10 Best Movies To Watch During Christmas Holidays (27)Document Transcript
10 Best Movies To Watch During Christmas HolidaysGreat thing about the quality holiday movies is that you never get tired of them! Ive compiled list ofmy favourite films for the season of love and understanding, as the song says. Im aware all of thesemovies wont appeal to everyone, but at least I hope youll find some of your favourites included.Its a Wonderful Life (1946)On Christmas Eve, a man down on his luck wishes he was never born and contemplates suicide.Hes rescued by his guardian angel, who shows him what his friends and loved ones would be likewithout him... This Frank Capras (Arsenic and Old Lace) classic is considered one of the mostinspirational films of all time and is a traditional Christmas favourite worldwide since the 1970s.Interestingly, it was a box-office flop at the time of its release! To be honest, I cant see why - is hastouching story, memorable sing-a-long ending and masterful James Stewart (Rear Window) in theleading role.A Groundhog Day (1993)Cynical and self-centered TV meteorologist, while covering the story of the weather forecastinggroundhog, gets stuck in time. At first he takes advantage of the situation, but soon he decides tomake some changes as he starts to fall in love with his co-worker... In my opinion the best romanticcomedy for holiday season! Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), who is nothing less than perfect in hisrole, shares great chemistry with lovely Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral). Even ifyou watch this movie lying in bed with high fever and cough, like I did last year, you will enjoy itanyway!A Christmas Carol (1984)Miserly and sullen old man is taught the true meaning of Christmas by ghosts who visit him onChristmas Eve and show him his own past, present and future. He realizes he has nothing good toexpect in the future unless he changes his ways... Made for television drama is in my opinion the bestand probably the most faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens novel, which has been adaptednumerous times. This classic tale, set in Victorian England, with late George C. Scott (Dr.Strangelove) as Ebeneezer Scrooge, will certainly put you in the Christmas mood, but the powerfulmessage it carries can be applied to all seasons!The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)Pumpkin King of Halloweentown is bored of doing the same thing every Halloween. One day as heswalking into a wood he stumbles onto Christmas Town. Fascinated with the whole idea of thisholiday, he decides to kidnap Santa and do Christmas himself... Tim Burton, who became known forhis darkish but original fables such as Edward Scissorhands or Big Fish directed this animatedmusical fantasy. It was a huge success at the box offices and praised by critics for its stunningoriginality and visual excellence. In 2006. This film got the whole new dimension when it was re-released into theaters in Digital 3-D.Die Hard (1988)Just before Christmas, New York City detective has arrived in L.A. To spend holiday with his wife and
children. Unfortunately, a group of terrorists has taken over Nakatomi Corporation building and isholding all employees hostages, including detectives wife... For those who cant do without actionthrillers during Christmas holidays, this is probably the best choice. John McTiernans (The Hunt forRed October) classic features exciting action sequences, memorable one-liners and a break throughmovie role for Bruce Willis (RED), which sent this actor to the A-list Hollywood stardom.Bad Santa (2003)A miserable con-artist and his friend, a midget, are planning to rob department stores on ChristmasEve posing as Santa and his Little Helper. As they proceeding with the plan, Santa befriends one oftheir customers, an overweight and lonesome boy... This Santa is really bad! He chases women, hedrinks heavily and swears about every 3 seconds. But we also learn that beneath the surface hehides a heart of gold. Definitely not a movie suitable for kids, but if youre adult give this quirkycomedy a chance for its different approach and great performance by Billy Bob Thornton (TheAstronaut Farmer).A Christmas Story (1983)America in 1940s. Long before Playstation and iPad, 9-year-old boy longs for Red Rider BB gun. Hetries to convince his family and Santa the gun would be a perfect Christmas gift, but everyone keepswarning him that hell shoot his eye out... This family comedy, based on Jean Shepherds semi-autobiographical stories, is worth watching for many hilarious scenes and its reputation as thegreatest American holiday movie of all time. Peter Billingsley, who played the little boy, is nowsuccessful Hollywood producer, responsible for creating hits like The Break Up and Iron Man.The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005)Four siblings are sent to the country estate during World War II. Playing a game of hide-and-seek, theyoungest daughter discovers a wardrobe which transports her to Narnia, the magical land with eternalwinter but without Christmas, ruled by the evil White Witch... Ive been loving this fable since I hadwatched 80s tv series version during my winter holidays. The latest adaptation of C.S. Lewis book, isaimed mostly at younger audience, but it can be enjoyed by anyone who has some adventurous spiritinside! This film was followed by sequel Prince Caspian in 2008.Elf (2003)A human orphan is found by Santa Claus and raised by elves on the North Pole. When naive adultelf finds out hes actually a human, he decides to go to his place of birth, New York City, in search ofhis real father, whos on Santas naughty list... The clash od two cultures - human and elfish -produces many laughs in this family oriented comedy. Of course, a great part of the credits forlaughter goes to leading actor, famous comedian Will Farrell (The Other Guys) and veteran JamesCaan (The Godfather), playing main protagonists biological father.Scrooged (1988)A mean television executive, who will do anything just to increase his networks ratings, even it meansforcing his office staff to work through Christmas Eve, gets visits from three ghosts - The Ghost ofChristmas Past, Present and Future... I couldnt resist to put another, modernized and humorousversion of A Christmas Carol on the list, because this is whats Scrooged all about. Once again, Bill
Murray is excellent in his role, this time as media world Scrooge in a satire with great special effects,directed by Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon).Im a huge fan of other animated movies, therefore, asides abovementioned titles I could alsorecommend The Polar Express, Toy Story trilogy, Monsters Inc., Ice Age... The list goes on and on.Take you pick, sit down and enjoy it!