Top 5 Christmas Movies
Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. Lots of food, presents, love and family….ok the last one can sometimes get a bit much, but the rest are awesome. As is sitting down during the festive season and watching a good film. Below are a list of films I try to squeeze in every year. For the most part they are comedies, but they have heart, a message and plenty of Christmas spirit. Have a look at one or two of these over your break.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
Finnish fantasy film about a simple hunting community who discover the really big secret behind Santa Claus. That is not only he exists, but he pretty much hates kids and wants to see them, well pretty much gone. Partly in English, mostly subtitled, well worth seeing, for mine it is the best Christmas movie I have seen in a long, long time. Plus who does not want some full frontal sub-zero degrees male nudity around the holidays?
Just Friends (2005)
Hilariously funny, starring Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris. This is a screwed up tale of relationships, family and baggage. All with Christmas in small town America as its backdrop. Anna Faris is the standout here playing an insane parody on all vacuous female pop stars, and doing it brilliantly. Ryan Reynolds as always is very funny, his interactions with his younger brother played by, Chris Marquette, are worth seeing the movie alone.
Bad Santa (2003)
A very wrong dark comedy with Billy Bob Thornton playing the worst Santa ever. Well one of the worst, I can think of some pretty bad Santa’s anyone ever see Silent Night Deadly Night. Anyway this Santa is a womanising, drunken con artist and thief, exactly who you want dispensing holiday cheer to your little cherubs. While this movie is very wrong it does have a lot of heart, and even some redemptive qualities.
Fred Claus (2007)
Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti team up in this laugh out loud take on Santa and his brother. I have heard it said that if you see one Vince Vaughn film, you have seen them all. While this is true, he is pretty much the same character in every film, this one is still up there for quality. A great deal of the credit for this goes to Paul Giamatti, who plays an awesome Santa, and the ensemble cast comprising of, among others, Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Banks and Kevin Spacey. Get you holiday cheer on with this comedy.
In my opinion the best version of Dickens Christmas Carol, Directed by the legendary Richard Doner (Lethal Weapon, Ladyhawke, The Omen, Superman….I could go on) Bill Murray, plays Scrooge brilliantly, he is the right balance of maniacal evil, arrogant and bitter to juxtapose the visions of the ghost and how Christmas should be. A highlight for me in this film is the insane Carol Kane, playing the ghost of Christmas present. Also Bobcat Goldthwait as a highly strung disgruntled employee. I watch this film every Christmas without fail and have done so since 1988.
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