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My top 10 Christmas movies

I have compiled this list because a lot of Christmas films are inexplicably lame and every single year I seem to end up watching that really horrible film where Ben Affleck plays a mildly retarded (he’s not supposed to be, but acts like he is) rich dude who rents a family for Christmas. I want this list to be a reminder to myself and everyone who visits my blog that there are better things to watch than that pile of crap.

All of these are films that I watched over and over again as a kid, and maybe that’s what makes them so good to me, the fact that they bring me back to a time when Christmas was truly exciting and not just a lot of hassle. The ones me and my mum watched the most were Home Alone I & II, Santa Claus the Movie and Little Women (the 40s version, although I prefer this one from 1933), and my absolute favourite is It’s a Wonderful Life followed closely by Muppet Christmas Carol. 

What’s the film that you just have to watch every Christmas?

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Gonzo: My name is Charles Dickens.
Rizzo the Rat: And my name is Rizzo the Rat… wait a second! You’re not Charles Dickens!
Gonzo: I am too!
Rizzo the Rat: No! A blue furry Charles Dickens who hangs out with a rat?
Gonzo: Absolutely!
Rizzo the Rat: Charles Dickens was a 19th Century novelist! A genius!
Gonzo: Oh, you’re too kind.

I hadn’t seen this film since I was a kid and I think I loved it even more this time, especially the talking vegetables and Gonzo as Charles Dickens. Pure genius.


Meet Me In Saint Louis (1944, Vincente Minelli)

Copeland posted a cover of ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ on their myspace. The original was sung by Judy Garland in Meet Me In Saint Louis (1944, Vincente Minelli). I couldn’t care less about the band, but I love the film.

Coming out in the middle of WWII, Meet Me In Saint Louis looks back with nostalgia at the pre-war era, where values were still intact and the family united. Set in 1903, one year before Saint Louis’ World Fair, the film depicts an idealised world of domestic bliss (greatly enhanced by technicolor) that is threatened when Mr Alonzo Smith, the head of the family, organises a move to New York City in order to climb up the social ladder. There is not much more to the film’s plot; a love story with the next-door neighbour, ketchup making and other little details of the family’s daily life. Surprisingly, this is enough. Minelli did a great job. Every scene is wonderfully filmed, Judy Garland has never looked better, it’s funny and the musical numbers are not superfluous at all. It might be too mushy for some, but I think it’s great. I will definitely be watching it again this Christmas.

Judy Garland singing ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ in the film:

Judy Garland – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas mp3 (will expire in a week)


4 weeks before Christmas: Love Actually

Last night, four weeks before Christmas, a national channel decided to show Love Actually on TV. Anybody who condemns Christmas movies for being too cheesy should be slapped across the face. Twice. Cheese is what Christmas is for. As my mother said: “it’s always the same actors!”. So yeah, nothing new or unexpected here, so I’ll do what I do best; make lists:Good:

  • Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister is hilarious, especially the bit where he’s dancing around Downing Street.
  • I find the fact that the American president is portrayed as a wanker extremely amusing.
  • The version of ‘All You Need Is Love’ at Keira Knightley’s wedding is fantastic.
  • When the singer writes something related to tiny cocks on a poster of the boyband Blue.
  • Alan Rickmann.
  • Lobsters in a Christmas play.
  • Women wearing non-sexy underwear, it’s more realistic.
  • Hugh Grant talking to a portrait of Margaret Thatcher.
  • Claudia Schiffer appearing out of nowhere.
  • Nice shots of London at Christmas.
  • The scene of Emma Thompson at her bedroom after receiving her present.
  • Landing at Marseille’s airport and getting to Portugal in a taxi ride (I know this wasn’t intentional, but still).

  • The dubbing. The guy who goes to America talks in exactly the same accent as the girls with the exception that he uses “weird” words that nobody else uses in the whole film. They could have given them at least a South American accent or something like that.
  • It feels a bit rushed, and while that goes together with the rush of Christmas shopping, I’d like to see some of the stories developed a bit more.
  • That guy who is secretly in love with Keira Knightley should blatantly be in love with her husband. Now that would have been good!
  • The whole Portuguese bit wasn’t subtitled in the Spanish version and I didn’t understand a word. Also, Portugal is portrayed as a bit of a third world country. Poor form.


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