'Tis the season for snow, presents, hot chocolate, and most importantly, Christmas movies! This week we've got each team member's* top 5 X-mas movies ranked! Let's dive right in, shall we?
* Ben gets a pass this week since he just got hitched and is currently somewhere in the Dominican Republic on his honeymoon surely watching copious amounts of Christmas movies.
Christmas Vacation - This movie has some serious nostalgia for me since we watched it every Christmas growing up. Only now do I understand how cavalier my parents were being in regards to some of the content.
A Christmas Story - Growing up, everyone always thought I looked like the main character, Ralphie. Looking back on it, I guess it fits.
Home Alone - This movie raises two questions upon further viewing: 1. What in the world did Kevin McAllister's dad do for a living to afford that house and that 14 person trip to Paris?! and 2. How did the Wet Bandits not die from blunt force trauma and third-degree burns?
Jingle All The Way - Ok, ok, I will admit this movie is dumb, really dumb and stupid, but it's for that exact reason that I love it. Arnold Schwarzenegger is truly a terrible actor. Also Vern Troyer as an elf getting launched across a room is amazing, RIP.
The Santa Clause - This one makes it into my top five because that hot chocolate looks AMAZING and because I didn't get the title pun until last year. Clause spelled like a legal stipulation instead of Claus, the name! WHAT?!
Muppet Christmas Carol - Michael Caine at his peak. 'Nuff said. “You can fit through the fence? You’re such an idiot.”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - It's a classic for a reason. Also, this is where making up my own lyrics originated, "Dabu dore dabu dore welcome Christmas, blissmas gleer."
While You Were Sleeping - Comas, lying, romance, 1990s Sandra Bullock, an amazing soundtrack, and a large, loud family—that was my childhood. "These mashed potatoes are so creamy!"
Home Alone - An 8 year old kid at home is adulting better than me. And I love it. "Buzz, your girlfriend...WOOF!"
Miracle On 34th Street (1994) - Mara Wilson is a cutie, the main man is actually a good guy, and my namesake (Elizabeth Perkins) gets a happy ending (literally and figuratively...lol.) "A baby brother, see ya!"
Die Hard - Say what you want about Die Hard, but to me it’s a Christmas movie. In fact, the more controversy it starts, the more I embrace it as a Christmas movie. So yippee kai yay you haters.
Home Alone 1 & 2 - Aside from Kevin McAllister’s genius, and his family’s ridiculous wealth. The Wet/Sticky Bandit’s ability to hold off death or serious injury is quite impressive.
Elf - Arguably one of Will Ferrell’s few movies worth watching. Why? It’s actually funny (Anchorman is pretty good though).
Polar Express - Tom Hanks is a sure win in almost any movie. And having had the chance to take a Polar Express train ride as a child, the movie brings back memories.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas - As a child, we were more like the Whos. Now, the Grinch is just so relatable.
Home Alone - Me and my brothers watched this all the time and would try and set up traps for our parents.
A Christmas Story - My mom always thought it was too vulgar for us to watch as kids. So when mom wasn’t home we would watch it on TV, with my dad there because he thought it was hilarious as well. Good memories of rebellion. “In the heat of battle my father wove a tapestry of obscenity that, as far as we know, is still hanging in space over Lake Michigan.”
It's A Wonderful Life - A Christmas tradition in the Bates household. Learning to understand the most important things in life are people not things. “Why do we have to have so many kids around here!”
White Christmas - Watching this is a tradition that I started with my wife since we’ve been married. I love Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby and it’s a great story about the bond of friendship and what it can mean to a man. “When what's left of you gets around to what's left to be gotten, what's left to be gotten won't be worth getting, whatever it is you've got left.”
Die Hard - Always going to be a top 5 Christmas movie! Non-stop action, Bruce Willis, and Christmas, it doesn’t get much better than that. Don’t let anyone tell you this isn’t a Christmas Movie. “Now I have a machine gun. Ho-ho-ho.”
Merry Christmas You Filthy Animals!
-Jordan and the Blue and White Collar team