Happy Christmas. I am a cynical movie snob. If you ask me what my favorite Christmas movie is I will probably answer with one of the usual suspects: Trading Places (1983), Gremlins (1984), Lethal Weapon (1987), Die Hard (1988), Batman Returns (1993), Bad Santa (2003), Go (1999), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005). However, there are a few more Christmassy, Christmas movies that I like:
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): If you read an honest synopsis of It’s a Wonderful Life you probably wouldn’t want to see it. A Dickens inspired story of a banking and a suicidal man at Christmas. But its Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart and it is as wonderful as the title suggests.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) there are too many versions of this story to keep track of. Overall the 1947 version is probably the best, and it has Maureen O’Hara. The highlight of the 1994 version is Richard Attenborough.
The Apartment (1960): The least Christmas movie on the list, but as with It’s a Wonderful Life the key scenes are set around Christmas. Billy Wilder and Jack Lemmon are a perfect combination on their own, add Shirley MacLaine to this and you have an a sublime movie.
Love Actually (2003): You would be forgiven for lumping Love Actually in with shit like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve, it has the multiple story ensemble but this one is different. Of the ten stories, most are fun and believable and are populated with great characters, to top it off the cast is amazing.