Holiday Favorites

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Re: Holiday Favorites

#101 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:55 pm

My relatives would disown me if I gave them copies of Kon's film. ;~}

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#102 Post by Sloper » Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:58 pm

For Christmas, nothing beats Jason and the Argonauts - nothing exactly festive about it, but I first saw it on a Christmas day and always try to watch it around that time. Trust me, it just works!

Last year, on New Year's Eve, my family and I watched The Dead, timing it so it finished just before midnight. Warm but sobering, it's the perfect film after all the exaggerated cheer and festivity of Christmas. Unless of course you actually enjoy raucous New Year's parties, in which case sticking this on probably won't win you any friends. Personally, I find that sharing in Gabriel's bleak epiphany is a great way to settle into the realisation that I have yet another whole bloody year to get through...

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#103 Post by Murdoch » Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:43 am

Just watched Better Off Dead for the umpteenth time and it has Christmas in it, totally forgot about that! Found my go to x-mas movie for from now on.

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#104 Post by bigP » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:47 am

Michael Kerpan wrote:My relatives would disown me if I gave them copies of Kon's film. ;~}
Hehe, I'm choosing the recipitents wisely. Actually, it's a Kon heavy year as someone will be receiving Millenium Actress in their stocking too.

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#105 Post by Revelator » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:34 pm

Two Holiday films worth screening at this time of year:

Remember the Night. Directed by Mitchell Leisen, written by Preston Sturges. An unsung classic and just about the perfect Christmas film, a searing romance that's not like anything else Sturges wrote, though it has his characteristic moral relativism and view of virtue and vice as interchangeable love-carried viruses. Prosecutor Fred MacMurray feels sorry for petty thief Barbara Stanwyck and takes her into the American heartland to celebrate with his folks (and less so with hers). Like all the best Christmas movies, there's just as much pain as celebration on hand. It's only on VHS but worth seeking out.

On Her Majesty's Secret Service. The best Bond film ever made is also the only one specifically set during Christmas. The timing is put to especially sardonic use, since Blofeld and Bond have no use for "goodwill toward all men". Director Peter Hunt makes excellent use of the Swiss and Portuguese locations, playing them off against each other by alternating golden summer idylls with wintry alps and chasms and staging ski and bobsled chases that are still innovative 40 years later. The holiday celebrations lend depth to the most fully developed and tragic love story in the series.

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#106 Post by Caged Horse » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:00 pm

Certainly On Her Majesty's Secret Service deserves a (second) look in the 'grim and gritty, back to basics' Craig-era.

What about Goodfellas, with its sprinkling of ostentatious festive decorations, 'Frosty the Snowman' on the soundtrack -- and definite lack of goodwill towards men, even at Christmas?

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#107 Post by bigP » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:20 pm

Caged Horse wrote:What about Goodfellas, with its sprinkling of ostentatious festive decorations, 'Frosty the Snowman' on the soundtrack -- and definite lack of goodwill towards men, even at Christmas?
It would be a tough call to decide between a festive Goodfella's and a merry Vera Drake as two which will give me the lowest Pot-Noodle eating Christmas yet. They both have their charm.

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#108 Post by Caged Horse » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:37 pm

The Christmas party scene following the big heist, with De Niro's rage mounting as the mobsters arrive having treated themselves to increasingly OTT presents, is as memorably excruciating as anything in The King of Comedy.

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#109 Post by knives » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:35 pm

Brazil is usually my odd holiday choice.

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#110 Post by reaky » Tue Dec 15, 2009 4:42 am

Remember the Night. It's only on VHS but worth seeking out.

Good news, Revelator.

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#111 Post by HarryLong » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:25 am

Though I've never thought of it as such, TCM programmed THE LION IN WINTER over the weekend & yeah, it is a Xmas movie. Lots of gift-giving, backstabbing family politics ...

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#112 Post by Revelator » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:38 am

reaky wrote:Remember the Night. It's only on VHS but worth seeking out.

Good news, Revelator.
Very good indeed! I ordered my copy today.

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#113 Post by Gregory » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:40 am

reaky wrote:Remember the Night. It's only on VHS but worth seeking out.
It's on DVD in the Italian Cofanetto Mitchell Leisen and also available as a DVD (-R?) from Universal's TCM Vault Collection.

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#114 Post by domino harvey » Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:29 am

WFMU digs up an impossibly large assortment of TV Christmas specials viewable online

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#115 Post by colinr0380 » Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:53 am

Featuring the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special at the bottom of their list!

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#116 Post by Highway 61 » Fri Nov 26, 2010 5:19 pm

I saw White Christmas for the first time yesterday after Thanksgiving dinner, and while I didn't think highly of the film, I felt compelled to report that the Blu-ray is stunning. The colors of Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen's costumes are astonishing. Granted it could have been the settings of my aunt's television, but if what I saw was accurate, I'd say it would make an excellent demo disc.

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#117 Post by Cold Bishop » Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:01 pm

Quai des Orfèvres

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Christmas Movies and TV Specials

#118 Post by flyonthewall2983 » Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:34 pm

A Charlie Brown Christmas remains my favorite Christmas-related anything.
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#119 Post by mfunk9786 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:05 am

I found out this year that it still makes this cranky bearded atheist cry.

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#120 Post by swo17 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:32 am

flyonthewall2983 wrote:A Charlie Brown Christmas remains my favorite Christmas-related anything
Truth.

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#121 Post by knives » Mon Dec 24, 2012 12:34 am

I'm more of a Rankin-Bass guy myself.

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#122 Post by beamish13 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:49 am

Bill Forsyth's COMFORT & JOY (1984) is the kind of holiday-centered film curmudgeons like myself can enjoy repeatedly.

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#123 Post by Lowry_Sam » Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:50 am

I usually revisit any of the following around Xmas:

Brazil
Fanny & Alexander
The City Of Lost Children
Female Trouble
The Twilight Zone "Night Of The Meek" episode
The Junky's Christmas
Dame Edna Experience Christmas Specials
How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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#124 Post by beamish13 » Mon Dec 24, 2012 2:11 pm

You can't forget the Alan Partridge holiday special!

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#125 Post by Forrest Taft » Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:18 pm

We watch The Homemade Xmas Video by Smith & Jones every Christmas, and I never tire of it. The same goes for a beautiful animated short from Sweden called Sagan om Karl-Bertil Jonssons julafton, directed by Per Åhlin from a story by Tage Danielsson.

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