Yep it’s that time of year where everything becomes Christmas themed, every shop is stuffed full of Christmas based products, some tacky and awful and some very good.
But it’s also a time to break out the Christmas movies (well in December only, but that’s because it’s not really Christmas beforehand – don’t kid yourself!).
This is a list of Christmas movies we watch every year no matter what.
Elf (2003) – One of the best Christmas films around, something that became very popular very quickly – and like Marmite is both loved and hated! It’s not Christmas without Elf, the 4 main food groups and the best cup of crappy coffee in the world!
“SANTA! Oh my god! Santa’s coming! I know him! I know him!”
The Santa Clause (1994), Santa Clause 2 (2002) and Santa Clause 3 (2006) – I’ve grouped these 3 together rather than having them as separate entries, the first is of course the best and the most original, the second follows on with the silly humour but adds another ‘clause’ into the mix and the third although still enjoyable isn’t quite as good as the first 2. These are harmless fun with some good one liners thrown in and the usual Tim Allen humour, plus a couple of actors that you don’t realise are in them until you re-watch them.
Miracle on 34th Street (1994 Remake) – A modern(ish) remake of the original, you know the story – Department store hires a harmless older gentleman to play their Santa Claus (In this case, Richard Attenborough, but no Dinosaurs trying to eat him), loved by all that meet him, including the daughter of a high-flying exec who doesn’t believe in Santa – Underhand tactics but a want to believe makes this a feel good Christmas film.
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) – Yep, the muppets have their own version of the Dickens classic. Michael Caine plays Scrooge and of course is shown the error of his ways but in Muppet style, with the normal character traits, such as an angry Miss Piggy playing Mrs Cratchit. Yes you could say it’s aimed more at the kids, but it’s still a good film for all ages.
Scrooged (1998) – Another retelling of the Dickens classic, but done with a relatively modern corporate America twist and some great characters such as the violent Ghost of Christmas present and Bobcat Goldthwait’s performance as a revenge seeking former employee! Try to watch the uncut version and not the pre-watershed edition, it just adds a little more to the film.
Bad Santa (2003) – Yep, this is in the list, no Christmas is complete without some Bad Santa, smoking, swearing, drinking and fornicating with a heavy-set woman in the big and tall. Not for kids at all!
Of course there is a sequel which isn’t on my list, simply because I haven’t seen it yet and wasn’t going to watch it in the middle of the year, so there is a chance that Bad Santa 2 will appear on my list next year!
Are there any films I have missed that I should watch?
I’m talking Christmas films of course and not just the films that they always show at Christmas (Such as the multiple James Bond films that will be shown, at least 3 recent Disney films including Frozen and probably the whole series of Harry Potter).
So get collecting, store them up and start watching them at Christmas!