Sunday, December 24, 2006

"Bob! Bob! The girls are in a jam!"

"What's the beef?"

I'm not usually a "They're playing our song!" kind of guy. Music and movies are not really seasonal in my mind, at least in the sense that holidays are for family, not for artificial stimulation.

Nevertheless, there are indisputably some movies that define the holiday season. Here is my short list:

Notice a couple things: (1) I've named Polar Express as a "modern classic". This movie is worthy of joining the "Christmas Movie Pantheon". (2) I've included A Child's Christmas in Wales, although no one in the USA has ever heard of it, and (3) I've excluded White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and It's a Wonderful Life. Deal with it.

I got my first gift of Christmas already:

I had declared last night to be a night for watching holiday classics, and was determined to buy a copy of Scrooge/A Christmas Carol, starring Alastair Sim. People had a hurried consultation and had me open a gift: apparently they had already bought it for me. Wow! I've wanted those two DVDs time out of mind, and hadn't been able to find them.

What a great start to Christmas!


Shan said...

Oh I love that you excluded White Christmas, you gentleman of taste and distinction, you. Everyone knows how I feel about WC (those initials are particularly apt for a movie that should go into the pooper).

And of course Wales is my all-time favourite movie ever. Good choice.

Gwen said...

Like Shan, I admire your omission of WC. But it's not Christmas without hearing Annie say, "I'd been saving this money for a divorce, if ever I was to get a husband!"

Glad you got your DVDs!

clumsy ox said...

Interestingly, I actually like WC, I just think it ought not to be in the Holiday Movie Pantheon.

I have to admit, musicals are one of my dirty little secrets: it's very difficult to admit in public that I like musicals, but now I've outed myself. In fact, my favourite is The Music Man, but I watch WC at least once a year. Ironically, never at Christmas time.