December 14, 2011

Christmas Movie Favorites In No Particular Order: Part 1

It's already mid-December and I haven't started watching my annual Christmas movies! I have time now that I'm off on break though. I thought I'd give a nice list [in no particular order] of my favorites since it's the holiday season and all. Here's numbers 1-5:

1. The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974):
The premise of this movie is kind of ridiculous as Santa Claus is supposed to be a magical figure. Apparently he gets a cold and decides to "take a vacation" from Christmas for a year. Shouldn't a magical man be immune to the common cold? [Maybe Santa isn't magic...] I'll also never understand the aesthetic reasoning to give most of the characters in this movie epic buckteeth. Now you'll never be able to not notice the teeth!

I'm pretty sure I could skip everything in this movie apart from the Snow Miser/Heat Miser songs. That's the best part, after all.


2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947) (1994):
Yes, I included both on this list as they're kind of interchangable for me. I can watch one or both and I'm happy. The original is a classic. The "new" one is one I remember watching when I was little and it's a John Hughes film. Is this blasphemous talk? Maybe. 

The ending court cases in both films wouldn't work in a real court, but they're movies so I'll let it slide. I enjoy the ambiguity about whether Kris Kringle is truly Santa Claus and the skeptic attitude of Susan and her mother. The ending basically says that there's no way to disprove or prove Santa Claus and I like that this movie doesn't take the magical route.


3. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993):
Why did the emo scene of the early to mid 2000's have to adopt this movie and make it into some dark thing it's not? Oh well, I try to push that out of my mind because this movie is an animation masterpiece. If you know me, you know I have a thing for animated movies. The art of it fascinates me to no end. This stop motion movie was incredibly innovative and the detail that went into it is fantastic. I enjoy the original story and the fact that its viewing season lasts all the way from October through December. Not to mention the songs are super catchy. Thanks Danny Elfman!

4. The Santa Clause (1994):
I won't lie. I didn't notice/get/whatever the punny title of this movie until a couple years ago. The reasons are as follows: 1. I never looked at the spelling of "clause" on the DVD jacket and 2. I was four years old when this movie came out.
Now this movie is in no way a cinematic masterpiece, but it's cute and an original story. Plus, how cool was the beefed up Santa sleigh? Automatic hot chocolate and cookie dispensers? Yes please!

5. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964):
This is the first Christmas movie I remember watching. We had recorded it off the TV onto a tape. Yes, a tape. Those things you had to rewind. There were bonus 3 second bits of commercials recorded at the very beginning of commercial breaks too! We don't watch the tape recording anymore though, because I have it on DVD.
This one is a true classic. However within this enjoyable movie there have always been things that bothered me about it. First of all, Santa is so mean! He's this grouchy guy that hates the world. Secondly, what's up with the moral in this story?  Isn't the story basically that people hate you if you're different and only start to like you if you become useful to them? Little kids never analyze movies like that, but it's pretty funny to me now. It doesn't make the movie less enjoyable!
 I like to break out into "Silver and Gold" whenever somebody says those two words together. I break out into song too often. Also, Bumble is a cool guy and I like the Island of Misfit Toys too. Those things make up for mean Santa.


Stay tuned for Part 2 later on this week!

7 comments:

Sam said...

My favourite Christmas movie has been Santaclaus for many years now. I always look forward seeing it on Christmas eve!

Sam

Megan said...

This is such a fantastic list of movies, I can't wait for part two! I also really need to get caught up on my festive movie watching, I'm falling behind this year.

Samantha said...

I love Christmas movies. They're so festive and cozy :) My favorite would have to be Frosty The Snowman and It's A Wonderful Life. :)

xo, Samantha
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Frankly My Dear said...

I record every single Christmas movie that comes on TV this time of year, the bad and the good. They haven't really started up yet. I especially love Miracle on 34th street and Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Meggstatus said...

This is such a cute post!

Mitha Komala said...

great recommendation dear.. the second and forth one seems awesome :D thanks for sharing! i love your blog <3

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Michelle Elizabeth said...

Claymation Christmas movies are the greatest for sure
:)

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