Larry’s Top 5 Holiday Movie Picks For 2013
Gotta love the holidays. The food. The family. And of course, we can't forget about some of the holiday classics on TV.
Obviously, the older classics like 'Miracle on 34th Street' and 'It's A Wonderful Life' are great to watch, but I have my personal favorites that I never miss.
5. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
"Well sir, I always wanted to be... a dentist." Good ol' Hermie the elf. Spending most of his elf days as a toymaker, he wants to dabble in the art of fixing busted up grilles for the holidays. And you can beat that 1960's claymation. It never gets old for me.
"Remember kids, tomorrow morning, 10am Santa will be here. Oh my god! Santa! I know him!" Speaking of elves, Will Ferrell makes a great one, even though he isn't one. A nice holiday story about a man in an elf's outfit, trying to reunite with Dad.
"I can't get the antlers glued to this little guy. We tried Crazy Glue, but it don't work. Did you try staples?" I remember seeing this one at the movies in Cinema 140. A TV network president who loves the ratings more than Christmas itself gets visited by three ghosts like Scrooge, to see if they can make him see the Christmas cheer, and maybe get Bill Murray to love the holidays once again. Very funny.
2. Christmas Vacation
"Hey. If any of you are looking for any last-minute gift ideas for me, I have one. I'd like Frank Shirley, my boss, right here tonight. I want him brought from his happy holiday slumber over there on Melody Lane with all the other rich people and I want him brought right here, with a big ribbon on his head! And I want to look him straight in the eye, and I want to tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, hopeless, heartless, fat-a**ed, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey sh** he is! Hallelujah! Holy sh**! Where's the Tylenol?" One of my top favorites is the antics of Clark, and the entire Griswold family. Their holiday messes, dealing with in-laws, unexpected visitors, Christmas shopping, Christmas trees problems at work, and waiting for bonuses that might not come just add to the Christmas flavor. I never miss this one. Just saw it last night actually.
1. A Christmas Story
"The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, all gone! No turkey! No turkey sandwiches! No turkey salad! No turkey gravy! Turkey Hash! Turkey a la King! Or gallons of turkey soup! Gone, ALL GONE!" I have seen this every Christmas since it came out in 1983. It is by far the BEST Christmas movie hands down. I can recite every line from start to finish. I have been disowned by certain family members because of my infatuation with this movie. I own a leg lamp. It's just one little boy's story about getting that one Christmas gift that's the focus above everything else. Nothing else matters except Ralphie getting that B.B. gun. I own it on VHS and DVD. A true classic.
So there you go, Merry Christmas and have a Happy Holiday!