Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas is Coming!

I guess we should start talking about your movie list for the next two weeks.  I took a look at the keyword 'Christmas' at IMDb.  2,809 listings have Christmas written all over them.  Just to review, you can sort the list by rating or year, and it is littered with TV shows and TV Movies.  We'll skip TV for now.

If you go by ratings, and discount the anomalies like The Godfather (1972), the number one Christmas movie is A Jersey Christmas from 2008.  I have never head of it...or of anyone in the cast.  I guess when you have only a few reviews (mostly by cast members) anything can be at the top.  Jersey got 22 votes compared to The Godfather with 424,200 votes.  Let's look deeper, and only at Christmas movies.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) came in at #52.  No contest.  It is one of the best Christmas movies.  A foreign film from 1961 called Placido came in at #82, just three places after a TV documentary called "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show."  Placido sounds like a decent entry on the list, but will be difficult to find.  No doubt many men consider Victoria's Secret a gift from Santa.

After passing such Non-Christmas movies like The Apartment (1960 - which actually has some Christmas aspects, but wasn't really a Christmas movie) and Full Metal Jacket (1987), I think I will give up on IMDb's list.  It needs some housecleaning.

The MovieFanFare blog has voting going on now for favorite classic Christmas movies.  Take a look at it.  The top four as of this morning are It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street (1947), White Christmas (1954) and A Christmas Carol (1951).

I voted for the fourth place A Christmas Carol, originally titled Scrooge, starring Alastair Sim (1900 - 1976).  It is a movie that has the look of being ten years older than it was, and if you let yourself get into the mood of the film, you will be moved by Sim's performance on Christmas morning, after his three ghostly visits.  Plus he does a great polka.

Happy Christmas, and keep reading.  I will fill in the Bit Actors in the next week or two.

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