: What's your go-to movie every holiday season?


ehMax
Dec 22nd, 2011, 08:49 AM
What's the one movie that you have to watch every holiday season? If you have a bunch, what would you pick if you could only pick one?

Dr.G.
Dec 22nd, 2011, 08:50 AM
What's the one movie that you have to watch every holiday season? If you have a bunch, what would you pick if you could only pick one?

A toss up between "A Christmas Story" and "It's a Wonderful Life".

mrjimmy
Dec 22nd, 2011, 08:53 AM
For sure it's A Christmas Story. Fa ra ra ra ra...

Dr.G.
Dec 22nd, 2011, 08:56 AM
For sure it's A Christmas Story. Fa ra ra ra ra...

I guess your Bassett Hound loves the scene with the Bumpus hounds stealing the turkey, mrj? Paix, mon ami.

mrjimmy
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:14 AM
I guess your Bassett Hound loves the scene with the Bumpus hounds stealing the turkey, mrj? Paix, mon ami.

He winces when the tail gets caught in the door Dr.G.

Happy Chanukah btw!

Dr.G.
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:20 AM
He winces when the tail gets caught in the door Dr.G.

Happy Chanukah btw!

Merci. The Alistair Sims "A Christmas Carol" is my #3 movie. Shalom, mon ami.

Ottawaman
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:22 AM
Bernard and the Genie

" With Lenny Henry, John Gabriel, Alan Cumming, Rowan Atkinson. Bernard Bottle, a mild mannered art buyer, is fired by his greedy boss, abandoned by his girlfriend and discovers a genie in an old bottle. The genie immediately embraces the modern world and helps Bernard on the side."

CubaMark
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:42 AM
As Christmas approaches, my favourite film of the season is a reminder of how we reached this point in our socio-cultural development. A film that explores the origins of our faiths and obsessions. A film that, indeed, was banned for telling the (cheeky) truth. That film is:

http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/protectedimage.php?image=EamonnMcCusker/LifeOfBrian02.jpg_06112007 (http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/monty_pythons_life_of_brian/)

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The Roman Catholic Church denounced the film and gave it their own rating – “C” for “Condemned”. Brian was banned in several countries, including Norway. This famously led to the film being marketed in Sweden as, “The film so funny it’s been banned in Norway.” When the UK premiere was held at the Plaza, Regent Street, on November 8, 1979, protestors stood outside and sang hymns. And, when the film finally went on general release, some cinema-goers found they had to cross intimidating picket lines to see it.

(Telegraph UK (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8833320/The-Life-of-Brian-When-Monty-Python-took-on-God.html))

RunTheWorldOnMac
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:54 AM
No brainer... Christmas Vacation!

ehMax
Dec 22nd, 2011, 10:09 AM
No brainer... Christmas Vacation!

I think I'm one of the few people on the planet... but I don't find Christmas Vacation funny. I think Chevy Chase is one of my least favourite comedians. I realize I'm in the minority on this view. :o

ehMax
Dec 22nd, 2011, 10:11 AM
For many years, my go-to film was Sound of Music. Don't know why, but I watched it every year since I was a kid. A year or two ago, I got it on BluRay.

I think that's been succeeded by doing a Lord of the Rings marathon every Christmas. :)

Although, I know one of my kids is getting a new BluRay set that may succeed that.

mrjimmy
Dec 22nd, 2011, 10:12 AM
I think I'm one of the few people on the planet... but I don't find Christmas Vacation funny. I think Chevy Chase is one of my least favourite comedians. I realize I'm in the minority on this view. :o

He has his moments but add me to the Christmas Vacation (and all 'Vacation' films except the first one) list.

kps
Dec 22nd, 2011, 10:18 AM
Merci. The Alistair Sims "A Christmas Carol" is my #3 movie. Shalom, mon ami.

If I was forced to watch just one Christmas movie, this would be the one. Unparalleled acting, production and cinematography.

Otherwise, what me and the wife do is take a day and watch the whole 6hrs of the BBC mini series Pride & Prejudice starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. This IMHO is the absolute best adaptation of of the early 19th century Austin classic.

SINC
Dec 22nd, 2011, 10:36 AM
Miracle On 34th Street

steviewhy
Dec 22nd, 2011, 01:29 PM
sudo rm -rf /

Dr.G.
Dec 22nd, 2011, 01:33 PM
Miracle On 34th Street

My #4 choice, so long as it is the original version.

mrjimmy
Dec 22nd, 2011, 01:36 PM
Merci. The Alistair Sims "A Christmas Carol" is my #3 movie. Shalom, mon ami.

Definitely my #2.

CanadaRAM
Dec 22nd, 2011, 02:30 PM
? Who has time to watch movies?

Going out to Butchart Gardens with the extended family to see the lights, hosting dinner on the 24th and breakfast on the 25th for friends and family - more meaningful entertainment for me at least.

Joker Eh
Dec 22nd, 2011, 02:51 PM
A toss up between "A Christmas Story" and "It's a Wonderful Life".

I have never seen either and I don't know why.

I think I'm one of the few people on the planet... but I don't find Christmas Vacation funny. I think Chevy Chase is one of my least favourite comedians. I realize I'm in the minority on this view. :o

I am with you. Every vacation movie he made should have never been made.

For many years, my go-to film was Sound of Music. Don't know why, but I watched it every year since I was a kid. A year or two ago, I got it on BluRay.

I think that's been succeeded by doing a Lord of the Rings marathon every Christmas. :)

Although, I know one of my kids is getting a new BluRay set that may succeed that.

Would it be the Star Wars set?

I have never seen Sound of Music either. What is wrong with me, am I weird?

If I could just get me girlfriend to sit through one Lord of the Rings I would be happy. I mean I sat through the many "chick" flicks, she should reciprocate right? We will see how she feels when the Hobbit comes out.

Miracle On 34th Street

Nope. Never watched it.

? Who has time to watch movies?

Going out to Butchart Gardens with the extended family to see the lights, hosting dinner on the 24th and breakfast on the 25th for friends and family - more meaningful entertainment for me at least.

What about in the evening on the 25th? For me I am taking time off during the week between xmas and new years so lots of time to do anything.

CanadaRAM
Dec 22nd, 2011, 02:57 PM
What about in the evening on the 25th? For me I am taking time off during the week between xmas and new years so lots of time to do anything.

Our tradition is board games and card games with family - marathon Risk, Monopoly, Cranium, cribbage and backgammon tourneys.

Joker Eh
Dec 22nd, 2011, 02:59 PM
Our tradition is board games and card games with family - marathon Risk, Monopoly, Cranium, cribbage and backgammon tourneys.

Ah yes all good games and good idea. I have done that too.

Oakbridge
Dec 22nd, 2011, 04:06 PM
White Christmas, and thanks to the Cineplex in Oakville this year, I actually got to see it for the first time on the big screen.

Close runners-up would be:

- It's a Wonderful Life
- A Christmas Carol (Allastir Sim version)
- The Santa Clause (being an Oakville guy there is a certain fondness for it - much was filmed in Oakville)

On my bucket list is to see It's a Wonderful Life at the Stanford Theatre (http://www.stanfordtheatre.org/) in Palo Alto. They have had a Christmas Eve showing of the movie every year since at least the mid-90's. They usually show The Shop Around the Corner during the week before Christmas. I've seen a couple of shows there but they were during the summer months.

MLeh
Dec 22nd, 2011, 05:05 PM
I have plenty of traditions, but not a traditional movie to watch.

Our family tradition to do with movies was, back when we were children, watching my father haul out the old 35mm camera with the four 150 watt lights 'light bar' that lit the room up to 'on the sun' brightness, and blind us while recording us opening our presents. My parents compiled and transcribed the old 35mm onto VHS a few years ago, so every year we get to watch my sister get all excited about getting 'The Monkees' record, watch my brother play with his new train set, and watch as my other sister twirls around in her new crinoline. (I was cute, but not particularly excited, as every year I got new pajamas, so there was no recorded leaping or dancing on my part.)

CanadaRAM
Dec 22nd, 2011, 06:47 PM
I have plenty of traditions, but not a traditional movie to watch.
Our family tradition to do with movies was, back when we were children, watching my father haul out the old 35mm camera with the four 150 watt lights 'light bar' that lit the room up to 'on the sun' brightness,

Oh I remember those light bars. Yowza. I can tell my mother that THIS is the reason I need glasses (not what she told me would cause blindness).

But wasn't it an 8mm camera?

I also remember the Philips reel to reel tape recorder that we would record greetings on to mail to Europe.

MLeh
Dec 22nd, 2011, 06:59 PM
CanadaRam: You're right - 8mm. I don't know what I was thinking: 35 mm would be awfully wide for the film projector! Earliest ones were in black & white, and then we graduated to colour.

We still have our reel to reel. I found a small tape the other day of me and my siblings singing when we were still children, so I'm going to play it this weekend (the whole fam damily will be here, so it should be fun, and possibly embarrassing.)

kelman
Dec 22nd, 2011, 08:56 PM
He has his moments but add me to the Christmas Vacation (and all 'Vacation' films except the first one) list.

The moment I enjoy most is the rant near the end

"Hey! If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head, and I want to look him straight in the eye and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, d*ckless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh*t he is! Hallelujah! Holy sh*t! Where's the Tylenol? "

I could listen to that over and over again!

SINC
Dec 22nd, 2011, 09:02 PM
I think I'm one of the few people on the planet... but I don't find Christmas Vacation funny. I think Chevy Chase is one of my least favourite comedians. I realize I'm in the minority on this view. :o

He has his moments but add me to the Christmas Vacation (and all 'Vacation' films except the first one) list.

If either of you could get by your obvious prejudice against Chase for but a moment, you could perhaps appreciate the talent and outright comedy genius of a fine supporting cast that make the movie so popular. (Dennis Quade is outstanding for example, his famous line: shitter's full.) Our children introduced it to US way back when and it has been a Christmas staple ever since. ;)

iLabmAn
Dec 22nd, 2011, 11:13 PM
Die Hard.

CplHoward
Dec 22nd, 2011, 11:35 PM
Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Yeah. Im a bit strange, but the thought of giant mech a fighting each other and world apocalypse at christmas warms my heart!

egremont
Dec 23rd, 2011, 12:37 AM
I purchased an old series to be my movie treat (12 hours). Some might remember this one: The Jewel in the Crown. Have not viewed it for 25 plus years when I watched it on PBS by the week. I have been enjoying all the British productions of period pieces on NetFlicks and recalled this series and Amazon had a good price for DVD set.

I also watch Kill Bill 1&2 - or Horatio Hornblower, an A&E series - or Lonesome Dove and the prequel to that series - or the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and of course Alistar Sim's Christmas Carol.

No - Not all of them but some over the weekend.

I listen to Alan Maitland reading "The Shepard" every Christmas Eve. Gives me a lump in the throat every time.

SINC
Dec 23rd, 2011, 05:37 AM
I listen to Alan Maitland reading "The Shepard" every Christmas Eve. Gives me a lump in the throat every time.

For those who may never have heard this superb piece, it is available free here as a podcast instead of the $17.95 CBC demands for it on their web site:

Alan Maitland reads The Shepherd - As It Happens from CBC Radio (http://castroller.com/Podcasts/CbcRadioThe7/1381672)

Dr.G.
Dec 23rd, 2011, 07:08 AM
For those who may never have heard this superb piece, it is available free here as a podcast instead of the $17.95 CBC demands for it on their web site:

Alan Maitland reads The Shepherd - As It Happens from CBC Radio (http://castroller.com/Podcasts/CbcRadioThe7/1381672)

Truly a classic. I never heard of it prior to coming to Canada back in 1977, but I listen to it each year.

okcomputer
Dec 23rd, 2011, 07:49 AM
Love Actually

Elf

A Muppet Family Christmas

ehMax
Dec 23rd, 2011, 09:17 AM
Miracle On 34th Street

For some reason, I've yet to watch this film. Think it's on NetFlix actually. Will give it a go this year.

SINC
Dec 23rd, 2011, 09:19 AM
For some reason, I've yet to watch this film. Think it's on NetFlix actually. Will give it a go this year.

You won't be disappointed. ;)

rgray
Dec 23rd, 2011, 09:53 AM
Die Hard.

+1

A fine antidote the usual seasonal saccherine dreck......

eMacMan
Dec 23rd, 2011, 10:50 AM
For some reason, I've yet to watch this film. Think it's on NetFlix actually. Will give it a go this year.

Go with the original B&W Natalie Wood version.

SINC
Dec 23rd, 2011, 10:53 AM
Go with the original B&W Natalie Wood version.

Good grief, I didn't realize there was a remake. Here is the one you want:

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - IMDb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039628/)

screature
Dec 23rd, 2011, 11:14 AM
In no particular order as I love them all:

Alistair Sims "A Christmas Carol"
Miracle On 34th Street (original)
The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067209/)
White Christmas
Elf
It's A Wonderful Life

I added the link for The Homecoming: A Christmas Story because it is a lesser known movie as it was made for TV and although not intended to be so was effectively the pilot for The Waltons. The kids are all the same as is the Grandma (Ellen Corby, also in It's A Wonderful Life) but the parents and Grandpa are different actors.

It is a wonderful movie for Christmas, if anyone can find it at their local video store or on NetFlix I highly recommend it. It gets an 8.5 on IMDb only 0.2 lower than It's A Wonderful Life.

http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/[email protected]@._ V1._SY317_CR3,0,214,317_.jpg

Kosh
Dec 25th, 2011, 12:17 AM
It would have to be one of the James Bond movies.

The Doug
Dec 25th, 2011, 05:56 AM
I like watching old B&W movies. Caught Holiday Inn (1942) on TV last night. This is one of my holiday faves. Corny, schmaltzy, often very funny. Oh and there's a few dance numbers. Gotta check the TV listings for other oldies...

SINC
Dec 25th, 2011, 07:20 AM
We giggled our way through Christmas Vacation last night. It still makes me laugh out loud at some of the lines.

fjnmusic
Dec 25th, 2011, 10:13 AM
The Ref, with Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis. Leary, a thief, takes a soon-to-be-divorced couple hostage, and finds himself in the middle of a rather complicated family gathering on Christmas Eve. Couldn't find it on either Netflix or iTunes, so the wife and kids and I watched it in 10 parts on YouTube. Lots of foul language for a Christmas movie, but man is it funny.

cap10subtext
Dec 25th, 2011, 10:18 AM
Bill and Opus: A wish for Wings that work, Die Hard, Harry Potter, Christmas Vacation, the grinch (both classic and remake), and I always try to get the whole series of Band of Brothers or Lord of the Rings extended in just because of the time off.

Whoops, totally forgot A Christmas Story!! What an oversight!

chas_m
Dec 27th, 2011, 03:10 AM
We like the Alastair Sim (1951) "Scrooge" (called "A Christmas Carol" in North America). I'm always interested in productions of "A Christmas Carol" on film or TV but I've yet to find one as good and true to the original as that one.

We also like "Black Adder's Christmas Carol" as something of a counterpoint. :)

Since 2006, the day after Christmas is reserved for viewing the Doctor Who Christmas Special that year. They are atypical from the rest of the season but are in the spirit and lovely, this year's was no exception (though I don't think it will go down as the best one).

CubaMark
Dec 27th, 2011, 09:06 AM
Watched the Dr. Who special last night - enjoyable, but yeah, not one of the better episodes. The three company soldiers who make a brief appearance were the highpoint for me...

screature
Dec 28th, 2011, 12:01 PM
I like watching old B&W movies. Caught Holiday Inn (1942) on TV last night. This is one of my holiday faves. Corny, schmaltzy, often very funny. Oh and there's a few dance numbers. Gotta check the TV listings for other oldies...

Ya Holiday Inn is a really good one Doug, I forgot about it because it has been so long since I have seen it. The corn and schmalz is what makes it... Thanks for reminding me, gotta try and find it now.

Garry
Dec 28th, 2011, 03:10 PM
It's a wonderful life is up there.. Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th street is starting to become one I watch over and over.

screature
Dec 28th, 2011, 03:30 PM
It's a wonderful life is up there.. Natalie Wood in Miracle on 34th street is starting to become one I watch over and over.

I can't even count the number of times I have seen them, probably 7 or 8 or more each....

My wife is less enamoured... she likes them, but I think that the Christmas movies that you grew up with are the ones you have the strongest feelings for, at least IME (in my experience).

rondini
Dec 28th, 2011, 10:48 PM
If i am forced to watch any version of a Scrooge movie, I like it to be the George C. Scott version. I think he did a far better version of old Ebenezer than Alistair Sim's giddy whack job version.

Another nice, but overlooked Christmas movie, is One Magic Christmas, filmed in Scarborough, Meaford, and Owen Sound. Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton, and others. Directed by a Canadian, the late Philip Borsos. I am even kinda sorta in the movie.

screature
Dec 28th, 2011, 11:27 PM
If i am forced to watch any version of a Scrooge movie, I like it to be the George C. Scott version. I think he did a far better version of old Ebenezer than Alistair Sim's giddy whack job version.

Another nice, but overlooked Christmas movie, is One Magic Christmas, filmed in Scarborough, Meaford, and Owen Sound. Mary Steenburgen, Harry Dean Stanton, and others. Directed by a Canadian, the late Philip Borsos. I am even kinda sorta in the movie.

Meh... To each their own, doesn't even come close in my books to being half as good.