It’s that time of the year again. Are you done with your Christmas shopping? Are you done wrapping all the presents for your loved ones? Then it’s time for Christmas Movie Binge Watching. Both television and cinemas are airing and releasing all kinds of movies all about Christmas. There are really good ones and those based on questionable comedic antics. Regardless of your taste when it comes to Christmas movies, I posted a similar binge watching list last year of Christmas movies. You can check out this list for initial ideas of what to see.
But I soon realized there are many more Christmas movies out there that I missed from last year’s list but are still worthy of a film lover’s attention. Some of the films from this list are known to be cinema classics. Some are animated features, others are movie musicals with talented stars known for being great singers. Here is another list of binge-watching Christmas movies.
White Christmas (1954)
This classic musical with the compositions of the legendary Irving Berlin was released in 1954 staring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera Ellen. The most famous of all songs in the film is, of course, White Christmas which is performed at the end of the film. The film starts in the European War front in 1945 with two friends and crooners portrayed by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye performing for allied troupes in Europe on Christmas Eve. Fast forward nine years later and both are producers and nightclub performers meeting the characters of Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in Florida and later ending up in Vermont. From here, there adventure as performers and a budding romance started to blossom. But why did they end up in Vermont? You’ll just have to see the film to find that out.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
This is a very unexpected Christmas film that has a macabre Halloween theme to it. Produced by the legendary film director Tim Burton and released by Disney, this animated film starts at a town called Halloweentown and its most famous resident Jack Skellington. The story goes, Jack discovered another town called Christmastown behind a mystery door and attempts to bring its spirit and kidnaps its most famous resident, the big man in a red suit. Imagine the confusion and madness of the residents of Halloweentown adopting customs of Christmastown during this time of year. How did they all fare? Watch the film. It is also available on DVD and online streaming.
The Santa Clause (1994)
Starring Tim Allen as a toy company executive and Eric Lloyd as his son, this is a film about the big man in a red suit, or at least, the new man for the job. Santa crashes in Scott Calvin’s roof and falls to the ground suddenly making him “disappear.” With encouragement of his son Charlie, the guidance of one the reindeers Comet, Scott now the new Santa Clause learns a crash course on how to do his new job of jolly gift-giving at the same time gaining some extra pounds to get into character. This film did not have a sequel until 2004 and a third installed in 2006 a supporting character played by with comedian Martin Short. All three films are available in DVD box set and online streaming.
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
This animated film about a playful snowman first aired on television in December 1969. In watching this film, I noticed there is no reference to anything about Christmas in the whole story. It starts out in a small town called Evergreen during the snowy winter months. A magical snowman appears to the children of the town teaching them to be kind to others and follow their hearts.
Though there is no reference about Christmas in this film, it somehow managed to become a Christmas classic airing every December since 1969. The film is available on DVD and online streaming.
Home Alone (1990)
This is the film that made McCauley Culkin a famous child star. A boy named Kevin was left home alone at Christmas by his entire family who were traveling to relatives. While home alone, two thieves played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern burglarize his home only to meet a witty and rambunctious kid setting traps around his house for the thieves to fall into. This film is probably the best film Culkin’s ever did and the one he’s best remembered for. A sequel – Home Alone 2: Lost in New York has pretty much the same story line. Other sequels had followed but the lead characters were played by other child actors. These films are now available on DVD and online streaming.
Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Another Tim Allen Christmas classic. A middle-class couple from a town called Riverside, Luther and Nora Krank, after so many years of celebrating Christmas in grandiose style had decided to spend their money and Christmas in a cruise ship to the Caribbean. The Kranks later disappointed a great many people like friends from work and the neighbor when they all discover their plans to deviate from their annual celebration. These people were not shy about saying so. With the arrival of their daughter from her Peace Corpse mission with a Latin boyfriend in tow, the Kranks suddenly had to change plans. Find out how it all happened. The Kranks were played by Tim Allen (Luther) and Jamie Lee Curtis (Nora) together with Dan Ackroyd and Felicity Hoffman as two their neighbors. The film is available on DVD and online streaming.
The Christmas Prince (2017)
This is a new release to Netflix subscribers. From the title itself, it sounded like this film belongs to the Hallmark Channel, but alas, it is found on Netflix. This is a story very similar to recent royal events in terms of an American girl meeting a European prince and getting engage around Christmas time. Except the prince is actually a crown prince about to be coronated as monarch of a fictitious country called Aldovia. The American, a young and aspiring journalist from New York City goes to Aldovia to cover the coronation ceremony. There he meets the crown prince and his family entirely by accident. Find out how these two people later hooks up like Harry and Meghan did.
I know that some of these films were released before millennials were born but somehow, it managed to become classics due to the repeat showing of these films during the holidays. Some has a funny way of interpreting the occasion, others sticks to at least one or two concept about Christmas – warmhearted, good natured, giving, family, friends, etc. Overall, regardless on your taste in movies, Christmas is one of those times in a year when we want to spend more time with people we care about than anyone else. Why not watch a Christmas movie or two while you’re at it.