Our favourite Christmas films are:
"The Nightmare before Christmas" - a wonderfully subversive tale about the culture clash of Halloween and Christmas and what happens when an ambitious but disillusioned Pumpkin King wants more from life. Amazing old school stop motion animation and Danny Elfman songs.
In "Edward Scissorhands" Burton takes on sixties suburbia with this Frankenstein fish out of water tale. The film has great flair, hilarious design, amazing cast and a bit of magic."Meet me in St Louis" for all the reasons I mentioned here and because Judy Garland sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." The film isn't set entirely at Christmas - it follows the seasons in a year - but the crisis point of the story happens at Christmas time. It would warm the cockles of any Grinch's heart.
"It's a Wonderful Life"
Individual dreams fight against duty and community wins over capitalism in this fantastic Frank Capra film. James Stewart is magnificent as the duty bound, kind hearted George Bailey, a man in crisis who has quelled his own spirited dreams for the love of his home town and family. What a corker of a film. Donna Reed is glorious as Mary Hatch and the dance scene where the floor opens up is priceless. Okay I admit the whole angel thing is annoying but this is a film about how much one person's life can matter, how a community can fight meanness and about how wonderful a life is.
Others we like are:
For the kids "The Muppet Christmas Carrol" for the film buffs "Shop Around the Corner" and my teenage daughters adds "Serendipity" and "While you were Sleeping" to the list for rom-com lovers. Watch at your own risk.
And what NOT to watch? "Love Actually" tops my list. A ridiculous film which tries to hide it's cringe worthy lack of plot and character development behind an ensemble cast of stars. What I hate most about this film (yes besides the schmaltz, bad soundtrack and cuteness) is that any female character over 30 is either a)cheated on b)overly committed to being a carer and unable to be in a relationship or c)dead! While the men over forty? They end up with women half their age or a supermodel. Get me a bucket!
What are your Christmas film favourites?