Friday, December 4, 2009

"Tinsel" Town - Christmas Classics

If I haven’t mentioned it before…

I’m kind of a movie nut case.

I LOVE movies.

All kinds.

Romantic chick-flicks (Pride & Prejudice, 27 Dresses), musicals (Mama Mia!, Moulin Rouge) shoot-em-up action romps (Speed, MI3), oldies (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Philadelphia Story), war films (Apocalypse Now, Hart’s War), westerns (3:10 to Yuma) sci-fi/fantasy (Star Trek ’09, Pirates), comedy (Oscar, Mr. Mom), drama (Walk the Line, Elizabethtown), cartoons (Up, Over the Hedge), even movies aimed more at 13-year-old girls than 30-something supposed-to-be adults (Aquamarine, 17 Again).

I could go on.

Because I’m a nut.

When Christmas-time rolls around, I get excited since it’s time to pull out some time-honored favorites!

Friday’s in December here on Dry Ground will feature some of my favorite festive films.

Today, I pay homage to those I consider to be Christmas Classics.

White Christmas – Except for the too-long, too-avant garde dance sequence in the middle (a.k.a. Intermission), this movie has to be my favorite Christmas movie if I had to pick just one. Crosby’s voice, Kaye’s humor, Clooney’s gorgeous black gown, and the other one’s freakishly small little body dancing all over… A sweet story about giving back to those who’ve made a impact in our lives, honoring the military, allowing ourselves to fall in love. The music is memorable and sets the mood for Christmas.

It’s a Wonderful Life – I think we’ve all felt like George Bailey, which is why I believe this movie has done so well over time. Count your blessings!

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas – Both the cartoon and Howard-directed, Jim Carrey version. A heart transformed by love. Lovely.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – The reminder that we all have quirky relatives, but we love them… and love to laugh at them… I mean, WITH… with them.

The Christmas Story – Okay, I confess, the first time I saw this, I hated it. Don’t know why, could’ve been my mood that particular night. But it has grown on me. And I know TONS of people get a big crack-up out of it.

Elf – New, yes, to the classics’ repertoire, but I feel a deserving addition. I rarely see a funny movie that is also clean and touching like this one is. I can watch it over and over, and laugh at the same places every time. And it’s got priceless quotable lines! (Did you HEAR that???)

I realize these Christmas movies are more like –mas movies… no Christ to be found. However, I think that if we watch them with Christ in mind, we could garner valuable lessons about the power of faith, the idea that God has a purpose for our lives, the gift of family no matter how unique they are, and that life is more about how we treat others than worrying about how we’re being treated.

If you don’t see one you think should be on the list, don’t fret… it may show up on a different list in coming weeks. But feel free to let me know which ones you think I’ve missed. I want to know YOUR favorite Christmas Classics!

Have a blessed weekend and, as always, thanks for visiting Dry Ground!

21 days until Christmas!

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**Please note... I don't necessarily recommend these movies to all audiences. Know your boundaries and please don't claim that I suggest you cross them. :-) **


KM Wilsher said...

I love your list of movies!!!

Wha hoo!

And then your Christmas list too. . .but my fav of theChristmas movies is: White Christmas.

I'll Be Home for Christmas - with Johnathan Taylor Thomas and Jessica Beil is a great Christmas movie.

I have a friend who watches While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock every Christmas. . .it's a good one too.

This is fun Lori!

Lori Lundquist said...

KM - I own While You Were Sleeping. Great flick! When he proposes at the end in the token booth makes my top romantic movie moments list. SO sweet.

Thanks for stopping by! Miss you!

Fun Memories said...

I will have to say White Christmas. so many elements and twists and of course the honor it shows to our military. The dancing is wonderful but will have to agree that for 1954 some of the dances were definitely ahead of their time. No one sings like Bing. And gotta love those waistlines. wow.

SarahtheBaker said...

Watching "A Christmas Story" is a tradition for my family. I just love the narrative, "my father worked in profanity the way other artists worked in clay or was his true medium." ...Sounds like my dad!

My husband's favorite is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

What can I marriage we make sacrifices for each other. *Wink*