December 24, 2013

Christmas movies … [Darleen Click]

Returning home from Thanksgiving, we got into our pjs and slippers, poured a couple of glasses of wine and watched Miracle on 34th Street (1947 in glorious black and white).

Last Sunday night we huddled on the couch with the grandsons and watched A Christmas Story.

Tonight, after I’ve seasoned the roast and set up the wassail to simmer over-night, we’ll be watching The Bishop’s Wife

So what are the favorite Christmas movies you’ll be watching over the next few days?

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  1. Favorite Christmas movie?

    Die Hard. Man traveling at Christmastime to see his family, and reunite with his wife. Runs into a few hassles, and manages to overcome the adversities, despite harassment from those who aren’t willing to help him. Even helps a total stranger overcome a bad event in his past. Happy ending all around. Truly heartwarming.

  2. i do not have any plans to enjoy any christmas movies in the coming days

    i might try to get back into Game of Thrones

    the first two episodes didn’t exactly hook me it kinda came across like just another smutty cable show kinda like Spartacus, albeit one almost redeemed by Lena Headey

    she’s fun to watch

    but like the other characters she’s a wee bit cartoony

    it may be I’m just kinda burned out on tv right now

    I just finished slogging through 3 tedious seasons of Falling Skies

    ohnoes a sleestak!

    ok yes there’s a sleestak

    but right now someone needs to emote about their mommy or daddy or we RISK BECOMING JUST LIKE THEM


    oh. ok I just wanted to give you a head’s up about the sleestak.

  3. Look at me!

    Looook at meeeeeeeeee!

    Lookit! Lookit! Lookit!

  4. We love the Grinch and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (even at our age). I do love the Bishop’s Wife, but another fav at Christmas is Albert Finney in Scrooge.

  5. Drum

    Yes, we also watched Die Hard the other day and laughed over whether or not it is a “Christmas movie”.

  6. feets, if you just keep repeating to yourself, “Daddy really DID love me, Daddy really DID love me”, it won’t matter that he ran away after seeing you.

    Now about your aunts molesting you with that broomstick? That will have to wait until after the holidays…

  7. Angstlee

    We have the Alastair Sim’s version of Scrooge. Love it!

  8. Nothing says Christmas, though, like Carol Kane walloping Bill Murray and a cigar-chomping Buster Poindexter.

  9. I have almost all the Scrooge variants, including those that are not canon, on DVD, and go through most of them every year.

    I think the George C Scott one is my favorite, but I never miss Alastair Sim’s or Patrick Stewart’s versions.

    The Bishop’s Wife is also a staple, as is Miracle on 34th Street.

  10. Mine was never a big movie-tradition household at Christmas; we always made sure to catch the TV specials but mostly it was the tree in the living room surrounded by however many presents we could afford, a feast slightly smaller than Thanksgiving — because, well, we just had Thanksgiving.

    Still, I’ve enjoyed almost every version of A Christmas Carol that’s been made, including Scrooged. Still haven’t seen the Patrick Stewart version; best I ever saw, though, was a locally staged version of “Scrooge!” at (IIRC) Sacramento’s old Music Circus venue that had a lot of songs from Finney’s version and also, apparently, at least one from Mr. Magoo’s.

    But it wasn’t on TV so maybe it doesn’t count.

    One version of “The Nutcracker” I’ve seen on TV is an every-few-years treat.

  11. “Christmas in Connecticut” is my favorite that many forget about. Love Barbara Stanwyck.

    of course “Die Hard” is a Christmas movie

    Well, in L.A. they say – that Hans Gruber’s small heart took three slugs that day

  12. Joyeux Noel

    Based on an actual incident in WWI, it gets to the heart of what the season is supposed to be about.

  13. I just watched “The Man Who Came to Dinner” (hey, it takes place at Christmas) and am set to watch the 1938 Reginald Owen version of “A Christmas Carol.” For some reason I haven’t seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” in years. It’s just never on.

  14. “A Christmas Story” is a classic.

    The earliest version of “A Christmas Carol” starring Reginald Own remains my favorite.

    I find Tiny Tim in the George C. Scott version to be lacking. Although, Mr. Scott plays Scrooge extremely well.

  15. “Scrooged” with Bill Murray is always a must-see Christmas movie. Along with “A Christmas Story” and “Die Hard”, of course.

  16. “A Christmas Story” is on endless loop tomorrow.

    I like the Reginald Owen version best of “A Christmas Carol”, too. The newer versions don’t do enough to emphasize Marley’s warning or the contempt the robbers hold for Scrooge as they strip his home in the vision of Christmas Future. It’s hammy acting, but that was the style. You even feel sorry for Scrooge.

  17. the polar express is on netflix i never seen it my whole life

    I might could watch it maybe

    but if you want to see all the christmas movie you need to see just click here and bam you’ll be all set

  18. Why are there not any Kwanzaa films?

    Randy the Red Green and Black Striped Zebra

  19. It’s because Hollywood is raaaaacist.

  20. Because no one gives a shit about Kwanzaa.

  21. I forgot to mention It’s a Wonderful Life. I always watch that this time of year.

  22. I want an official Zulu Warrior, assegai shaft, two-hundred yard range model throwing spear!

    You’ll poke your eye out, kid

  23. Because no one gives a shit about Kwanzaa.

    Alas, the USPS does.

    I do like the Kwanzaa menorah, though.

  24. - Caught Scrooged the other night, but never let a year go by without watching National Lampoons “Christmas vacation”…..

    “Daddyyyyy…..I can’t feel my hips anymore…”

    “Its all part of the holiday tradition honey…”

    - A little nostalgia from the ghost of chrismas’s past.

    - I remember a few examples from the catalogue residing in steamer trunks in our attic. The Brownie Kodak box camara for sure. Loved the “automobile racing skates”. Some serious effort there.

    - The more things change the more they remain the same.

  25. Home Alone and Christmas Vacation. For the jolly.

  26. Barbara Stanwyck/Fred MacMurray fans, pop Remember The Night into your netflix queues.

    Street-hardened, urban protagonists thrown together by fate who find their bearings, and each other, in their common, native rural Indiana roots over Christmas break. Sentimental but not sappily melodramatic, held together by the glint-eyed Stanwyck at her peak.

    Also consider Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum’s veteran, Janet Leigh’s war widow, and a toy train.

  27. A Christmas Story Of O.

    “You’ll shoot your eye out, bitch.”

  28. Interesting Christmas movie trivia: the actress, Karolyn Grimes, who played Zuzu in It’s A Wonderful Life also played Debby, the daughter of the Loretta Young and David Niven characters in The Bishop’s Wife.

    A movie that I like and think has something of a Christmas theme is 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  29. It’s a Wonderful Life. My favorite scene is when Mary and George are on the phone with Sam and George kisses Mary with so much passion. Watching it right now.

  30. dude view: when george tells potter to stuff it.

  31. I just watched “Christmas in Connecticut” with Barbara Stanwyck. I hadn’t seen it until a few years ago and it’s one of my favorites now.

    I want that house.

  32. Hm. Haven’t really watched any Christmas movies, and I doubt this one counts:

    A Very Krogan Christmas


  33. Since “Christmas movie” seems to mean that it is set around Christmas time I guess we watched a “Christmas movie” with friends tonight. The movie fit the mood of this year’s season for me. “Winter War” which is about this.

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