As I did a Halloween movies post, I thought it’s only right to do a Christmas one too.
My all-time favourite Christmas movie has to be Miracle on 34th Street, with Richard Attenborough, a remake of the 1947 feel-good classic, telling the heart-warming story of a young girl’s desire for a fully-functional family, complete with a father and a baby brother. The girl, Susan, confides in Kris Kringle, the kind old man who is acting as the grotto Santa in the department store managed by her mother. Kris Kringle, however, believes he is the genuine Santa Claus and this devotion to the cause makes him very popular indeed, leading to record profits for the store. This annoys rival retailers so much that they try to discredit the so-called Santa, leading eventually to a court case in which Kringle and his lawyer try to prove that he is the real thing.
White Christmas, Two talented song-and-dance men team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas. Of course, there’s the requisite fun with the ladies, but the real adventure starts when song-and-dance men discover that the inn is run by their old army general who’s now in financial trouble. And the result is the stuff dreams are made of.
Little Women, with her husband off at war, Marmee is left alone to raise their four daughters, her little women. There is the spirited Jo, conservative Meg, fragile Beth and romantic Amy. As the year’s pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of self-discovery, as Marmee and Aunt March guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue.
While You Were Sleeping, Chicago subway worker Lucy is infatuated by businessman Peter, a commuter who regularly uses her station and who she only ever sees from a distance. One day, Peter is almost hit by a train, but Lucy manages to save him at the last moment; then, as she sits by his side while he lies unconscious in a hospital bed, his family arrive and mistakes her for his new girlfriend. Happy to be welcomed into the home of her dream partner, Lucy tries to gather the strength to set the record straight, but the situation only becomes more complicated when she starts falling in love with Peter’s brother Jack.
It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey has spent his entire life in the small town of Bedford Falls. Despite his yearning to see the world, George has always sacrificed his personal ambitions for the sake of his family and the local community, settling down to marry his childhood sweetheart, Mary, and raise a family. However, when a huge amount of money goes missing from his savings and loans company he panics and finds himself preparing to commit suicide. He is shown the error of this idea by Clarence, an angel who has been sent to Earth in order to earn his wings. To this end, Clarence shows George just how badly Bedford Falls and its residents would have turned out had he never been born.
The Grinch, is a grouchy green monster who lives high up on a mountain overlooking the town of Whoville. The Grinch hates happiness, hates merriment, and most of all hates Christmas. So one year, as the festive season approaches, he decides that enough is enough and draws up plans to steal all of the decorations and presents from the poor, unsuspecting citizens below. Does this mean the residents of Whoville won’t be celebrating this year? Not if little Cindy Lou has anything to do with it.
Santa Claus – The Movie, The film follows Santa Claus as he sets off to New York to help out a little elf named Patch. However, having been made redundant, Patch decides to get his own back and starts to sell all the toy secrets to an evil toy manufacturer. Will Santa be able to save the day?
The Muppet Christmas Carol, join Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and all the hilarious Muppets in this merry, magical version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. One fateful Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Together with kind, humble Kermit the Frog and his family, the Spirits open Scrooge’s eyes — and his heart — to the true meaning of Christmas.
Home Alone 1&2, features young Kevin, finding that his family have gone on holiday without him and he is left alone in the house. To make matters worse, some local crooks have their beady eyes on the seemingly empty property. Kevin must find a way of stopping his home from being robbed.
In the sequel, Kevin gets lost in New York and in this city of millions of people, comes across the same two crooks vanquished in the first film. Will the dumb, bungling thieves never learn?
Elf, Buddy, a human being who has spent his whole life believing himself to be an elf. Brought up by Santa and his elves at the North Pole, Buddy has spent the last 30 years happily working in Santa’s toy workshop. But when his ungainly size starts to become a liability in the elf-sized working environment, Santa suggests that Buddy head to New York City to find his biological father. Needless to say, the unlikely spectacle of a 6’5′ man dressed from head to foot in bright green stands out a mile on the streets of the Big Apple, and the good-natured Buddy finds himself in all sorts of scrapes as he gets used to his new family and surroundings – and they get used to him.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, the Griswolds decide to spend the Christmas season at home. Needless to say, it is not as quiet as they had planned.
Deck the Halls, Good neighbours can be hard to come by and when the flighty Buddy Hall moves in across the street from the conservative Dr Steve Finch, it quickly becomes apparent that the two men are complete opposites. While Finch methodically plans out every minute of the coming Christmas season for his family, Buddy craves freshness and excitement and is seized by an impulsive desire to decorate his house so brightly that it can be seen from space. While the men’s wives Kelly and Tia and their children revel in one another’s differences and form solid friendships, a rivalry of personalities and Christmas spirit ensues between the two men that will wind up testing the patience and love of every member of both families.
Santa Paws, Upon his 1600th birthday, Santa Claus is given a very special gift: a white, fluffy, stuffed toy puppy which is brought to life by the Great Christmas Icicle (turning him into Santa Paws). When Santa loses his memory and becomes lost in New York, Paws and his new friends must find him and his magic crystal in order to restore Christmas. Along the way, they try to brighten the lives of Quinn and Will, a couple of orphans whose only wish is to have a family.
Uncle Buck, a jobless, happy-go-lucky slob of an uncle is asked to babysit his niece and nephew at short notice. His hidden flair for childcare soon emerges, even as his relationship with long-suffering girlfriend Chanice takes a turn for the worse.
Jingle All the Way, after promising his young son that Santa will get him the number one item on the boy’s wish list, a well-meaning workaholic father’s Christmas Eve turns into a hilariously nightmarish madcap scramble across the city to find the much sought-after and therefore virtually impossible to find toy.
The Polar Express, late on Christmas Eve night, a boy lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa’s sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engine’s roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to the North Pole with many other pyjama-clad children. There, he receives an extraordinary gift only those who still believe in Santa can experience
Love Actually, explores the ups and downs of relationships in the weeks building up to Christmas. Boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, fathers and sons and rock stars and managers all combine to make Love Actually not just one story but ten very different ones. Because if you look hard enough you will find that love actually is all around.
The Holiday, Iris is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda realises the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow-covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either want or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ handsome brother Graham and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur, mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles.
Die Hard, On Christmas Eve, New York cop John McClane is visiting his estranged wife Holly in Los Angeles, where she works. They are attending a party at Holly’s high-rise office block when terrorists, led by the suave Hans Gruber break-in, taking everyone hostage. McClane manages to evade capture, however and sets out to rescue his wife and the other prisoners. It is not long before he is running barefoot over the shattered glass in a sweaty vest, muttering ‘Yippy kay aye’ as he dispatches the baddies with bullets and a certain earthy wit.
Notting Hill, Anna Scott is the world’s most famous movie star, whilst divorcee William Thacker owns an ailing travel bookstore in his local neighbourhood of Notting Hill. One day Anna buys a book from William’s shop and later collides messily with him on a street corner. She accompanies him home to clean herself up, and from there springs an unlikely romance. However, the path of true love is littered with obstacles, not least the media, the adoring fans and the differences in their lifestyles.
The Santa Clause, Scott Calvin, a cynical toy company executive who is forced to take over the job of Santa Claus when he and his son Charlie witness the previous incumbent falling off a roof. Soon Scott finds himself putting on weight, growing a white beard and fulfiling his obligation to deliver presents to all the children around the world. He even finds himself reluctantly getting into the spirit of things!
Thanks to my blogging buddies for their suggestions