The number of potential DVD reviews I could do would rocket 12 Reviews of Christmas up to at least 24, but I won’t do that and instead present of Box of yummy seasonal delights to watch, much more simple.
First up is the Home Alone Trilogy, there is a fourth film, which is not worth mentioning at all. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is the best one, the Third is funny, but the second one is basically the First with improved gags and mishaps.
Kevin McAllister gets separated from his family at Chicago Airport and accidentally boards a plane for New York while the rest of them go to Miami. Good job as the Wet Bandits, bungling Burglars Harry and Marve are out to steel as much cash as they can from a Kids toy store on Christmas Eve (boo!)
It’s A Wonderful Life is a bit of a conundrum, not one for kids because of its adult themes- suicide, despair and so on. While the setup with the Angels meeting gives an essential potted history of the life of George Bailey, it draws you into his life in a way few films do- so you’re already rooting for him before the action actually starts in Bedford Falls. It is well-constructed and very poignant.
Another one to tug on the heartstrings is the excellent The Nativity where Martin Freeman (Sherlock, The Office and most importantly The Hobbit!) is a Teacher disillusioned with Christmas but given the task to direct the School Nativity
Mr Poppy is an overly childish TA who overhears him boasting to rival Head teacher Gordon Shakespeare that his ex-Girlfriend is a Hollywood Producer who is coming to see the show, an outright lie, but somehow it happens and the performance is, well, magical. It’s a great feel-good film, like a junior version of Sister Act 2.
One of my all-time favourites though is The Box of Delights, about a boy called Kay Harker who gets a mysterious, magical box and has to return it to its first owner while keeping it out of the hands of Wolves. It is a great Fantasy, a true classic, shown every Christmas while I was growing up. But then what constitutes a true Christmas Holiday film? There are classic movies like The Goonies/ Star Wars (though Empire Strikes back had snow!) Indiana Jones
Scrooged/Blackadder’s Christmas Carol and The Muppets Christmas Carol are all versions of the classic tale. Would you include Ice Age 4? Makes me shiver just thinking about it. Elf would count, would Happy Feet? The Santa Clause with Tim Allen definitely does, but where would it end, Die Hard? And what about all the Doctor Who Christmas Specials, or Sarah Millican’s Christmas Special, or Morecombe and Wise/ The Two Ronnies? OOO, twenty minutes to go and I’m writing by the seat of my pants here, so confused. I will be counting Tiglet’s Christmas Special, which will be posted Christmas Night, in the meantime, I am keeping tabs on NORAD’s Santa Tracker, which I did all night last year and he seems to have passed Luxemburg.
SO, a Merry Christmas to all my Readers/Followers/Visitors and here’s looking forward to what 2013 will bring!