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Favourite Christmas Film (705 views)


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These are some of my favourite festive season films; some from childhood and others from watching with children. All of them remind me of what is good and bad about human nature, no matter what time of the year it is.

Do you have a favourite film for the holiday season? Does it have special significance?

Let us know what it is and why. All posts are welcome.

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You have all my fav's listed smiley

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PS: Don't like your new pic/avatar..

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@1FRAC1 I like it. smiley

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@1FRAC1 Well in the immortal words of Lady GaGa;

"I'm on the right track, baby
I was born this way
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@box you were born that way? You quote gaga?smiley any way liked your link and list.👍

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Fred Claus is my favorite Christmas movie. Always makes me laugh.

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@udahntiudahndo hmmm I will have to check this one out... it's impossible that I could have missed a Christmas film smiley

thanks for sharing xx

*searches Fred Claus*

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@EUNOIA🌟 Did you watch it? cute movie

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@udahntiudahndo I have not watched it yet - saved to my Christmas list.

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@udahntiudahndo I've never heard of that one. I'll have to look it up, thank you.

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It's a wonderful life
Scrooge (1951)
A Christmas story
National lampoon's Christmas vacation
The Santa Clause
Home alone
Bad Santa
The ref/ aka Hostile hostages

In that order...

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@MarkRowley Excellent list and much like mine.

Watching National lampoon's Christmas vacation is a ritual this way every Christmas when we go to my husband's Uncle's during the holiday for the annual X-mas dinner - this film is literally always played after we eat and before the real party begins.

I know it by heart LOL

I have tried to squeeze in DVDs of new Christmas films to replace National lampoon's Christmas vacation and he did manage to skip a year without watching it but it's back to the same old same old.

I love the holidays though and everything about Christmas season. The best films are the older ones although there was a good one released in recent years - when I remember it , I will share.

Thank you for sharing yours xx

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@EUNOIA🌟 I'm a Christmas fanatic, so I record every film and special so I'm never truly reliant on TV stations or streams. Christmas vacation is one of those that gets a viewing a good few times before it's all over

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@MarkRowley Great list and a new one for me (The Ref) which looks perfect. What year is A Christmas story from?

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@box 1983, it's a classic

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/A_Christmas_Story....

The ref is just one of those gems that's never given a fair airing and Dennis Leary is brilliant in it.

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Ref_The....

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I'm with Mark

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Home Alone

My Favorites, these movies always bring me back to simpler times smiley

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@tvguys Oh yes, the simpler times and the good old days!

National lampoon's Christmas vacation must be all of our faves lol thanks for sharing and welcome to two-movies smiley I noticed you're new or maybe just newly registered, either way , welcome aboard!

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

Not exactly a Christmas movie, but Christmas is in it and it's one of my favorite movies.

The only one on the list or mentioned here so far that I have seen is The Nightmare Before Christmas and I like that one too.

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@delamitri New for me D. and goes on the watch list - some great actors in it. TNBC was a big hit in our house for many years but kids grow up. Still I might get them to give it one last go.

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Some good ones mentioned here but gotta say:

A Christmas Story- Can't go wrong with 'Electric sex' in the window!

Die Hard- Yippee ki yay motherforker

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@AriadneN Had to look up the "Electric sex in the window" - cool. Looks like a good one. Thanks

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@box It's a classic.

"Fra-gee-lay. It must be Italian!"

It may not be as quotable as The Princess Bride, but for this American upper midwestern raised former 1970s kid it was immensely relatable. Hope you enjoy.

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Lethal Weapon (1987)
Die Hard 2
In Bruges
Batman Returns
Die Hard (1988)

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@Crutchbender High octane comedy thrillers with the sexy Catwoman and Two Paddys in Belgium to keep you company - Nice choice.

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@Crutchbender In Bruges- holy crow I forgot that was set during Christmas! Such a good movie.

Brendan Gleeson is an absolute treasure, I would pay to watch him narrate paint drying. And Colin Farrell's performance was a pleasant surprise.

+1 for your other choices as well!

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Gremlins!

and

Elf.

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@DemandingFemale I haven't seen Elf so I'll be checking it out. Gremlins is a classic.

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@box O.M.G! You've never seen Elf?

Oh boy, you're in for a treat!

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@DemandingFemale I missed a few films that year due to family commitments DF but I am looking forward to catching up. I'll let you know.

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For those of you who like short Christmas stories this is a comedy belter, written by and staring Chris o'Dowd...10 minutes of class. It's from a series by Sky.

vimeo.com/24214083

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@MarkRowley Great Mark - another present to unwrapp! Cheers

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@MarkRowley Loved it. Brought me back to getting presents you never asked for!

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Elf.

SANTA'S COMING !!!!!!!!!!!

Buddy the Elf what's your favourite colour?

Actually in my world it's not just for Christmas, I watch it anytime of the year.

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@⭐️janerosity⭐️ Everyday can be Christmas in your house Jan. Great idea. I think Coca Cola would be interested in buying the rights to that slogan!

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Don't forget. Nostalgia purposes...*cough*

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@EmpressAries👑 A must in any Christmas Movie stocking - Thanks Aries.

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@EmpressAries👑 A Charlie Brown Christmas is my favorite!

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Although Christmas films are usually family comedies with a touch of romance and good cheer, I am all in favour of mixing things up a bit especially when it comes to a good crime thriller.

We didn’t have a cinema in our town growing up, so when my older brother came home on his holidays from university in Dublin, I used to quiz him about what films he saw. It must have been on his Christmas visit home that he told me about a film called “The Silent Partner” and years later when I saw it (on VHS) I was as impressed with the film as I was with his story telling.

The screenplay was penned by Curtis Hanson, who would later be responsible for L.A. Confidential and stars two of my favourite actors, Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer who are on top form here. It is a bank heist thriller set during the Christmas period but not everything goes to plan. Tense, twisty and terribly intelligent with the added bonus of an early appearance by John Candy, this film won’t disappoint.

Toronto looks great also.

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/The_Silent_Partne....

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First and foremost, the traditional Finish Santa... and he ain't nice!!...

Rare Exports

www.imdb.com/title/tt1401143/



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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey) It was supposed to have been sweet, but it was creepy in the most perfect of ways...

www.imdb.com/title/tt0170016/


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Then, a more recent candidate into the Krampus genre that stood the true test of creepy...

Krampus

www.imdb.com/title/tt3850590/


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Although none will be as good as Rare Exports... I'm hoping, with this entry, coming out soon!

Anna and the Apocalypse

www.imdb.com/title/tt6433880/


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Hey RB - great recommendations. I had Rare Exports and Krampus down on the "alternative" Christmas list but I had missed How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the last one Anna and the Apocalypse looks like a fun one to add. Tx

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@box You're welcome. If you've not seen the first three, I hope you enjoy them. I just watched "Rare Exports" again. smiley

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Another Christmassy feel film from down under is ....

Better Watch Out (2016)

When you think the suburbs, you think safety, but this holiday night the suburbs are anything but safe. Ashley (Olivia DeJonge) thought this babysitting job was going to be an easy night, but the night takes a turn when dangerous intruders break in and terrorize her and the twelve-year-old boy, Luke (Levi Miller), she's caring for. Ashley defends her charge to the best of her ability only to discover this is no normal home invasion.

Don't investigate too much as you may find spoilers about.

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Better_Watch_Out....

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@box I'm going to watch this one tonight.. exactly the kind of thing I was looking for, and thanks for including a summary/mentioning about the spoilers.. perfect smiley I'll read the comments after, lol

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@maeGastar Let us know what you thought of it.

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@box I’m watching this right now, and just got past the[SPOILER],, (I started it last night but I kept screaming, haha, probably should’ve watched it with a friend) .. Definitely my kind of movie though. I’ll comment when I’m done.. smiley thanks for the recommendation

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@maeGastar Look forward to your vivid commentary maeG

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Love, Actually
Home Alone and Home Alone 2
Elf
Bad Santa

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@FemaleLotRfan83 I forgot about "Bad Santa"... It's a brilliantly dark film!

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It's between "A Xmas Story" and "a xmas carol ",the old version with Alister
Sims(not sure name of old actor)OH NO I FORGOT "A NIGHTMARE BEFORE XMAS"!!!the best of all!! smiley smiley smiley smiley smiley

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Can't believe no one has said Muppet Christmas Carol


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I have to second "Bad Santa" (previously mentioned by FemaleLotRFan83)


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Well the majority of my Favourite Christmas movies are already listed, So I will share with you my Favorite Christmas Skit from SNL

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@HelelbenShahar so good - thanks for the laughs.

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Holiday Heart ♥︎


Love this movie! Hadn't seen it in years and then ended up waking up to it the other day, (autoplay on youtube...). It's good if you're feeling down and/or miss your family. (& Ving Rhames is so good in it! A different kind of role..)

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Just watched one of the best suspense thrillers from 70's New York that is set during the Christmas period. It has the tandem of leading actor, Robert Redford and director Sydney Pollack in the film of "Three days of the Condor" from 1975. The Twin Towers had a prominent role in the film.

I believe this was the first movie I had seen which really challenged me to understand what was going on, as we are given mostly the POV of Robert Redford, member of the "academic CIA" and all round thinking woman's hero. The cast is rounded out by Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson and the wonderful Max Von Sydow as the man with no scruples nor sides and "how much" is the important question in his game.

I suppose these were strange times in American politics and I suppose the film reflected some of the paranoia that was going around. 9/10

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Three_Days_of_the....

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Looking for a film with that Christmas feeling that everyone will be dead before we get to the cake, then look no further.

Considered to be the first “slasher” film before “Hallowe’en”, it is clear that John Carpenter had his notebook out when he watched this one.

BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974)

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Black_Christmas....

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Maybe it's time for some super heroism in the form of Tim Burton's Batman Returns (1992). Michael Keaton dons the Caped Crusader's suit once again, the action is top notch and the villians get all the best lines.

Catwoman on the trials of finding a suitable date - "It's the so-called normal guys who always let you down. Sickos never scare me. At least they're committed."

Sit back and let the entertainment begin.

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Batman_Returns....

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As he did with Tom Hanks and the Polar Express, Robert Zemeckis teams up this time with Jim Carrey to play Ebenezer Scrooge and the three Ghosts of Christmas in the Dicken's classic A Christmas Carol (2009) using the magic of motion-capture technology.

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/A_Christmas_Carol....

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@box OH NO, JIM CARREY as Scrooge?I can see him as one of the ghosts,but not Scrooge!Also, he could have played the COOKED GOOSE.that would be no stretch for him.

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Looking for a bit of holiday humour ... then look no further.

Planes, trains, and automobiles (1987) from the 80s teen guru John Hughes has Steve Martin and John Candy as two strangers/odd couple getting stranded together during a storm in Wichita and their adventure-filled fun ride involving trains, planes, and automobiles.

A classic.

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Planes_Trains__Au....

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Die Hard! smiley

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@bleemmst Thanks for your recommendation, and it seems to be a popular one as it has been mentioned more than once here. For anyone who may like to see Mr. Willis do what he does best, then get yourself over to ...

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Die_Hard....
and
getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Die_Hard_2....

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@bondojoe A classic - Murray doing Murray is worth its weight in gold.

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Silent Night and Black Christmas remakes. Also various Christmas tv episodes, especially The Office and Supernatural did one.

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Silent_Night_2012....

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Black_Christmas_2....

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@raven13 Much appreciated smiley.

I realise that most series will do a "Christmas Special" but I just wanted to stick to film for this thread.

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I just watched this one last night:

A Christmas Horror Story

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/A_Christmas_Horro....

It's really good! smiley

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@RAVENOUSbird it's on the list RB - thanks

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@box I should've looked, but admittedly I didn't. I was too overcome with being happy at finding another Christmas horror film for my collection. Sorry! smiley

EDIT: I just looked through the thread and don't see it mentioned, so I would've posted it anyways.... smiley

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I completely forgot about this one, and it's one of my favourites:

www.imdb.com/title/tt0218967/

The Family Man

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Family_Man_The....

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@RAVENOUSbird Role reversal with the on form Nicolas Cage and a fresh faced Tea Leoni in a comedy of priorities and family values. Anyone who has kids can identify with the moral of the story. Great recommendation for the time that is in it RB

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I was reminded of this music and the wonderful film while playing on the Games Forum this morning ...

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence is a 1983 British-Japanese wartime drama film directed by Nagisa Oshima, produced by Jeremy Thomas and starring David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano and Jack Thompson.

The soundtrack was as impressive as the film. Here is the main theme ...



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@box Love Bowie! smiley

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@box Do we have that film?(isn't that an Australian hat Bowie is wearing?Cuz I had one,years ago.)

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@clarachan1355 getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Merry_Christmas_M....

The hat was a bit before my time, sorry.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (2018)

"... a great story it’s cross between Alice in Wonderland,The Chronicles of Narnia
it helped get me into the Christmas spirit with a wonderful big named cast from Mackenzie Foy to Morgan Freeman and not forgetting Keira Knightley as Sugar Plum with bright and colorful costumes and great CGI special effects.
" (PinkTinker comment)

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/The_Nutcracker_an....

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@box I've not heard of this. Thanks, Box!

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And the last one for this season. The 5th of January is the celebration of the coming of the Three Kings (Wise Men) in Spain, with their presents for Jesus and the good children of the country. This is the closest in name but it is very good so I hope it keeps you amused until next November/Christmas.

Three Kings (1999)

At the end of the Persian Gulf War, four U.S. soldiers plan to steal a secret stash of Kuwaiti gold. Instead, they find themselves getting involved with civilians being executed by Saddam Hussein and left defenseless by the U.S. military.
George Clooney, Ice Cube and someone called Wahlberg

getcoloring.us/watch_movie/Three_Kings....

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THREE KINGS was very good.But my favorite Xmas movie is"Barefoot in the Park"cuz to do that,hop in the park,obviously Xmas is OVER.Another of my faves for Xmas is"The Long Hot Summer"--same reason.Also,one good Xmas film is "Mutiny on the Bounty"cuz it takes place in TAHITI.--best place to celebrate Xmas!--or,to just FORGET IT. smiley

You know what rich people do at Xmas?Go to hot, beautiful, sunny resorts.--after buying "The Resort Collection from Valentino".Once you got tons of moolah,you can afford to pretend you never even tried Xmas as a religious holiday,cuz being so rich is like"Xmas every day!"--sigh. smiley

THAT'S how I would like Xmas,as (maybe)Trump's next wife.We're the same age, don't knock it!- smiley -First I have to "subtly knock-off Melania---"you think an OO-ZIE OR AK-15 sounds subtle enough? smiley (She was a MODEL,they're dead from the moment they stop eating completely!She won't even notice.)I could handle Trump; I taught cooking to schizophrenics, smiley no diff!--And we'll have a French chef any way.--If I married money.I'm no longer eating AMERICAN FOOD.I think he's still cute.---All multi-millionaires are cute! smiley YES THEY ARE! smiley

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@clarachan1355 A fantastic New Year's Resolution. Go for it!!!

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