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  • Top Christmas Movies

       December 04, 2009

    Have you noticed the recent proliferation of bad made-for-TV Christmas movies? Itís crazy Ė this year there are apparently multiple movies about dogs saving Christmas. Dogs! Iím waiting for the film about how a squirrel saves Christmas as, to be honest, sometimes the only thing that gets me in the holiday spirit these days is seeing my chubby neighborhood squirrels scampering about.

    Anyway, I, like most children of the 1970s, grew up on holiday TV specials where Christmas was saved by Grinches and red-nosed reindeers instead of pets. Thatís not to say that I donít appreciate a good real holiday movie. In fact, here are my personal top five. And please keep in mind that Iím probably the only person in the world who hasnít seen A Christmas Story, so thatís why itís not on the list.

    Home Alone: I know Macaulay Culkin got annoying, but in this movie heís still cute & mischievous and most of all smart. Thatís why the movie works Ė because Kevin is really smart and his schemes really would work. Oh, and his relationship with the neighbor gets to me every time.

    Elf: I know Will Ferrell isnít everyoneís cup of tea, but I like him. I love Elf because itís a high concept movie that doesnít back down from that concept. It goes for the gold in all its schlocky glory. Oh, and it also helped launch Zooey Deschanelís singing career!

    Itís A Wonderful Life: Itís a classic for a reason, although that reason isnít because itís such a heartwarming story. I think the reason is because itís real. George Bailey has his dreams squashed at every turn. People can relate to that and get into the character because of that. Few of us will turn out to be millionaires or heroes. Weíre Georges.

    Christmas Vacation: Iím sorry, but sometimes you canít beat ďman fall downĒ humor.

    Love Actually: There are some movies Iíll watch almost any time I notice theyíre on TV (for example, The Cutting Edge, Major League, Independence Day and recently, The House Bunny), but this is a movie Iíll actually search for sometimes Ė just randomly hoping itís on so I have an excuse to watch it for the millionth time. Itís that good. I love how it explores every type of love and how it acknowledges the brilliance of Colin Frissellís plan to get a girlfriend (which, lonely British men, would totally work).

    Finally, I should add One Life To Liveís fake Christmas film Christina Comes Home For Christmas to the list. I love that the show has such a clear vision of its fictional universe that said universe even has its own iconic Christmas film. Awesome!

    Posted by at December 4, 2009 01:13 PM

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