Today on Blogmas, a list of my top 5 Christmas movies.
1. Home Alone (1990) directed by Chris Columbus
I think this is the quintessential 90s kid Christmas movie. This is the film that started my crush on Macaulay Culkin. It's a kiddie action comedy and it balances both perfectly. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern make perfect villains and perfect foils to Macaulay. It's just such a fun movie to watch. It never fails to make me laugh and smile. You know what else makes me smile? The fact that thanks to Chris Columbus there only 2 degrees of separation between Kevin McCallister and Harry Potter.
2. Lethal Weapon (1987) directed by Richard Donner
It's set at Christmas therefore it is a Christmas movie, same as Die Hard (which would also be on this list if I'd actually ever sat down and watched it from beginning to end instead of just watching parts of it). I love action movies, always have. I remember the first Danny Glover movie I ever saw, Operation Dumbo Drop. Those were the two reasons I watched Lethal Weapon the first time, and now I've seen it so many times I could probably quote the entire thing without actually watching it.
3. Home Alone 2 : Lost in New York (1992) directed by Chris Columbus
I was going to invoke franchise rules and only name one of the Home Alone films and use Jingle All the Way as my alternate 5th title but then I remembered that I like the idea of Jingle all the Way more than the actual film - the only reason I ever watched it was because I am a Schwarzenegger fan. Besides why shouldn't I include Home Alone 2? It has everything to make a perfect action comedy Christmas film just like it's predecessor. With the original cast and director back it really would have been hard for this film to be a miss, and thankfully it wasn't.
4. Iron Man 3 (2013) directed by Shane Black
This may or may not be an unpopular option but I do like Iron Man 3 (I know popular opinion is to bash it hard). I love Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark and he is still spot on and perfect in this film. I am willing to admit that this film had HORRIBLE flaws, but I still find it enjoyable. And like with Lethal Weapon, it's set at Christmas and therefore is totally a Christmas film. One of the key scenes even takes place at a Christmas party!
5. Elf (2003) directed by Jon Favreau
Huh, 2 Chris Columbus/John Hughes movies on my list and 2 Jon Favreau's, how interesting! Anyway, it's kine of hard NOT to love Elf it's just such a joyful and heartfelt Christmas film. Obviously with it being a Will Ferrell vehicle it is also obviously hilarious. I had never seen it until about 5 years ago when my cousin Bill put it on for me and the little ones at Christmas. It was such a funny film. Now I want to watch it because thinking about it makes me want to see it again.
What are your favourite Christmas films?