December 22, 2008

Films for the Season

Since Mike is taking me to see my favorite holiday movie Scrooged at an old theatre downtown this evening I thought I would share with you some of my holiday favorites.

Scrooged, 1988

This movie is so great because it's Bill Murray at his comedy best but at the same time allows him to touch the warm spot in your chest cavity. In my opinion it's the best retelling of A Christmas Carol.

The Year Without a Santa Claus, 1974

This video says it all.

Jingle All the Way, 1996

This movie with Ahnold is ridiculous but it makes me laugh every time. I had no idea it was going on 13 years old because to me, this comedy is timeless. Well, Sinbad may not be timeless but kids needing the gift of the year and parents being unattentive will always be timeless.

Home for the Holidays, 1995

This may not be a Christmas movie but it encapsulates everything about the holidays I love and hate. Robert Downey, Jr. and Dylan McDermott are super dreamy.

Elf, 2003

"I love you. I love you. I looooooove you." I find this movie underlying-ly depressing (I can't tell you why exactly) but at the same time Will Ferrell is actually very funny and charming in this holiday flick.

Are there any favorites I missed? I'm not a huge fan of the old Christmas movies because they are too sappy. So that rules out A Wonderful Life. As great as that movie is, I'll pass if it's on. So, what's out there?


The Bootleg Saint said...

Conan making fun of Jingle All The Way is great at any time of year.

dad said...

Wasn't it you that used to rave about "Snow Day?" Maybe it was Mandy. Not a Christmas movie per se, and I don't purposely seek it out, but when I cross paths on a channel check it always gets a smile from me. The idea of kids vs snowplow driver is cute. Chris Elliot is sufferably passable as "Snowplow Man." I was surprised to learn the US box office for this flick was almost $60 mil in 2000!

Tina said...

Haha! All great ones. I would add A Christmas Story, with Ralphie dressed in the pink bunny suit and wishing and hoping for his Red Rider bb gun. Always a good one. Also, we enjoy the National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as a Christmas Eve tradition. This year, we added Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special to this list. The highlight is a humorous bit about boobs.