When I was a kid, a part of our Christmas & New Years traditions were to sit around the TV set and watch Christmas-related NY-related movies to our hearts’ content and feel all gooey inside. But somehow along the way, that feeling is gone and I blame it incessantly on the kind of holiday movies (and movies in general) that we have been forced to watch. Blame it all on Hollywood, because they just don’t make Christmas movies the way they used to anymore. So here’s a round-up of my favorite Christmas movies while growing up:
A Christmas Carol (2009). In this movie adaptation of the nCharles Dickens novel, Jim Carrey plays the three ghosts as well as Ebenezer Scrooge.
The most famous scene is when a lifetime of memory is condensed into a stunning 12-minute scene, as the Ghost of Christmas Past shows Scrooge what he gave up in pursuit of wealth.
Batman Returns (1992), composed of a star-studded cast, is a flamboyant parody of Christmas movie conventions, with The Penguin, played to perfection by Danny DeVito, schemes to become Mayor of Gotham City and crooked businessman Max Schreck played by Christopher Walken was described as “Gotham’s own Santa Claus.” The best scene for me was when Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman gets Batman, played by a stoic Michael Keaton, exactly where she wants him – under the mistletoe.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) is my second Tim Burton film on the list. This stop-motion animated classic about a Halloween takeover of Christmas is quite the visual feast, which is something you have come to expect from a Tim Burton movie.
Home Alone (1990) remains one of my all-time favourite holiday movies. Macaulay Culkin was simply adorable as the kid who was left all alone over the holidays, left to deal with burglars in his home. The scenes where he invents various contraptions to shake loose the burglars always blow me away.
The top 2 on my list are romantic comedies that will melt the hardest of cynics and create a fodder for the hopeless romantic.
While You Were Sleeping (1995) is an unorthodox yuletide romance, as Lucy saves a commuter she’s got a crush on, pretends to be his fiancée while he’s in a coma, and then falls in love with the man’s brother, Jack.
Love Actually (2003) is a hodge-podge of romantic stories that are all connected to each other. My favorite scene is when the awkward Prime Minister (Hugh Grant) waves to say hi to the secretary he has fallen in love with, only to belatedly realize how ridiculous that gesture is. So there you have it!
These feel-good movies will surely rouse the ChristmasNewYears spirit. There is nothing like watching a couple of these flicks during New Years Day together with family and friends.