The best thing about Christmas, besides champagne, is Christmas movies (and okay, what I really mean is HOLIDAY movies, but when I say Christmas I say it as a total pagan, so just back off).
Today I'm seeing my all-time favorite, IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, on the big screen for the first time. Can't beat that for Christmas Eve!!
But you all know how I love lists, so here it is, the Top Ten Holiday Movie List.
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
non-escapist fantasy that puts you through the emotional wringer only
to emerge the feel-good - that's, feel GOOD - film of all time.
to show it to my gang kids in prison school – it remains one of the
all-time highlights of my life to see those kids start out whining that I
was showing them a black and white film and then watch them fall under
this movie’s spell. Oh man, did they GET it.
Cukor directing a Donald Ogden Stewart & Sidney Buchman
adaptation of a Philip Barry play starring Cary Grant and Katherine
Hepburn. Anything else you need to know?
above, plus Jimmy Stewart, and the brilliant and under-known Ruth
Hussey (“Oh, I just photograph well.”) and Virginia Weidler as the
weirdest little sister on the planet (“I did it. I did it ALL.”) Not a
holiday movie, per se, but if you’re looking for cheer...
ultimate escapist fantasy. Yes, let me make a living doing 12 live
shows a year, simultaneously keeping two men at my beck and call, one
who sings, one who dances. Where do I sign? Best line: “But I do
love you, Jim. I love everybody.” Best song: “Be Careful, It’s My
Heart”. Best dance - Fred and the firecrackers. Best cat-fight
moment: Marjorie Reynolds trying to look contented with Bing Crosby
while Fred is dancing up a storm with Virginia Dale. (But be sure to
get the one with the appalling Lincoln's birthday sequence edited
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER
Christmas musical soundtrack there is – one great song after another -
only the whole thing makes me cry so hard I generally end up avoiding
series written by and starring John Cleese and Connie Booth, with
Cleese as the most incompetent innkeeper in the history of innkeeping.
The entire series is genius, every single episode - not exactly holiday
themed, either, but guaranteed healer of depression and all other ills.
Be prepared to laugh until you're sick.
brother turned the fam onto AB FAB and now it just wouldn’t be a
holiday without Patsy and Eddy and Saffy. Sin is in, sweetie.
GODSPELL and JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR
Okay, so I’m not technically a Christian or anything, but I can see God in those two shows.
So give. What movies mean Christmas, or the equivalent, to YOU?
Have a wonderful holiday!!!