Cry asked all her readers about what Christmas film is their favourite. And it got me thinking: do I have a favourite? And which one would it be? But I quickly realised, picking one out of so many was going to be way too difficult. So, I decided to give you a list of 'must see' (in my opinion that is) Christmas films. I will make a top three and the rest will all be on number four.
1. A Muppet Family Christmas. Fozzie takes the whole gang home to his mother for Christmas. All the Muppets, including the ones from Sesame Street show up, Doc and his dog are there and even the Fraggles are present! The coming together of the whole 'family', the songs and the fantastic Muppets make this film a certain must-have and must-see for Christmas Eve I think. It might only be about thirty minutes, but it just radiates love.
2. White Christmas. If it hadn't been for the Muppets, this would have been the number one of course, because it's such a fantastic story. I especially love the line 'When what's left of you gets around to what's left to be gotten, what's left to be gotten won't be worth getting, whatever it is you've got left'. Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby are hilarious in the number 'Sisters', originally sung by Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. The train ride is great and of course the classic White Christmas at the end finishes the film to a T!
3. Bad Santa. A bit of an anti-Christmas film which certainly isn't for the faint-hearted, since a lot of swearing goes on. But I think it's really funny and in the end, Billy-Bob Thornton does the right thing for the little boy. I realised yesterday that two of the stars (John Ritter and Bernie Mac) have passed away in recent years, but here they have fantastic roles!
4. Elf; The Polar Express; If you Believe; Eight Crazy Days (not really a Christmas, but a Hannukah film); Prancer Returns (I love John Corbett); The Muppet Christmas Carol; I'll be seeing you (with Ginger Rogers); The Ref; I want a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown; How the Grinch stole Christmas (the cartoon one from the sixties); Mixed Nuts; Love Actually; The Holiday; All I want for Christmas; Grounded.There's several I've forgotten right now, but it's hard to pick the best ones.
Of course there are also some that are just too awful to watch. The worst one I ever watched (and I actually own it as well) has to be: Santa Claus conquers the Martians. The story is ridiculous, the acting is bad, the sets are awful, the clothes and make-up are terrible and overall it's a gruel to watch. That said, it does make it really funny somehow.