The holidays have always been a time for copious movie watching in my family. There’s just something about being shut indoors with relatives that screams “Hey, let’s watch some movies!” about this time of year, be it the frigid weather or the need to feel “together” without having to actually talk about awkward things.
Of course, I’m assuming that you’ll be making a stop at the movie theater to ogle – er, admire Olivia Wilde in Tron: Legacy (which opens this weekend), but for home entertainment purposes, I’ve put together a few of the most enduring classics, for you to peruse and enjoy as necessary. Be sure to bring a DVD or two if you’re making the annual “Guess who’s gay at the family party?” rounds, for safety.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Gist: The adorable Muppets put on an ultra-faithful presentation of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol. With “creative casting” — Kermit in the role of Bob Cratchet, Gonzo and Rizzo as narrators, and Michael Caine as the iconic Scrooge — it’s one of the best Christmas Carol film adaptations around.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The Gist: A wacky, not-entirely PC view of the joys — and pains — of celebrating Christmas with a large extended family. This disc is in such high demand in my own family that my mother routinely watches it in July.
Star Wars – Original Trilogy
The Gist: The original space adventures! But really, if you need a description, you’re reading the wrong column.
The Gist: An early ’90s sci-fi flick with attitude, a cheese factor of 10.5 and a thoughtful storyline hiding beneath layers and layers of schlocky special effects. Starring a buffed-out Arnold in his prime and Sharon Stone in one of her first major roles, it’s a must-watch classic.
Readers, do you have flicks you like to watch around this time of year? List them in the comments!