Miracle on 34th Street (original)
I understand the remake is good, but I just can’t. “Miracle on 34th Street” to me means Natalie Wood, Maureen O’Hara, and the most Santa Clausy man ever. I think he is Santa for real. Anyway, as someone who staunchly defended Santa’s existence for years, I could not have loved this movie more when I was young. My two favorite parts:
1) When Santa sends the customer over to Gimbel’s the first time. If only the world had more honesty like that.
2) “I believe, I believe. It’s silly, but I believe.” What a great sentiment, muttered halfheartedly until – the “silly” faith pays off! There’s your house, kid! Rock on. Also, is it just me, or was young Natalie Wood a lot like young Christina Ricci?
*2014 update: Clearly, Mara Wilson is one of the world’s greatest people. I love her writing as an adult, so I’m finally going to break down and watch the remake. Rest in peace, Richard Attenborough ❤ ❤ ❤
Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas
This is one of those movies that you watch over and over, and it is the weirdest thing ever and yet/therefore awesome, and stays with you, but you think it’s your own thing that just your family knows about because you watched it 10 times a day on HBO back in the day, but then as it turns out, everyone else has seen it too, and ideally you will discover this in a bar, because few things are awesomer than a drunk person reminded of Emmet Otter; like, they lose it completely and it is great. Try it this holiday season!
A Christmas Story
I never liked this movie when I was younger, but I watched it alone a couple of years ago and was shocked to discover myself enjoying it! Then last year at Thanksgiving, it was on in the den and I enjoyed it even more. One thing I decided is that the mother is my hero. A bit nutso, but talk about a woman ahead of her time. She loved her kids so much, and let them be kids. Fabulous.
Little Women (1994)
My love for the remake is not a slight to the older versions; but this is the version that has my heart. I’ve discussed my Little Women obsession that I’ve had since I was 4 years old, and that Amy was my favorite. Well, Kirsten Dunst totally OWNED the role of Amy. She could not have been more perfect, and that went really far with me. I loved the casting in general. And it became one of my Christmas movies on a night that I will write about in a future blog 🙂
My So-Called Life’s “So-Called Angels”
It’s not a movie, but I don’t care. I love this episode and it may as well be a movie, for how amazing it is. Wilson Cruz’s performance is outstanding; he just breaks my heart, and I LOVE Juliana Hatfield and especially the song in this episode, “Make It Home.” This is a great character study about love, compassion, family, friendship and Christmas itself, and I’d really recommend it to parents to watch with their kids. I’m going to stop writing about it before I get all teary. I’ll conclude it with one of the best/saddest television metastatements of all time: “Do we have to talk about religion? It’s Christmas.” ~ Danielle
“Elf” has to hold some kind of record for movie I’ve seen the most, that I couldn’t tell you one thing about except that it stars Will Ferrell and that Zooey Deschanel is in it as a blonde, and she sings. I love Zooey Deschanel so much. But see what happened was in 2005, Babz hosted a Christmas sleepover party for our girlfriends from the office.
There was liquor.
There was beer pong.
There was this:
And all while it went down, “Elf” played in the background, on a loop. Over and over and over again. I can’t tell you what happened, but I’ve technically seen it more than anything else on the list except the real old-school stuff.
A Charlie Brown Christmas
For the tree alone. I always had mad love for the scrawny trees no one wanted. Awwwwwww. One of my favorite new Christmas decorations is the Peanuts ice skating rink I got at CVS a couple of years ago. “Christmas tiiiiiiime is herrrrre…” Annoying at a point? Yes! Awesome anyway? YES.
A Very Brady Christmas
What is NOT to love about “A Very Brady Christmas?” It has everything! Love overcoming all…bulldozers…Gwendolyn Pierce from “Charles in Charge” as replacement Cindy…and best of all, Marcia’s immortal quote: “Don’t be sorry. Just be Wally.” Best. Line. Ever.
Jokes aside, “A Very Brady Christmas” is special to me. I was born at a weird time, Bradywise, like at this strange time when “The Brady Bunch” had been over for years before I was born, yet they did the variety hour, and “The Brady Brides,” and just in general never seemed to give up on the Bradys reuniting and becoming family once more. “A Very Brady Christmas,” Gwendolyn Pierce-Cindy notwithstanding, was the last time they were able to capture that true “Brady Bunch” feel. Aw.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dude. It’s an outcast reindeer and outcast toys. How could I not love this movie? “She thinks I’m cuuuuuuuute!” is one of THE cutest scenes of all time. I love my Rudolph!
It’s a Wonderful Life
What can I say about this movie that you don’t already know? It’s a classic, one of the classic movies. It has everything – fantastic cast, JIMMY STEWART who is of course one of the awesomest men of all time, laughter, tears, supernatural events, time travel, and people falling into a pool.
This movie is not overrated. If you’ve never sat down and watched it all the way through, give it a shot this year. It is a work of art, with an incredible amount of heart and life insight. I LOVE this movie!!!