I wasn’t quite sure how to properly word the headline for this post considering I want to make sure you understand I am talking about the season pretty much running from Thanksgiving to Christmas, but I also want to make sure you know the film itself doesn’t have to necessarily be about the holidays.
Take Die Hard for instance, it’s set during Christmas time, but it isn’t a Christmas film. However, it fits in with what I am looking for here. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Eyes Wide Shut, Fanny and Alexander, Batman Returns, Gremlins, The Thin Man and When Harry Met Sally are other examples. Hell, I would even say Rocky IV and Lethal Weapon count. As a matter of fact, I would say the non-Christmas, Christmas movies are the more interesting additions. How about The Shining or even Psycho?
Then, of course, I personally love films such as Love, Actually and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And we can add Edward Scissorhands, A Christmas Story and Elf to the conversation as well as The Family Stone, White Christmas, Home Alone, A Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooged, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Polar Express, The Ref, Bad Santa and The Muppet’s Christmas Carol.
Now, the reason I am doing this is because I want to put together a holiday feature taking a look at several great holiday-themed films ranging from romantic to action-packed, making sure every movie lover is covered. Depending on time, I am hoping to get this started prior to Thanksgiving with the goal being to watch each suggestion and perhaps even have one a day, five days a week… It’s a lot of movies, but let’s face it, aren’t films set in the snow with brilliant lights, occasional gunfire, murder and the inevitable stolen kiss under the mistletoe quite a bit of fun to watch?
So, please add to the titles I have already brainstormed and add your own suggestions while you’re at it, along with reasons why you believe they should be included. My Netflix queue is waiting for your suggestions.