In December I fall prey to a weakness of mine. Weakness? She has a weakness? Say it isn't so...yes, I love to watch Christmas movies. Not only do I love to watch them, I am not overly discriminating when it comes to quality. Made for tv movies are generally not my "cup of cocoa" - but during December, I throw caution to the winds.
I'm not sure exactly what is so appealing about them - often, very often, they are poorly made, heavily cliched, and badly cast. The one thing that most of them have in common is a happy ending. I'm a sucker for a happy ending.
Favorite Christmas movies:
We're No Angels.
It's A Wonderful Life.
A Christmas Carol (various adaptations, including but not limited to "A Muppet Christmas Carol", the Albert Finney version "Scrooge" and the Patrick Stewart version - I love the thought of Captain Picard as Ebeneezer Scrooge)
Elf. I'm not a Will Ferrell fan, but this I like.
If You Believe (a young Hayden Panterrie plays in this one)
A Season for Miracles
The Santa Clause (the first one)
Not so favorites:
The Santa Clause sequels...but I'll still watch them
Jingle All the Way. Arnold and Sinbad in a Christmas movie? Who thought that was a good idea?
Scrooged. Well, I like parts of this one - but it's a little too dark and edgy PLUS they swear...
Last but not least...
The Bishop's Wife. In some ways this is a great movie, after all it has Cary Grant in it. BUT - he plays a sort of romantic lead - and the bishop's wife is, after all, the bishop's WIFE. Given the choice would you go with a very prim, proper and repressed David Niven or Cary Grant? See - I don't like the idea of being tempted into infidelity by an angel...and Cary Grant is nothing if not tempting...oh, and now he's an angel...
What's your favorite holiday show?