Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Ultimate Christmas Movie Marathon

Christmas movies. They're often cheesy, sometimes brilliant, and tend to be so awful that you can't help but love them. I am a bit of a Christmas movie connoisseur and I usually start watching them before Thanksgiving because I am just that much of a nerd (or addict, pick your poison). Whether you want it or not, here is quite the marathon for you, a mission or a challenge, if you will, should you choose to accept it! It's chock full of nostalgia and sentimentality with some trouble-making too. After this round up you'll either hate the holiday season or be just as deranged as me!

Directed by Jon Favreau
84% on Rotten Tomatoes
Let's start with a bang. Nothing screams (and sings) "Christmas" more than Will Ferrell's surprise smash hit holiday classic with a little slapstick and a lot of heart. It's hilarious from the get go and contains surprises here and there - Peter Billingsley anyone?

Directed by Bob Clark
88% on Rotten Tomatoes
Speaking of Peter Billingsley, his iconic Christmas classic is up next. Endlessly quotable, laugh-til-you-stomach-hurts funny, and running for 24 hours, the tale of the bunny suit and the BB gun never gets old. If you think you've seen it too many times, watch it again and tell me that Randy's snowsuit doesn't make you laugh.

Directed by Chris Columbus
54% on Rotten Tomatoes
Continuing on with the tradition of kids getting into shenanigans, Kevin McCallister is next on the list! He's THE crazy mischievous holiday child and watching him outsmart the two dumbest burglars in the world is never not funny...

Directed by Chris Columbus
24% on Rotten Tomatoes
...hence, the still amazing sequel! It's got some new funny gags, Tim Curry, and the greatest city in the world. Just don't go past this sequel - any further ventures into the Home Alone universe are just not worth it. For more holiday-validating destruction, see below...

Directed by John McTiernan
92% on Rotten Tomatoes
Yes. John McClane saves Christmas. Snape. Everything amazing. The end.

Directed by Richard Donner
66% on Rotten Tomatoes
Cranky Bill Murray. Anything Bill Murray is the cherry on top of an amazing Christmas miracle, but when he's cranky it's that much more fun.

Directed by Thomas Bezucha
51% on Rotten Tomatoes
Here we are, the rom coms that get a certain amount of hate and I just don't care! This will make you laugh and cry and try to figure out which of your family members match up with which characters.

Directed by Richard Curtis
63% on Rotten Tomatoes
Now we'll travel across the pond back to dear old London to follow a series of couples around during the holiday season to see whether they can find love or not, and though the title might give away the movie, it will still surprise you and make you laugh. For example, Hugh Grant is cast as the Prime Minister. That's a reason to laugh all on its own!

Directed by Nancy Meyers
47% on Rotten Tomatoes
This is one of my favorites. What can I say, I'm a sucker for Nancy Meyers. Jude Law's hunky, Jack Black manages to become kind of adorable (who knew?), and Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet are your soul sisters.
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Directed by Mark Sandrich
100% on Rotten Tomatoes
It's kind of like White Christmas, but it's not! The main difference: Astaire. Give him some holiday love by turning on this lovely little flick.

Directed by Michael Curtiz
76% on Rotten Tomatoes
In the same vein as Singin in the Rain, it's kind of random and you don't really know how you get to the end result, but every showtune along the way is delightful. Sisters is especially funny!

Directed by Frank Capra
94% on Rotten Tomatoes
Here it is. THE Christmas movie. If you don't know every line by now, from malfeasants to hot dog, then start studying because this movie is hilarious, heartwarming, and will should make you cry like a baby when you remember how great things are.

What are your favorite Christmas movies? Think you're brave enough to try the whole marathon?

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