Julia , Have you seen "The Christmas shoes" ? I cry very time I see it. Have a great week-end . I'm off to Trent's Party. Wish all of you could be here in Morganton for the party!
So what do we have so far?
"The Christmas Shoes" (Gloria, I saw this last year somewhere and loved it too) "A Christmas Story" "Miracle in the Rain" "Remember the Night" (A Julia and Dean favorite!) "The Shop Around the Corner" (Very sweet, all the plot lines culminating on Christmas Eve) "Christmas in Connecticut" (Barbara Stanwyck again) "The Thin Man" (for its general Christmas atmosphere and good humor) So today, let's add: "Meet Me in St Louis" The song "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" must have been incredibly sad for its 1944 audience when so many men and women were overseas. And who else could sing it but Judy Garland? Of course, it still is, especially with the original lyrics which are much tougher and honest than their 1950's make-over. It's also a very warm, achingly nostalgic American film and beautifully done. "Desk Set". While technically not a Christmas movie, this Spencer Tracy/Katharine Hepburn comedy takes place during the holidays. Even though it's 50 years old now, it still accurately captures the atmosphere of Christmas in a big office building ("the party in Legal has officially started!"). There is another very funny scene, which also includes Joan Blondell and Gig Young, involving a dinner at Kate's apartment, a pair of wet shoes, and an unwrapped Christmas present. 'Nuff said. Dean the Christmas Kid
These are my favorite Christmas movies.......
I've been to see "Four Christmases" .... 2 weekends in a row. Love it. Of course I LOVE Vince Vaughn. After all, we have the mutal "V" in common. I've not laughed this much at a movie in years!!!! The girls and I love "ELF". Watched it 4 nights in a row this week. Christmas Vacation is another funny classic. I like FUNNY, cause you can't laugh too much, especially when you're surrounded by FOOTBALL!!
Oh yes I love Elf and Christmas Vacation as well. Also like the Santa Clause films with Tim Allen.
Dean, Meet Me In St. Louis is my all time favorite movie of any category. I can pretty much recite the entire movie along with the actors I've seen it so many times....though I've found that people don't enjoy watching the movie with me when I do that
Another of my favorites which I may watch later today or tomorrow is Bob Hope's Lemon Drop Kid. Now there is a funny Christmas movie!!
Scott in Buffalo
Being in Herb's age bracket, I do like the older seasonal, or should I say "well seasoned" movies. "Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's a Wonderful Life" are watched in our house as many times as they are on TV. A Charlie Brown Christmas is the favored animated special.
I saw "4 Christmases" last weekend when it opened. Hy-sterical! Especially the scene where Reese is trying to get the marker back! And how can you not love Vince Vaughn? He's tall, dark and handsome AND is funny! Say....... I think I just figured out what I'm gonna put on my Christmas list! S.
I agree with you.... but I may be showing my age... I love those movies in their original black and white version. They have added digital color to the old movies... just isn't the same!!
Uncle Pen's Friend
There's no need for us to watch Christmas Vacation this year....... Uncle figured out that The Griswald's moved in the house across the street from our house recently. It must have happen when we went to Sellersville to see Rhonda. There are flashing, chasing in multiple colors and size lights on the that house. Which incidentially is directly across from looking out our French doors in our living room. Tonight I figured out that they also play Christmas music. Now I have strategically placed our Christmas tree in those French doors so we can't see it as easily.
I know --- everyone has their own taste, but this is distracting while trying to watch TV.
my Holiday movies are MIRCLE ON 34 Street The Christmas Story Santa claus with Tim ALLEN THE first Movie well our company at work is handing out movie pass's
Oh, Rhonda, we're going to have our first big disagreement...
Ever since comedies got (mostly) mean-spirited, I find less and less to laugh at, at the movies. I can chart this back to the Farrelly Bros. stuff and earlier. I saw "Four Christmases" Saturday and I really didn't like it. I've been a big Reese Witherspoon fan forever, and i can tolerate Vince Vaughn in very small doses. But this just wasn't my cup of tea. I've never cared much for the Lampoon Christmas movie, and - a shameful confession - I just don't get "A Christmas Story". Maybe it's a genetic defect. Granted, I don't laugh a lot anyway. I'm a pretty serious, sometimes somber person. I have a very low threshold for "funny" cruelty, especially to kids, animals and the elderly. This really puts me in the minority for comedy in the 21st century. I tend to favor gentler, almost folk humor. Then I have to go out and really look for it. So... I truly loved "Elf" and saw it again this weekend. I also own "The Santa Clause" and "While You Were Sleeping", which is a Christmas ovie if there ever was one. Dean the Serious Boston Boy
Rhonda et al:
Don;t tell Herb, but there's a Christmas Western too ... It's called "Three Godfathers" and John Wayne stars in it. It's about three bank robbers who wind up taking care of an orphaned infant in the middle of the desert. The infant is born to an abandoned woman they find stranded in a coverd wagon. If that's not subtle enough, they decide to head for a town named New Jerusalem... Not bad, great color photography, and The Duke is always worth watching. Dean the Broncho Buster
The Ol' Dawg
Dean - "The Three Godfathers" is my favorite Christmas movie, by far. It's not just a western, but, a John Ford western, which any fan of the genre will readily acknowledge as the very best. I will say that the
ABSOLUTE WORST Christmas movie that I have ever seen is "Bad Santa" with Billy Bob Thornton. Now, I like "dark comedies", but, this'un dudn't have much of any "redeeming values" whatsoever. It's mean-spirited, rude, crude, and totally classless. I usually like Billy Bob's movies, but, this one is definitely the exception.
I can't believe I went through that entire description and didn't mention John Ford!! IMO, Ford is the greatest film-maker ever, and one of America's best visual poets. I also can't believe that so many of the Ford "scholars" think it's one of his lesser movies. It's less pretentious than "The Searchers" striking to watch - the Winton Hoch photography is breathtaking, even in the starkness of Death Valley - and Wayne, Harry Carey Jr. and Pedro Armendariz are a great trio of good bad men. I find the opening tribute to Carey Sr. very moving, as well. BTW, a new boxed set of Randolph Scott - Budd Boetticher westerns on Sony is really affordable and looks terrific. "The Tall T" and "Ride Lonesome" are terrific. Dean the Boston Broncho Buster
The Ol' Dawg
Dean - I already have the Budd Boetticher-Randolph Scott collection and it's first rate. Two films by this partnership were omitted from this boxed set, "Seven Men From Now" (which is also now available on DVD in a special collector's edition), and "Westbound", which is entangled in a legal mess, as far as it bein' released. Any fan of westerns should really look into three director/actor partnerships - John Ford and John Wayne, Budd Boetticher and Randolph Scott, and Anthony Mann and James Stewart. "The Searchers" is my all time favorite movie (of any genre), and other John Ford / John Wayne westerns like "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" can't be beat. Of course, the Anthony Mann / James Stewart movies included "Winchester '73", "The Naked Spur", and "Bend Of The River", among others. These directors also had success without their main "stars", as Mann did in "Man Of The West" with Gary Cooper, and John Ford with Henry Fonda in "My Darling Clementine", as well as other stars in classics like "Cheyenne Autumn", "Wagonmaster", and Sergeant Rutledge". The Sam Peckinpah Western Collection is a very good one, too. It features what may be Randolph Scott's greatest role as Gil Westrum, along side of Joel McCrea in Peckinpah's first movie, "Ride The High Country". There are other great directors of westerns out there, but, none who enjoyed the success of these few. As far as "lesser" John Ford films - "Lesser" John Ford is
STILL a sight BETTER than just about anybody else. Seems to me that movies don't really "entertain" like they used to - Fortunately, the advent of DVD's has made a lot of great films available to a whole new audience.
I love Westerns and own a ton of them. I have "Seven Men", the Peckinpah box, the Wayne/Ford box, as many Manns as have been released (except for "Cimarron") and several others. I have about 200 titles on VHS and DVD! My favorite Ford - at least today! - is "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon", with "Rio Grande" a very close second. But my favorite all-time Western is "Ride the High Country". I could watch that every week and not get tired of it. Scott is great, but McCrea is profound and very moving in it. And people wonder why one of the characters in "Lonesome Dove" is named McRae? I don't... We're so spoiled though... I find it funny that the Boettichers are finally out there and the first thing the buffs asked was, "Where's 'Westbound' ?" Same thing with Naked Spur - that was released and then everyone wanted "Man of the West". My own holy grail title, now, is Delmer Daves' "The Hanging Tree". Those later Coopers are something special.