writer of science fiction, fantasy, and horror
So here it is once again, December. The other day I watched It’s A Wonderful Life and it got me to thinking of the movies that I try to catch every year. I don’t always catch them, and when I do more often than not I just leave them on while I putter around doing something else. But the point is they are on. So with no further adieu, her is my top five absolutely, positively, must-see-if-they-are-on Christmas movies (excluding the children’s standards).
A Christmas Carol (Alistair Sim)
This is one was a slow build. When I was a kid it was always on Late Christmas day on channel 11 (Hamilton), or was it Boxing Day? Anyway, I hated it. Where were the cartoons? I didn’t want to see this old movie with a creepy old man who hated people. As the years passed, I started to actually watch the movie. I came to appreciate Scrooge, what drove him, and his ultimate redemption.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Just a great story with great actors. Unlike Christmas Carol I first saw this movie when I was older and so wasn’t tainted with childish waffling. I’ve always been a fan of Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed was pretty hot. It wasn’t a perfect movie, with some incredibly hokey moments, even for a post-war movie, but the story more than makes up for it.
Come on. You can’t watch this without humming Ode to Joy for days afterward.
This movie mixes slapstick hilarity with some moment of genuine pathos. Clark Griswald watching his old home movies always gets me, so much so I detest the cheap gag where he drops through ceiling to lighten up the scene. On the flip side, just about everything else is comedy gold.
When it was announced Will Ferrell was to take on the titular role of Elf, I thought perfect casting . And I was right. To be honest, after the first viewing Elf is really a dumb movie, BUT, it is on like everywhere all the time.
Honorable Mentions (I'll watch them it they're on)
The Santa Clause
A Christmas Story
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My story, First Pillar of Wisdom, appears in the anthology Tesseracts 22: Alchemy and Artifcacts, eds. Lorina Stephens and Susan MacGregor, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing.
My story, Strings, appears in On Spec Vol 29 #3-4 (double issue)