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It's CHRISTMAS ! - user_32 - 11-23-2013

Inspired by the It's HALLOWEEN! thread, post any favorite Christmas/holiday films (popular or otherwise), TV Christmas/holiday Specials (just no Hallmark shit), Christmas/holiday music and any other odds and ends that get you into the holiday spirit (or at least did when you were a kid).



It doesn't matter if you celebrate or not, just anything that reminds you of those cold and snowy Decembers (or warm and sunny depending on where you are).






- art decade - 11-23-2013

Christmas is the one day of the year when we experience what the world could be (if we weren't such assholes).




- aurora vampiris - 11-23-2013

Bah, humbug.




- user_32 - 11-23-2013

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Bah, humbug.



Now, now






- chaz - 11-23-2013

The greatest Christmas song of all time!





- somethingclever - 11-23-2013

My family's Christmas movie is The Muppet Christmas Carol. We used to sit down and watch it as a family every year. I can quote the whole thing back to front, and I love it to death. With the exception of one terrible song in the middle, it's great from start to finish, and Michael Caine is fantastic as Scrooge. It's the best post-Henson Muppet film by a longshot, and it warms my heart every time I see it.





As a side note, my sister married a Honduran man this year who has 3 kids. We just learned this week that they were all able to get visas, so they're able to come spend Christmas with us here in the States. I'm beyond excited already, but this thread just reminded me that I'll get to introduce my new little nephews and niece to Muppet Christmas Carol and carry on a Christmas tradition, and that just makes me smile.



Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go watch all the songs from this movie.




- bill mcneal - 11-23-2013

I'm curious which song you think is terrible, SomethingClever.  I can't think of a song from the film I don't love.




- TzuDohNihm - 11-23-2013

ACouldn't wait six more days? It's like Walmart up in this mother.


- user_32 - 11-23-2013

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Couldn't wait six more days?


Nope.






- mike j - 11-23-2013




- art decade - 11-23-2013

Christmas is another season, another reason...to watch Die Hard.




- andrevellozo - 11-23-2013

AIt's not even summer here yet and it's already averaging 100 degrees here. I HATE the heat and, especially, the humidity. I've only had one snowy Christmas and, awful as it may sound, even though it was the first time I spent the holidays away from my family, it was my favourite Christmas ever.

I hate this time of year here in Rio.

Happy holidays!!!!


- somethingclever - 11-23-2013

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I'm curious which song you think is terrible, SomethingClever.  I can't think of a song from the film I don't love.



I really dislike "The Love is Gone". That may just be a holdover from when I was a kid and it seemed sappy and boring and interrupted all the fun Muppet action. It might be a perfectly fine song, but adult me can't separate it from kid me's perception of it.




- christmascheer - 11-23-2013

Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday Season!




- dr harford - 11-23-2013

AJust watched Eyes Wide Shut the other night. A great movie set at Christmas.


- bill mcneal - 11-23-2013

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I really dislike "The Love is Gone". That may just be a holdover from when I was a kid and it seemed sappy and boring and interrupted all the fun Muppet action. It might be a perfectly fine song, but adult me can't separate it from kid me's perception of it.



First, I have good news for you.  That song isn't actually part of the movie.  It's only on full screen home video releases and wasn't actually part of the theatrical film, nor is it in the widescreen version.



Second, I disliked it as a child as well, but in hindsight, watching the movie without it makes that section of the movie feels wrong.  I think I appreciate it much more as an adult and think it shouldn't have been removed.  The scene passes much too quickly without it, especially knowing the pacing when it is in place, and the story of Scrooge's lost love suffers greatly for it, not to menion that the reprise of the song a the end of the film makes much little to no sense when it's reprising something that was missing.  Even as a child who didn't really like the scene, I think I understood why it was there.




- chaz - 11-23-2013

My favorite scene from my favorite Christmas movie.





- bill mcneal - 11-23-2013

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Just watched Eyes Wide Shut the other night. A great movie set at Christmas.

I had completely forgotten that it was set during Christmas.  I'll have to re-watch that one this month, especially since it's been a few years since I last saw it.  Thanks for the tip!




- dr harford - 11-23-2013

ALots of Christmas parties, Christmas lights, etc. It's a good one. It's been described as *the* Christmas movie of 1999.


- raptors661 - 11-23-2013

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It's not even summer here yet and it's already averaging 100 degrees here. I HATE the heat and, especially, the humidity. I've only had one snowy Christmas and, awful as it may sound, even though it was the first time I spent the holidays away from my family, it was my favourite Christmas ever.

I hate this time of year here in Rio.

Happy holidays!!!!

Move to North Dakota. It was 33 below with the windchill last night and plenty of snow.




- dr harford - 11-23-2013

AI want to bring Andre snow for Christmas, like Harrison Ford in Mosquito Coast!

Andre we just had some snow today, just so you know.


- aurora vampiris - 11-23-2013

Bah, humbug.



Please don't snow, please don't snow, please don't snow...



Who'm I kidding? I live in New York.




- slim - 11-24-2013

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Christmas is another season, another reason...to watch Die Hard.



"Man, this is Christmas music."



One of my favorite things about the season is that it gives me an excuse to listen to that song. And watch Die Hard. Not that I really need excuses to watch Die Hard, but it's a good one to give my wife when I'm watching it for the 200th time.



I could actually use a bit of advice here... Anybody think it's weird, if you have a nephew who's just turned 21, to buy him a good bottle of scotch, or something? I've already for recent Christmases run the usual gamut with wallets and cologne and whatnot. I don't want my parents and sister to think I'm corrupting him with booze, but what the hell else do you get a kid that age?




- Bucho - 11-24-2013

AA Shane Black marathon?

This festive season it comes with added PTSD.


- MrSaxon - 11-24-2013

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Merry Christmas and a happy Holiday Season!



You certainly live up to your name.




- achoo - 11-24-2013

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a great christmas movie for those of us who like our christmas movies to include a little bit of wrinkly old man full frontal nudity.



The short films that preceded it are also great. Here's the first one.






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- dan venture - 11-24-2013

AGremlins is my favorite Christmas movie. I used to like A Christmas Story too, but they overplay it on TV so much I got tired of hearing about it.


- TzuDohNihm - 11-25-2013

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I could actually use a bit of advice here... Anybody think it's weird, if you have a nephew who's just turned 21, to buy him a good bottle of scotch, or something? I've already for recent Christmases run the usual gamut with wallets and cologne and whatnot. I don't want my parents and sister to think I'm corrupting him with booze, but what the hell else do you get a kid that age?



I wouldn't waste good, or even bad, scotch on an unrefined palate such as his.  I've always gone by the adage that you have to be 30 to appreciate scotch.  At his age I would stick to nice rum or even a Pick Six or two of your favorite beers to get him introduced to various craft breweries.  Then you at least can avoid the impropriety of trying to get him drunk while not throwing good money away on something that might be a little harsh for him yet.


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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a great christmas movie for those of us who like our christmas movies to include a little bit of wrinkly old man full frontal nudity.



The short films that preceded it are also great. Here's the first one.





This is my annual go to short.  I love when I can introduce it to people who have never seen it.  I know I will be able to at least once this year.



On a side note, I believe Father Christmas, Otso Tarkela, plays the grandfather reading to the kids in What Does the Fox Say.




- Judas Booth - 11-25-2013

AChristmas is all about THE REF. It's the only holiday movie that we absolutely must see every year.


- Teitr Styrr - 11-25-2013

For me, it's all about Charlie Brown, Rudolph, The Grinch, Frosty, and Love Actually.  "Just in cases" gets me every time.




- mike j - 11-25-2013

Bernie Mac's finest hour:






- achoo - 11-25-2013

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 I believe Father Christmas, Otso Tarkela, plays the grandfather reading to the kids in What Does the Fox Say.



Apparently I suck at pop culture, as I had to Google What Does the Fox Say.



But yeah, I think that is him! But in addition to that, Mr. Tarkela is an architect and a teacher of history of architecture at a training college that my girlfriend attended years ago. You can imagine her reaction when she saw the short film and witnessed her respectable teacher running around the woods as a naked Father Christmas.




- wd40 - 11-25-2013

The older I get, the more I enjoy Christmas.  The mood, the family, the decorations, the weather, etc.  It helps that I associate fond memories of my grandparents to this holiday.  I'm quite old-fashioned, corny and quite into it, so I'll give an exhaustive list here:



Movies:


Christmas Vacation - typically 2-3 times


Elf - several times


Home Alone - several times


Die Hard


A Christmas Carol - every version.  Yes, even the Zemeckis one. I've never liked Scrooged, however.


Prep & Landing (new addition!)


Arthur Christmas (new addition!)


White Christmas - my wife loves this.  I hate it.  It's barely a Christmas movie.


Holiday Inn - the Bing musical I vastly prefer.


Love Actually


How the Grinch Stole Christmas - not the Ron Howard one


Charlie Brown


Rudolph


Gremlins


Bad Santa


A Midnight Clear


Nightmare Before Christmas



I don't think I am missing anything.  Christmas Story is played out, but I still manage to watch it as it reruns 7 thousand times over December.  I've never seen It's A Wonderful Life.  Shocking I know, but everything I understand about it leads me to believe I wouldn't be a fan - half because George seems like a prick, half because it's so hyped.  Miracle on 34th Street comes out every once in a while, but that's not required viewing for me.



Music:


Bing


Rat Pack


Nat


Andy Williams


Straight No Chaser


Perry Como


Carpenters


Elvis


Johnny Mathis


Harry Connick, Jr.



Yes, I'm a damn dork.  I don't care.  It's the most wonderful time of the year. Smile




- user_32 - 11-25-2013

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I've never seen It's A Wonderful Life.  Shocking I know, but everything I understand about it leads me to believe I wouldn't be a fan - half because George seems like a prick, half because it's so hyped.



Watch it. Trust me. The hype doesn't even do it justice. There's a reason it still hits after 66 years.