Friday, December 17, 2010
My Top Ten Christmas Movies
I love movies, and I really, really love them during Christmas - after all, most of the movies being shown are Christmas movies, happily combining two of my favorite things.
In that spirit, I have compiled a brief list of my top Christmas films, must see movies each and every year. Made for TV productions, like Charlie Brown Christmas or the The Grinch, are not included. We're talking full-length motion pictures.
By the way, I'm including the ones I think the whole family can watch; some others - like Die Hard or Christmas Vacation (can you top the Griswold family Christmas) - would go on most lists, but they aren't suitable for young ears and eyes.
1. A Christmas Story (1983): "You'll shoot your eye out!"
2. Home Alone (1990): "Keep the change, you filthy animal!"
3. The Bishop's Wife (1954): David Niven and Carey Grant
4. Disney's a Christmas Carol (2009): A very true to the book and visually stunning version of the Dickens classic.
5. Its a Wonderful Life (1946): Capra brilliance
6. Miracle on 34th Street (1947): Mail call!
7. Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
8. White Christmas (1954): The Bing and Danny gig gets more and more dated with passing time, but the end is worth the price of admission
9. Scrooged (1988): OK, I'd watch anything with Bill Murray. This is an hysterical film; not quite What About Bob or Ground Hog Day, but right there.
10. Polar Express (2004); Tom Hanks digital animation is lots of fun, especially when watched with a seven year old.
No, Elf, Jim Carey's Grinch, and Tim Allen's Santa Clause aren't on the list. They don't even deserve that wretched Hallmark channel!
OK, what're your top ten? Can we get some pop corn over here?