Forgotten Christmas Movies!

 

 

Because really, the jolly Holiday season isn’t quite so jolly this year. Who wants, once again, to see the entire family sitting around a table heavily laden with food I can’t afford or that’s been declared to be poison by the FDA? Who wants a real Christmas tree, unless well, can we set it on fire? No, I want explosions! And costumes, and freaks, and monsters, all dancing merrily around while they carve up Rudolph! *ahem* With all that in mind, I present for your consideration a list of Forgotten Christmas Movies. While Christmas may not be the theme of these movies, they have the trappings all over the place, so it counts! Enjoy.

 

 

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The Long Kiss Goodnight

Geena Davis stars as Samantha Caine, a frumpy haus frau who it turns out, is actually Charly, the spy, with memory loss. Joining her is Samuel Jackson who plays washed up detective Mitch Hennessy, and Brian Cox as Waldman, the wise-cracking agent out to help them.

This is actually a great movie, and has some of the best one-liners out there.

“We jumped out of a building!” “Yes, it was very exciting, tomorrow we go to the zoo.”

 

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Die Hard

Terrorists take hostages in an LA high rise on Christmas eve, and John McClane, crazed New York cop caught there by dint of annoying circumstance, will save the day guerilla style!

Everyone knows Bruce Willis. Most everyone knows the eternal line, “Yippie-kay-yay, m***er f***er!” And everyone knows the iconic scene with Alan Rickman as Hans Gruber, his face a panic, as he gets shoved off the building! If you don’t know, take a look. McClane always brings the house down.

 

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Go

Told from three different vignette points of view, Go is the story of a botched drug deal around Christmas, what led up to it, and how it affects the lives of lots of people in ripples.

Somewhat similar in style to Snatch, this movie is a pretty fun waste of time. Not a lot of emphasis on the holidays, but still noteworthy.

 

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Lethal Weapon

Another iconic action movie spawning no less than three sequels, the first Lethal Weapon involves the veteran cop Murtough being paired with the suicidal Riggs, played by the legendary Mel Gibson. Riggs has lost his woman, and is especially brooding over it around this Christmastime, and Murtough has great difficulty with his crazed-acting new partner as the two of them try to bring down a ring of smugglers.

If you can stand how young Mel Gibson looks, and watch him run around screaming, invoking memories of Braveheart, this is a fun Christmas action romp. It’s also a rather poignant reminder of how people unfortunately really do get suicidal around Christmas.

 

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Gremlins

A strange animal called a Mogwai, given as a Christmas present to Billy, inadvertently gives birth to a whole race of monsters that terrorize a town during Christmas.

That’s a very simple plot outline for one of the most adorable Christmas horror/sci-fi movies out there. Gizmo, the Mogwai, is still a recognized figure by most Americans. And the idea of Gremlins has been around since well before Spielberg made this movie into a classic. Plus, lets face it, the story Kate tells, about how she found out there was no Santa Claus, is one of those awesomely horrible Christmas stories.

 

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Ghostbusters II

Technically, GB II is more around New Years Eve, however it’s in the same general Holiday time theme enough to count.

Everyone’s favorite boys in grey band together again, after having gone their separate ways after the first movie, to bust a seriously powerful ghost who wants to use (big surprise) Dana Barret’s baby as his reborn host! Just as good as the first Ghostbusters, if not considerably more goofy, GB II bringing the Statue of Liberty to life on New Years Eve is not a movie to ever miss!

 

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Batman Returns

Arguably the finest Batman movie before Batman Begins, Batman Returns has the only other actor to play Bruce Wayne more than once, Michael Keaton as a brooding caped avenger. But, better than that, the movie also has a smokin’ hot Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman (eat your heart out, Halle Berry), and a really scary Danny Devito as the redoubtable Penguin. And, and, and! Christopher Walken as Max Shreck, complete with shock white hair!

It’s awesome to see these strange characters running around Gotham city, the Red Triangle Circus gang causing mayhem, Catwoman and Penguin plotting Batman’s downfall via PR, and all the while, Christmas wreaths and white snow in the background.

 

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Edward Scissorhands

A weird and wonderful twist from Tim Burton, Edward is a young man made by an inventor, who died before he could give Edward proper hands and he therefore has (surprise) scissors there.

A good portion of the movie has little to do with Christmas, it is true. However, the main climactic scenes of the movie, indeed along with how the Narrator chooses to remember it, has to do with Christmastime and the white snow. At once tragic and lovely, Edward Scissorhands for Christmas reminds us of the strange and wonderful often overlooked.

 

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Enemy of the State

Will Smith stars as Robert, a Lawyer targeted by corrupt government officials, when he accidentally stumbles across evidence to a politically motivated murder. Gene Hackman stars as the former operative who elects to help Robert.

I don’t much care for Gene Hackman’s character Brill, I think he whines too much. But Smith does a fine job running around dodging bullets and in general tossing cool and witty comebacks. Most people forget, this movie does take place around Christmas, especially since the evidence getting planted on Robert was (oooh!) in his Holiday lingerie gift bag.

 

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Strange Days

New Years eve 1999, the world is on the edge of a cultural meltdown, and former cop turned street hustler Lenny Nero stumbles across a policy conspiracy that could change their world.

I know, I know, technically another New Years Eve movie. However, Strange Days really is a fantastic movie, for all that it’s set in 1999 and it’s now 2008. Lenny peddles drugs, yes, but they’re cerebral segments of other peoples lives, and damn if he isn’t good at it too. His friend Mace, the limo driver, is also a kickass bodyguard and more of a friend than Lenny ever realized. And Faith, the loveless girlfriend who dumped Lenny when she saw opportunity, will get her comeuppance far harder than she ever dreamed! This is an odd one, but if you can get the plot of the movie, really, it’s very very cool.

 Written by Alicia Glass

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One Response to “Forgotten Christmas Movies!”

  1. You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Ive spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

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