Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lolo's Lists: Top 10 Favorite Christmas Movies!

Christmastime is upon us, friends! And what would Christmas be without a couple of wonderful holiday films?

Today, we would like to share with you our top 10 favorite Christmas movies, in no particular order. All of them have already been reviewed on this fair blog, so buckle up and be nice, not naughty while you read this post because Santa is watching!
1) "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" (1989): Sure, Christmas is about spending time with family, friends and loved ones, but sometimes, that can be taxing, and you need look no further than the Griswold's to prove it. "Christmas Vacation" does a great job showing that spending too much time with family can drive you crazy. But, if you love each other and make it work, you can be still be "the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse."
2) "It's A Wonderful Life" (1946): The ultimate Christmas movie! Even though life doesn't always turn out like you expected or as you'd hoped, "It's a Wonderful Life" shows that, as long as there are people out there who love you, you truly are a rich person and do have a wonderful life.
3) "Arthur Christmas" (2011): A relatively new Christmas favorite of ours, "Arthur Christmas" made us smile the entire movie. We like the more offbeat types of Christmas films, and this certainly is that. This is a funny, cute film the whole family can enjoy, plus, has a lot of great voice actors!
4) "Love Actually" (2003): Though its status as a Christmas movie is debatable and with themes like death, infidelity, terminal illness and a slew of fat jokes (you know, all the Christmas classics), "Love Actually," at its core, is about, well, love, and spending the holidays with those you care about the most. Plus, it has all of our favorite actors in it, including: Alan Rickman, Martin Freeman, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Emma Thompson and Rick from "The Walking Dead" pre-RICK FROM "THE WALKING DEAD."
5) "Die Hard" (1988): If you think "Die Hard" isn't a Christmas movie, you can go to hell. While there are plenty of movies about family, peace, celebrations, love, joy and laughter during the holiday season, "Die Hard" is the ass-kicking thrill-fest we look forward to each year and the perfect deviation from the normal kid-friendly Christmas classics. Yippee-ki-yay-motherfu....!!!!!!
6) "Scrooged" (1988): A more modern take on the Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol," "Scrooged" is one of the best versions of this story out there. Sure, there lots to choose from, but we like this one for its comedic twists, and of course, for Bill Murray. "I CARE!!!!!!!!!!"
7) "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947): Another perennial Christmas favorite, "Miracle on 34th Street" is all about the fine line between fact and fiction, and that a little magic is needed every now and then.
8) "The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993): Though BigJ and I watch this movie on November 1st every year (you know, not on Halloween but not quite for Christmas), it is still one of the best Christmas movies out there. With it's stop-motion animation, a fantastic soundtrack and lots of creep in addition to Christmas wonderment, "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is the unique holiday mash-up we look forward to watching each year.
9) "A Christmas Story" (1983): You know this movie is a must-watch at Christmastime when TBS plays it over and over again on a 24 hour loop all Christmas day. We've all had that one present in our life that we wanted, no, needed to have. For Ralphie, it was his Red Rider BB Gun. For BigJ, it was a bike. For me, it was the original Pokemon Blue Gameboy Game. #memories.
10) "The Polar Express" (2004): Another cartoon! Gee, are we saps or what?! "The Polar Express" shows that anyone can capture the spirit of Christmas as long as you are willing to believe in its magic. Two of the best recent Christmas songs are also featured in this movie.
Honorable Mention: "Home Alone" (1990): We had a hard time choosing between "Home Alone" and "Love Actually" for our final film of 10, and in the end, the latter edged out the coveted spot by half of a percentage point. "Home Alone" is another Christmas-but-not-themed-Christmas movie full of laughs, pre-craziness Macaulay Culkin, and of course, attempted murder. Each of us as kids secretly wanted to be Kevin for a day, come on, admit it!

We would love to know if you agree or disagree, and we'd also love to know your favorites, so let us know in the comments below, and of course, HAPPY WATCHING!!

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