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So, let us tell you some movies that we think are must watches this holiday season
The holiday season is upon us, which means it is time to grab a bag of popcorn and warm blanket, and kick back with a great Christmas movie. But, with so much to watch lately, this question will probably come up: what should we watch? Does Die Hard count?
Here are the CityWest team’s top picks for best Christmas movies to binge this year. There is a variety from classics to new, and not everything will be for everyone, but we hope you enjoy our picks.
- Chris - The best Christmas movie, for me, is one that is still watched today after it first aired 55 years ago: the original animated version of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Clocking in at an economical 25 minutes, the movie stays true to the book that it’s based on, both in content and in spirit. The hand-drawn animation isn’t as good as something you’d see today by Pixar or Disney, but that’s part of the charm. In the scene where the Grinch’s heart grows “three sizes that day,” the smile he gives, which shows all his green and imperfect wrinkles all over his formerly-grumpy face, would melt the heart of even the most crotchety scrooge. Voiced mostly by the immortal Boris Karloff, the narration is almost tangible when it comes through your TV’s speakers. And the uncredited Thurl Ravenscroft, whose uber-bass delivery of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” is one of the greatest performances of a Christmas song ever, featuring nuggets like, “I wouldn’t touch you with a 10-and-a-half-foot pole.” At the heart of the story is the enduring message of Christmas: that it is a time when we open our hearts and focus on giving rather than taking. You can call that maudlin or sentimental if you’d like, but the Grinch, with a heart “two sizes to small,” is transformed by the holiday, and we’re still re-watching this movie and remaking it 55 years after of the original air date. So perhaps sentimentality isn’t such a bad thing at this time of the year?
Harper – This was a difficult choice to make. I love watching Harry Potter during the holidays because it was a tradition growing up (but this isn’t a proper Christmas movie). Therefore, my favourite Christmas movie would have to be Elf because they do an excellent job of showing family and holiday magic themes. Buddy and his dad learn about finding love and acceptance, and you get to feel like a child throughout the film. Like when Buddy has the snowball fight with his brother or eats only the four main food groups (candy, candy canes, candy corn, and maple syrup). I also love Will Ferrell and couldn’t imagine anyone else doing this role. Did you know Jim Carrey was initially supposed to be cast?
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- Jordan – Die Hard because “Yippee Ki Yay” and Alan Rickman are timeless treasures
- Rhonda - My favorite Christmas movie is Arthur Christmas
- Bonnie – Home Alone because I love the tricks, humor, and warm-hearted feeling you take away in the end. Plus, John Candy was in it, and he was always one of my favorite comedians. 😊
- Umer – Die Hard because it’s about a man doing everything, he can to get home to his family for the holidays while a phenomenal Alan Rickman tries to scrooge over Christmas by taking a building hostage. Plus, it’s got action, comedy, and Bruce Willis at his best
- Alex – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (1964). The music is on point, and the story is exceptional. It shows that it’s okay to be different and even the elf can be a dentist, or the abominable snowman can be the star-putter-upper. Just an all-around feel-good movie
- Debbie - My two favourite Christmas movies because I can not choose are: Babes in Toyland (both 1960’s and 1980’s versions) and Nightmare Before Christmas
- Billy-Joh - My favorite Christmas movie is Nightmare Before Christmas. This was the first Christmas movie I had seen in a theatre. Went with my grandmother who was caring for my brother and I while my mother was in the hospital recovering from a car accident. It was some joy and excitement during a hard time. Also, who doesn’t love some Tim Burton Claymation?
- Tanya - This is so hard love Gremlins, Die hard, National lampoons Christmas vacation, and Polar express! But current cheezy winter romance fav is The Mistletoe Promise I am a die hard for a good Christmas romance! It’s a 6.7/10 on IMDB.
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