For most of you, it's not the holidays until you've indulged in a seasonal movie marathon.
Films like "It’s a Wonderful Life," "Miracle on 34th Street" and "White Christmas" are obvious choices, but this week’s list celebrates new holiday classics.
To distinguish between old and new, let’s say that "new" refers to memorable films that have been made in the last 30 years. Without them, our collective imagination would be missing the tales of Red Ryder and his BB gun, instances of excessive exterior illumination, juvenile lessons in home security, and holiday parties gone awry.
Tell us what you think are the greatest new holiday classics and feel free to share your favorite older films as well. Have a happy holiday, and please don’t shoot your eye out.
1. "A Christmas Story" (1983): “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.” – Santa Claus
2. "Christmas Vacation" (1989): “You serious, Clark?” – Cousin Eddie
3. "Home Alone" (1990): “This is my house, I have to defend it.” – Kevin McCallister
4. "Die Hard" (1988): “Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho!” –Hans Gruber reading note from John McClane
5. "Elf" (2003): “This place reminds me of Santa's Workshop! Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.” – Buddy the Elf
"Scrooged" (1988): “No, you are a hallucination brought on by alcohol... Russian vodka poisoned by Chernobyl!” - Frank Cross
"Four Christmases" (2008): “My childhood was like the Shawshank Redemption, except I didn't have some old, warm, black man to share my story with!” – Brad
"Bad Santa" (2003): “He doesn't care if you're naughty or nice.” – tagline
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I have been watching Christmas Story and Scrooged and Die Hard every Christmas for the past 22 years. Whoever writes for this blog is really clueless! Why don't you get someone to write who actually can do research, in stead of just searching youtube for Christmas movie trailers that are not black and white.
Ok, maybe "Bad Santa" isn't a good choice now that I think about it.
I would like to erase that one from my X-Mas movies list and apologize to everyone for that choice and replace it with "A Christmas Vacation" w/ Chevy "Community – Sixseasonsandamovie" Chase.
"Bad Santa"????? You're kidding!
It's one of the most awfull, bad-taste, gross movies for Christmas.
"A Christmas Story" tops the list with "A Wonderful Life" in second place, and "Love Actually" in third place.......
As for the rest, I guess it's "Four Christmases" (K. Chenowith is hot !), "Scrooged", "A Christmas Carol" (w/ Alstair Sims) and lastly "Bad Santa".
What about tv shows with Christmas episodes ? I remember the one from the '80s: "VOYAGERS !" w/ Hexum and Peluce and "Quantum Leap" from the '90s with Charles Rocket as a Scrooge like fellow which Sam Beckett has to save.
What about Love Actually? I love that movie and the musical "Scrooge" with Albert Finney. Both are great Christmas movies.
"The Ref" with Denis Leary. Incredible funny.
I thought this was going to be a serious look at newer Christmas movies. I guess I was wrong. Die Hard? Home Alone? You're kidding, right? Just because a movie is set around Christmas time doesn't make it a Christmas movie. How about movies like The Santa Clause, The Polar Express, Christmas With The Kranks and quite a few others that actually ARE Christmas movies?
happy holidays. enjoy this moment in time
Scrooged and Bad Santa in the top five, lose Home Alone and Elf. For tv shows, Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas and the South Park Woodland Critter Christmas episode.
Mr. Lubin, enjoyed your choices of top five new Christmas favs! We just enjoyed the "threshold of Hell" with Clark and got silly with Bad Santa a couple of nights ago. Elf is up there too but I must confess I haven't seen 4 Christmases and I don't care for Home Alone. Merry Christmas to you and the missus.
You can't beat 24 hours of a A Christmas Story followed by a Bad Santa marathon. The exchanges between Bernie Mac and Tony Cox is hysterical. Who doesn't love a foul-mouthed elf?
Can't argue with the top 5, although I would put Elf at #2 at least. Maybe even #1.
Bah Humbug, huh Richard Fore! Santa & the reindeer are not pleased with your comment! Somebody needs a heavy dose of holiday cheer. Up here at the north pole, we kind of like those Tim Allen Santa movies. They make us laugh! Happy Holidays everyone, even you Richard Fore.
Santa Sucks. Hope he crashes his sled into a mountain and he and all his stupid reindeer die.
You must be a Philly Eagles fan.
What about Olive, The Other Reindeer?
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