Screen Junkies » movie lists Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Dec 2014 18:46:34 +0000 en hourly 1 The 10 Best Holiday Movies of All Time Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:00:49 +0000 bgoldstein Ten holiday movies that will put even the scroogiest of grinches in the holiday spirit.

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By Mike Sheppard

Ahhhh, the holidays. Well, they’re not here yet, but they sure are creeping up on us. And what do we all associate the holidays with? Well, besides scrambling to buy the most unique gifts for everyone you love (no pressure). That’s right…movies! Of course, family and friends are pretty good, too, but I’m pretty sure we need to make sure you have your viewing schedule lined up for all those free hours in between meals.

Over the years, there have been many films that have tried to capture the spirit of the holidays. Some of those have been hits and some of them have been misses. Huge misses. Then there are those films that don’t really revolve around the holidays, but take place during that time and, as such, have become synonymous with the season. Between these two types of categories, there is a solid selection of flicks for you to have prepped for your approaching free time.

I’ve crafted the perfect list here to bring you all the basics; your Christmas movies, your Thanksgiving movies and your awesome movies that happen to take place during the festive season. Follow this list and you’ll never groan about the holidays again

10. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

This seems like a great place to get started. I know that this is not up there with the first in the series, or even the European Vacation sequel, but this still hits some hilarious notes. From Randy Quaid‘s fake turtleneck, to Julia-Louis Dreyfuss’ yuppie neighbour schtick, we get a solid does of classic 80′s-90′s humour. But we also get those warm holiday moments where it all comes together to make us believe in the spirit of Christmas…even if it required some hostage taking.

9. Home Alone

Talk about an instant classic. When this film came out in 1990, it was a box office sensation. Never mind the fact that the great John Hughes wrote it, it launched the biggest child star career since Richie Rich graced the comics. For a little tyke, Culkin has amazing comedic timing and expressions that will generally make you laugh out loud as he single handedly annihilates two criminals trying to infiltrate his home (played with great over-the-top zeal by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). And if that doesn’t sell you, well good luck not choking up when little Kevin finally sees his mom at the end.

8. A Christmas Story

This is easily the ultimate Christmas classic for any child of the 80′s. Even if you missed that time period, there have been numerous re-releases because this film is an undisputed classic for the ages. One child’s obession with getting his one dream gift, the Red Ryder B.B. gun, string the whole mess together, but along the way we are all reminded of just how everything about our families can become polarized during the holiday season. If Ralphie’s plight does not resonate with you then you either skip Christmas or you don’t have a heart. Either way, this is required viewing you cold hearted jerk.

7. Bad Santa

Probably one of the most offensive holiday films ever made, Bad Santa still manages to make you get that ol’ magic feeling by the end. It may be tough to watch Billy Bon Thornton as the scoundrel Willy, a man who poses as Santa to rob shopping malls in the after hours, but it is even tougher to keep a straight face. Add a sexy appearance by Lauren Graham, the funniest kid you’ve ever seen, and the angriest dwarf you’ve ver encountered and you have the makings of comedy gold. There are many raunchy moments here, but the film’s central arc is Willy’s relationship with this sad, lonely kid that keeps the film from spiralling into pure debauchery.

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