The weather outside may be frightful, but being cozy and warm by the glow of your big screen TV is so delightful! The holidays are fast approaching, and along with that comes holiday movie time! Check out this round up of some great holiday classics, for your viewing pleasure this season.
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Directed by Frank Capra, this film is my favourite of all time. Despite bombing at the box office when it was released, it has become one of the most loved films in cinema history and is a tradition for many during the holidays. It’s about a man named George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) who is ready to give up everything, until his guardian angel arrives in the nick of time to show him how wonderful his life really is. I’ve seen this movie at least 50 times, and I still bawl at the end. Every. Single. Time.
Holiday Inn (1942)
This musical is required watching at Christmas, if for no other reason than to hear the inimitable Bing Crosby sing “White Christmas”. While the music in this film (by Irving Berlin) is phenomenal, the story itself is pretty good too. It’s a story about a man who converts his farm into an entertainment venue, and becomes involved in a love triangle. Boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy sings some songs, and so on.
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This stop-motion animated musical (with music by genius Danny Elfman) is fun for the whole family. Based on a poem that Burton wrote in 1982, the film is about Jack Skellington, who is from Halloween Town, who opens a portal to Christmas Town, and decides to celebrate the holiday. Hilarity ensues. Quirky and fun, this film is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Directed by Jodie Foster, this comedy/drama stars Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. and Anne Bancroft. It’s about single mom Claudia Larson who gets fired from her job and heads home for Thanksgiving to spend the holiday with her parents. There’s a lot of tension with the family and Claudia does her best to keep her sanity in spite of it all. It’s a funny and cute character driven film that brings home the joys and the trials of family during the holiday season.
No holiday movie list would be complete without Will Ferrel’s “Elf”. Directed by Jon Favreau, this comedy has quickly become a classic. It’s about one of Santa’s elves (played by Ferrel) who learns of his true human identity and goes to New York City to meet his biological father. Will Ferrel spreads his own special brand of Christmas cheer all over this film. It’s a must watch!
There you have it, your holiday film-watching list to cozy up to this Christmas. Enjoy and don’t forget to add your own favourite films in the comments!