Thursday, December 07, 2006

Holiday Movie Guide - Part I

Number 10
Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

While it's impossible to find a legal copy of this TV show, pirated versions abound. Much to the dismay of George Lucas who has commented that if he had the money and time, he'd personally destroy every copy on Earth.

Personally, I've never seen Star Wars stoop to a level this low. But I still couldn't tear my eyes away from it.

Number 9
The Santa Clause (1994)

Tim the Toolman does good at fixing this movie up. While there is an obvious flavor of his Home Improvement-style acting, the supporting cast helps fill the laugh track.

There's a lot of good slapstick and good family humor here. And the moral of the story is decently disguised.

Number 8
The Bishop's Wife (1947)

Cary Grant (a great actor in his own right) plays the angel that answers the Bishop's prayers. While seeing David Niven as a Bishop was a bit odd, the story was great. Not the best movie, but a good classic.

This was something new for me to watch, which is quite likely why it placed in the Top Ten. I'll make an effort to add more holiday movies this year, so we'll see how things change for Christmas 2007.

Number 7
Bad Santa (2003)

Chock full of foul language and adult situations, this is not a movie for the entire family. And for that matter, it's not a movie for those that see Christmas as the celebration of the birth of Christ. Unless you're one of those priests, fathers, or nuns that has a sense of humor dirtier than my own.

But if you feel the urge to get your jollies off to the man in the red suit, this is the movie to do it with. John Ritter, Bernie Mac, and Little Person Tony Cox are stellar. While I'm no fan of Thornton, this was a great watch.

Number 6
Home Alone (1990)

I can still remember leaving the movie theater after watching this movie. My sides hurt from laughing so much. Even all these years later, it's hilarious.

Culkin hasn't had much of a career after this movie, and has made headlines for being a friend of Michael Jackson and marrying at a young age. Despite his history after the movie, this is a great John Hughes movie.

Number 5
White Christmas (1954)

A good combination of Christmas and WWII. You can't go wrong with Bing Crosby and Danny "fucking" Kaye (as Clark Griswold would say).

Even my wife loves this movie. We even share the same favorite scene with Crosby and Kaye singing and dancing in drag. Lord help the mister that gets between me and these sisters!

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