No. 1: It”s a Wonderful Life What would the world be like without good ol” Jimmy Stewart playing George Bailey, the man of the town? This inspirational story is just so happy you can”t help but feel all warm and fuzzy afterwards. And more than that, the dark edge to this film really gets you thinking.
No. 2: How the Grinch Stole Christmas You”re a mean one, Mr. Grinch But you”re famous, and the whole world loves you. This is perhaps one of the best cartoon films of all time and what”s great about it, is that it doesn”t matter what age you are.
No. 3: Die Hard This is one of the best “blow “em” up” movies, filled with all the action you could ever want. Lots of great one-liners to quote too. This film keeps you on the edge of your seat up until the very end.
No. 4: A Christmas Story All Ralphie wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder BB gun, mom and dad This lighthearted comedy brings back such childhood nostalgia that you might just recall that one present that you had wished for so badly. Perhaps the most memorable seen in this movie is when a kid gets his tongue stuck to a flag pole.
No. 5: A Christmas Carol Which version of this famous story tops them all? Surely “A Diva”s Christmas Carol,” the 2000 made for TV version. Ha, yeah right. Honestly, there are so many remakes of this film I can”t keep them all straight, but Dickens tells a great story, and most versions of the story do an excellent job sticking to the original theme. Hey, you can never turn down Bill Murray”s “Scrooged.”
Horrible Holiday Flicks
No. 1: Home Alone 3 The first one was mildly entertaining, the second was just plain dumb, and the third shouldn”t even be recognized. It has the same plot, same ideas, everything It is so overdone and a pure attempt to drag out the success of Macaulay Culkins” hit, but this sequel doesn”t even have him in it. Even if it did, it would still be bad.
No. 2: Silent Night, Deadly Night Nothing like bringing out that Christmas spirit with blood and gore. In this horror film, Santa goes on a killing spree. Ugh, need I say more. (oh yeah, and if you can”t get enough, there”s four sequels )
No. 3: Ernest Saves Christmas If you like pure slapstick comedy, this film may have some redeeming qualities, but for the most part, it is a flop. Inane, stupid, and a pure waste of your time Ernest should go elsewhere during Christmas.
No. 4: A Very Brady Christmas The original Brady family just cannot be replicated. It”s just not going to happen, especially when made into any sort of movie. Just remember the cheesiness of the 1995 “The Brady Bunch Movie,” add a Christmas setting just for the heck of it, and you”re left with one stale holiday film.
No. 5: Jingle All the Way Hmm I don”t know why, but it”s hard to see Arnold Schwarzenegger as anything but the Terminator, especially a family man who hunts for his son”s perfect Christmas gift with the aid of Sinbad. Maybe it would help if this comedy were actually funny.