‘Tis the season to be jolly…so in the spirit of the festivities allow me to recommend only five of my personal choices for holiday classics and gems for you to feast your eyes on.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
For all you contemporary whiners who complain about black and white… shut up. If you don’t get a warm feeling watching George Bailey (James Stewart) find redemption in his life, despite his financial woes, you don’t have a heart. Plus, it’s a lesson in the true meaning of the holidays for all those brats out there who do not appreciate what they have and constantly want more.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Nobody is quite as boss as Dr. Suess so this holiday animated classic needs to be visited year after year. And have you heard the Grinch’s theme song? It puts the “Grin” in “Grinch,” with lyrics such as: “your soul is an appalling dump heap, overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable.” Damn. Jim Carrey took a stab at this green grouch in a live-animated spin (with its own moments), but there’s nothing like the original.
Mean Girls (2004)
Let’s face it, any excuse to watch this movie is gladly taken. However, the moment of festivities arrives when the Plastics (including Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams) celebrate Christmas with their slutty rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock,” and when Glenn Cocoa gets four candy canes and Gretchen Weiners gets none. This movie is undoubtedly a classic in modern society.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Before Tim Burton got remake happy he gave us this holiday gem featuring the king of Halloweentown Jack Skellington (voiced by the groovy cool Danny Elfman) discovering the wonders of Christmas. Goth kids have rejoiced in this stop motion animation, but it is a yuletide experience everyone can get onboard with.
Home Alone (1990)
Regardless of how crazy or ridiculous or negligent our families are, they are what the holidays are all about. Kevin McCallister’s (pre-crazy Macaulay Culkin) run in with burglars when his parents forget him on vacation is memorable, insanely funny, and socially spot-on… in other words, it’s obviously a movie written by the great John Hughes.