By Mikaela Huber, Staff Writer and Kate Perry, Design Editor
A shortened version of this article can be found in the December issue of the Cardinal Courier.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. This unranked list of classics or new films can turn any Grinch’s frown upside down. So throw on a Christmas sweater, break out some figgy pudding and turn on your TV.
- Home Alone (1990): The freedom and fun that comes with staying home alone entices 8-year-old Kevin McCallister. After he hopes for his family’s disappearance, his home alone wish comes true. However, things begin to turn sour when two bumbling cat burglars plan to rob his home. It’s up to Kevin to defend it.
- Home Alone II (1992): Kevin McCallister is back and is left alone again, this time in New York City. With the whole city at his fingertips, Kevin tries to make the most of his trip to the big apple until the same bumbling cat burglars try to put a kink in his plan. Now it’s up to Kevin to defend a toy store.
- The Polar Express (2004): Hot, hot oh this train has it with a magical ride to the North Pole. With help from the train conductor, friends and a mysterious hobo, a young boy embarks on a journey to rediscover the meaning of Christmas. “Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” Just don’t forget your ticket and sit back and enjoy the hot chocolate.
- The Grinch Original and New Version (1966 and 2000): What goes better with Christmas than converting someone into a believer of Christmas? This classic movie will make you hate, love, and relate to this green outcast many know as The Grinch.
- Why Him? (2016): The holiday season is normally a time full of love and catching up with family. However, when overprotective father Ned (Bryan Cranston) travels to California to visit his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch), things go south. Her family meets her secret, socially awkward and multimillionaire boyfriend Laird (James Franco) and learns that Laird is about to pop the question to the disapproval of Ned.
- Elf (2003): Santa’s little helper is reworked in this lighthearted comedy featuring Will Ferrell as Buddy. However, he doesn’t really fit in with the rest of the elves, perhaps it’s the fact that he’s 6-foot-3. Once he finds out that he is adopted, Buddy leaves the North Pole and seeks out his biological father in New York City. But he soon finds out that the world is not all candy canes and gumdrops.
- Love Actually (2003): The holiday spirit might be as powerful as love. In this romantic holiday film, eight different relationships are ironically intertwined by the powerful emotion love. Watch as these characters, played by Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Bill Nighy, unfold their stories.
- A Christmas Story (1983): This Christmas classic gains its popularity from the refreshing and relatable depiction of an average family in the 1940s. The movie takes adults back to their childhood, but now it holds sentimental value for them.
- Christmas Vacation (1989): Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas. However, things quickly turn disastrous for the Griswold family with a surprise visit from family members and an electrocuted cat.
- The Santa Clause (1994): Have you ever wondered who takes the throne after Santa Claus passes away? Wonder no longer because The Santa Clause answers that question. When Santa takes a fall off a roof, a business man comes to the rescue and eventually trades in his suit and tie for a jolly red suit. If you can’t get enough of the first film, don’t fret because there are two sequels!
- Deck the Halls (2006): It’s war. Christmas enthusiast Steve (Matthew Broderick) has everything planned for the holidays. But when a new neighbor Danny (Danny DeVito) starts to upstage him, things literally light up outer space.
- A Bad Moms Christmas (2017): You won’t watch this comedy in your pajamas because it’s currently playing in theaters. If moms start to rebel this Christmas, don’t be surprised because this film might make them trade in wrapping paper for party shoes. The movie features a group of moms rebelling against the classic mom roles of the holiday and living up the Christmas season to the fullest.
- A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965): That’s right, the Peanuts gang is back in this holiday classic! Charlie Brown is off to find the true meaning of Christmas as Christmastime is here to bring happiness and cheer. It’s up to one little tree to do the job.
- Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer (1964): We all know the song, but have you seen the movie? If not, it’s definitely worth a watch. It features love, action, adventure, danger, and a singing snowman. What more can a person want in a movie?
- Frosty the Snowman (1969): There must have been some magic in that old silk hat they found, for when a couple of kids placed it on their snowman’s head, Frosty the Snowman was brought to life. When temperatures start to rise, young Karen hops on a train with Frosty to get him to the North Pole to save his life. However, that old hat belonged to the magician Hinkle and he wants it back. It’s a race against the clock in this classic.
- A Christmas Carol (2009): There are many different versions of this classic, but I’m going to save you some time and urge you to watch Disney’s a Christmas Carol. The graphics in this version are spectacular and the sound effects make a viewer feel as if they are actually in the world depicted on the screen. While you may find yourself in love with the Disney version, the others are worth watching as well.
- Frozen (2013): Ice queens are continuously featured in movies, so it is no surprise that some grown when they see another character like Elsa. But I urge you to put aside your misconceptions and sit down and watch this sing along animated movie. This children’s movie depicts adult themes such as betrayal, hardship and the bond between family, as well as some catchy songs that you just can’t seem to let go of.
- A Year Without Santa Claus (1974): Team Heat Miser or team Snow Miser? In this stop animation film, Santa Claus decides to take off a year from Christmas in despair after children fail to believe in him and Christmas. To turn around the tide, two elves embark on a journey to restore the faith of everyone.
- Mickey Christmas Movies: The house of mouse consumes the holiday season because of the number of Mickey Christmas films created. From Mickey’s Christmas Carol to Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas, they are a holiday hit.
- Eight Crazy Nights (2002): We all know one party animal that can’t seem to get things straight. That party animal in this Christmas comedy is Davey Stone. He could have went to jail for reckless behavior but a judge grants him a pardon because of the Holiday Season. But there is a catch. He must perform community service to prohibit his stay behind bars. Can he handle Whitney, a seemingly elf head referee?
- Love the Coopers (2005): In this romantic comedy, four generations of the Cooper family get ready for the annual Christmas reunion. As the event quickly approaches, their individual stories come together to remind them of the meaning of the holidays.
- A Madea’s Christmas (2013): You can still get into the spirit and enjoy a laugh or two…or twenty, with this hilarious movie that features everyone’s favorite Madea.
- An American Tail (1986): A Jewish immigrant must sail to America from Russia after his home is destroyed. This may seem like an adult drama, but this is the beginning of an animated children’s movie. Christmas seems to be the theme of most holiday films, but it is refreshing to see a new focus in this movie.
- Snowglobe (2007): There’s no such thing as the perfect Christmas… or is there? One girl gets a chance to live the Christmas of her dreams, in her dreams, due to a magical snowglobe. But is this winter wonderland too perfect?
- It’s a Wonderful Life (1946): Ever wonder what life would look like if you never existed? That is what happens when George Bailey’s (James Stewart) wish is granted by an angel and witnesses the impact he has on everyone’s lives.