Instead of music this week, I thought I would share my pick six (plus six) Christmas movies. We could easily make a list that are just adaptations of A Christmas Carol, since there are forty seven different adaptions done for fill & television. Four different versions make our list here.
- The Muppet Christmas Carol – This our favorite Christmas around the White household. We have been watching every Christmas eve since our kids were little. The little details of Muppets nearly everywhere in the streets (even little meeces) and a brilliant turn by Michael Caine as Scrooge make this a fun and affectionate Christmas Carol. Also brilliant is the music and Gonzo as Charles Dickens with his sidekick Rizzo the Rat, bringing that right touch of Muppets lunacy to this film. I really think this is the last great Muppet movie, at least until this year Muppet Movie came out.
- Elf – This came into the Christmas film rotation pretty quickly, if only for Will Ferrell's commitment to playing the role of Buddy the Elf. Add the adorable Zooey Deschanel and a grinchy dad on the naughty list portrayed by James Caan and you have a new Christmas classic. The soundtrack is pretty good too.
- Miracle on 34th Street – A quintessential Christmas movie featuring the always lovely Maureen O'Hara that proves that Kris Kringle has the power to make the most cynical person believe.
- A Christmas Story – Jean Shepard's lovely slice of life Christmas Story is simply one of the most beloved modern Christmas classics. 'You'll shoot your eye out' has become a catchphrase, and major awards of sexy plastic legs a coveted Christmas present.
- It's A Wonderful Life – Any movie that features the attempted suicide of movie icon Jimmy Stewart better have a great message and a very happy ending. A dark entry in the Christmas movie milieu, It's A Wonderful Life shows a distraught George Bailey how one life can touch many others.
- Scrooge (1970) – Albert Finney is great in this musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. So is Alec Guiness as Marley's ghost. Great music really enhances this great adaption.
- Die Hard – Die Hard? Yep, a Christmas classic for men if there ever was one. Nothing expresses the Christmas spirit quite like gun play and explosions. Also, if you plan to take down a major corporation on Christmas eve, make sure John McClane is not on the guest list. Yippee Ki Yay.
- National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation – Clark Griswold wants the perfect family Christmas. Life has other plans for him. So does Cousin Eddy
- Scrooged – Bill Murray as a heartless television executive makes this move great. Most of the time re-imaginings of A Christmas Carol are fodder for sitcoms, but this sometimes dark retelling is exceptional.
- Scrooge (1951) – A definitive adaption of Charles Dickens classic story.
- Santa Clause Conquers The Martians – A B movie classic so bad it's... just bad. Grab the MST3K version for a good holiday chuckle.
- Holiday Inn – Irving Berlin's music with Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire? What's not to love?