The best thing about the holidays: Egg Nog, Gifts, Family, and of course, the Movies. Here are 4 of my favorite Christmas movies of all-time.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect blend of Christmas and Halloween, with a hint of Tim Burton. It is a beautiful, twisted stop-motion animation masterpiece about Jack Skellington and his fascination with Christmas. The story bends and swirls with Jack ultimately playing Santa Claus and fighting The Boogie Man.
Macaulay Caulkin was put on this earth to create two things… Home Alone and Home Alone: Lost In New York. Everyone has their preference, but I’ll have to go with the first one. After being abandoned by his irresponsible family, Kevin does all the things a kid would do while home alone, and then sets up hundreds of deadly elaborate traps for the worst burglars ever.
This movie has a Christmas theme, but its real draw is its sci-fi element. Bill Murray travels to a small town obsessed with Groundhog’s Day and ends up in a time loop where the day repeats itself over and over again. It is estimated that he spends over 33 years in the time loop before he was able to get himself out of it. What makes this so good is watching the main character do all the things you or I would do in a situation like this. Eventually, he learns empathy and selflessness… you’ll laugh and love all of it.
The premise is ridiculous. A boy is raised by elves and when he comes of age, he goes to New York to find his father. Its a classic fish-out-of-water story, but with Will Ferrel on his A-game, the movie becomes more than that. It was popular at the time but has gained a cult following over the years. When Buddy yells “SANTA!!!” at the department store. The first time he drinks coffee or goes up an elevator. When he eats spaghetti with pop tarts, marshmallows, and maple syrup I couldn’t stop laughing. This movie has an innocence and charm that all comes from Ferrel’s amazing performance. You can’t help but love this movie.