

A Christmas Story (1983)

This classic from late director Bob Clark (Black Christmas) will inevitably cross your TV screen this holiday season. Young Ralphie Parker wants a BB Gun for Christmas but first he must overcome a few obstacles that might prevent him from getting it. Its subtle charm is its Norman Rockwellesque feel and look which makes it seem timeless (very unlike 1983). Darren McGavin is brilliant as the cuss-filled but well meaning dad – as well as the rest of the cast. We’ve all had our own version of the ‘Red Ryder BB Gun’.

The Snowman (1982)

This 27 min. animated classic is my personal favorite. Based on the book by English author Raymond Briggs, The Snowman has no dialogue, but is magical nonetheless.  A young boy builds a snowman who suddenly comes to life at midnight and they begin a fascinating dream-like adventure together – eventually meeting Father Christmas. This one is not to be missed.

Baby Boom (1987)

Not really considered a classic but this Diane Keaton comedy has all the ingredients of a holiday film – babies, lots of snow and gourmet applesauce… Keaton plays an aggressive ad executive whose life and career are turned upside down after she inherits a toddler from a deceased relative. With her boss and colleagues unsympathetic, she starts over and moves to a broken down country house in Vermont where she meets a charming vet (Sam Shepard) and begins a promising entrepreneurial foray into – what else – baby gourmet applesauce!


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Honorable Mentions:

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)

The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

Holiday Inn (1940)

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What say you, folks? Whats your staple Christmas movie(s)?