Well it’s that time of year again where everybody gets together to celebrate the Christmas, where we eat, swap gifts and watch lots of movies. So if you get stuck what to watch this festive season check out That Movie Guy’s Christmas Top Ten………
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10. Jingle All The Way
Cert: PG Runtime: 89 mins Director: Brian Levant Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad and Phil Hartman
It’s Turbo time!
Meet Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company is constantly busy at his job, and he also constantly disappoints his son, after he misses his son’s karate exposition, he tries hard to come up with a way to make it up to him, this is when his son tells Howard that he wants for Christmas is an action figure of his son’s television hero, Turbo Man. Unfotunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man figures, now Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else including a mail man named Myron to find a Turbo Man action figure, and to make it to the Wintertainment parade which will feature Turbo Man.
9. White Christmas
Cert: U Runtime: 120 mins Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney
And may all your Christmas be white
After World War II, song and dance men Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, form a successful partnership eventually becoming top Broadway producers. Bob agrees to take in a nightclub act by the Haynes sisters, Betty and Judy, as a favor, so he thinks, for their brother who served with Bob and Phil in the war. Phil has always been trying to get Bob interested in a girl, usually one in the show but when he realizes that Bob is smitten with Betty, he arranges to accompany them to their show at a small Vermont Inn. Imagine their surprise when they learn that their old commanding officer, Major General Tom Waverley, is the owner. He’s sunk his savings and his pension into the venture but it has yet to snow and it looks like he’s on the verge of bankruptcy. They come up with a plan to help the General out but a series of misunderstandings leads to a rift between Bob and Betty leaving it Phil and Judy to try and get them back together.
8. A Charlie Brown Christmas
Cert: U Runtime: 25 mins Director: Bill Melendez Cast:Ann Altieri, Chris Doran and Sally Dryer
Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown!
Poor old Charlie Brown, who as is said can always be counted upon to turn something happy into a problem, is upset at Christmas time. He’s seen his kid sister Sally fixate on gift getting and his dog Snoopy participating in a Christmas decorating contest. Despondent over this focus on the commercialization of the holiday, he yearns to find the deeper meaning of it all, eventually given to him by Linus. Lucy gives him an assist by involving him in the production of the school play; soon, he’s assigned the task of procuring the right Christmas tree for the occasion. The characters are all as engaging and funny as they’ve ever been, especially Snoopy – when he mimics Lucy as she harangues the others, or dances to Schroeder’s piano music (and then skulks away, embarrassed), or makes it quite clear that he wants to stop rehearsals for lunch, he’s a riot. Lucy has her moments, too, such as when *she* states what she’d really like for Christmas or when she delights in Charlie Brown’s payment for her psychiatric services. It is a rather sweet and touching sequence when the gang gives that little tree its complete makeover, and bursts into song, ending everything on a true upbeat feel. Vince Guaraldi’s compositions remain catchy, including “Christmastime is Here” and the instantly recognizable “Linus and Lucy”. Linus’s climactic monologue is still a true highlight.
7. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
Cert: U Runtime: 26 mins Director: Chuck Jones & Ben Washam Cast: Boris Karloff
And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two!
How The Grinch Stole Chrsitmas (1966) is one of the best Christmas cartoons ever made it has continued to be a favourite even forty years after it’s release.The Grinch (Karloff) is a grumpy creature who lives in a cave on a mountain near the town of WhoVille where the Whos love Christmas and for fifty- three years he has despised the nonstop singing and the cheerfulness from them. However he comes up with a wicked idea to try and stop Christmas from coming,the Grinch enlists the help of his faithful dog Max to complete the job. He dresses up as Santa Clause and with his sleigh heads down to WhoVille, He steals every present, ornament tree and roast pig from every single who until little Cindy Lou (Foray)asks what is he doing.The Grinch says there are some things that need repairs so he sends her off to bed and away he goes but then something strange happens even though he took everything Christmas still came he didn’t prevent it, then his heart grows bigger and suddenly he goes back to WhoVille and returns all the gifts plus the food.
6. It’s A Wonderful Life
Cert: U Runtime: 130 mins Director: Frank Capra Cast: James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore
Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?
George Bailey has spent his entire life giving of himself to the people of Bedford Falls. He has always longed to travel but never had the opportunity in order to prevent rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town. All that prevents him from doing so is George’s modest building and loan company, which was founded by his generous father. But on Christmas Eve, George’s Uncle Billy loses the business’s $8,000 while intending to deposit it in the bank. Potter finds the misplaced money and hides it from Billy. When the bank examiner discovers the shortage later that night, George realizes that he will be held responsible and sent to jail and the company will collapse, finally allowing Potter to take over the town. Thinking of his wife, their young children, and others he loves will be better off with him dead, he contemplates suicide. But the prayers of his loved ones result in a gentle angel named Clarence coming to earth to help George…
5. Miracle on 34th Street
Cert: U Runtime: 114 mins Director: Les Mayfield Cast: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins and Dylan McDermott
We invite you to ask yourself this one simple question: Do you believe in Santa Claus?
Dorey (Elizabeth Perkins) and her daughter, Susan (Mara Wilson) live in New York City, where Dorey works for a long-established department store called Coles. It’s Thanksgiving Day and Dorey is in charge of the Coles’ parade through Manhattan. Naturally, things don’t go as planned when the Santa she hired turns up tipsy and belligerent. But, very fortunately, a kind, white-bearded gentleman, Kris (Sir David Attenborough) is in the right place at the right time. He saves the day with his wonderful parade presence and Dorey hires him to be in the in-store Santa from that day forward. Going home to Susan, the two gals have a handsome dinner guest, lawyer-neighbor Bryan (Dylan McDermott) to share their turkey and trimmings. Bryan is in love with Dorey but, she is very reluctant to encourage his affections for she was jilted long ago and left with the sole responsibility for Susan. A nearby department discount chain, Shopper’s Express, is mighty peeved at Coles’ new Santa, for he begins to turn things around for the ailing Coles. Sabotaging his performance, they get dear Kris sent to jail on various charges. Dorey begs Bryan to represent Kris in a trial that will decide if he is, truly, Santa Claus. But, can Bryan succeed at winning Kris’ freedom and stature as well as securing Dorey’s heart?
4.Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Cert: PG Runtime: 120 mins Director: Chris Colombus Cast: Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern
You can mess with a lot of things, but you can’t mess with kids on Christmas
Once again, it is Christmas time, and the McCallister family is planning another vacation, only this time they are bound to vacate in Miami, Florida. Unfortunately, Kevin does not agree with the rest of his family about this upcoming vacation and once again he got himself into trouble again, regarding with a fight with his brother Buzz. But as he and his family arrived at the airport they could miss their flight, this is where the chaos which is Chicago/O’Hare airport causes Kevin to unknowingly separate from the rest of his family, so instead of Miami, he is going to New York (much to Kevin’s dismay). But what Kevin will soon realize that he will not only be alone in a big city, having a luxury suite at the Plaza, and visiting some of New York’s biggest stores and seeing some sites as well, he will also reunite with his rivals the “Wet Bandits” Harry Lime and Marv Merchants, who escaped from prison and to New York and are planning to rob a toy store named “Duncan’s Toy Chest” where the owner E.F. Duncan is planning to use the money to donate it to the children’s hospital. Kevin plans to defeat the wet bandits once and for all by using his uncle Rob’s renovating townhouse and the equipment inside as traps to defeat them and save Duncan’s Toy Chest.
3. Die Hard
Cert: 18 Runtime: 131 mins Director: John McTernan Cast: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia
Nine million terrorists in the world and I gotta kill one with feet smaller than my sister
It’s Christmas time in L.A., and there’s an employee party in progress on the 30th floor of the Nakatomi Corporation building. The revelry comes to a violent end when the partygoers are taken hostage by a group of terrorists headed by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), who plan to steal the 600 million dollars locked in Nakatomi’s high-tech safe. In truth, Gruber and his henchmen are only pretending to be politically motivated to throw the authorities off track; also in truth, Gruber has no intention of allowing anyone to get out of the building alive. Meanwhile, New York cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to L.A. to visit his estranged wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), who happens to be one of the hostages. Disregarding the orders of the authorities surrounding the building, McClane, who fears nothing (except heights), takes on the villains, armed with one handgun and plenty of chutzpah.
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
Cert: PG Runtime: 76 mins Director: Henry Selick Cast: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara
And on a dark cold night, under full moonlight, he flies into the fog like a vulture in the sky! And they call him, Sandy… Clawssss…!
Halloween Town is a dream world filled with citizens such as deformed monsters, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, vampires, werewolves, and witches. Jack Skellington leads them in a frightful celebration every Halloween, but he has grown tired of the same routine year after year. Wandering in the forest outside the town center, he accidentally opens a portal to “Christmas Town”. Impressed by the feeling and style of Christmas, Jack presents his findings and his understanding of the holiday to the Halloween Town residents. They fail to grasp his meaning and compare everything he says to their idea of Halloween. He reluctantly decides to play along and announces that they will take over Christmas. Every resident is assigned a task, while Sally, a rag doll woman who is created by the town’s mad scientist, begins to feel a romantic attraction towards Jack. However, she alone fears that his plans will become disastrous. Christmas Eve he begins to deliver presents to children around the world, but the gifts: shrunken heads, Christmas tree-eating snakes, only terrify the recipients. Realizing what damage he did Jack attempts to fix what he has done, but has to make sure to make Santa safe and happy again.