How Soon Is Too Soon For Christmas Movies?
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 18:05 by Emily Phillips in Empire States
As the nights draw in, we need some comfort to get us through the greyness. And as it is now only one month until Christmas, it is officially time to get into the spirit with some festive flicks. But when is the right time to start watching those warm and fuzzy, jingle bell ringin’ classics?
By this point, it is very likely that you will have ticked The Nightmare Before Christmas off the list, sometime after Halloween. That whole Halloween Town/ Christmas Town crossover means it’s officially OK to watch that any time from October 31 onwards.
The next stop is likely to be any film set around the festive period that is not officially about the big day. So, for an early December Sunday sofa session, think Gremlins, Home Alone or Trading Places. Serving up Christmas capers with an extra helping of farce, violence and nasty glee, they brighten up those winter doldrums without a trace of schmaltz or overly-seasonal cheer.
But perhaps one might prefer a night of action… so surely it’s gotta be Die Hard? Despite being well worth a watch at any time of year, it can be strangely depressing when watched outside of the Christmas run-up. In Britain’s bleak midsummer, there is nothing more galling than a movie that is set in December where everyone is wearing less clothes than you are in bitter and drizzly June.
But today the first door on our advent calendars marks the fact that we have 24 days ahead through which to plunder the Quality Street whilst sampling more than a hundred years of Christmas movies (the first being The Night Before Christmas in 1906). Of these, there are probably 25 worth our serious consideration, which helpfully gives us one a day for the whole of Advent.
Decorate the tree, wrap those presents and bask in the twinkling lights, as you select one of approximately four types of film:
Family Fun- Arnie magic (or not) in Jingle All The Way, or the-lightly-annoying-at-any-other-time-of-year-but-genius-at-Christmas Elf, or the schmaltz of The Santa Clause enlivened a little by some Tim Allen everyman-itude. Most of this category are barely watchable except for nostalgia value (with the honourable exception of A Muppet Christmas Carol), and probably not then until about the 20th.
Classic - White Christmas, Miracle On 34th Street (either version), The Snowman and It’s A Wonderful Life. Really, these are best reserved for Christmas Eve. Anything vaguely sing-along is also best then - glass of eggnog in hand, curly ribbons flying frantically round the gifts you are suddenly regretting buying because you don’t know how to wrap them. The perfect accompaniment to childish excitement for the day ahead, they never lose their magic no matter that you watch this same handful of movies year upon year.
Antidote - Bad Santa or Scrooged should be watched when families and shopping get too much for you; or if you’re really anti- the season, try Black Christmas, Santa Slay or indeed Die Hard. These are a good idea to sprinkle in through the month, just so you don’t tire yourself out with all this goodwill and prosperity, emerging a reverse-Scrooge on Boxing Day.
On the big day itself, filled with mince pies and surrounded by needless pairs of socks and bags of satsumas, the movie magic is downgraded to whatever DVDs were under the tree and the inoffensive family fodder of yesteryear, lined up by lazy TV executives allow everyone from Granny to toddler to digest the mountains of turkey and sprouts in peace. Then Christmas films are suddenly redundant for another 309 days, until it’s time to come back around to The Nightmare Before Christmas once again…
But what do you think? Is it Christmas every day for you? Or do you have strong feelings on watching any Christmas movies before the 24th?
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Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 09:56
I saw in December 1st with a viewing of Elf (accompanied by two mince pies and a can of Tuborg Christmas beer), and can now safely say I'm in the mood. I dunno why exactly, but the climax in Central Park with all the singing always seems to get me and make me feel all warm and fuzzy.
Also on my list are many you've already mentioned; Die Hard (multiple viewings), Scrooged, A Muppet's Christmas Carol, Home Alone, It's A Wonderful Life, Ghostbusters etc, but I think, since we don't have Thanksgiving, I'd also slip Planes, Trains and Automobiles in there for extra warm and fuzzy feeling.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 10:09
mmmmmm, gotta love those mice pies.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 10:10
brilliant, you actually just listed most of the films i plan to watch: my list is home alone (1 &2), scrooged, muppet christmas carol, santa clause the movie, nightmare before christmas, wonderful life, gremlins & alladdin> post christmas viewing includes chitty chitty bang bang, and pretty much any disney movie!!! love it, dressing, gown, and cup of tea, the day is set!! lord of the rings day also included!!!
merry christmas aswell peeps, have fun!!!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 10:16
What......No National Lampoons Xmas Vacation!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 10:33
The family and I watch Elf early december to kick off the start of the festive period, as Xmas eve approaches The Bishops wife and it's a wonderful life are must see's. Scrooged is great whatever the month.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 10:33
Already watched Home Alone 1 the other day, I suspect 2 may be on the cards at some point. Part of the reason for it was the fact that my girlfriend is American, and we were celebrating Thanksgiving, which is the 'Official' start of the American festive season, so a heart-warming tale of a small boy torturing burglars is exactly what we needed to accompany that turkey.
Otherwise though I'm not too excited by Christmas films, I find myself yearning to watch It's a Wonderful Life, just so I've seen it, but otherwise the Santa Claus, Nightmare Before Christmas and Die Hard are probably the only films worth a watch before banishing the insipidly happy festive-ness of it all for another year.
Part of it also stems from the fact that my birthday falls on December 14, leading me to deny the existence of Xmas until after that date, save buying a few gifts for family members, and adopting a distinctly Scrooge like scowl whenever anyone mentions it.
Come to think of it, what exactly is the modern day equivalent of saying "Bah Humbug"? Obviously you can still get the little striped sweets, but they're hardly cutting edge, would you have to exclaim something more along the lines of "Ah damn Minstrels!"
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 10:35
Apparently there is a National Lampoon Xmas Vacation 2 , about cousin Eddie. I couldnt bring myself to buy in though.
I have a box that comes out every December containing all my Xmas films and cds.
So I have, Home Alone, Wonderful Life, Bad Santa, Elf, Polar Express, Miracle on 34th Street (original), Santa Clause, Santa Claus the movie, Gremlins, Scrooged, Muppet Christms Carol, Scrooge (Alistair Sims), Christmas Carol (George C Scott) Christmas Carol (Patrick Stewart),
Thats my favourite Xmas story and I love most versions of it.
Looking forward to the daily papers doing their inevitable Xmas movie giveaways.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 10:38
I like to start with Planes, Trains and Automobiles on or around Thanksgiving, which is as good as December anyway. For the first few weeks, there are the appetisers: Gremlins, Family Man. Then, somewhere around the middle of the month I kick into high festive gear with the usual suspects (not the Soze film) such as While You Were Sleeping, Scrooge, Christmas Vacation (hey, works for me, right!) and The Snowman. But It's A Wonderful Life is reserved for that time on Christmas Eve - early evening - all the shops are closed, the point of no return has been reached - if you haven't done/bought something.. tough. Now is the comfy, cosey slide into Christmas you've been waiting for, so you may as well crack open a bottle and to quote Ernie the taxi driver..."Float away to happyland on the bubbles!" After the day, I tend to stick to everyday movies as, once Santa's been, what's the point?
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 10:48
Me and the missus always watch Love, actually every year in December.
It’s good to get you in the mood since the story starts 4 weeks before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 11:02
I find It's a Wonderful Life can be watched anytime of the year - it's such a beautiful movie and much of the story isn't set at Christmas. Other films that make me feel festive: Love Actually, While you were Sleeping, Muppets Christmas Carol, Elf, Die Hard and Nightmare Before Christmas.
All family friendly (bar Die Hard) which is essential when my easliy offended grandmother is visiting!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 11:33
When all return to my house for Christmas, apart from the giving of a Private Eye annual to myself and a gaudy top from our grandmother for both my mother and sister, the only guaranteed thing is this:
My father and I will watch Die Hard. For the fourth time this year (it used to be more frequent, but the sequels have allowed a diluting). And my father, sister, rarely-seen-watching-films mother and I will all sit down and watch Love Actually.
One thing I've never got is the obsession with non-Christmas films on the day itself, and on Boxing Day. Zulu cannot get away with being a Christmas film, no matter how hard it tries. The Great Escape? Pfft. My bets are that ITV will have them both this Christmas. And BBC will show at least one Shrek. And a fairly new Pixar film. Relatively new for them, at least. Say, The Incredibles? Just thinking aloud...
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 11:54
It's great that virtually everyone has The Muppet Christmas Carol on their list of must-sees. It is just brilliant. They tell the clasic story in such a fun, heart-warming way and the songs are terrific, with great lyrics. (and at times it's necessarily dark too!) - it just never seems to date!
And the best thing of all - the DVD has cut out that awful bit in the middle when Belle sings to young Scrooge - the skip button on the remote gets a deserved rest!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 12:17
My family's Christmas Eve:
It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmas Story (Which, I am shocked, has not been mentioned!)
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 12:33
A Die Hard dvd night is definitely part of my festive plans. Its a Wonderful Life and Scrooged are always watched on Christmas eve by my family. Gremlins, Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf and Muppets Christmas Carol for the general christmas period.
also The Brave Little Toaster and The Land Before Time as i first saw these on Christmas eve many years ago
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 12:48
No-one seems to have mentioned Lethal Weapon one of the great anti-Christmas movies not only that it is the benchmark by which all buddy cop films are now measured (2 is better but not about Christmas)
What happened Empire with that gem?
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 12:53
My other half is a mad christmas fan (cried last night as we put the tree up) and owns every single Christmas film ever (so he claims). In the last three weeks on a Sunday afternoons we've watched the good (home alone 1 and 2, Muppet Christmas Carol and Elf) the not good (Deck The Halls, Christmas with the Cranks) and the downright scary (the Polar Express - freaked me out from start to finish and left me needing to shower).
This weekend we've got Love Actually and Scrooged, followed next Sunday by Santa Clause the Movie and The Santa Clause. The Sunday after is enarly Christmas and I've booked a quick nervous breakdown before the festivities. Then on Christmas Eve it's time for Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and a Miracle on 34th Street/It's a Wonderful Life double bill.
My thinking is that some Christmas films work all year round (Die Hard, Wonderful Life etc), Some get you in the mood around the end of November and beginning of December (Home alone) and some (Miracle, Wonderful Life) should be reserved for when everything is done and the only thing you can do is relax cos the shops are shut and it's too fecking late to do anything if you had any money left anyway.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 13:03
nightmare before christmas is a anytime of the year film as its so brilliant and its about hoildays if you notice the images on trees! Santa claus the movie has to be the ultimate chirstmas film everthing about it christmas- A good time to dig out the christmas movies is just after the xmas coca-cola trunk advert appears once you've seen that you know that truly is xmas and you can watch all those xmas films that a pure christmas goodness
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 13:29
I have to say, my friend and I have a Christmas film day lined up for this Sunday (7th), kicking off with Muppets Christmas Carol (which I have to confess to never having seen) at the Edinburgh Filmhouse. Woo, and indeed, Hoo!!
We'll then be heading back to my house for Nightmare Before Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street (original), Scrooge (good old Alistair Sim). White Christmas, Love Actually, Bridget Jones's Diary (spans a whole year and covers two Christmases, so it definitely counts), While You Were Sleeping, and Die Hard, if I can find the damn thing. And all will be punctuated with many mince pies and any other Christmas food I can find.
It is definitely true that you can only watch Christmas films at Christmas time, and as far as I can make out any time from mid-November on is fine. Although next year I will be adopting the Nightmare Before Christmas rule.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 13:42
The great escape has to be watched at christmas. i do every year. i'm sure im not alone in that. i know it's not about christmas but it's tradition to see it on telly.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 13:52
I know this sounds weird, but i have a really vivd memory of watching Cliffhanger on Christmas eve, and with all that snow and fuss about money, for me it really does feel like a Christmas movie, i love Cliffhanger!
Die Hard Night is soon approaching for me, im going to get my mates around and drink untill it's ourselves who are mulled and not the wine!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 15:11
Only a fool would peak to early on Die Hard....the only night in December to watch Die Hard is Christmas Eve!!!! Get some beers in and sit back and Watch John McClane in real time...and if really in the festive period fir in Die Hard 2.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 15:17
My brothers and I like to watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy extended edition right through at some point before Christmas every year and we actually just did. Nightmare Before Christmas is also a must along with Edward Scissorhands. The Dark Knight may become one of those films that's not really related to Christmas in any way, but you'll feel compelled to watch it during Christmas as you will every other time of the year :D
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 18:35
The obvious antidote to christmas cheer has to be the fantastic French Connection. Gene Hackman dressed as Santa chasing down a drug dealer - what more could you want?
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 18:37
The worst thing about christmas movies is the stupidly long time it takes for them to get a DVD release.
Bad Santa came out in US cinemas in 2003, we had to wait until Christmas 04 for UK cinemas, then Christmas 05 for UK DVD.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 22:24
Zulu's a film I always watch on TV on Boxing Day. It used to be on every year. Vivid memories of sitting down with leftover X-mas food watching Michael Caine get his posh guy on. Love it. Muppet Christmas Carol on X-mas eve usually. Such a good film.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 22:59
I saw an animated film called Second Star to the left on T.V ages ago and it's become essential Christmas viewing i would reccomend it to anyone who loves Christmas. As well as that there are the usuals such as Elf, Die Hard, Muppet Christmas Carol, Christmas Vacation and the classic Jingle all the way. There's nothing better than Turbo Man on Christmas Eve!
john o callaghan
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 06:24
Im keeping my Christmas viewing until the 5th, then its Elf, The Grinch and Christmas Vacation. also i recommend I'll Be Home for Christmas starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jessica Biel and the Always Brilliant Gary Cole. its a guilty pleasure.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 09:21
For the heart felt holiday that is xmas I do like to absorb pretty much any film that has that feel good feeling. So yes, Disney/ Pixar movies are a must as is The Muppets Christmas Carol, but quite surprised to not see The Wizard of Oz or The Great Escape on the list. Mandatory xmas viewing I thought. Jingle All The Way gets my vote too - Sinbad and Arnie punching out a reindeer, classic!
Also, do you find you're able to watch, what you'd normal write off as being a shit movie, around the christmas period? My example is The Santa Clause 3 (the one with Martin Short as Jack Frost trying to take over from Tim Allen's Santa), it came on Sky the other day and just because I picked up that feel good vibe I quite happily watched it ...... for about 45 minutes.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 10:05
Muppets Christmas Carol is the best but Wallace and Gromit always remind me of christmas. Granted their not a full film but still worth a mention.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 10:21
1st December is time to start watching Christmas films. This year hoping to get in Home Alone, Elf, Muppets, Bad Santa, Fred Clause, Love Actually, Die Hard, Rudolph, Charlie Brown's Xmas, Harry Potter, Wonderful Life, and of course the LOTR trilogy.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 10:42
I love watching Christmas films as much as the next man (unless the next man is Rabbi Herbovitz or my local al qaeda recruitment officer).
I personally prefer to start watching the old xmas flicks when i've finished my work (usually the friday before for the the 25th) and through out the christmas period until about the 3rd of january.
*RANTING FOLLOWS* This christmas through out the whole of december is starting to grind with me a bit. I don't mind the shops and towns putting up their decorations at the beginning of the month i get that (i can't forgive them for adverts in october though), but now people are starting to do it to, GOD i remember as a child if you saw decorations up in a house early in december, before say the 12th, your parents would tut and say that they are mad.
Tis just one day people and this whole period from the middle of November to the middle of january being saturated with X-mas joy i feel is starting to turn people off the a bit. * Rant over*
Given that i can't wait to see Scrooged and A Muppet's Christmas Carol again this year, Bill Murray being punched by a fairy, Mr Caine singing and of course "HEAT WAVE". Great.
So to answer the question, You should start watching these films (this year) on the 19th of Dec.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 11:20
The muppets christmas carrol has to be the best christmas film, it gets me in the spirit like nothing else, just a good feelgood film.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 13:03
Planes Trains and Automobiles is always a good one for me even though its about Thanksgiving.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 13:11
The thing is, there really is 2 different understandings of the term 'Christmas' film.....firstly a film we understand as Christmassy in content, but then also the films that TV proclaim as 'Network Premiers'....I remember waiting for Christmas Day to come round as a kid so I could get to see Back to the Future, or Ghostbusters, or Star Wars or something....(Days before DVD's and we were too poor for videos...shows my age...)
I would stipulate that you cannot watch the first type of film before 24th Dec, and that since the advent (no pun intended) of the DVD and personal film collections, it has led to a death of the impact of the Christmas Day film, making it pointless, since we can watch Gremlins any day we wish.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 14:08
I am feeling more Christmassy by the second.
I've already begun the festivities with a viewing of the Wizard of Oz over the last two nights with my 10 year old daughter.
I'll probably leave it for a few days as it is easy to peak too soon in Christmas spirit. I don't want to have Christams fatigue by the time we hit the 20th.
On the watch list leading up to the big day will be Elf (my families complete favourite), Gremlins (no one will watch that with me), Die Hard (again on my own, is there a theme here?) Muppetts, The Grinch and even Polar Express that my daughter loves but which i find scary.
The only thing about Christmas that annoys nme is when the TV shows blantantly Christmas films after Christmas day - what is all that about?
A gold star to the poster that mentioned Lethal Weapon - top Christmas film..."Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell Rock...."
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 14:24
Edward Scissorhands is a must.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 15:00
It's a real relief to realise that I'm not the only one who thinks things through in this much detail! I too watch NBC on or after Oct 31st, and then try to resist watching the rest til the start of December (though usually end up watching Die Hard 2 mid November, as that sort of feels acceptable -- it feels more Christmassy than the first one to me, because of all the snow). From then on, it's Love Actually 5 weeks before Christmas -- as that's when the film starts -- and all the others mentioned, getting gradually more Christmas specific (Santa Clause the Movie etc) as we push towards the big day (there is a distinction to be drawn, as has been previously mentioned, between films that are about Christmas, and films that happen to happen at Christmas -- and those that lie between the two (Home Alone for example)). I've also added In Bruges, and Joyeux Noel to the list this year, as well as All I Want for Christmas (which hasn't been mentioned previously, and would be unwatchable at any other time of year). Watched One Magic Christmas the other day, which was far darker than I was expecting, and a bit horrible becaus of it. Watched Surviving Christmas too, and won't be making that mistake again.
Another Christmas film for those who aren't Christmas obssessed is Just Friends. I find it really funny.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 16:59
I grew up with the musical Scrooge (Albert Finney) and Santa Claus: The Movie - although the latter is a bit pants, there's still a lot of Christmas magic in there! Scrooged is a must-watch flick and, if they're on telly, I'll tune into Miracle on 34th St, Santa Clause, It's a Wonderful Life and Trading Places.
Shame there hasn't been a proper, magic-filled Christmas film.....or even an attempt at one....for a few years now.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 18:33
I would agree with most peoples selection of Christmas movies, seems to be a lot of support for the Muppets, i'll need to check that out. I would just like to add a few of my choices that haven't been mentioned yet. They aren't great films, but watching Christmas movies just brings back fond memories so its the one time I think you can get away with poor quality.
I guess thats why we see rubbish like, Fred Claus and Four Christmases.
Anyway, my other movies are:
Christmas in Conneticut, Arnold Schwarzeneggers only Directors credit, was a remake of the 1945 Barbara Stanwyck movie about a celebrity chef (who doesn't actually cook) hosting a Christmas tv special at her families log cabin. The only problem is, she is unmarried and doesn't have any family, so the producer of her show (Tony Curtis) pretends to be her husband whilst various other folk show up pretending to be extended family. Like I said, its not a great movie, but I watched it on t.v one year, and it just sticks with me. Its only ever brung out at Christmas. I'm sure I heard that it is going to be remade again with Hiliray Swank.
Christmas on Division Street was a tv movie with Fred Savage helping out some homeless man. Again not a great movie, but it reminds me of being a kid at Christmas, when I would just sit and soak up any and all Christmas movies. Sadly there is no DVD release :(
Dr Seuss How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Not the Jim Carrey version) Not that i hate the Carrey version, but I just love the quirky animation and it reminds me of Home Alone.
Mickey Mouse, A Christmas Carol was always my favourite version of the classic tale growing up and I recently just bought it on DVD for my kid to watch.
Plus i'd just like to say that I'm shocked that more love hasn't been shown for
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story. Xmas Vacation has a soundtrack to rival Home Alone and is hilarious whilst A Christmas Story is just nostalgic brilliance.
Merry Christmas :)
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 18:36
I'm gearing up for 6 nights o festive fun, having friends round to watch Christmas films. Most of them mentioned above (Scrooged, Gremlins, A Christmas Story, Home Alone, Elf, Charlie Brown Christmas), but I also wanted to mention a few that haven't. I'll be putting on the animated Grinch, as the wee entree if you will for one of the films.
Also, Trapped In Paradise (Nic Cage, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz) is a great wee film with a great wee cast.
Finally, Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum is a wonderful little love story set at Christmas in New York (where else?) and is well worth seeking out. Enjoy, everyone.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 23:34
hell, ive had my tree up since mid-november. But thats because i was feelinf a bit low, so i re-did it the other day, it looks way better now. I watched Scrooged and Muppets Christmas Carol on the first, so i have started watching xmas movies.
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 12:23
So many on here that I must watch within the next 3 weeks!
One that I have not seen on the list and that I always like to watch....
one of my fav movies anyway but it's best seen at this time of year. What is it with Tim Burton's love of snow and xmas?
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 14:57
OK, not a film but Tom & Jerry in The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve is a must
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 16:26
Die Hard and Scroodged are thee Christmas Eve event at my house. The post Christmas dinner movie is usually Jason& the Argonaughts or Ghostbusters. I know that they're not really christmas movies but JATA has been on almost every christmas since I was but a toddler and Ghostbusters is just plain awesome. Also if I've got spare time the Last starfighter and Krull again not seasonal by content rather association with christmas TV Schedule.
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 17:04
completely forgot about Trapped in Paradise.... fantastic christmas film! Thanks scoutbrandie!!
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 17:22
Thank god you mentioned Die Hard! So many people miss that out. Though I don't consider it anti-christmas at all ...just cos it's a action film set at christmas doesn't actually make it AGAINST christmas. Does it not have a happy ending with snow? :p
Scrooged is great ...it's abit dated now, but Bill Murray really sells it. When he makes that speech at the end you REALLY believe him.
Think The Grinch deserves a mention for it's ALOT-better-than-you-thought-it-was-gonna-be appeal.
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 18:56
Not at all!! although i hope no one watches elf!!!!1
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 19:11
Here we are, 48th comment and I'm the first to mention the Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey Christmas classic: The Ref (a.k.a. Hostile Hostages) which is surely the most accurate portrayal of a family Christmas ever committed to film. I can only assume nobody having mentioned it so far means none of you have seen it.
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 17:53
Do love The Grinch... it's the only flick I actually set a date to watch every year (next Thursday! Whilst wrapping all my mate's presents for her. It's tradition, and I get bribed with eggnog...), and for a Ron Howard film it's just a little bit twisted (seriously, watch some of the stuff going on in the background!).
Strangely, Die Hard 2 feels more Christmassy than Die Hard - there's way more snow!!
The worst one is that years ago BBC1 used to always play Dead Again on Xmas Eve a few years running. And now out of habit I feel compelled to watch Ken 'n' Em ham it up with dodgy accents on Xmas Eve, despite it being decidedly non-xmassy. So sad...
Mary Poppins is required viewing for the post-xmas week/New Year obviously, though that's probably also cos ITV always screen it then, lol!
Posted on Tuesday December 9, 2008, 21:51
Posted on Friday December 19, 2008, 17:21
It's a Wonderful Life is so good it can be viewed at any time of the year but it shouldn't be over done.
White Christmas or Holiday Inn should not be watched before the 23rd AT LEAST!
As for the Muppets there are plenty other Muppety treats to keep you going until mid december.
Anything else from 1st to the 26th is acceptable viewing time.