We’re excited to bring back our favorite Movie Critic, Professional actor, and life-time movie buff… Paul McGuire to share his favorite Holiday Movies with us! Enjoy!
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is watching the movies celebrating Christmas. Each year I take out all of my Christmas themed movies and set them out by my DVD player. I gasp at how many I own and realize I will never have enough time to watch them all before Christmas. There are certain movies I like to watch throughout the season depending on what I am doing and how close to Christmas Day it is.
Whenever I put ornaments on the Christmas tree or start decorating my apartment, I like to have the old animated classics on in the background;
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas– the classic 1966 cartoon with Boris Karloff narration
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas– 1965, simply timeless
3. Frosty the Snowman- 1969, animated classic
I love getting presents for people, but I am TERRIBLE at wrapping them. This is one trait that was not passed down to me from my mother. To ease the stress of wrapping, I turn to Christmas comedies;
1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation– 1989 with Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. No matter how many times I see this, I will laugh out loud every time.
2. Elf– 2003, one of Will Ferrell’s best movies, also starring Ed Asner as Santa!
3. Scrooged– 1988, Bill Murray
4. Home Alone– 1990, Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara
Do you ever get those nights where you get home from work and you want to do nothing? All you want to do is sit on the couch and watch something on TV? You feel torn because you know you should be out shopping or attending a Christmas party. Don’t feel guilty for wanting to take a night off. On those nights, I love sinking into the couch under a blanket and watching any of these Christmas movies. Don’t forget to grab a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or bottle of wine;
1. The Family Stone– 2005, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this family drama/comedy with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton.
2. Love Actually– 2003, ensemble British romance with Alan Rickman, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, and Laura Linney. Wonderful stories and terrific soundtrack.
3. The Holiday– 2006, I bow down to Kate Winslet, and she is just as wonderful as always in this romance with Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, and Jack Black.
There are certain movies that people save for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. They are a part of many families’ traditions. As a child, we didn’t really have any Christmas night movies we would watch. I have since then made it a point to try to watch at least one of these movies on each day;
1. A Christmas Story–1983, Don’t miss Ralphie and his nutty family either on TBS or at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis
2. Miracle on 34th Street- 1947, with Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Green, and Natalie Wood
1. It’s a Wonderful Life– 1946, The quintessential Christmas movie with James Stewart
2. White Christmas– 1954, starring Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye
Merry Christmas and happy movie watching! Paul
Thanks Paul! Your list inspired us to watch The Family Stone last night – such a great movie!