Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Favorite Christmas Movies - Part 3

We are getting close to the end of my favorite Christmas movies.

Home Alone (1990) Starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Catherine O'Hara and Daniel Stern. Yes, I liked this movie. First, it's a John Hughes film (well he wrote it and Christopher Columbus directed it). Second, what kid wouldn't have wanted to stay in their house and create all those booby traps for the robbers?  And we all are kids at heart, right? Third, and you are probably not going to believe this, but it reminded me of another one of my favorite Christmas movies: Die Hard. Yes, Die Hard. I always thought it was just me but someone finally broke it down and compared the two films. Just check this out and you'll see what I mean.

Scrooged (1988) Starring Bill Murray, Karen Allen, John Forsythe and Bobcat Goldthwait. Okay, you are wondering where A Christmas Carol is on this list - well, here you go but this one has Bill Murray in it. Need I say more? Alright, I will say more. We have all seen several versions of A Christmas Carol from the first one in 1901 to last year's version with Jim Carrey in 3D, of course. And there have been A LOT of versions. Check here if you don't believe me. But out of all the adaptations Scrooged is my favorite. Here's the original trailer.

It's a Wonderful Life  (1946) Starring Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Really, what Christmas movie list would be complete without this film? It's THE quintessential story of hope. When your life appears to have veered off path or in a way that you thought made you unhappy, It's A Wonderful Life is there to remind you that you are in the right place in your life, loved and, above all, needed in other's lives. I know years ago it seemed this movie was on every channel, 24 hours a day and it got overplayed. Back then I will admit I never watched it. I was a stubborn teenager who refused to watch most black and white movies - yes, ME! It wasn't until my mid 20's when I finally succumbed to the fact that It's a Wonderful Life was worth watching; and I now watch it once a year. Spoiler alert: The ending chokes me up every single time. Yep, just watched it again. Now where are the tissues?

Alright, there are only 2 more movies to go. I wonder what they'll be?

To Be Continued

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1 comment:

Dan LaFollette said...

The Home Alone movies were always fun. My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story "You'll shoot your eye out kid!"