Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Film-a-Palooza!

Have yourself a mighty little Christmas! Here, fresh from Pop Culture America Primetime, are our lists of favorite Christmas-time movies. Notice the lack of accepted classics like A Christmas Story and It's a Wonderful Life? Well, I can't speak for my buddy Davey, but they're not on my list because I don't much care for the former and see no need to champion the latter. If we missed any of your favorites, let us know and keep listening to Pop Culture America on for the best analysis of movies, music and TV on the net!

And keep checking back here for moere reviews of the holiday season blockbusters.


1. A Christmas Carol (1951)
2. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
3. Scrooge (1970)
4. Elf
5. "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (1964 TV Special)
6. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (1966 TV Special)
7. Scrooged
8. The Santa Clause
9. About a Boy
10. Mister Magoo's Christmas Carol


1. Bad Santa
2. The Nightmare Before Christmas
3. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
4. Babes in Toyland (1934)
5. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
6. Ernest Saves Christmas
7. Die Hard
8. Batman Returns
9. Mean Girls
10. (TV Special five-way tie) "How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966);" "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970);" "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964);" "A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965);" "The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974)"

It's interesting that Davey selected not one, not two, not three, but four tellings of the exact same story, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. And one has to wonder just what was in the water around the animation studios during the ten-year period from 1964 to 1974 for them to have produced such a plethora of timeless Christmas classics.

I'll admit my list intentionally omits some magnificent Christmas films (the aforementioned Wonderful Life thing, the original Miracle, Alastair Sim's Ebeneezer Scrooge) in favor of tangentially connected films, but what the hey? Everyone already knows about the stuff that's been canonized. Get hold of the MST3K take on Santa Claus Conquers the Martians for a change and we can all have a Patrick Swayze Christmas!

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