My Eccentric Holiday Viewing

Because I know you are all dying to know, here’s the Chez Herkes list of preferred holiday movies. It is not an “Advent Calendar of Movies.”  Blizzard binge-watching, maybe. Overall Spouseman & I usually watch at least one from each category per year. Tradition is important.
Action:
  • Die Hard(s)
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Deadpool (new addition!)
  • Batman Returns
  • Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
  • Long Kiss Goodnight
  • Iron Man 3
  • Go
  • Assault on Precinct 13

**Shane Black is to blame for several of these. He has a weird THING about Christmas.

Classics:
  • The Shop Around The Corner
  • The Bishop’s Wife
  • Bells of St. Mary’s
  • We’re No Angels
  • It’s A Wonderful Life
  • Christmas Carol in B&W w/Alistair Sims
  • ”  with Reginald Owen
  • all the Bing Crosby musical holiday movies: it’s a sub-genre on its own
  Offbeat/comedy:
  • The Ref
  • Bad Santa
  • About A Boy
  • Love Actually
  • Better Off Dead
  • Coming to America
  • Ice Harvest
 SF/fantasy/Animated:
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Elf
  • Strange Days (New Year’s Eve. 🙂 )
  • Gremlins
  • Rare Exports
  • HogFather
  • Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas
There are  holiday movies others love (or love/hate) that we will not watch:
A Christmas Story: worth special mention because I loathe it.  I could write a whole post on all the many reasons I find this movie repulsive for reasons both personal & political, but others have done such a good job I will leave that to the reader & the reader’s favorite search engine.
Reindeer Games. Singled out because I usually adore bad movies and dislike this one. It commits the one unforgivable sin for a bad movie: it’s DULL.
All the assorted Holiday Horror Flicks: I’m not against horror movies. They just don’t ring my bell, so to speak. Slapping some holly and tinsel on the genre adds nothing to its appeal.

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