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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: MNDude
The WORST by far.......


51 posted on 12/07/2012 5:20:09 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: mnehring

3 year old girl on drugs was funny?

Not in my wildest imagination would I consider any of that movie funny


52 posted on 12/07/2012 5:20:18 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: bramps

“I love ‘Jingle All The Way’ starring the idiot from CA”

You are going to have to be WAY more specific.


53 posted on 12/07/2012 5:21:31 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Chickensoup

YOU’RE USING UP ALL THE BAND WIDTH ON PURPOSE!


54 posted on 12/07/2012 5:21:41 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: MNDude

There was a Roy Rogers western that involved the rustling of Christmas trees. I think it was called “Trail of Robin Hood.” No, it’s not necessarily my favorite. Just thought I’d mention it. My favorite is probably the Alistair Sim version (1951) of “A Christmas Carol,” followed by “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

I never really cottoned to “Christmas Story.” It had some good moments, but I found it way, way too cyncial, and not really reflective of the Christmas spirit. Too acidic.


55 posted on 12/07/2012 5:22:42 PM PST by greene66
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To: holymoly
And while I'm at it, Archive.org has "Scrooge" (1935), a version of Dickens'  "A Christmas Carol".

Reviews/comments are very positive. Here's the link (free download):

Scrooge

BTW I use VSO DivxToDVD (last free version here: VSO DivxToDVD 0.5.2b ) to convert MP4 to DVD format, then I use "DVD Shrink" to burn them to DVD.

(Call me odd, but I don't like watching movies/TV shows on my computer.)

56 posted on 12/07/2012 5:24:42 PM PST by holymoly ("A lot" is two words.)
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To: MNDude
I like 3 GODFATHERS with John Wayne. They rob a bank, get stranded in the desert, find an orphan, dodge the posses, all at Christmas time.
57 posted on 12/07/2012 5:26:01 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: GeronL

Not funny in the way intended. Funny in the irony of just how awful it was.


58 posted on 12/07/2012 5:26:16 PM PST by mnehring
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To: yarddog

Best are White Christmas and The Bishops Wife, Worst are Christmas Story and Bad Santa.


59 posted on 12/07/2012 5:26:16 PM PST by Mastador1
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Christmas in Connecticut is pretty good.


60 posted on 12/07/2012 5:27:55 PM PST by csvset
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To: MNDude
Out on a limb on this one...


61 posted on 12/07/2012 5:28:33 PM PST by HangnJudge
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To: mnehring

Least Favorite- Those stop-motion animations like Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer from the 70s and 80s. (at least that is when I saw them, I think they are much older). I remember they creeped me out when I was a kid.

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I love them and they are from the sixties.


62 posted on 12/07/2012 5:30:51 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: dfwgator

It’s my favorite, a Christmas TV tradition at my house.


63 posted on 12/07/2012 5:32:17 PM PST by chickenlips
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To: MNDude

Worst: ‘Jingle All the Way’ starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jake Lloyd and Sinbad. Awful movie, with exactly one funny joke in it.


64 posted on 12/07/2012 5:32:40 PM PST by Sloth (Rather than a lesser Evil, I voted for Goode.)
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To: MNDude

Not a movie but does anyone remember the episode of “Dragnet” where the orphan kid sells his revolver to buy a present for his little brother?

I haven’t seen it in probably over 50 years and those which seem so good when I was a kid sometimes turn out not to be but that one really affected me.


65 posted on 12/07/2012 5:32:57 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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Eight Crazy Nights is surprisingly good.


66 posted on 12/07/2012 5:34:40 PM PST by mnehring
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To: MNDude
Favorite is White Christmas with Crobsy, Kaye, Clooney and Vera-Ellen.
67 posted on 12/07/2012 5:35:45 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Chickensoup

The Snow Miser rocked!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPrbccEdI5o


68 posted on 12/07/2012 5:36:31 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: greene66

There was a Roy Rogers western that involved the rustling of Christmas trees.
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I am going to have to find that since I was the pretend adopted daughter of Roy and Dale as I watched all their slows sitting on my rocking horse wearing my cowboygirl clothes and my six shooters and red cowboygirl hat and real leather cowboygirl boots when I was six.


69 posted on 12/07/2012 5:38:03 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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To: All
I almost forgot about Kiss Saves Christmas.


70 posted on 12/07/2012 5:38:18 PM PST by mnehring
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To: MNDude

Worst movie...here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus_%28film%29

Best..A CHRISTMAS STORY and CHRISTMAS VACATION.


71 posted on 12/07/2012 5:40:54 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (The parasites now outnumber the producers.)
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To: MNDude

Holy crap, nobody has mentioned my favorite BY FAR, which is “Scrooged” with Bill Murray. Loosely based on “A Christmas Carol”, but HILARIOUS!

Also, not sure why all the hate for “It’s a Wonderful Life”...I wonder if it’s because the bad guy is the rich businessman? It’s okay to hate Lionel Barrymore’s character in this case, because HE WAS DISHONEST when he found the money, knew who lost it, and didn’t turn it over. A great classic.

Also agree with another poster on “The Bishop’s Wife” with Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young. Awesome.


72 posted on 12/07/2012 5:42:07 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: IrishPennant
Beat me to it!

They cast porn stars (judging by the mustache) in a Christmas movie. That's tough to beat for worst.

73 posted on 12/07/2012 5:43:37 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (The trouble with the "masses" is that they never achieve the "m")
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To: MNDude

The Muppet Christmas Carol (Michael Caine)


74 posted on 12/07/2012 5:46:31 PM PST by Resettozero
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To: bramps
A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim should’ve been the last one made. Masterpiece.

I couldn't agree more. Merry Christmas, everyone!

75 posted on 12/07/2012 5:47:41 PM PST by Aevery_Freeman (The trouble with the "masses" is that they never achieve the "m")
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To: MNDude

Best:

“The Bishop’s Wife,” “Miracle on 34th St.”, “Elf”, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “The Fourth Wiseman”, “Tokyo Godfathers”, original “A Christmas Carol”, Stewart’s “A Christmas Carol”, Diane Cannon’s “Christmas in Connecticut”, Twilight Zone’s “Night of the Meek,” Stanwych’s “Christmas in Connecticut”, “The Muppet’s Christmas Carol”, “Mickey’s Christmas Carol.”

Worst: ?? Maybe “Nightmare Before Christmas.”

Mrs. Esopman


76 posted on 12/07/2012 5:58:31 PM PST by esopman (Blessings on Freepers Everywhere and Their Most Intelligent Designer)
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To: yarddog

I don’t remember that episode, but I vaguely remember a Dragnet involving a stolen Baby Jesus from a church Nativity display and a poor little boy who took it. I’m fuzzy about why he took it though.


77 posted on 12/07/2012 5:58:49 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: MNDude

The best for me

It’s a Wonderful Life
The Bishop’s Wife
White Christmas

end of list all others pale in comparison


78 posted on 12/07/2012 6:00:17 PM PST by Nifster
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To: fatnotlazy

I think that may be the same episode but it has been so long I am not really sure about anything.


79 posted on 12/07/2012 6:00:38 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: MNDude

IBTPLCSP? (In Before The Predictable Lame Christmas Story Post?)


80 posted on 12/07/2012 6:00:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Mich Patriot
Also, not sure why all the hate for “It’s a Wonderful Life”...I wonder if it’s because the bad guy is the rich businessman? It’s okay to hate Lionel Barrymore’s character in this case, because HE WAS DISHONEST when he found the money, knew who lost it, and didn’t turn it over. A great classic.

That's right. Frank Capra intentionally set up Henry F. Potter as an evil guy yet there's a lot to like about that character in terms of thrift and self-reliance. His planned takeover of the broken-down Building and Loan seemed to be based on sound business principles, which was not the case under the slipshod management of Peter Bailey and the dim-witted Uncle Billy. George's protest about these people deserving a decent standard of living isn't a very good argument and Potter rightly rebuffs it, in my opinion.

Probably the part I dislike most about "It's a Wonderful Life" is when George Bailey (at the behest of his wife) parts with his own honeymoon money to give to those storming the BB&L. Sure, it was his own decision and not done under the strong arm of the government but he made it too easy on those people who should have abided by the rules when they deposited their money there. I think this is the kind of charity (borderline welfare?) that Ayn Rand was against.

All that said, if I just watch the film for sheer enjoyment, ignoring some of the sketchy economic lessons, it's an entertaining yarn. And George's telephone scene with Mary is a classic.

...and on a lighter note, a few years back, we had so give and take here on FR about whether Pottersville (a Las Vegas of sorts) was actually a better place than Bedford Falls. :-)

81 posted on 12/07/2012 6:01:21 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: MNDude

“Debbie Does Christmas”


82 posted on 12/07/2012 6:02:28 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: MNDude

“Santa Claus” (1959), a low-budget Mexican film dubbed in English, tells of a plot by Satan to sabotage Santa’s annual Christmas Eve mission to bring gifts to the world’s children. Satan warns the demon assigned to the task that if he fails, he will have to eat chocolate ice cream instead of hot coals. The film probably didn’t win much acclaim from the critics, but when I saw it as a kid, I loved it.


83 posted on 12/07/2012 6:04:06 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: re_nortex

I liked “It’s a Wonderful Life” but never understood why it was considered so great. I would rate it about average tho.


84 posted on 12/07/2012 6:05:20 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: MNDude

Worst - Bad Santa is disgusting
Best - Prancer, Christmas Story, Family Man, Polar Express, White Christmas


85 posted on 12/07/2012 6:07:19 PM PST by bunnie911
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To: MNDude

My wife and I watch two movies every Christmas - “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Blazing Saddles”.


86 posted on 12/07/2012 6:07:27 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: yarddog
Not a movie but does anyone remember the episode of “Dragnet” where the orphan kid sells his revolver to buy a present for his little brother?

One of my personal favorites. This is the one where the kids takes the baby Jesus from the Church right?

87 posted on 12/07/2012 6:08:48 PM PST by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: re_nortex

Great reply...I agree with your points on Potter’s attempted takeover being based on sound principles (given the limited info offered in the movie). I don’t mind how George saved the business with his own money...lots of people determined to save their businesses pump more money in, and after all, it was his dad’s business and he’s a loyal community & family guy throughout the flick.

SO many memorable scenes...I love the guy at the bridge who falls out of his chair hearing Clarence talk about being an angel. Or how about “...you like ALL the boys” - “What’s wrong with that?” LOL


88 posted on 12/07/2012 6:09:43 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: yarddog

I know what you mean. The color series ran from 1966 to 1970. There was an old black & white version of Dragnet which ran during the 1950s. The 1960s version shows up sometimes on classic tv channels, but I haven’t seen it lately. I miss it; it was fun to watch.


89 posted on 12/07/2012 6:12:56 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: MNDude

Trading Places


90 posted on 12/07/2012 6:15:43 PM PST by j_tull
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To: MNDude
Love Drunk - The Lion In Winter

Love Sober - A Christmas Carol (Sim or Scott)

Hate Drunk - Spaceballs

Hate Sober - A Christmas Story
91 posted on 12/07/2012 6:18:15 PM PST by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: verga

I think that is the one.

There have been so many Dragnet series that it is hard to remember them all.

Also the movie was really funny to me especially the scene where they are dancing in their goat leggings trying to explain what was going on.


92 posted on 12/07/2012 6:19:39 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: Mich Patriot
SO many memorable scenes...

How about the very un-PC Sheldon Leonard (as the bartender, Nick): "That's it! Out you two pixies go...through the door, or out the window!"

There's an interesting link here titled It’s A Socialist Life? with some choice quotes from Boston talk show host Michael Graham who characterizes "It's a Wonderful Life" as "...the worst movie ever made, but basically anti-American." I've got to think that Graham's analysis is at least partly tongue in cheek but there are parts that ring true:

Smart, ambitious George gets stuck at the modest Building and Loan back in Hickville when his brother marries into a cushy corporate gig and his father dies. After years of dreaming of going off to college, traveling the world and becoming a top engineer or architect, his life is spent scraping by, and helping others do the same.

Somehow the movie — like the Occupiers of today — tries to turn that into a virtue. Despite his wife and kids, George turns down $20,000 a year so he won’t have to work for that “evil banker,” Mr. Potter.

Occupy Bedford Falls!

93 posted on 12/07/2012 6:21:24 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: MNDude

Favorites:
A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, White Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life.

Least Favorite:
A Christmas Story. (I think it demeans the meaning of Christmas.)


94 posted on 12/07/2012 6:23:45 PM PST by pjd
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To: MNDude

“It’s A Wonderful Life”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas”

“The Little Drummer Boy” (haven’t seen it in ages, but it was my favorite as a child)

Also, “Elf” is wonderful. I don’t know how Will Ferrell pulled that out of his usual horrible choices, but Elf was really funny, clean, and although devoid of any Christian message about the reason for the season, quite sweet.

Hate: All the animated “we must save Christmas!” themed movies, there are like 100 of them, each one more banal than the last.


95 posted on 12/07/2012 6:25:43 PM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: MNDude

Holiday Inn, preceding White Christmas.


96 posted on 12/07/2012 6:28:16 PM PST by smalltownslick
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To: re_nortex

That is an interesting take on George’s life. Sliced either way, it’s a feel-good movie for me. As you mentioned, sometimes you just have to watch a movie without picking the hell out of it. :)


97 posted on 12/07/2012 6:28:32 PM PST by Mich Patriot (PITCH BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: pjd
Favorite: An American Christmas Carol with Henry Winkler. Hardly ever seen these days, and Winkler really shows his acting chops.

Worst: Elf (I hate Will Ferrell anyway, and this movie simply ENRAGES me)

A Shrek Christmas. Fart jokes have their place, but this special is just gross.

A very rare special: A Cosmic Christmas. Came out in the '70s. Creeped me out as a kid.

98 posted on 12/07/2012 6:29:45 PM PST by boop ("I need another Cutty Sark"-LBJ)
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To: MNDude

Two choices for best: “SCROOGE” starring Albert Finney, and “WHITE CHRISTMAS” with Bing, Danny, Rosemary and that girl with legs clear up to her butt.

“We’ll follow the Old Man wherever he wants to go, long as he wants to go, opposite to the foe; we’ll stay with the Old Man.......”

“Gee! I wish I was back in the Army! The Army wasn’t really bad at all. 3 squares a day, for which you didn’t pay......”


99 posted on 12/07/2012 6:29:53 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: Argus
Most loved: Alistair Sim Christmas Carol

Agreed. Many did a good job as Scrooge. Sim was truly great; 61 years later Scrooge is the best of the best.

100 posted on 12/07/2012 6:30:46 PM PST by jimfree (In November 2016 my 12 y/o granddaughter will have more quality exec experience than Barack Obama)
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