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The Best and Worst Christmas Movies?

Posted on 12/07/2012 4:42:03 PM PST by MNDude

What is your favorite Christmas movie and which do you hate the most?


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To: Brandonmark

Ok... the last time I saw that I was a kid... I always thought I was the only one that remembered such a thing. Geez they have everything on youtube.


151 posted on 12/08/2012 6:44:34 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: dr_lew

” None better than Mr. Magoo ! I haven’t seen that in years, but I always found it very touching.”

Amen! The best ever. “Where are two shoes to click to my clack...”


152 posted on 12/08/2012 6:44:43 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: MNDude

My 2 all-time favorites are “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer” (have it on DVD and just saw it yesterday with my kids) and
“White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye.


153 posted on 12/08/2012 6:56:29 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike ("Governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish - too much handling will spoil it." Lao Tzu)
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To: re_nortex
"I think this is the kind of charity (borderline welfare?) that Ayn Rand was against."

I think Rand was right about many things, but ultimately, I think it is her views on altruism and selfless sacrifice that render Objectivism non-viable as a socio-economic philosophy.

154 posted on 12/08/2012 7:08:24 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: MNDude

My annual Christmas movie list:
Christmas Story
Badder Santa
The Ref
Die Hard
Nightmare Before Christmas
and the latest addition Rare Exports

Most enjoyed with one of the Christmas beers from Ridgeway (Criminally Bad Elf, Reindeer Revolt, Santa’s Butt etc). I’m really more into a grown up Christmas.


155 posted on 12/08/2012 7:08:38 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: lowbridge

Thank you. It was bothering me that I couldn’t remember the story, especially since I had seen just about every episode several times. Old age, I guess. :)


156 posted on 12/08/2012 7:38:32 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Charles Martel
What bothers me most about Elf is that USA network insists on repeating it for days at a time. My brother thinks it's the best Christmas movie ever made; so when I'm at his house on Christmas, he has the tv set tuned into Elf for the whole day. Ugh!

Now I know why there is at least one case every year of some family argument on Christmas where someone ends up stabbed or shot.

157 posted on 12/08/2012 7:44:37 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: momtothree

Here are a few old movies you may like some are silent movies like this one, A Christmas Carol (1910), or more modern , The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” 1956 Christmas episode!

http://archive.org/search.php?query=christmas%20AND%20collection%3Amoviesandfilms


158 posted on 12/08/2012 7:57:30 AM PST by Lees Swrd ("Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well")
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To: Lees Swrd

Thank you so much, Lees Swrd! I truly love the oldie but goodies. I adore the 1935 version (entitled “Scrooge”) with Seymour Hicks. I think my absolute favorite is the 1938 version with Reginald Owen. I even purchased the DVD with Owen to make sure I see it. “God bless us, everyone”.


159 posted on 12/08/2012 8:13:00 AM PST by momtothree
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To: MNDude
Gather the Family, a Hormel production
160 posted on 12/08/2012 8:16:56 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: All
Best: Christmas Story and Christmas Vacation

Worst: A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas
161 posted on 12/08/2012 9:28:50 AM PST by KevinDavis (And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.)
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To: MNDude

My favorite, which hardly anyone has even seen, is “The Ref” with Denis Leary, Kevin Spacey, and Judy Davis. It is a dark comedy set during Christmas, with a pretty screwed up family. Being from Conn, my favorite line is “Connecticut is the 5th ring of Hell”. If you like any of Denis Leary’s comedy, it is worth a rental.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110955/

Worst, “Silent Night, Deadly Night” some slasher movie.


162 posted on 12/08/2012 9:41:40 AM PST by Betis70 ("Leading from Behind" gets your Ambassador killed)
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To: Joe 6-pack
I think Rand was right about many things, but ultimately, I think it is her views on altruism and selfless sacrifice that render Objectivism non-viable as a socio-economic philosophy.

Ayn Rand was highly opinionated and offered her views on many things in venues ranging from lectures, magazine articles and even "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. I've yet to find her thoughts on It's a Wonderful Life. There are plenty of opinion pieces of what others thought she would have thought about the film. One reason may be that during the 50s and early 60s, It's a Wonderful Life, which was not a box office hit, didn't have the widespread recognition that it subsequently got.

My take is that George Bailey is rather like the Eddie Willers character in Rand's Atlas Shurgged, a decent, honorable man but not exceptional. Unlike many, I see Henry F. Potter as a heroic figure in many ways. He overcame being a cripple to become "...the richest man in town" and was, evidently, well respected enough by people of Bedford Falls to run the draft board when WWII broke out. He attempted to bring sound business practices to the Bailey Building and Loan and apparently had most of the board of directors on his side until others intervened to put George in control. The plot device with his outright theft of the $8,000 and subsequent chicanery was designed to cast an otherwise prudent, sober-minded, quite exceptional man in an evil light.

According to the Surveillance of Hollywood FBI Files, in 1947 the FBI detected the taint of Communism in It's a Wonderful Life; what purports to be the original memo is at the cited link. Evidently Capra's film was based upon an earlier Russian work, The Letter. One portion of the FBI memo includes:

...the film represented a rather devious [means?] to discredit bankers by casting Lionel Barrymore as a "scrooge-type" so that he would be the most hated man in the picture. This, according to these sources, is a common trick of the Communists. [...] this picture deliberately maligned the upper class, attempting to show the people who had money were mean and despicable characters.

That said, I suspend my politics for the two-plus hours of the viewing and just enjoy it as a good yarn.

163 posted on 12/08/2012 11:45:08 AM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Bryan24
Best - A Christmas Story

Runner-Up - National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

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I like both of those. "Elf" is good, too.

164 posted on 12/08/2012 11:47:28 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: dfwgator
What are you, some kind of Communist? ;)

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LOL!

165 posted on 12/08/2012 11:49:13 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Radagast the Fool
Worst Runner up: “It’s A Wonderful Life” (I really dislike this movie!!)

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I hate that movie!

166 posted on 12/08/2012 11:50:44 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: MNDude

‘Santa Claus Conquers the Martians’


167 posted on 12/08/2012 11:54:51 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: yarddog
I recently read a book (Kindle) about a man who watches an episode of "Dragnet" every night. Each episode is his favourite, with the original air date and plot description. For anyone who is a "Dragnet" fan, it's quite a treat.

The title is "600 Hours of Edward".

168 posted on 12/08/2012 11:59:35 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Chickensoup

Was it a red vest and skirt with white fringe?


169 posted on 12/08/2012 12:01:07 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Yep! And was I ever cute!

Did you see me?


170 posted on 12/08/2012 12:16:03 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Chickensoup

That was what my cowgirl costume looked like, along with my two silver six shooters and holsters, and red cowboy boots. At that age, I planned to be a cowgirl when I grew up. :)


171 posted on 12/08/2012 12:23:31 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: mylife

“Save the neck for me, Clark”


172 posted on 12/08/2012 4:30:34 PM PST by Bryan24 (When in doubt, move to the right..........)
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To: Cyman

Have to agree about Bad Santa. How can anyone not laugh at that movie? Just the scene with John Ritter and Bernie Mac alone makes it worth watching.


173 posted on 12/08/2012 4:53:43 PM PST by southern rock
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To: MNDude

Best: It’s a Wonderful Life (no contest!)
Runners up: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Home Alone
A Christmas Carol

Worst: Any remake of A Christmas Carol featuring a female pop diva playing a modern day Scrooge. Ugh!


174 posted on 12/08/2012 6:18:52 PM PST by VRWCer ( They will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. - ML King)
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To: trisham

That was what my cowgirl costume looked like, along with my two silver six shooters and holsters, and red cowboy boots. At that age, I planned to be a cowgirl when I grew up. :)

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WE WERE TWINS!


175 posted on 12/08/2012 7:39:05 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Tucker39

and that girl with legs clear up to her butt.

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Mine reach the ground!


176 posted on 12/08/2012 7:43:08 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Chickensoup

Remarkably, hers did BOTH!
It’s a guy assessment of attractive female pins from back in the 50s. Probably from before you were born. I’m older than dirt!


177 posted on 12/09/2012 12:06:05 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Tucker39

Talented gal!

yes before I was born.
Best
Soup


178 posted on 12/09/2012 1:54:30 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: Tucker39

Talented gal!

yes before I was born. Or maybe I was toddling on my legs that just learned to reach the ground, lol.
Best
Soup


179 posted on 12/09/2012 1:55:08 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: MNDude

The best AND worst: “Toys” (Robin Williams)


180 posted on 12/09/2012 3:12:22 PM PST by ctdonath2 ($1 meals: http://abuckaplate.blogspot.com)
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To: MNDude
Here's the funniest scene from my Mother's favorite chrstmas movie: Snakes!

The both of us also think the George C. Scott interpretation of Ebenezer Scrooge is the best one, though I also like the musical with Albert Finney.

"Magoo's Christmas Carol" was the very first made-for-TV chrstmas special--ever! I'm All Alone in the World is very moving and We're Despicable! is hilarious.

I don't know why everyone is hating on It's a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra was certainly no Communist (he was a very conservative Republican who sympathized with Generalissimo Franco), but of course that doesn't mean that leftist writers didn't have something to do with the plot, as they allegedly also had with Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. But to condemn Wonderful Life and make a hero out of Old Man Potter in the name of Ayn Rand? Absolutely uncalled for! Besides, I thought Communism was secretly run by super-rich bankers???

The absolutely most unusual chrstmas special/cartoon I have ever seen was one that was telecast only once that I'm aware of, back in December of 1987: "Santa Bear's High Flying Adventure":
Part I
Part II

181 posted on 12/09/2012 4:23:45 PM PST by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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