I love movies all year round, but there are some times of the year where certain movies beckon with a little more insistence. And there are some times of the year where certain movies live. October requests that I watch some more horror movies than normal, something suspenseful, something that gets the blood moving and gives a thrill. But horror movies also belong to the rest of the year. Sometime in November, however, a switch flips and I want to start watching Christmas movies.
I have a wide variety of Christmas movies in my collection and in my annual viewings. Basically, if a movie occurs at Christmas, it counts. This means that my movie cravings range from perennial classics (Love Actually, Scrooged, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, It’s a Wonderful Life) to action movies (Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Lethal Weapon, A Long Kiss Goodnight, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Last Boy Scout) to romantic comedies (The Holiday, Serendipity) to horror (Gremlins, Krampus, Black Christmas) to the saccharine made for tv movies that populate ABC Family (now Freeform), Lifetime, Hallmark.
I’m feeling a little behind this year on my viewings, even though I started in November on the day after Thanksgiving.
This years list so far (I’m marking the first viewings with an asterix*):
The Night Before*
A Merry Friggin’ Christmas*
The Family Stone
Love The Coopers*
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Nothing Like The Holiday*
A Christmas Horror Story*
A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
I’ve been holding off on some, because I wanted to watch them with Angela, should our schedules align. But still to come:
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Best Man Christmas, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Die Hard 2, A Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boy Scout, About a Boy, The Holiday, Love Actually, This Christmas, Elf, Four Christmases, Fred Claus … and whatever I come across on Netflix/ Amazon Prime/ Starz/ Showtime.
With newly fallen snow outside and frigid temperatures, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …
More later …