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post #1 of 37 Old 11-09-2004, 07:40 PM - Thread Starter
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With the holiday season coming up....

What's your favorie obscure holiday movie? Not "A wonderful life" or anything else that a normal person would think of?

Nothing says Christmas to me like a little "Gremlins". Fire in the fireplace, tree-a-sparklin, and a gremlin exploding in the Microwave.

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Last year's small arthouse film Pieces of April was such a nice Thanksgiving movie last year that I'll be watching it again this year. Not a great movie, but a good "Holiday mood" movie when you're in the spirit. The Royal Tenenbaums isn't a holiday movie, but puts me in a holiday mood because of the family dynamics...

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Nah, I can't sit all the way through 'Wonderful Life. It's 'Jingle All The Way' for me. It symbolizes everything the holidays should not be, yet occurs every year.

"I knew you'd say that"...*BLAM!*
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Fanny and Alexander (Criterion release next week) -- the first act has a warm, wonderful Christmas setting.

On the other end of the spectrum, Testament is due out in December. It's a devasting movie about nuclear war that ends with a heartbreaking Christmas scene.
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Good call on Gremlins! Its in my "to watch in december" pile right now. :)

also..

Planes Trains and Automobiles
Die Hard
Edward Scissorhands

and not too obscure.. but everybody should own "A Christmas Story"


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I'm not sure how obscure it is, but "Scrooged" with Bill Murray. I think it has a great vibe, lots of humor and pathos mixed together.

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The Ref
Trapped in Paradise
Love Actually

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Die Hard and Scrooged would have been my first two choices, but I got beat to it, so I'll just second their nominations.

And Add:

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (the MST3K version ONLY)
Trading Places - What's Christmas without a little really fine gratuitous Jamie Lee Curtis topless action?
And for feel-good sentimentalists (although its not obscure), White Christmas

I'd add Bad Santa , but I didn't think it was quite as good as it was cracked up to be. Scrooged did a better job.

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Scrooged and Gremlins for me.
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Not sure if you call it obscure but my favourite is Jaques Tati in M.Hulot's Holiday.
Criterion collection have a great version.
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Try Home for the Holidays, directed by Jodie Foster, with Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr., Anne Bancroft, Charles Durning, Claire Danes, Geradine Chaplin, and Dylan McDermott. It's about a family's Thanksgiving get together.

Also try listening to the long version of Alice's Restaurant on Thanksgiving morning.
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Some movies I find consistent with Thanksgiving emotions are:

1. Friendly Persuasion. Recently watched the HDNet Movies presentation and think it is a good Gary Cooper movie and somehow his persona seems created for Thanksgiving to me.

2. The Trip to Bountiful. Not really a holiday movie but about looking back on a life and contains great believable performances.

3. Plymouth Adventure. Hollywood nonsense about pilgrims with Spencer Tracy but it seems consistent with the Thanksgiving spirit.

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The Lemon Drop Kid staring Bob Hope.

A fun, Damon Runyon Xmas story. And the introduction of the song, "Silver Bells".

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Would have to be The Silent Partner.
This needs a DVD Release.:mad:
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On the other end of the spectrum, Testament is due out in December. It's a devasting movie about nuclear war that ends with a heartbreaking Christmas scene.
It's "The Last Testament", Jay. I'm really looking forward to this one.
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Robert, pretty sure it's just "Testament," with Jane Alexander. If you haven't seen it get ready to be depressed.
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The Ice Storm always puts me in the holiday mode in a wife swaping, family falling apart sort of way!!

I've seen things you wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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The Ice Storm is a great flick, and his Eat, Drink, Man, Woman is one of my all time favorits and though not a holiday flick it certainly would be one of those "reset your what's important meter" type movies that many people tend to watch during the holidays.

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Robert, pretty sure it's just "Testament," with Jane Alexander. If you haven't seen it get ready to be depressed.
My mistake, Jay. I was confusing it with this...
http://lasttestament.iwarp.com/
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I have a couple of Christmas movies I enjoy that aren't out on DVD yet. A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas and starring Denholm Elliot is long overdue, as is Holiday Affair with Janet Leigh and Robert Mitchum.
Robert Mitchum plays a guy who is selling trains in a department store. When I was little I can remember seeing my Dad running a train display in a department store. I think it was a May Company store but it might have been some other. Long ago and this movie brings it back.

I seem to watch certain Christmas movies every other year or so.
My list is:
  • The Bishop's Wife
  • Scrooged
  • Christmas Carol '51
  • A Christmas Story
  • Christmas In Connecticut '45
  • White Christmas
  • Holiday Inn
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Prancer
  • One Magic Christmas
  • The Snowman

Sorry for violating the tenets of this thread.

An older movie with a great Christmas scene in it is Penny Arcade by George Stevens. The Bells of St. Mary's has another great Christmas scene in it.
A couple I didn't mention are "Miracle . . ." and the too oft seen "It's a . . .".

There are more recent additions that I haven't gotten into yet. Maybe I'll try the Tim Allen ones again. They didn't do it for me but, hey whoever thought that the Chevy Chase Christmas movie would be a classic.
Well, for me it is. ;)
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Of the classics, "Miracle on 34th Street" is one of my favorites.
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Of the classics, "Miracle on 34th Street" is one of my favorites.
Mine, too. The older one is the better to me, but the newer one has a really good "design". The colors and atmosphere are very warmly Christmas.
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The Santa Clause (1 & 2) with Tim Allen was also good.

But Scrooged has to be my top pick.

Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase is WAY out there
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i'll second the "home for the holidays" recommendation.

holidays with a bite :D
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My Girlfriend gave me the strangest look last year when I asked if she wanted to watch a christmas movie and I popped in Die Hard...


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Are you dating the same woman as me? Mine gave me the same look last year with Die Hard, and she gave me the same look again this year when I put it in the "to watch soon" list.

Haha, women just dont get it!

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How about a movie thats both obscure and one of the best Christmas movies ever-Remember the Night.

This movie from 1940 rarely gets mentioned on threads like this one, probably because it doesn't get shown on TV very much, so it qualifies for obscure. It's got a great script written by Preston Sturges, great performances by all the actors, with Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in the leads. Warm and at times moving without being sentimental or predictable, well worth checking out.

Here's the IMDB take on it http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032981/

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