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Old 12th Dec 2008, 12:35   #11
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I'd almost think about trading my child for a chance to see J.T. once more. It was only a made for tv Christmas special, but my oh my how the tears did roll. This is the film I think of every year as something I'd love to see once more. It would be as good as believing in Santa again!
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I think the brand-new Christmas On Mars might just sneak into my favourites (alongside Bad Santa, Die Hard and Gnomes). It's sort of... Eraserhead meets Miracle on 34th Street. In space. And starring the Flaming Lips.
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A Christmas Story is my only must-see every year, but I'd like to second Black Christmas and Bad Santa. The former film is really, really creepy and underrated, and the latter is just plain hilarious.

If you're looking for an antidote to schmaltz, I'd like to add The Ice Harvest to the mix.
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Oh, and by the way, Black Christmas and A Christmas Story were both directed by the same guy, Bob Clark, so that's two reasons to line up that particular double feature.
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'The Apartment' is set around Christmas and New Year. A rare romantic comedy that dares to flirt with real tragedy.
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Col - you disappoint me. What about The Sound of Music? Dr Zhivago?? Or even A Christmas Story? Absolute classics.
A Christmas Story is the most consistently underrated Christmas movie ever. Just as Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss is the best family vacation comedy ever. Jean Shepherd was the best comic writer in America for the last half of the 20th century. It's a shame that so little of his massive body of comedic work made it to the big screen. But I'm grateful for what DID make it.
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Die Hard Die Hard Die Hard!

It's a must watch, every year.
Oh, yeah! Definitely MY number one antidote for Christmas schmaltz, too.

One year, A Christmas Story was played by Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) for 24 hours in a row, and that was a good call. Jean Shepherd's childhood reminiscences never grow old, and neither does Darren McGavin's portrayal of Shepherd's father.

Trading Places is another anti-schmaltzy Christmas classic.

So is National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (although in that one, the supporting cast was carrying Chevy Chase for much of the movie. It's still good.)

And no Christmas is truly blessed without Jules d'Hemecourt's reading of A Cajun Night Before Christmas, which unfortunately for most of us only airs from local broadcast stations in south Louisiana.
I have a copy, though, nya-nya-nya-nya-nyaaaah

And Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales is indispensable (it was made a film in 1987, starring Denholm Elliot) to having a Yule of good cheer.
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