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2020-12-06 6:38:40 AM  
Gremlins needs to be redone without all the racism before it appears anywhere near a "best of" list.
 
2020-12-06 7:08:30 AM  
List includes die hard, gremlins and lethal weapon. Yeah, no.
 
2020-12-06 7:30:22 AM  
farking commercial dreck.
 
2020-12-06 7:32:16 AM  
I prefer my Christmas movies to be about Christmas but not slap you in the face with it.  There is almost too much Christmas in Christmas Vacation and not enough Beverly DeAngelo plus too many scenes were set up for some kind of joke without anyone bothering to say "but does it fit the story?".

A Christmas Story is like a really long Little Rascals episode that truly is played out.  It has its few moments of course but hundreds of partial viewings later as some relative plus their TV on TNT then hides the remote means it is watered down.  At least it is no It's a Wonderful Life.

I think my favorite Christmas movies are The Ref, Blackadder's Christmas Carol (really an episode but definitions mean little nowadays), and Miracle on 34th St (original), although I never miss seeing Scrooged each year.  I also try to watch the Christmas episode of Space Above and Beyond because somehow, it almost screams the spirit of Christmas to me.
 
2020-12-06 7:35:20 AM  
Man, there sure are a bunch of Grinches in this thread.
 
2020-12-06 7:45:16 AM  
I always forget about Ernest Saves Christmas.  He goes to jail movie is underrated
 
2020-12-06 7:48:23 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: List includes die hard, gremlins and lethal weapon. Yeah, no.


wtf is it then? yeah or no?
 
2020-12-06 7:54:14 AM  

Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: I prefer my Christmas movies to be about Christmas but not slap you in the face with it.  There is almost too much Christmas in Christmas Vacation and not enough Beverly DeAngelo plus too many scenes were set up for some kind of joke without anyone bothering to say "but does it fit the story?".

A Christmas Story is like a really long Little Rascals episode that truly is played out.  It has its few moments of course but hundreds of partial viewings later as some relative plus their TV on TNT then hides the remote means it is watered down.  At least it is no It's a Wonderful Life.

I think my favorite Christmas movies are The Ref, Blackadder's Christmas Carol (really an episode but definitions mean little nowadays), and Miracle on 34th St (original), although I never miss seeing Scrooged each year.  I also try to watch the Christmas episode of Space Above and Beyond because somehow, it almost screams the spirit of Christmas to me.


The Ref is one I watch a lot. I also like Love Actually (Bill Nighy cracks me up in it.)
 
2020-12-06 7:58:40 AM  
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I enjoy the classics
 
2020-12-06 8:13:08 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: List includes die hard, gremlins and lethal weapon. Yeah, no.


They left off Home Alone movies, Harry Potter movies, Eyes Wide Shut, Batman Returns, and that special edition of Diary of Anne Frank Christmas in the Attic movie which always struck me with an odd note as to how they hung Christmas lights outside without attracting attention...oh and the whole Judaism thing.
 
2020-12-06 8:17:34 AM  

Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: I prefer my Christmas movies to be about Christmas but not slap you in the face with it.  There is almost too much Christmas in Christmas Vacation and not enough Beverly DeAngelo plus too many scenes were set up for some kind of joke without anyone bothering to say "but does it fit the story?".

A Christmas Story is like a really long Little Rascals episode that truly is played out.  It has its few moments of course but hundreds of partial viewings later as some relative plus their TV on TNT then hides the remote means it is watered down.  At least it is no It's a Wonderful Life.

I think my favorite Christmas movies are The Ref, Blackadder's Christmas Carol (really an episode but definitions mean little nowadays), and Miracle on 34th St (original), although I never miss seeing Scrooged each year.  I also try to watch the Christmas episode of Space Above and Beyond because somehow, it almost screams the spirit of Christmas to me.


A Christmas Story is overrated, I enjoy Christmas Vacation but i agree with your opinion. 34th Street is one of my Top 3 along with it's a wonderful life.  I also used to watch the original Yours, Mine, and Ours every xmas eve was it played on channel 9 right after 34th street
 
2020-12-06 8:24:38 AM  
My holiday watch list: Scrooged, The Ref, Hebrew Hammer, A Midnight Clear
 
2020-12-06 8:28:04 AM  

Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: Peter von Nostrand: List includes die hard, gremlins and lethal weapon. Yeah, no.

They left off Home Alone movies, Harry Potter movies, Eyes Wide Shut, Batman Returns, and that special edition of Diary of Anne Frank Christmas in the Attic movie which always struck me with an odd note as to how they hung Christmas lights outside without attracting attention...oh and the whole Judaism thing.


I was thinking about home alone but technically it was released in 90.
 
2020-12-06 8:28:25 AM  

duckpoopy: Peter von Nostrand: List includes die hard, gremlins and lethal weapon. Yeah, no.

wtf is it then? yeah or no?


Yes.
 
2020-12-06 8:42:57 AM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: [Fark user image image 225x320]

I enjoy the classics


Let it snow
 
2020-12-06 8:43:24 AM  
The best Christmas movie, hands down, is the Alastair Sim version of A Christmas Carol, aka Scrooge.

Scrooged is a recent favorite, too.
 
2020-12-06 8:45:56 AM  
Where's Trading Places?
 
2020-12-06 8:57:21 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: Peter von Nostrand: List includes die hard, gremlins and lethal weapon. Yeah, no.

They left off Home Alone movies, Harry Potter movies, Eyes Wide Shut, Batman Returns, and that special edition of Diary of Anne Frank Christmas in the Attic movie which always struck me with an odd note as to how they hung Christmas lights outside without attracting attention...oh and the whole Judaism thing.

I was thinking about home alone but technically it was released in 90.


I completely glossed over the 80's wording  in the title when I posted.
 
2020-12-06 9:06:15 AM  

Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: Peter von Nostrand: List includes die hard, gremlins and lethal weapon. Yeah, no.

They left off Home Alone movies, Harry Potter movies, Eyes Wide Shut, Batman Returns, and that special edition of Diary of Anne Frank Christmas in the Attic movie which always struck me with an odd note as to how they hung Christmas lights outside without attracting attention...oh and the whole Judaism thing.


Given the article and submission headlines, there's a 95% chance this is from English Major and/or subby is an old.
 
2020-12-06 9:07:27 AM  
In no way should Lethal Weapon ever be rated higher than Die Hard.
 
2020-12-06 9:11:33 AM  

thesharkman: I always forget about Ernest Saves Christmas.  He goes to jail movie is underrated


goes to camp is pinnacle Ernest.


ain't gonna get this camp!
 
2020-12-06 9:12:06 AM  
It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie of all time.
It makes me laugh and cry every time I see it and that's a good enough criteria for me.

I enjoy Scrooged find but it's a very "dated" 80s movie and that distracts me.  Bill Murray's hair, Bobcat Goldthwait, Buster Poindexter...
 
2020-12-06 9:41:11 AM  

thesharkman: Where's Trading Places?


Good point.

And it has the happy ending of the rich guys getting what they deserved.
 
2020-12-06 9:49:26 AM  

Your_Huckleberry: In no way should Lethal Weapon ever be rated higher than Die Hard.


Lethal Weapon is a good movie, it is probably the best buddy cop movie that is out there. It's stealth message about family and hope during the Christmas season should not be overlooked.

Christmas Vacation really isn't a good movie for Christmas. It is simply a collection of awful people except for Beverly D'Angelo that showcase the superficiality of getting together with the family for Christmas. Chevy Chase simply isn't funny and is such an awful person that he actually detracts from the movie.

As someone else here mentioned, I would put the Blackadder Christmas special very near the top if not at the top of the list. Very dry and British humor as we know to expect and love from Blackadder, this movie reminds us of what the Christmas spirit is supposed to be without shoving it in our faces like so many recent Christmas movies do.
 
2020-12-06 10:13:58 AM  
The Snowman, Full Version HD
Youtube nGmOiccZFJM
 
2020-12-06 10:28:38 AM  
Scrooge's is best Christmas movie

"B*tch hit me with a toaster!"
 
2020-12-06 11:17:14 AM  

Susan'sLittleAdamsApple: I prefer my Christmas movies to be about Christmas but not slap you in the face with it.  There is almost too much Christmas in Christmas Vacation and not enough Beverly DeAngelo plus too many scenes were set up for some kind of joke without anyone bothering to say "but does it fit the story?".

A Christmas Story is like a really long Little Rascals episode that truly is played out.  It has its few moments of course but hundreds of partial viewings later as some relative plus their TV on TNT then hides the remote means it is watered down.  At least it is no It's a Wonderful Life.

I think my favorite Christmas movies are The Ref, Blackadder's Christmas Carol (really an episode but definitions mean little nowadays), and Miracle on 34th St (original), although I never miss seeing Scrooged each year.  I also try to watch the Christmas episode of Space Above and Beyond because somehow, it almost screams the spirit of Christmas to me.


Mister, if I had a rubber hose, I would beat you.
 
2020-12-06 11:36:12 AM  
wonderful life is unwatchable.
 
2020-12-06 11:40:21 AM  
Our tradition is:
Watch Love, Actually on Christmas Eve
Watch A Christmas Story on Christmas day, and
Watch The Holiday on Christmas night

The Holiday, as sappy as it is, works because the cast commits to it so well (Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Cameron Diaz), not to mention a great small role by Eli Wallach.

"You learned to speak English?"
"Just in cases..."
(Lúcia Moniz as Aurelia is to die for...sigh)
 
2020-12-06 11:54:17 AM  

ranchguy: wonderful life is unwatchable.


The only reason that the movie It's a Wonderful Life got the air play it did was because somebody accidentally let it go into public domain and it was free to anyone who wanted to broadcast it. As far as movies are concerned it's awful.
 
2020-12-06 11:58:32 AM  

BrianGriffin: Our tradition is:
Watch Love, Actually on Christmas Eve
Watch A Christmas Story on Christmas day, and
Watch The Holiday on Christmas night

The Holiday, as sappy as it is, works because the cast commits to it so well (Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Jack Black, and Cameron Diaz), not to mention a great small role by Eli Wallach.

"You learned to speak English?"
"Just in cases..."
(Lúcia Moniz as Aurelia is to die for...sigh)


At some time we are going to have to watch Christmas Vacation just so we can see the shiatters full scene and then everyone but the missus will remember that it's not a good movie.

Eventually she will try to make us watch the Charlie Brown Christmas special and remember 5 minutes in that nobody likes it.

Eventually I will wander off and watch the very Venture Christmas special and the Blackadder Christmas special and enjoy myself thoroughly.
 
2020-12-06 12:06:54 PM  
FATMAN Official Trailer (2020) Mel Gibson Movie
Youtube WjBjUF4Tb_k


I decided to give Fatman a watch and was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was!
I know what you're thinking Mel Gibson as Santa, but wait! Add Walton Goggles as the hired killer and stir in a raging pot of instantly and you have a movie that's at least as good as Cabin Boy. Perhaps better.
 
2020-12-06 12:11:26 PM  
If you haven't seen this Christmas movie, you're really missing out:
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2020-12-06 12:17:16 PM  

AtomPeepers: [Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/WjBjUF4T​b_k]

I decided to give Fatman a watch and was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it was!
I know what you're thinking Mel Gibson as Santa, but wait! Add Walton Goggles as the hired killer and stir in a raging pot of instantly and you have a movie that's at least as good as Cabin Boy. Perhaps better.


That movie was actually quite a bit better than I thought it would be.  Based on the opinions of farkers from a prior thread (before it even had come out), I was expecting a pile of crap.

If I had a holiday watchlist, I would be adding this to it. As things are now, I ignore the fact that it's Christmastime and usually binge on old episodes of ST: TNG or ST: DS9 as tradition. Gets my yearly rewatch out of the way.
 
2020-12-06 12:23:54 PM  

rummonkey: ranchguy: wonderful life is unwatchable.

The only reason that the movie It's a Wonderful Life got the air play it did was because somebody accidentally let it go into public domain and it was free to anyone who wanted to broadcast it. As far as movies are concerned it's awful.


The increased airplay helped it get seen after a disappointing box office performance, but that has nothing to do with how it's looked upon in regards to quality. It was nominated for a bunch of oscars, including best picture, and made AFI's list of top 100 American films of all time.

I can understand not liking it. But calling it awful or unwatchable just seems like a bad take.
 
2020-12-06 12:37:33 PM  
For my wife and I it's : Elf when the kids are up (this and Love Actually  I think can be deemed "actual classic" movies made since the late 90s/2000s)

For us - and we shuffle the order every once in awhile :
The Night Before (it has it's moments, plus my wife is Jewish so she loves the church scene where Seth Rogan is tripping on mushrooms)

A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas (sometimes we watch it in 3d but not often) just because I love Kal Penn and I find the phrase "I love you waffle bot" hilarious beyond belief for some reason... but honestly Maria's family reminds me of my childhood christmas with my hispanic side of the family.

Office Christmas Party. This is the pinnacle of christmas to me.
It speaks to me on so many levels. The hopeful boss who really does care, the way the movie ramps slowly from "traditional 80s christmas movie" to batshiat insane, and def. the repeat on this list of Jillian Bell in her best role to date.

Finally on Christmas Day after everyone goes to bed I watch Go by myself. It strikes my 90s nostalgia, set at christmas, and I love every moment of Sarah Polley and Katie Holmes in this movie.
 
2020-12-06 12:57:12 PM  
The one and only film moment by which I mark the season:


Merry Christmas... Shitter was full!
Youtube 5OzEcY4Qg-Q
 
2020-12-06 1:06:59 PM  
So "Die Hard" is not only not the best Christmas movie, it's not even the best Christmas movie of the fuggin '80s
 
2020-12-06 1:10:09 PM  
"Comfort and Joy".
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2020-12-06 2:06:52 PM  

buntz: It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie of all time.
It makes me laugh and cry every time I see it and that's a good enough criteria for me.

Enjoy it more now:
It's a Wonderful Life: The Lost Ending - SNL
Youtube vw89o0afb2A
 
2020-12-06 2:43:39 PM  
Is the Christmas movie genre so fully stocked with good movies that it makes sense to compartmentalize by decade?  No, it is not.  Therefore, the list of ten best Christmas movies of all time (OF ALL TIME!) is as follows:

Die Hard
A Nightmare Before Christmas
A Christmas Story
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Jingle All the Way
Scrooged
The Ref
Lethal Weapon
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Charlie Brown Christmas - for the soundtrack

Feel free to argue amongst yourselves whether Nightmare is a Christmas move or a Halloween movie (it's both).
 
2020-12-06 3:21:54 PM  
Limmy's Christmas Special
 
2020-12-06 3:54:05 PM  

fugeeface: buntz: It's a Wonderful Life is my favorite movie of all time.
It makes me laugh and cry every time I see it and that's a good enough criteria for me.
Enjoy it more now:
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Oh. I was expecting a different video. That one was quite enjoyable as well. Here's the one I had in mind:

It's A Wonderful Life: Alternate Ending
Youtube Q9RsoLPVOb4
 
2020-12-06 3:56:35 PM  
Bad Santa
 
2020-12-06 3:58:13 PM  

AquaTatanka: thesharkman: I always forget about Ernest Saves Christmas.  He goes to jail movie is underrated

goes to camp is pinnacle Ernest.


ain't gonna get this camp!


Eggs erroneous will be a phrase I will never forget.

Otoh, I assume it qualifies as a white savior flick in today's lens.
 
2020-12-06 3:59:03 PM  

Smackledorfer: AquaTatanka: thesharkman: I always forget about Ernest Saves Christmas.  He goes to jail movie is underrated

goes to camp is pinnacle Ernest.


ain't gonna get this camp!

Eggs erroneous will be a phrase I will never forget.

Otoh, I assume it qualifies as a white savior flick in today's lens.


Oooh! Can we claim avatar ripped it off somehow?

That would be amusing.
 
2020-12-06 3:59:06 PM  

InfoFreako: Is the Christmas movie genre so fully stocked with good movies that it makes sense to compartmentalize by decade?  No, it is not.  Therefore, the list of ten best Christmas movies of all time (OF ALL TIME!) is as follows:

Die Hard
A Nightmare Before Christmas
A Christmas Story
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Jingle All the Way
Scrooged
The Ref
Lethal Weapon
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Charlie Brown Christmas - for the soundtrack

Feel free to argue amongst yourselves whether Nightmare is a Christmas move or a Halloween movie (it's both).


Nightmare Before Xmas is just as much an Xmas movie as Die Hard.

Which means they aren't, but because the writers included a bit of little xmas puns and wrote "ho ho ho" on a dead guy, I guess the internet is convinced. And since Nightmare actually has Christmas an an important plot point, it is the best Christmas movie.
 
2020-12-06 4:13:02 PM  
RE: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

If you've never read John Hughes' Christmas '59 stop and do so now.
You will never look at the movie the same.
Hughes was a gifted writer.
 
2020-12-06 4:33:15 PM  
Ernest Saves Christmas is significantly better than A Christmas Story. I grew up with both and will never understand how Christmas Story became so popular
 
2020-12-06 6:03:26 PM  

AppleOptionEsc: InfoFreako: Is the Christmas movie genre so fully stocked with good movies that it makes sense to compartmentalize by decade?  No, it is not.  Therefore, the list of ten best Christmas movies of all time (OF ALL TIME!) is as follows:

Die Hard
A Nightmare Before Christmas
A Christmas Story
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Jingle All the Way
Scrooged
The Ref
Lethal Weapon
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Charlie Brown Christmas - for the soundtrack

Feel free to argue amongst yourselves whether Nightmare is a Christmas move or a Halloween movie (it's both).

Nightmare Before Xmas is just as much an Xmas movie as Die Hard.

Which means they aren't, but because the writers included a bit of little xmas puns and wrote "ho ho ho" on a dead guy, I guess the internet is convinced. And since Nightmare actually has Christmas an an important plot point, it is the best Christmas movie.


Die Hard had as much to do with Christmas as It's a Wonderful Life. They're both Christmas movies, or neither is.
 
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