Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Holiday slip

Find the normal Holiday fare offered revolting? Not all are half bad, and a few are worth a second or third viewing.

8 flicks for the Traditionalists...well sort of...

Trading Places
One of my favourites. Dan Ackroyd, Eddie Murphy and Jamie Lee Curtis at their best in a fantastic comedy mixed with greed and skullduggery during the holiday season.

The Grinch Who stole Christmas (the animated version of course)
Some may prefer the Jim Carey version but in my opinion it can't compare to the Chuck Jones original.

The Nightmare Before Christmas
A beautiful romantic stop-motion animated film that truly catapults the audience to another world.

Will Ferrell's smash hit in 2003, the fish out of water comedy directed by Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man) features an orphaned elf "Buddy" (Ferrell) struggling to fit in the life at the North Pole.

Tokyo Grandfathers
An anime film about three homeless friends, a young girl, a transvestite and a middle aged bum who finds an abandoned newborn in the trash on Christmas day. The story follows their journey as they track down the parents.

Die Hard
Less talking more entertainment? One of the best features is the deliciously funny Alan Rickman as the villain.

For romantics on both ends, John Cusack and Kate Beckinsdale dash around New York city in hopes to find each other.

The Apartment
One of Billy Wilder's more subdued dramas starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. A classic.