By Britt Argo
December is my favorite month for binging movies. Cooler weather, and extra time off for the holidays, is the perfect excuse to stay in and share these classic films with friends and family. It’s a tradition to watch your favorite films again each year! Whether you curl up with the sentimental classics, prefer a funnier flick, or a beloved animated film, here is something for everyone’s taste (in no order—too difficult to rate a favorite):
- IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) – Jimmy Stewart & Donna Reed star in this classic. On Christmas Eve, a down and out George Bailey contemplates suicide. An angel, Clarence, helps George Bailey see how the Bedford Falls town, his wife and family would end up, if George was never born. Through a series of flashbacks, George is reminded just how special his family is, and how much the town needs him if given a 2nd
Highlight Scene—George & Mary dancing in the gymnasium when the pool underneath opens, and everyone falls in.
- A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) –Set in the 1940’s, little Ralphie just wants a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, even though all the elders say “He’ll shoot his eye out. Who can forget Ralphie in a Pink Bunny Suit or his tumultuous dept store visit when Santa kicks him down the slide. His dad cursing like a chimney over the smoking busted radiator, or that 1 legged fish net stocking lamp his dad worships, but mom hates. His school friend bullied into licking the frozen metal pole and getting his tongue stuck on it on a dare. Or Ralphie’s fantasies of saving everyone in his make believe western—if he only had that Red Ryder BB Gun. One of my personal faves—a must see!
- ELF (2003) –Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a loveable but gullible human raised as a Christmas Elf in the North Pole. Upon discovering he is adopted, he journeys to New York City to meet his real father, Walter (James Caan). However, it’s not an easy task to win him over, Walter is a workaholic, distant from his own family, and lacking the Christmas spirit. Buddy’s child-like wonder and enthusiasm for all things Christmas help him win over Walter’s wife and son, as well as Jovie (Zooey Deschanel), the singing store elf he is smitten with. It’s Will Ferrell’s over the top antics, and full commitment to revive “Christmas Spirit” in everyone that eventually powers Santa’s sleigh to save Christmas and win over his dad.
- LOVE ACTUALLY (2003) –the ultimate romantic comedy shows us “How All You Need is Love”. Director Richard Curtis packs a power-house cast : Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Laura Linney, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andrew Lincoln and so many more to weave an interlocking tale of 8 couples finding love one Christmas in London.
- DIE HARD (1988) Yes, it is a Christmas Movie! NYPD officer John McClane gets trapped in Los Angeles’s Nakatomi Plaza during his estranged wife’s office Christmas Party. This is a classic tale of the lengths one man will go to, in order to save his wife in time for Christmas.
A group of elite German Terrorist bank robbers led by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) take the tower hostage. A barefoot John (Bruce Willis) must out-smart, out play, and out gun them one by one, while battling exploding elevator shafts, booby trapped roofs, and all that broken glass.
And kill the bad guy, of course, as he falls to his death in slow motion.
Other Great Holiday Movies to Enjoy:
- Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Home Alone
- The Polar Express
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
** Some of these films get re-released in select movie theaters in December. Check www.Fandango.com for a list of local theaters playing the films and showtimes. To watch trailers and learn more about the movies, check out: www.IMDB.com