Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Films of the Season

Just this morning I got to thinking about the quickly approaching Christmas season and the associated films and television specials I look forward to each year. I've decided to turn my mental list into an actual list (in no particular order):
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas
  • Ruldolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (tv)
  • A Christmas Carol (either the 1951 b&w classic with Alastair Sim, or the 1984 tv version with George C. Scott; though I'm also a sucker for the 1970 musical Scrooge with Albert Finney)
  • Miracle on 34th Street (1959, b&w)
  • It's a Wonderful Life (b&w)
  • Elf (new classic)
  • A Christmas Story
  • White Christmas (or Holiday Inn, or both)
  • The Santa Clause (almost a guilty pleasure)
That just happens to work out to ten. Some also-rans and guilty pleasures are worth mentioning: The Bishop's Wife, Jingle All The Way (with the governator), Die Hard, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppet Christmas Carol, any Andy Williams Christmas Special, and if it ever makes it to video John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together.

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