Well, it’s that time of year again . . . you know, the weeks before Thanksgiving where everyone goes directly into Christmas-thinking mode, completely leaving Thanksgiving out of the picture before it even happens? Yep, that’s where I am RIGHT NOW. And I couldn’t be more thrilled to watch replay after replay of the Back to the Future series on TCM and Home Alone 2 on ABC Family, despite the original being a far superior movie.
These are my Must-See Christmas Movies:
Jingle All the Way
If you like cheesy, laugh-out-loud movies with a hint of California governor, then this is the Christmas movie for you. I make it a point to ALWAYS see this movie every year around Christmas time because it makes me laugh unlike any other. My Facebook page, under the Quotations section, included a hilarious quote that Sinbad delivers in this movie:
They sit there and use subliminal messages to suck your children’s’ minds out! And I know what I’m talking about because I went to junior college for a semester and I studied psychology so I’m right in there, I know what’s going on. They make the kids feel like garbage and you, the father, who’s working 24/7 delivering mail so you can make an alimony payment to a woman that slept with everybody at the post office, but me! And then when you get the toy, it breaks and you can’t fix it because it’s little cheap plastic!
And that’s just a taste for this deliciously funny movie. There is no other movie out there that includes a guy breaking into his neighbor’s house to steal a child’s Christmas present to give to his own son, getting a reindeer drunk, or running from the police and getting suited up in a costume with flying capabilities.
The first movie, by far, is the best of them all. The scene with the pizza delivery man is without a doubt one of the best scenes in a Christmas movie. I have replayed this scene over and over again just for laughs. All across the world, children will now be inspired to booby trap their own homes in hopes of catching two thieves breaking in. Watch out for the Wet Bandits (can you spell that for the police?)!
It’s true–I’m a sucker for a Bing Crosby song and seeing Rosemary Clooney dolled up exactly as a 50s movie star should look. It’s a great story based off a musical that makes it it’s own movie, so much so, that you’ll find yourself thinking the musical was based off the movie when you’re done watching it. It’s one of those movies that reminds you that actors had to be all-around talented then: great actor, great singer, great dancer. It wasn’t all about looks and appearances, technology, and the ability to half-act your way through something like many movies (and actors) are (and do) today. It’s the perfect movie to be watching during the first snowfall of the year. Don’t even bother trying to rent this movie–if you have any kind of cable, you’ll have no problem catching it on TV at some point in the next 5 weeks.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
No Christmas season would be complete without a little Charlie Brown, Snoopy, bossy Lucy, Linus and his blanket, and the little Christmas tree that could. It’s a classic that can’t be passed up this time of year. It has the age old story of the “true meaning of Christmas” without boring us inattentive, technology-ensued viewers. Schroeder always nails it on that teeny piano, and don’t say you don’t get a lump in your throat when Charlie confesses that he ruins everything, even though it’s far from the truth.
I’ve killed it. Oh! Everything I touch gets ruined.