Top ten Christmas movies

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FilmFella Lozz gives his unique take on the top ten Christmas movies.





10. The Grinch

The Grinch [DVD] [2000]

Baldie Ron Howard made this Dr. Seuss adaptation and at the time, I’m pretty sure, it wasn’t given the recognition it deserves. Ok, so it isn’t the best film in the world, but the sets are fantastic, and Jim Carey completely owns the character. He actually pulled the film through, and it is he who is responsible for this, the tenth place Christmas movie.

9. Santa Claus The Movie

I don’t remember too much about this movie, other than it has Dudley Moore in it as an elf and an awesome baddie in the form of John Lithgow, who is an absolute son of a bitch. I (think I) have fond memories of this film; which means that I’ll probably not watch it again, because I will, no doubt, be disappointed.

8. National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation [DVD] [1989]

Good old Chevy Chase eh. Where the hell has he gone?! This, probably the best of the Lampoons movies, showcases Chase as a very funny slapstick comedian. What this movies does perfectly is have the family unit enjoying Christmas, but having everything around them going to shit. It’s been tried since, but will never be as good as this.

7. A Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas [VHS] [1994]

Who would do a creepy animated Christmas movie? None other than Tim Burton, the crazy haired eccentric. Jack Skellington lives in Halloween town, a weird world of monsters and deformed creatures; he happens upon a portal to Christmas Town. Here he is bemused by all the Christmas stuff and decides to mix things up back home with what’s he’s seen. Sounds nuts. Is nuts. Looks wonderful and Danny Elfman score, of course, gives it that certain otherworldliness.

6. Love Actually

Love Actually [VHS] [2003]

Yeah, so I’ll probably get ridiculed for putting this in the list, but I really don’t mind this movie. There are a few cringe-worthy moments sure, and the sentiment is a bit fluffy, but some of the little stories are quite good. Alan Rickman is great in this; he may be the only actor to be in 2 films on this list. Well done Alan. Bill Nighy is by far the funniest character, and Rowan Atkinson in a cameo role as the shop clerk; genius.

5. Bad Santa

Bad Santa [DVD] [2003]

As far as I’m aware Disney funded this movie, which, when you think about it, that’s quite funny. As this, is absolutely not the archetypal family movie, that you’d normally associate with Disney. Billy Bob is the alcoholic, womanising, blaspheming (not so) jolly fellow. He’s very blunt and very funny in this adult Christmas movie. All good apart from that midget; just don’t like his face.

4. It’s a Wonderful Life

It's a Wonderful Life [1946] [DVD]

Feeling like he’s worth more dead than alive, George decides to off himself. His guardian angel, however, has other plans. He shows George what life would’ve been like if he didn’t exist, and it ain’t pretty. This is the Christmas movie that is more about being happy with what you got and quittin’ your jibba jabba about how shit everything is; and just enjoying Christmas, a-holes. I’m pretty sure that’s the message Capra was going for when he made this.

3. Elf

Elf [DVD] [2003]

Jon Favreau’s Elf looks like it’s gonna be stupid and frothy family softness; but this movie really encapsulates everything Christmassy. It’s the overdone ‘foreigner in a foreign land’ concept, but Will Farrell really excels in this last great family Christmas movie. James Caan is perfectly cast as the ‘bah humbug’ character too.

2. Home Alone

Home Alone [DVD] [1990]

Now, this is the Christmas movie of my childhood. It’s the one that made you think that you could kick some burglars’ asses. Swinging paint tins became awesome weapons. Home Alone saw some great slapstick comedy; slipping on slimy stuff, taking an iron to the face; pretty harsh really for a kids film, but still today stands up as a great family Christmas movie.

1. Die Hard

Die Hard [DVD] [1989]

Die Hard is my number 1 Christmas movie. Ok, ok, it’s got nothing to do with Christmas, really, but it sure as hell even after nearly 20 years, kicks ass. It is set a Christmas though; John Maclain travelling to see his family for the holidays and gets caught up in a skyscraper siege, led by awesome baddie Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber. Other stuff that make this Christmassy are: the bad guy that gets his neck broken (as him and Bruce do rollipollies down the stairs) and is sent down in the lift with ‘Now I have a machine gun. Ho ho ho’ written on his chest. And then we have that great, but haunting score featuring those, what should be joyous but turn out to be ominous, sleigh bells. Oh and Bruce sticks a gun to his back with Christmas wrapping tape in the end showdown scene. Plus, Let it Snow for the end credits.

Anyway, it’s my damn list and my damn top Christmas movie, damn it.

List written and compiled by FilmFella Lozz @filmfellalozz
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