Last year Brad listed his list of Top Ten Christmas Movies and in 2007 David listed the ten films he considered the Top Ten Deranged Christmas Flicks. Well, I had to throw my hat in the ring with a completely different list... a list for the holiday softies. So light the fire, warm the coco and grab a blanket... What follows is my list of the twelve best Christmas/Holiday movies to warm your heart.
When you compare the twelve films that follow to the two lists I just mentioned, three of them can be found on Brad's top ten and two on David's list of Deranged Christmas Flicks, but perhaps the most interesting fact of them all is that all three lists share the exact same film in the #1 slot. Weird... right?
So browse through these three pages where I say a few words about each film, offer up some clips and trailers and, in the case of three of the movies, I was able to actually include the entire film thanks to the video gurus at YouTube. I hope you enjoy...
|Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)|
Ostensibly a Thanksgiving film, Planes, Trains and Automobiles follows two men trying to get home in time for turkey dinner with the family and is a great way to get into the Holiday spirit. The film was greeted with critical applause in 1987, a surprising revelation given that, at the time, Steve Martin and John Candy were both known as relatively low-brow comedians and Hughes was considered a teen angst filmmaker.
|Tim Burton's the Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)|
|Christmas in July (1940)|
As for Christmas in July, it stars the one and only Dick Powell and Ellen Drew and clocks in at a blazing fast 61 minutes, putting to rest the notion that quantity is more important than quality. I have no idea what the title means and I couldn't find anything on the web, either. "If you can't sleep at night, it isn't the coffee - it's the bunk!"
Interested? Well the whole thing can be watched directly below thanks to YouTube.