The Christmas season is upon us. It’s the perfect time to build a fire, drink some eggnog and watch movies. Here’s my top 5 Christmas movies.
It’s hard to go wrong with Bill Murray as the asshole anti-Christmas boss, plus it’s got such ‘80s movie all-stars as the chick from Raiders of the Lost Ark, the mom from License to Drive and the funny-talking guy from Police Academy. Also, I’d pay a lot of money to watch a movie called The Night the Reindeer Died that is referenced in this clip.
4. Bad Santa
An alcoholic, philandering thief doubling as Santa Claus. Sign me up. Could there be a worse Santa than Billy Bob Thornton? And by worse, I mean, more awesome. And his friend might be the best elf in history, topping even Will Ferrell. This clip says it all.
3. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Clark Griswold’s third movie and quite possibly, his finest. The inept Dad hopes to save Christmas despite an influx of in-laws and a work bonus replaced by a jelly of the month membership (the gift that keeps on giving the whole year). Every time Randy Quaid speaks, I crack up. (Bonus points for appearances by a pre-Elaine Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
2. Home Alone
A tried and true classic. I probably like this movie a bit more than the rest considering I was the target demographic (10-year-old boy, natch) when it came out. While the movie was popular, isn’t this Joe Pesci’s most surprising role? I mean, he’s whacking people in Goodfellas one minute, and he’s in a slapstick Christmas comedy the next. By the way, I was watching this the other day and noticed that there was a Bulls sticker and Michael Jordan poster in one of the rooms, and then on the other wall, there was an Isiah Thomas poster. They lived in Chicago. Did anyone in Chicago in 1990 claim to be both a Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas fan? How pathetic is it that I found this to be the most unrealistic aspect of the movie, as opposed to the 7,000 pranks that would never work in reality?
1. A Christmas Story
Ralphie and his red rider BB gun. The leg lamp. Oh fudge. Flick’s tounge. Randy showing everyone how little piggies eat. I can’t even begin to rationally discuss the hilarity. (By the way, did you know that the actor that played Flick went on to star in adult films? Talk about a family comedy gone awry. This would be like The Jonas Brothers starring in all-male films in 20 years. Let’s move on.) Here’s a decently funny remix.