Heather Hogan: Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about Hugh Grant thinking about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me — probably because I watch Love Actually six times a year (three times at Christmas) — that love is everywhere.
Love Actually has something for everyone. There’s Young Love (“She’s the coolest girl in school and everyone worships her because she’s heaven.”), New Love (“I know I seems an insane person because I hardly knows you, but sometimes things are so transparent they don’t need evidential proof.”), Inexplicable Love (“The SAS are absolutely charming. Ruthless trained killers are just a phone call away.”), Impossible Love (“Enough. Enough for now.”), a swoon-inducing score, and the absolute perfect string of swear words that serve as the opening lines of dialogue (“F–k, wank, bugger, s–tting, arse, head and hole!”).
Love Actually isn’t just the perfect holiday movie; it is the perfect movie, full-stop.
Oh, and P.S. There’s a whole lesbian storyline in the deleted scenes. It’s sweet and poignant and pretty much the most heartbreaking thing ever. I’d suggest watching it after the holidays.
Karman Kregloe: I have a real appreciation for Billy Bob Thornton. Yes, I’ve read all of the stories that suggest he’s an a-hole, and I know the idea of screwing up a relationship with Angelina Jolie is something most lesbians would find to be pretty unforgivable. But I can’t help it. I like him and most of his movies, including Sling Blade, A Simple Plan, Dead Man and One False Move.
So imagine my delight when Thornton added a holiday movie to his oeuvre. In Bad Santa, Thornton plays a … Bad Santa. He drinks on the job, hates kids, and steals from department stores. He’s a human Grinch with 5 o’ clock shadow and a beater car full of empty booze bottles. Of course it’s a redemption tale, but a darkly hilarious one. And if the prospect of watching Billy Bob scream at children isn’t as appealing to you as it is to me, you Gilmore Girls fans can watch it just to see Lauren Graham play a sex-crazed, Bad Santa-humping freak. You’re welcome!
Trish Bendix: My favorite Christmas movie in recent years is A Christmas Tale, which comes complete with a lesbian grandma in a tie. I kid you not! It’s a French holiday film about a family coming together for their last holiday with their mom, who is dying of cancer. Not super feel good, but a very compelling film.
What’s your favorite thing to watch this time of year?