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X-mas list
Topic by: mojohair
Posted: November 29, 2003 - 1:29 PM PST
Last Reply: December 19, 2003 - 1:44 PM PST

author topic: X-mas list
mojohair
post #1  on November 29, 2003 - 1:29 PM PST  
How about a list of X-mas movies and not just the stuff like a wonderful life how about some stuff that you may not think of as a x-mas movie. Die Hard and Germilns are movies that both takes place on X-mas. You could inculed Batman Returns also. And you cant go wrong with a slasher santa. hers some I heard of Chrismas Evil aka You better Watch Out 1980.

To all A Goodnight 1980

Dont Open Till Christmas 1985

Santa Claws 1996

Of course theres the Silent Night Deadly Night series.
My fav is the Tales form the cypt story which was told in the 1972 movie as well as on the HBO series in a episode called And All Through The House.

Heres some cartoons for the kids,any of the simpons X-mas shows are South Park, along with the Beavis and Butthead special.
IronS
post #2  on November 29, 2003 - 4:47 PM PST  
Ranma 1/2 OAV Series: Box Set (Disc 1 of 3) has a Christmas episode (I never knew that Christmas gatherings in Japan included poker games).

Oh My Goddess! DVD Vol. 2 took place right before Christmas.
rmarkd
post #3  on November 30, 2003 - 8:58 PM PST  
I'll add
Day of the Beast (a bit hard to find...)
Scrooged
Ghostbusters 2
Silent Night, Evil Night
Trading Places
Mixed Nuts

For me, I need to watch 3 movies for X-mas:
It's a Wonderful Life
A Christmast Story
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

-Mark



> On November 29, 2003 - 1:29 PM PST mojohair wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> How about a list of X-mas movies and not just the stuff like a wonderful life how about some stuff that you may not think of as a x-mas movie. Die Hard and Germilns are movies that both takes place on X-mas. You could inculed Batman Returns also. And you cant go wrong with a slasher santa. hers some I heard of Chrismas Evil aka You better Watch Out 1980.
>
> To all A Goodnight 1980
>
> Dont Open Till Christmas 1985
>
> Santa Claws 1996
>
> Of course theres the Silent Night Deadly Night series.
> My fav is the Tales form the cypt story which was told in the 1972 movie as well as on the HBO series in a episode called And All Through The House.
>
> Heres some cartoons for the kids,any of the simpons X-mas shows are South Park, along with the Beavis and Butthead special.
> ---------------------------------

Brujaria
post #4  on December 1, 2003 - 6:43 PM PST  
Man, I can't believe nobody mentioned The Ref! Strangely MIA here at GC.
Maybe it's just because my family is practically mirrored therein ("It's CHRISTMAS!! Don't make me crazy!"). Plus Denis Leary turns in the best performance of his career as do the rest of the cast. Great, well written jokes and even the drama is really good and quite clever in a dark, dry way. A totally underrated film.

My other two mandatory flicks have already been mentioned: Scrooged and Silent Night Deadly Night (also strangely MIA here at GC). Classics both.
hamano
post #5  on December 2, 2003 - 5:59 AM PST  
Satoshi Kon's new anime film Tokyo Godfathers apparently takes place around Christmas. I must point out that most anime shows have a "X-mas episode" but it's not about Christmas per se. There aren't that many Christians in Japan, and Xmas is celebrated as a secular (and retail) festival copied from the West. The 25th is really just a regular day, everyone goes to work/school, only Christians go to Mass and stuff.

Anime episodes most often deal with celebrating Xmas EVE! This is when families have dinner parties, children receive gifts, and young couples go out on special dates and exchange items such as hand-knitted mittens and scarves, jewelry, etc. If you watch something like The Love Hina Xmas Special, the story climaxes on the night of the 24th. NOTHING is shown of the actual Christmas Day. The usual trick is to skip to New Year's Day morning after that, for the traditional round of greetings (Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!). Culturally, New Year's Day is the most important Japanese holiday, with businesses closing for 3 days typically, and rituals observed for up to 8 days.

One funny development in Japan is that the KFC Japan franchise has somehow convinced the entire nation that the fashionable, American thing to do is to have a Fried Chicken Dinner on Christmas Eve. People actually need to reserve KFC dinners in advance to make sure they don't let their families down... (Go to KFC Japan to see a flash animated presentation of their Xmas offerings!)
artifex
post #6  on December 2, 2003 - 6:01 PM PST  
> On December 1, 2003 - 6:43 PM PST Brujaria wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Man, I can't believe nobody mentioned The Ref! Strangely MIA here at GC.

Nobody mentioned Reindeer Games, either. I wonder why? :)
Brujaria
post #7  on December 4, 2003 - 5:56 PM PST  
> On December 2, 2003 - 6:01 PM PST artifex wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On December 1, 2003 - 6:43 PM PST Brujaria wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Man, I can't believe nobody mentioned The Ref! Strangely MIA here at GC.
>
> Nobody mentioned Reindeer Games, either. I wonder why? :)
> ---------------------------------

Ooooohhh... That was loooooow.
Brockton
post #8  on December 16, 2003 - 10:24 AM PST  
Meet John Doe, another Frank Capra classic.

Gary Cooper plays a man who poses as John Doe, a man so frustrated with the human condition that he vows to leap off City Hall at midnight on Christmas Eve. Barbara Stanwyk plays the yellow journalist who concocts the fraud and exploits Cooper. Of course, she is eventually won over by his true integrity and falls in love with you. Edward Arnold turns in a marvelous performance as a wealthy robber baron with "Hitlerian" ambitions who seeks to exploit John Doe for his own political gains.

I'm certain the closing scenes provided much inspiration for the look of the Coen Brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy.

If you haven't seen it, now would be a great time to add it to your queue.
underdog
post #9  on December 17, 2003 - 4:53 PM PST  
> On December 1, 2003 - 6:43 PM PST Brujaria wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Man, I can't believe nobody mentioned The Ref! Strangely MIA here at GC.
> Maybe it's just because my family is practically mirrored therein ("It's CHRISTMAS!! Don't make me crazy!"). Plus Denis Leary turns in the best performance of his career as do the rest of the cast. Great, well written jokes and even the drama is really good and quite clever in a dark, dry way. A totally underrated film.
>
> My other two mandatory flicks have already been mentioned: Scrooged and Silent Night Deadly Night (also strangely MIA here at GC). Classics both.
> ---------------------------------


Thanks for pointing that out! I'll alert our purchasing wizard about both The Ref (one of my holiday favorites as well; I love Denis "What are we, girlfriends here??" Leary) and SNDN. We should indeed have those in, I agree. Stay tuned.



jeffs
post #10  on December 17, 2003 - 6:13 PM PST  
I loved the Ref. Anyway another holiday favorite around my family is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Sisyphus
post #11  on December 17, 2003 - 6:24 PM PST  
Dark Christmas fans take heart, both THE REF and the double feature disc of the first two SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHTs are on the way, although they may not be in time for this year's pre-Xmas festivities. For more dark Christmas fun check out BRAZIL, GREMLINS and THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN. Or you can do the Bob Clark double feature: BLACK CHRISTMAS paired with A CHRISTMAS STORY. And do yourself a favor and go see BAD SANTA while you can. I enjoyed the audience reacting to this film as much as I enjoyed the film itself, and days later I'm still chuckling over certain scenes.

Two other Christmas favorites that I don't believe anyone has mentioned here: 84 CHARRING CROSS ROAD (only nominally a Christmas film, but it has a great sense of sharing with others that makes it a must-see for me this time of year) and A CHRISTMAS CAROL, the 1951 version with one of Alastair Sim's most delightful performances.

Patrick
GC Inventory Mgr.

underdog
post #12  on December 19, 2003 - 12:08 PM PST  
Sisyphus rocks. You can add The Ref to your queue, and while you're doing that, put a crown of candles on your head.

For the nostalgia buffs, what about Miracle on 34th Street, instead of another dose of It's a Wonderful Life?

syntax
post #13  on December 19, 2003 - 1:44 PM PST  
> On December 17, 2003 - 6:13 PM PST jeffs wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I loved the Ref. Anyway another holiday favorite around my family is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
> ---------------------------------

Bingo...

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