Thursday, November 24, 2011

An InfiCollection Of Holiday Movies

For many, the holidays reunite families and provide a break from normal schedules, creating opportunities for movie-watching. Some worthwhile holiday films:

It's A Wonderful Life (1946): It's a wonderful film. Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed.

Planes, Trains And Automobiles (1987): This Thanksgiving film is one-holiday-fits-all great. Steve Martin, John Candy (left).

Trapped In Paradise (1994): Best crime-as-comedy holiday film you've never seen, set in Pennsylvania. Nicholas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey.

Bad Santa (2003): Funny as hell, but not before the children are asleep. Billy Bob Thornton (right).

Die Hard (1988): John McLane survives the worst holiday party ever: "Come out to the coast [for Christmas], we'll get together, have a few laughs ..." Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman.

Home Alone (1990): The rare, if not unique, kid-outsmarts-adults movie that works. McCauley Culkin, Joe Pesci.

Trading Places (1983): Hilarity with a sociology lesson. Eddie Murphy (left), Dan Aykroyd, Ralph Bellamy, Don Ameche, Jamie Lee Curtis.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989): The Griswold formula -- strive, fail, recover -- at Christmas. Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo.

A Christmas Carol (1984): George S. Scott (right) as Ebenezer Scrooge, Charles Dickens at the pen.

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). So cute most don't notice Burl Ives is preaching tolerance.

Your recommendations invited.

Infytune: "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", Vaughn Monroe


JenEngland said...

Not exactly a traditional holiday movie, we are planning on watching Night Shift later. Thinking of starting it as a new holiday tradition because I'm an Ideas woman.

Infinonymous said...

There are two holidays in Night Shift -- Christmas and prom night.

Don't blink or you'll miss Kevin Costner.

JenEngland said...

Actually it was Thanksgiving! Belinda calls from jail during Thanksgiving dinner and they all go down to the court to get her. Great scene.
AND along with Kevin Costner Shannon Doherty makes a cameo as a blue bell.

Anonymous said...

The Ref (1994)with Dennis Leary, Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis.

The Shop Around the Corner(1940)is charming - Margaret Sullivan and Jimmy Stewart.

Infinonymous said...

That makes three holidays . . . the Christmas gift-giving scene, Thanksgiving (best holiday dinner ever, with extra harlot -- or was it strumpet?), and the prom night.

That clinches it: Night Shift . . . the best holiday movie about a morgue turned whorehouse.