Tuesday, December 24, 2013

'Twas the night before Christmas...


It's Christmas Eve, have been listening to Christmas music for weeks (the classics like Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby), our Christmas tree has filled our living room (so big that we have to look at it from outside), has soooo much tinsel on it that it could be confused with a space ship (nope, my girls are not big into being subtle), and I'm really waaaaay more into Christmas than photography at this very moment so thought I would share my "top five all time" Christmas movies of all time.


Number one on my list is "The Bishop's Wife" with Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. It's the story of an Episcopal Bishop who is losing sight of his family and why he entered the church as he becomes far too engrossed in having an elaborate cathedral built, that is until an angel (Cary Grant) enters his life and helps him refocus on what is really most important.


Second on the list is "A Christmas Carol"... don't really think I have to tell anyone what this movie is about. There are soooooo many versions, but for me it's a tossup between 1999 version with Patrick Stewart or the 1938 version with Reginald Owen and I am only slightly embarrassed to admit I have every version that has been filmed on DVD. A great "modernization" of this classic tale is "Scrooged" with Bill Murray (VERY funny).


Third is "It's a Wonderful Life", a story about how George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) spent his entire life trying to get out of Bedford Falls but for one reason or another never succeeds. Feeling his life has been a waste he has the rare opportunity to see what the lives of those people he has touched would have been like had he never been born, it's then that he realizes that he truly is the richest man in town.


Fourth is "The Family Man" with Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni, this funny, touching story is about redemption, second chances and family. It looks at what life would have been like had Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) chosen a mini van and diapers over a Ferrari and (equally) fast women.



Fifth, and last on my list is "The Shop Around the Corner", another movie with Jimmy Stuart and is less a Christmas movie and more a movie that takes place at Christmas time. If you've seen the movie "You've got Mail" you already know the plot line.

These are my favorites because they beautifully demonstrate love that we (should) have for each other and that demonstrate the better side of mankind. If you like sentimentality at Christmas (like I do) you just can't go wrong with any of these movies, if you haven't seen them (or it's been some time) I would strongly encourage you to give them a try.

Please, please please, I would love nothing more than to hear what movies have made it to the top of your Christmas movie list.


8 comments:

half blind said...

Scott I know I've been in and out of touch and I apologize for that. But I wanted to wish you and your loved ones a very happy Holiday Season and the very best of New Years.

I hope 2014 brings us all good health, joy and love. And some sanity wouldn't be bad either.

Please take good care Scott. Oh…almost forgot. I like Trading Places for a Christmas movie.

And not necessarily a Christmas movie but at this time of year I also like Defending Your Life with Meryl Streep and What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams. Hope you get a chance to see both of them; I think you'll really enjoy them. There you have it!

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Boruch Rappaport said...

First of all i would like to wish very happy new year. Your blog is so much interesting. I really like it.

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Ren said...

For me, "Santa Clause, The Movie" with Dudley Moore and John Lithgow was and will always be the only Christmas film for me.

And I was SO pleased not to see that awful, freaky film about the kid who wanted the BB gun not mentioned in this post... I think it was a Christmas Story or something. HORRIBLE film.

Ren said...

Ugh... redundant "not" in my comment. *grammarnazifail*

Anonymous said...

Sorry ... White Christmas trumps all of these!!! Still lov'n the blog and wishing Scott and his family a great 2014!

Linda J. Prieto said...

Oh my!!! You are just too true to be good. How do you manage to write and research on such wonderful things? You have inspired me to work harder now. I shall try as much as possible to enjoy life to the fullest and be satiated with the wonderful things that are around me, which I have been unaware of until now.
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