Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Christmas Movie List

For me, Christmas is depressing. The bulk of my family is out west. I do have some close people here with me, but it's been a tough year. I'm going to try and buck the trend this year by instead of getting depressed and drunk, I'll watch a few Christmas movies. Below are a few of the movies that I think are worth watching again and again.


DIE HARD


The original movie is fantastic. Taking over an office building at a Christmas party? My favorite scene is when Bruce Willis throws a terrorist out the window from the 20th floor, and it lands on that poor policeman's car. He yells out after the body hit the car "Welcome to the party Pal!"


Plus you can see the angst and depression in him. His wife left him and moved to California. He kicks ass.


DIE HARD 2


Again, during Christmas time. But this time the terrorists have taken over an entire airport control system. Fantastic dialog, great action scenes. The opening Christmas music sets it apart. About as good as the original.


LETHAL WEAPON


Back in the late 80's Mel Gibson was the king of action films. The setting is Christmas. Two cops unite to battle crime. Mel Gibson is a depressed, suicidal cop who recently lost his wife. He teams up with his black colleague who has a great family life. Later on they both bond closely and they become one family, so to speak. The action scenes are incredible.


FULL METAL JACKET


The plot description is: 'A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the Vietnam War has on his fellow Marine recruits from their brutal basic training to the bloody street fighting set in 1968 Hue, Vietnam.'

This is the anti-Christmas movie. I know many people who watch this film during Christmas eve. Yes, Christmas eve.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Every year I watch this one. I have no idea why. It's just so friggin' hilarious. With the Griswold's trying to live up to the Christmas tradition, everyone can relate to annoying-as-hell in-laws and neighbors. My favorite scene is when the cat bites down on the Christmas tree lights. Oh yes.

Bad Santa

Billy Bob Thorton is a drunk-ass Santa Claus who is down on his luck. Who can't relate to his personal angst and despair?

Trading Places

Eddie Murphy at his finest. He switches places with a rich ass snob. His character changes and then he re-discovers himself. A feel good movie.

Home Alone 1 & 2

Christmas time, the family forgets their youngest kid. Burglars settle in and lay seige to the house. Classic.

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