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Moose
11-17-2004, 10:38 AM
I"m sure I left one or two classics off, but here's a good list to start the discussion.

Moose
11-17-2004, 10:44 AM
A three way toss up for me, but I went with "It's A Wonderful Life".

Love "Christmas Story" - the "leg lamp" still cracks me up, the visit to Santa is hysterical, and there's just so much more in that movie to laugh about.

The black and white 1951 Scrooge terrified me as a kid - I remember my parents always watched it, and I just got spooked. Then as I got older, I realized what a great story it was, and how good Alistar Sims was as Scrooge.

But It's A Wonderful Life just makes Christmastime for me. It's almost a perfect movie. I can recite most of the lines, and can do most of the sound effects when I am watching it (well, me and my friend Gina in combination...we always watch it together at least once every holiday, and do the horns of the cars honking, the bells ringing, ...).

It's also one of only two movies that can still make me cry (gawd, I am such a sentimental hack). When they bring in the money at the end of the movie, I still tear up. I've seen it probably 100 times, and I still cry.

The other movie that makes me cry is "Field of Dreams", when Kevin COstner has the catch at the end with Shoeless Joe Jackson/his father.

Sebastien447
11-17-2004, 11:12 AM
Just had to go with It's a Wonderfull Life. But you have to watch A Christmas Story at least once this time of year, especially since TBS plays it for 24 hours straight.

Also love both versions of Miracle on 34th Street and The Santa Clause. And the Albert Finney version of Scrooge has some great music!

:D Ho Ho Ho :D

meadfish
11-17-2004, 11:16 AM
I was gonna mention "what about the Santa Clause" ??? I am shamed, shameful, and it is a sham that I have not seen It's a Wonderful Life, or Miracle on 34th St. or Scrooge (except the one with Bill Murray) :-[

Sebastien447
11-17-2004, 11:23 AM
I have not seen It's a Wonderful Life, or Miracle on 34th St. or Scrooge (except the one with Bill Murray)

This is your year Fish! The Scrooge with Bill Murray is good, but you gotta check out the classics! You'll love em!

Another more recent Christmas film that is very well done ... Family Man, We enjoyed it so much that we now own it.

leah_jewel
11-17-2004, 02:36 PM
I've never been able to enjoy A Christmas Story. It just rubs me the wrong way.

My fave Christmas movie is Home for the Holidays. Dylan McDermott, Robert Downey jr and some girl. :P I can't remember her name.

It shows such an eccentric family and I think it is more realistic than most holiday movies that are made nowadays.

Moose
11-17-2004, 09:49 PM
I edited the poll to include "Miracle on 34th Street", my bad leaving that one off.

Leah, I also enjoyed Home For The Holidays, but it was about Thanksgiving, if I remember correctly. And Holly Hunter was the girl in it.

Sebastien447
11-17-2004, 10:04 PM
Hey moose ... is Santa Clause vs. the Martians really a movie, or was that just a joke ???

Moose
11-17-2004, 11:34 PM
Hey moose ... is Santa Clause vs. the Martians really a movie, or was that just a joke ???

Sebs:
Not only is "Santa Claus vs. The Martians" an actually movie, it was the cinematic debut of the legendary Pia Zadora!

Came out in 1964. It was one of "MST3K"'s greatest episodes ever, as well.

Here's a plot summary - (though www.imdb.com calls it "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians")

"Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extoll the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058548/

leah_jewel
11-18-2004, 03:44 AM
I edited the poll to include "Miracle on 34th Street", my bad leaving that one off.

Leah, I also enjoyed Home For The Holidays, but it was about Thanksgiving, if I remember correctly. And Holly Hunter was the girl in it.

You're right, Moose. Silly Leah.

Now i have to pick a favorite and I don't think I have one... what about the Muppets Christmas? I'm going with that one.

Sebastien447
11-18-2004, 08:33 AM
sorry Bets ... I hated Nightmare before Christmas, just too oldfashioned to combine such disparate holidays I guess ...


and this thing ??? ...

"Martians, upset that their children have become obsessed with TV shows from Earth which extoll the virtues of Santa Claus, start an expedition to Earth to kidnap the one and only Santa. While on Earth, they kidnap two lively children that lead the group of Martians to the North Pole and Santa. The Martians then take Santa and the two children back to Mars with them. Voldar, a particularly grumpy Martian, attempts to do away with the children and Santa before they get to Mars, but their leader Lomas stops him. When they arrive on Mars, Santa, with the help of the two Earth children and a rather simple-minded Martian lackey, overcomes the Martians by bringing fun, happiness and Christmas cheer to the children of Mars"
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058548/


I haven't seen it, so I'll reserve comment. But I've never noticed it on TV, never seen it for sale, never even heard of it ... so I think my chances of getting a glimpse are slim to none!

And I still think moose is messing with me! Is this really a movie?!!!

Moose
11-18-2004, 09:17 AM
Sebs:
I wish I was clever enough to have made something like this up!
It is available on DVD:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00008G7EG/qid=1100827089/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/104-3092541-3681549?v=glance&s=dvd

http://images.art.com/images/products/small/10129000/10129769.jpg

Moose
11-18-2004, 09:21 AM
and here are a couple of sample reviews:

"Like a car accident unfolding before your eyes, it's impossible to look away even if only to see how just bad it can get. "
-- Ryan Cracknell, MOVIE VIEW

"This tacky attempt to make a kidpic about the Christmas spirit seems too retarded for even kids who will watch anything silly."
-- Dennis Schwartz, OZUS' WORLD MOVIE REVIEWS

"shot in that hopeless, bad filmmaking style ... with the delayed, artificial rhythm of a trans-Atlantic phone call"
-- Jake Euker, FILMCRITIC.COM

"It's all about as heartwarming as a documentary about reconstructive bowel surgery, a procedure you may need should you choose to sit through all 82 minutes..."
-- James Sanford, KALAMAZOO GAZETTE

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/santa_claus_conquers_the_martians/

Sebastien447
11-18-2004, 09:31 AM
8 Bucks?! ... shipping included?! I'm tempted!

Hey, how bout Rocky ... We always love watching this movie during the holidays. It's not really a "Christmas" movie, but it's such a great flic, and it takes place at this time of year ... love when Rock says, "Well, to you it's Thanksgiving, but to me it's just Thursday. Know what I mean?"

in fact ...

*leaves to find Rocky*

Moose
11-18-2004, 09:40 AM
8 Bucks?! ... shipping included?! I'm tempted!

Spend it, bro, spend it!




Hey, how bout Rocky ...

Sebs:
I am from Philly. Lived in the vity for years, now about 20 or so minutes outside.
At first, I loved "Rocky".
Then, whenever friends came to town, they would say "oh, I HAVE to run up the Art Museum steps". I got so sick of making that trip, and seeing normally sane folk standing at the top with their arms extended, asking for their picture to be taken, that I gre sick of all things Rockyesque (Rockiesque?)

But I still take them to where Jamie Lee Curtis's apartment was on South Street in "Trading Places". Some years back, I thought Jamie Lee was as hot as they got in the movies.

Sebastien447
11-20-2004, 04:46 AM
Home Alone ... now there's a movie that I have never seen. It looks kind of wacky. Family forgets the kid, and the kid sets a bunch of ingenious traps to fend of the bungling burglers ... is that the one?

Kirkus
12-03-2004, 09:50 AM
I voted for Wonderful Life cuz "Bad Santa" wasn't on the list. Just something about a drunk department store santa peeing his pants that really gets me in the spirit. :D (oop oop oop)

Sebastien447
12-11-2004, 11:04 AM
I just watched a movie on the USA channel called The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve and I really enjoyed it.

It was corny, what Christmas movie isn't ... and it surely wasn't one of the best ever, but it was well done.

HO HO HO

:D

Sebastien447
12-17-2004, 05:54 AM
I am shamed, shameful, and it is a sham that I have not seen It's a Wonderful Life

Hey Fish ... Here is A Wonderful Life in 30 seconds, re-enacted by BUNNIES!
http://www.angryalien.com/1104/xmasbunthumb.gif http://www.angryalien.com/1104/xmasbunthumb.gif http://www.angryalien.com/1104/xmasbunthumb.gif http://www.angryalien.com/1104/xmasbunthumb.gif http://www.angryalien.com/1104/xmasbunthumb.gif http://www.angryalien.com/1104/xmasbunthumb.gif http://www.angryalien.com/1104/xmasbunthumb.gif

http://www.angryalien.com/

meadfish
12-18-2004, 09:10 AM
So now can I say I have seen it? ;D

Sebastien447
12-23-2004, 08:54 PM
They're having a Miracle on 34th Street marathon on AMC.

Here's your chance Fishy! :D