Monday, 12th December 2016
How’s it shakin’ bacon?
Like a lot of people I have a number of movies I love watching around Christmas Time. Movies that never get old. So, here’s a list of great movies to watch at Christmas!
Miracle on 34th Street
This movie is a Christmas classic and I watch it every year (never get’s old). In the 1947 version a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is declared insane and is institutionalized. A young lawyer then decides to defend him and prove he is really Santa Claus.
In the 1994 version a case is taken against a Kris Kringle. His lawyer, with the help of a little girl, aims to prove he really is Santa Claus.
Just… go watch them. You need to.
Both movies stat Maccauley Kulkin as Kevin McCallister. Yes, I know there are two more movies after this – but I don’t think they’re as good as these first two. Home Alone starts with Kevin’s family accidentally leaving Kevin at home alone, only to realize on the fight to France. Whilst alone he realizes a pair of thieves are trying to steal from his home and he vows to protect it. He outwits the pair of bandits and gets them arrested.
Home Alone 2, Kevin get’s on the wrong plane and ends up in New York instead of Florida (Ooops). Through the movie Kevin navigates New York alone and again he outwits the ‘Wet Bandits’ and once again he is reunited with his family. (I am super excited to watch these movies).
The Santa Clause Movies
I really enjoy watching these movies because they’re so fun. In The Santa Clause, Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a toy developer(?) with a large company and on Christmas eve he and his son find Santa Claus on the roof of his house, he falls off and vanishes. Scott puts on the suit and from there becomes Santa, in the year following he goes through drastic changes and truly becomes Santa Claus.
The Santa Claus 2, Scott has been Santa for a while now and he seems genuinely happy with what he’s doing, however and second Clause to being Santa is that he needs to find a wife – quick! – or he’ll stop being Santa.
The Santa Clause 3 deals with his fears and may even regrets as Santa Claus – his wife is pregnant, he’s very busy coming up to Christmas and Jack Frost is seeking what he feels are is dues. This become very, very crazy!
This is legitimately one of my favorite ever Christmas movies. This movie is about a man, named Claus – who delivers toys in his local, who becomes the iconic Santa Claus. He works with his elves for years before a disgruntled Patch leaves for a ‘modern day’ (1985) New York. In New York in gets a j0b with a failing toy company run by a man who is up to no good. Christmas is put at risk and Patch, Santa and two children work together to save Christmas.
I love this movie. It may not specifically be a Christmas movie, but I like watching it around the Christmas period.
The Sound of music is set during World War II in Austria. Maria (Julie Andrews) is the main character and is preparing to spend her life as a nun. But the Mother Superior feels that being a nun is not Maria’s calling and chooses to send her to the VonTrapp family where she will act as a sort of nanny to them. Over the course of the movie, everything changes for Maria and she ends up marrying Baron VonTrapp, singing in a competition with her new family and fleeing from the Nazis.
I love this movie! So much! I know it’s not a Christmas themed movie and much of the look of it isn’t spectacular by contemporary standards but it has a lot of charm to it. I like watching it at any time of year, but especially at Christmas. I haven’t watched it in ages, I need to watch it again soon.
The movie is based on a book and it’s about a girl, called Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog Toto. The pair get transported by tornado to Oz and they head to the emerald city to find the wizard. Along they way they a cowardly lion, a heardless Tin Man and a brainless scarecrow and a wicked witch and she has the adventure of her life.
Again, not a particularly Christmas-y movie, but I love it. It’s so charming and beautiful. The music is great, the cast is great. It’s so cool! And Dick Van Dyke! Need I say much more?
Caractacus Potts is an eccentric professor/inventor and father of two children Jeremy and Jemima. One day he invents an amazing car they call Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, because that’s what it sounds like. One day, while having a picnic on the beach, Caractacus spins a tale of an inventor, his girlfriend, his children and their epic adventure in Vulgaria.
This movie is so good, I love it! I think it’s a great Christmas movie and I look forward to watching it every year. It’s a great story of childhood and bravery and I highly recommend it.
The Polar Express is a train that takes children to the North Pole on Christmas Eve to meet Santa and see him take off for his night of delivering gifts to children around the world. A boy who doubts gets the opportunity to ride the Polar Express to see Santa, but he’s hesitant – the adventure that unfolds is something he could never have imagined.
I love this movie. It is a spectacular telling of Rohld Dahls tale. When Willy Wonka decides to invite 5 children into his factory for a tour by 5 Golden Tickets hidden in Wonka Chocolate Bars people go crazy for them and 5 very different, very lucky children find the tickets: Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee, Violet Beauregard & Charlie Bucket. One of these children will win a special prize – the factory, but that child has to prove worthy. Needless to say, they are in for the tour of their lives.
I love this movie! So much! Again not Christmas-y and I love watching it any time of year. I really enjoy it at Christmas though.
George Banks (David Tomlinson) is a wealthy bank worker who is used to a certain type of life. But with the resignation of his children’s nanny and the hiring of Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) his whole life is turned upside down and changed for the better. With their new nanny Jane (Karen Dotrice) and Michael Banks (Matthew Garber), and with Bert (Dick Van Dyke) they go on the adventure of a lifetime.