Nov 30, 2011

Holiday Films in the Cornfield

I'm being ultra-lazy today by making you do all the hard work for me.

We have a little internet radio show, and the initial idea was that it was going to be about 50% baseball and 50% other things that interest us.  Movies, TV, food, booze, etc...

But we love baseball so much that it often becomes difficult for us to include the other things we love.  Back before Halloween, we did a special show where we only talked about horror flicks.  No baseball talk at all. It was loads of fun.

In the coming weeks, we are going to incorporate more topics like food and booze as we see fit, but specifically we are planning a Holiday film episode a few weeks down the pike.  Just Holiday film reviews. And here's the thing...I don't know that many Holiday films off the top of my head.  Here's what I got:
  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • White Christmas
  • Holiday Inn
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Elf
  • Love Actually
  • A Christmas Story
  • A Christmas Carol (or any of the remakes)
That's all I can really think of.  I left out some that I didn't enjoy like The Santa Clause or Jingle All the Way.  I left out others that I did enjoy that I don't really consider Holiday films like Home Alone or Die Hard. Just because a film is set during the holidays, doesn't make it a Holiday film.  (Although one could make an argument for Home Alone)

So I'm asking you, dear reader, what is a really good Holiday film that I need to see and enjoy?  I'm looking for some suggestions so I can add them to my list and maybe review a couple of them during that show I mentioned previously.

And if Christmas isn't your bag, and your faith's holiday has a good flick, throw that in as well.  That's why I refer to them with the PC-tag "Holiday" instead of Christmas.  But, for the life of me, I can't think of one Hanukkah, Eid, Saturnalia, Yalda, etc... film.  So if you know of any, this is the place to enlighten me.


Paticus said...


Paticus said...

Oops. I guess that's A Christmas Carol remake. Sorry about that.

Verdant Earl said...

Paticus - No, that's fine. I've seen Scrooged a couple of times and I liked it. I just don't think it's as funny or as good as most people do. Gia is a huge fan of it, while it's like my 3rd or 4th favorite remake of A Christmas Carol. And I love Bill Murray...I can't explain it.

Paticus said...

I hear you. It's one of my all time favorite holiday movies. I watch it at least once every holiday season.
How about Gremlins or Black Christmas? :)

sybil law said...

These aren't movies, but they are classics that I watch every season, without fail:
A Charlie Brown Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Rudolph. Otherwise, you've listed my favorites, minus Christmas Vacation.

Slyde said...

paticus beat me to scrooged.

or you could go with the porn version, "Splooged"

and i most defitely DO consider Home Alone a holiday flick.

Verdant Earl said...

Paticus - Gremlins is another one that doesn't FEEL like a holiday movie to me, although I suppose it is. And I will forever sing the praises of Black Christmas...just not as a holiday flick.

Sybil - Yeah, I love the animated and claymation Christmas stuff, but no...not films. Christmas Vacation? Eh...not so much.

Slyde - The more I think about the end of Home Alone, the more I'm leaning toward including it as a holiday flick.

hello haha narf said...

it is completely wrong how hard i laughed at bad santa with billy bob thornton. you have to review that for me. maybe it was my frame of mind that day in the theater, but i laughed so hard i cried at one part...and i was the only one laughing (i blame growing up with a cop dad who swore a lot).

so i say bad santa.

oh...and ummmmmmmm...four christmases with reese and vince. another one that i laughed much harder than i should have. and still totally love in a fucked up way.

Verdant Earl said...

Becky - I've seen Bad Santa and liked it. Again, I didn't love it as much as most folks I know. I think my expectations were off the chart too high. Never even heard of Four Christmases...