I have decided that its time for a list post. This one is a list of my favorite Christmas movies. Every year we are given more and more christmas movies to enjoy, and some are good, some are bad, and some are so bad they are good.
But I’ll just stick to my favorite five, in no particular order.
- Borrowed Hearts
Borrowed Hearts is a 1997 CBS Christmas movie starring Roma Downey and Erik McCormick. The premise of the movie is a bit cliche: Sam Fields’ Buisness partner Dave lies to a potential investor that Sam has a family, so they need to hire one for a few days. None of the actors work out, but in stumbles in Kathryn and her daughter Zoe, who seem to fit. He convinces her to be his pretend wife for a few days, which due to Mr. Delcampo’s extended stay ends up staying over Christmas. Its a cute movie, and has Hector Elizondo as DeCampo.
(I would put a clip here, but alas most of the clips on Youtube appear to be either the complete film or another film all together.
- White Christmas
So here’s my traditional movie on the list. I grew up watching this movie. Even though its a little oddball (Its a part musical, so its not suprising) its a fun movie to watch. Plus I love Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney has a wonderful voice to listen to. There are two main plots to this story. Phil and Judy want to live their own lives, so they push Bob and Betty together an in attempt to get the two to focus on something else for awhile. Except it backfires when Betty gets some misunderstood gossip from the General’s personal assistant about Plot #2. That plot involves Bob and Phil trying to pull together a show and a special reunion of their war buddies to aid their favorite commanding officer whose hotel in Vermont is not doing as well as he would hope.
Its also Irving Berlin Music which shows up in a lot of musicals of the time. And then there is this scene:
- Love Actually
This is a lovely assembly movie. It begot a bunch of less awesome assembly holiday based movies, but I can forgive it. For one it has an awesome cast including Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Andrew Lincoln, Martin Freeman, Emma Thompson, Laura Linney and many many more. Although some of the various plots are a bit annoying (Poor Andrew Lincoln for example plays a creepy best friend in love with Best friend’s wife) the overall film is cute and the various examples of love and relationships are splendid.
- Nightmare before Christmas
This is a Christmas movie AND a Halloween movie. The premise of the movie is that Jack, the king of Halloweentown, finds himself bored with his life. It never seems to change. One day while walking his ghost-dog, he stumbles into Christmas Town and Suddenly is awash with new things to do. He’s going to do christmas up in style.
Except things don’t go as planned, because its hard to explain Christmas to citizens who live Halloween. This is my favorite Tim Burton film.
- The Holiday
Another cute movie (my big requirement for a christmas movie is it be cute) where two woman switch places for a vacation before Christmas to Take a break from some crappy life happenings. My favorite plot line of the move is the one for Kate Winslet, who not only finds happiness, but also finds her own personal strength and ‘gumption’ through friendship with her temporary neighbors. Sure, its ultimately a romance, but the friendship is one of the highlights of the movie.