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Post by DotNotInOz on Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:21 pm

Lit geek that I freely admit I am, I've long been fond of the George C. Scott portrayal of Scrooge in that production of A Christmas Carol, nevermind that Scott has an incongruously American accent while nearly every other actor in it has a deliciously British one. He seems more believably grouchy and penurious and thus more miraculously transformed by the efforts of the Spirits than other actors I've seen in the role.

However, my favorite Christmas film is probably the original cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I rarely fail to get sniffly at that one, especially when the Whos sing their Christmas song even though the Grinch has absconded with all their trappings of the holiday. Forget the Jim Carrey live-action version. It sucks majorly!

So, what are your favorites?
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Post by John T Mainer on Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:42 pm

Miracle on 34th Street (1947), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966), A Christmas Carrol (1954 Alistar Sim version), and the Nutcracker (sorry, need to see that live by actual ballarinas).

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Post by TigersEyeDowsing on Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:53 pm

Every year I watch Bill Murray's Scrooged.

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Post by wmdkitty on Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:47 pm

I avoid them like the plague.
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Post by Feinics on Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:11 pm

TigersEyeDowsing wrote:Every year I watch Bill Murray's Scrooged.

Oh good choice Ted! I love that movie! Smile


One film I look forward to every year is The Snowman. I'm not sure do ye folks get it across the pond because I believe it's an English production but its a beautiful half hour animated film, with no words just the images and music. I think it's based on a childrens book which also had no words but I'm not a hundred prcent on that. It really brings out the magical feeling of christmas and wonder I had as a child and I just love the song "walking in the air".
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Post by TigersEyeDowsing on Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:40 pm

Oo, haven't seen it..but thanks Feinics, I do love Scrooged. It's a tear jerker at the end.

Sidenote: I have a black kitten who looks like your avatar named Phoenix.

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Post by Feinics on Fri Dec 04, 2009 7:06 pm

TigersEyeDowsing wrote:

Sidenote: I have a black kitten who looks like your avatar named Phoenix.

Ooh i love lil black kitties! Smile
Especially when we share a name heehee!
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Post by Vorrin on Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:56 pm

1) Scrooged
2) Rudolph (Donner's a jackass)
3) Christmas Vacation
4) Elf
5) Miracle on 34th Street
6) A Christmas Carol
7) A Year without a Santa Claus
Cool Nightmare Before Christmas
9) Santa Vs The Martians
10) Four Christmases

11) Honorable mention for the christmas episode of Family Guy.
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Post by DotNotInOz on Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:41 pm

Feinics wrote:One film I look forward to every year is The Snowman. I'm not sure do ye folks get it across the pond because I believe it's an English production but its a beautiful half hour animated film, with no words just the images and music. I think it's based on a childrens book which also had no words but I'm not a hundred prcent on that. It really brings out the magical feeling of christmas and wonder I had as a child and I just love the song "walking in the air".

It's not commonly shown on American commercial tv, Feinics. I've seen it a few times on public television, though.

Yep, you're quite correct about the book. It's a lovely children's book, also without words, by Raymond Briggs.
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Post by Willowcreek70633 on Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:47 pm

There is just so many out there gang! Love em all, but what do you expect from a December baby, who enjoys the season?

I do ask this every time I think of it though.

Has anyone else ever seen a puppet production of
"The Night The Animals Talked?" Watched in the 60's, & poof that was it! Totally cool!
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Re: 'Tis the season...for Christmas films

Post by DotNotInOz on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:16 pm

If you would, everyone, please add something specific about why you like each of the movies you list rather than merely listing them.

It doesn't tell us much about you and your likes and dislikes when all you give us is a list.

I've never much liked Bill Murray's Scrooged even though I've enjoyed Murray's performances in other films immensely. I don't care for modernizations of classic stories. Give me a production that's faithful to the original story, which is why I like the George C. Scott one so much.

That said, I think The Muppets Christmas Carol is cute as hell, but then, I like just about anything involving the Muppets.
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Post by Vorrin on Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:54 pm

1) Scrooged - Good message and stapling antlers to mice is always good.
2) Rudolph (Donner's a jackass) just a childhood tradition but now I watch it and see Donner and Santa as really mean, judgmental assholes.
3) Christmas Vacation - Whats not to like
4) Elf - Hate will Farrel but this is funny
5) Miracle on 34th Street - Another classic reminds me of growing up
6) A Christmas Carol - Love the original
7) A Year without a Santa Claus - Love the Heat Mizer
Nightmare Before Christmas
9) Santa Vs The Martians
10) Four Christmases

11) Honorable mention for the christmas episode of Family Guy.[/quote]
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Post by TigersEyeDowsing on Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:05 pm

I love Scrooged because I love Bill Murray in anything- I think he's one of the funniest men to ever live. I also see a lot of myself in his character, Cross. ("A thing they nail people to.") It's also the only christmas movie that makes me cry.

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Post by KittyKaz on Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:46 pm

1. Black Christmas
2. Gremlins (it was set during christmas)
3. Santa Claws
4. Jack Frost
5. Silent Night, Bloody Night

i love horror movies Smile
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Post by sacrificialgoddess on Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:26 pm


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Post by wmdkitty on Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:01 pm

KittyKaz wrote:1. Black Christmas
2. Gremlins (it was set during christmas)
3. Santa Claws
4. Jack Frost
5. Silent Night, Bloody Night

i love horror movies Smile

*adds those to her "to watch" list*

Gremlins was more comedy, than horror.
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Post by TigersEyeDowsing on Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:47 pm

Aw, Gremlins!

Millllllkkkkkkkkkkk duuuuuddzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Post by Kartari on Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:05 am

DotNotInOz wrote:Lit geek that I freely admit I am, I've long been fond of the George C. Scott portrayal of Scrooge in that production of A Christmas Carol...

That's my favorite too. GCS was fantastic, and I actually didn't really notice his non-British accent until you just mentioned it, you're right. I absolutely love the way they did the third ghost in this rendition. The acting was all around top rate.
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Post by Davelaw on Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:07 am

Feinics wrote:
TigersEyeDowsing wrote:Every year I watch Bill Murray's Scrooged.

Oh good choice Ted! I love that movie! Smile


One film I look forward to every year is The Snowman. I'm not sure do ye folks get it across the pond because I believe it's an English production but its a beautiful half hour animated film, with no words just the images and music. I think it's based on a childrens book which also had no words but I'm not a hundred prcent on that. It really brings out the magical feeling of christmas and wonder I had as a child and I just love the song "walking in the air".

saw it on Cable years ago
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Post by Davelaw on Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:09 am

No mention of Bad Santa?
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Post by Ebon on Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:58 pm

I love Scrooged. Bill Murray is hysterical in most things and this is no different.
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Post by DeavonReye on Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:40 pm

A Christmas Story.
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Post by Davelaw on Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:40 pm

DeavonReye wrote:A Christmas Story.

You'll poke your eye out.
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Post by TigersEyeDowsing on Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:55 pm

Okay, movienight at Joe's.

We're watchin' Scrooged.

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Post by Ramgoti009 on Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:00 pm

Miracle on 34th Street is a really good classic about Santa Claus being real. A must see/must have. A Christmas Carol with Jim Carrey is also very good, a little bit more for older kids and adults only because some of the graphics are a little scary for younger kids like maybe 8 or younger, depending on the child. Elf (Will Ferrel) and The Santa Claus (Tim Allen) are very good real christmas movies that are fun for everyone, Elf being really funny! and of course some classic cartoony movies would be
-The Polar Express
-Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
-Frosty the Snowman
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
-It's Christmas Charlie Brown
-Santa Claus is Coming to Town
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