Tis Christmas time in case you have been missing the living hell that has been the UK high streets this past Month. Which, as a matter of fact, I have, as I do most of my Christmas shopping online. Yes, it’s true that whilst avoiding the carnage of people bare-knuckle fist fighting over a Primark Hogwarts bathrobe, I prefer to sit in my slippers with wine and watch films.
Now, I’ll be to the point. We all know that the “Muppets Christmas Carol” is the greatest Christmas film ever created. No ifs, no buts. Michael Caine playing a deadpan Scrooge whilst a bright green frog/pig hybrid* sings about finding love in the same shot, arm in arm with a talking rat? A masterpiece.
Sometimes, I do watch other Christmas films, and here are my 10 must watches if you have to watch something OTHER than “Muppets Christmas Carol” this season.
Nightmare before Christmas
Halloween being my favorite time of year, and Christmas maybe not quite so much meant that this film was an instant shoe-in with me. A film I can watch all year round but any excuse to put it on and I will. Therefore, it’s become one the first I pull out to get me in the mood, once the dark nights begin to crawl in. It also has an amazing soundtrack…gah, I could gush about it all day!
Now, this film is close to my heart as I watch it with my mother and sibling every year. If you haven’t seen it, please do. It’s a Golden Hollywood Classic and some of the amazing dance numbers will be familiar to you from GIFs everywhere. You also get treated to the beautiful Bing crosby singing “White Christmas”…If the below GIF doesn’t convince you to watch its camp, fabulousness, I don’t know who you are anymore!
Jumping from one extreme to another with the hilariously dark comedy “Scrooged”, starring Billy Murry as a modern-day Scrooge who works in Television – nuff said.. Well worth a watch if you want something funny yet familiar.
I live in London and know for a fact that the London presented in the film isn’t real but ohhh, I wish it was. We all live in the hope that we will suddenly wake up in a Richard Curtis film where suddenly the class divide will disapper, house prices become reasonable and Great bloody Britain rises as bumbling, adorable floppy-haired, posh men-children are allowed to mumble through the streets of London again, wooing fair ladies. Admit it.
I loved watching this every year with my sister and then torturing my parents with screams of “Kevin!” for the rest of the night. Oh, how we laughed.
The soundtrack alone gives me shivers but the dance scene in the snow is just heartbreakingly beautiful. Put simply, Tim Burton’s classic is a must-see. I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Santa Claus the Movie
It happens to feature one of the greatest “movie Santas” of all time in it and Dudley Moore stars as a strangely attractive elf. Not the “sexy Legolas” attractive elf type but, the “creepy but kinda going with it” attractive elf type. I’m a sucker for a heavy brow.
Full disclosure: I adore the opening of this film and then once it jumps to the future, I couldn’t give a shit. Therefore, just watch the beginning and enjoy the feels, perv on the elf and be done with it.
Fuck off, it is a Christmas film. This is my blog and I can do what I want. Look at the gif, that is snow and lights which makes it’s Christmassy. I know, I know, another Tim Burton on the list. I have a problem or taste**, you decide.
It opens with David Bowie going through his old drawers ( he could go through my old drawers any day) and has a cracking sequence with a choirboy and a flying snowman. At least that is how I remember it. I usually just find myself astounded that it appears to be made solely out of pencil crayon drawings (Usually, I watch half cut by this point)
I first watched this with my sister and it has become an instant staple in our household. I’m the Anna before you ask. May you all find your inner sassy Elsa, this Christmas. Sing it with me people, as your relative drops another casual politically horrifying comment across the dinner table, “Let it go!”
So what do you guys think of my list? What have I missed out that is a must-have in your household at this time of year? I am always seeking recommendations but I stand by my entire list!
* They never quite get around to explaining how the genetics work in the Cratchit family in the film, do they?
**If you answered that with “Problem” you can’t sit with us anymore.