Thursday, December 11, 2008

Tube Time


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?


7 comments:

Keira said...

You guessed it in one: We're No Angels.

In fact, I think while folding the laundry today I should enjoy...

Frankie/mom said...

love, love, love "We're no Angels".. Particularly enjoy the demise of evil 'landlords' by pet viper, Adolfe. Bogart is charming & feel all warm & fuzzy when the convicts have a change of heart & receive their halos...even Adolfe! Another fave has to be "It's a wonderful life"....cuz it IS!

BeeGee Babe said...

It's a Wonderful Life & Charlie Brown Christmas. Sappy but fun!

m_perfect said...

Remember the "Christmas Carol" with Mr. Magoo? I'd like to see that again some time. I love "Miracle on 34th ST" too ( prefer the old version when Natalie Wood was cute). Ahh yes, the holiday movie...Hallowe'en isn't if there is no "Arsenic and Old Lace" either.

stephen said...

I love coming home from work and just ignoring everything else while I watch Christmas movies with Debbie.

OKTownsends said...

I could have written the same thing about how I feel about Christmas movies. I love them and often watch even if they are bad. It's the only time of the year I watch ABC Family channel because there is a different Christmas movie on every night. My favorite? That's such a hard question but White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street,and The Santa Clause are all good choices. I have never seen We're No Angels. So many movies, so little time.

Suzanne said...

Miracle on 34th St, Elf, and It's a Wonderful Life. I'm with you on the sappy happy endings, love 'em.