I know, I know. It is the day after Christmas — why put this out now?
Well, it took me all weekend to think about the movies and really weigh where they fell in my order of preference. Some you will agree with, some you will scratch your heads — either way, read and discuss.
5. It’s A Wonderful Life
It seems this an obligatory entry on almost all lists. When originally released, it was a summer release that bombed. Only in the past 25-30 years has it actually become a holiday classic. The main reason is the message of hope it gives, which we all like to hear at this time of year.
I remember seeing this in the theater and have enjoyed it each time. A modern (for 1988) retelling of the classic “A Christmas Carol,” it also showcases some of Bill Murray’s best moments. It always brings a smile to my face, particularly when discussing how to attach antlers to mice.
3. Holiday Inn
Huh? I thought that was a motel chain. Nope, it actually started with a movie starring Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, and Ginger Rogers. A wonderful movie that holds the distinction of being the first time the song “White Chirstmas” was debuted (the movie “White Christmas” that came out 10 years later was actually a remake of this movie). I am glad my parents showed me this movie in 1985.
2. A Christmas Story
Wow — someone under the age of 40 who does not have this as number one? As much as I enjoy watching Ralphie and the gang, I have to admit that when I first saw this as a kid, that I did not like it. As I got older, I understood things much more and I treasured it more. As a family holiday movie, none can compare.
1. Love Actually
Well, if you read my review of this movie, you know how I feel about it. In addition to summing up love, it also sums up the holidays for me. I can not imagine spending a Christmas without seeing this movie or my #2 selection.