The Silly Season has unrelentingly arrived again! Amidst the gold ol’ drunken work parties, those awkward catch-ups with distant friends and relatives and all that general holiday cheer, there is a magical Hollywood-esque silver linging – Christmas movies.
When you’ve had enough of the hustle and violent bustle of gift shopping, you can head home to those old favourites and rewind with a bevvy or two and wrap those darn presents. So, in case you’re stuck for ideas this week, we have put together a festive list of Christmas movies to watch this… Christmas.
White Christmas has all the festive and theatrical elements one could want from one film. Dazzling costumes, a song or two, many a dance number and a secondary plot line that ties them all together. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, White Christmas is a blast from the rather distant past. When a film is premised with the promise of VistaVision and Technicolour, you know you’re in for some god old-fashioned fun.
Yes, it’s a Christmas movie. Just do it, because, Bruce Willis.
Holiday Inn on the other hand is a little less in your face with the velvet leotards and back-up dancers, but that feel-good Crosby goodness is top-notch. Not only was Holiday Inn the birthplace of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas song, but it also stars the toe-tapping master himself, Fred Astair. After Jim Hardy’s fiancé leaves him for the dancing phenomenon Ted Hanover, Hardy decides to move to the country and open an Inn. Of course, the ever-so-beautiful Linda Mason arrives and the Inn soon becomes a holiday favourite. A few holiday specific musical numbers and a couple of costume changes later, you have Holiday Inn – a must have staple in your Christmas movie marathon.
Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas:
Whoville is your next stop on this Christmas film Polar Express (eh, eh get it?) in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Jim Carey provided us with one of the most iconic Christmas characters we will ever see in this adaptation of the much beloved Dr. Seuss favourite. This was the first Dr. Seuss book to be adapted into a feature film giving us some of the most quotable moments and a whole generation of Grinchy memes. Hate Christmas? Well, perhaps you have just found your film – give it a go, we dare you to hate The Grinch!
Jingle All the Way:
Arnie Swaznegger fighting a hundred Santa’s for an action figure, yeah we sold you at Arnie, we know.
For those wanting a little more romance with their Christmas season, Love Actually is a modern classic. This British festive-themed romantic comedy follows multiple interconnected stories of love and other things. It is filled with all those people you see in every other British film and then some. This piece of Richard Curtis brilliance has something for everyone, even the desperately anti-RomCom crowd – just give it a chance, man!
An odd cast, but works wonders – Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz switch houses and meet Jude Law and Jack Black. Christmas in a nutshell really.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation:
Chevy Chase as Clark Griswald is perhaps one of the best things to happen to the world, ever; and we have the National Lampoon’s franchise to thank for that. More specifically Christmassy is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, a comedy favourite of the season. When Clark Griswald decides to make his family Christmas one to remember, idiocy, she comes. Starring comedy legend Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, Juliette Lewis and Johnny Galecki of Big Bang fame, of course. This is the third instalment in the National Lampoon’s film series and was written by Hollywood favourite, John Hughes. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry because you really don’t know why you find this Griswald guy so funny and because you’re kind of offended but you don’t really care.
The Santa Clause:
No, not the 1959 Santa Claus where old St. Nick battles evil demons in outer space, although perhaps you should watch that too. No, we meant the Tim Allen one where he accidently kills Santa and then inadvertently and unwillingly becomes Santa – much more plausible plot.
If lighting your house up for the astronauts to see isn’t your thing, then perhaps accidently leaving your child at home, alone is more up your alley. Macaulay Culkin, perhaps the cutest kid of the 1990’s, is Kevin McCallister – a daringly mischievous kid who has to defend his family home from a pair of kooky burglars in Home Alone. Every kid of the nineties will have a little soft spot for this Christmas classic and that little screaming boy. And if you’re keen for a some more, there is a good sequel in Home Alone: Lost In New York, but for the love of film god, don’t watch sequels three, four or five – you might just hate sequels forever.
If none of these float your Christmas boat, then we do have some back-ups below. But more importantly than all, after all the films have been watched, all the food has been eaten, all the wrapping paper has been recycled and those sneaky champers has settled, just remember… New Years is coming, but that film list is a heck of a lot shorter so don’t panic just yet.
A few more you might add to your list:
It’s A Wonderful Life
All I Want For Christmas
Die Hard 2
The Nightmare Before Christmas