Here is the second part of my Christmas movies list, still dedicated to my awesome sister-in-law, Kira.
5. A Christmas Story
This movie has become the It’s a Wonderful Life of my generation. It’s on everyday all day in December until the 26th. It’s got great quotables and fantastic scenes that stick with you. Everything about this movie works, from the quirky characters to the narration. If this is on when I am flipping the channels through the month of December, I will watch a few minutes of it and smile.
4. The Santa Clause
This is a movie I remember watching at my grammas house in one of the last Christmases at her place. We were opening our stockings and waiting for the rest of the family to come over. It’s a good movie with another touching story about family and the sacrifice that needs to be made for them. You will have to get over how annoying the kid is in his not listening to his father, but once you get over that, it really is a good family movie for the holidays, showing that Tim Allen can be a good actor when he tries.
Bill Murray has made a lot of movies and there is maybe only two or three that aren’t very good, not many actors can say that. Bill Murray is the king and he shines in this movie. It has touching scenes that really seem to affect the main character and that makes great storytelling. You really do see a story of redemption for this movies Scrooge and you are laughing throughout it. Hail to the king baby!
2. Christmas Vacation
I have only met one other person who doesn’t really enjoy this movie as much as I do…unfortunately that person is my wife. This is a great film starring one of my favorite comedians, Chevy Chase. Yeah, he may be a dillweed in real life, but danged if he ain’t funny. Clark Griswold is one of the best characters ever thought up for film. He has a naiveté and sweetness about him that I think a lot of people can relate to. Another great quotable movie.
1. A Muppet Christmas Carol
I saw this one in a theater, the day after Christmas in the excruciatingly boring state of Utah. Thought it was awesome, we already had the soundtrack from the day before and knew all the songs. I laugh throughout. It really is Gonzo and Rizzo the rats movie and who doesn’t like Michael Caine? It does take all the Christian aspects of redemption out and puts a “just be a good person” message in its place, which stinks. Regardless, always remember to light the lamp, not the rat…