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on 22 Nov 2011 11:51

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Christmastime Viewings: 2011

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People who added this item 1820  Average listal rating (1128 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.7 
1. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
Umpteenth Viewing


"You see George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?"

Thoughts: I've seen this movie time and time again, but I never get sick of it. I love it from top to bottom, and I will continue to watch it every Christmas season.

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People who added this item 697  Average listal rating (427 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
2. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
First Viewing


"Hello! Welcome to the Muppet Christmas Carol! I am here to tell the story."

Thoughts: I've always loved The Muppets. I can't believe it's taken me so long to watch this movie. It's such a joyous motion picture, with heart and laughs.

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People who added this item 91  Average listal rating (52 ratings) 5.4  IMDB Rating 5.4 
3. Santa's Slay (2005)
First Viewing


"Boy, Christmas can sure scare the Dickens out of people."

Thoughts: This is everything you could possibly want from a Christmas B movie. It's fun, campy, very funny and not self-serious. I had a ball with it. Plus the eternally irritating Fran Drescher is brutally murdered in the first scene. I was cheering.

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People who added this item 139  Average listal rating (86 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 5.9 
4. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
First Viewing


"You see Santa Claus tonight you better run boy, you better run for ya life!"

Thoughts: It's an enjoyable slasher from time to time, yeah, but in the long run it's pointless, too vile and callous, and stupid.

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People who added this item 247  Average listal rating (131 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.1 
5. Arthur Christmas (2011)
First Viewing


"A child's been missed!"

Thoughts: I really wanted to love this. I wish it was an instant Christmas classic. After all, it had all the right trappings to become an esteemed entry to the Christmas movie pantheon. What a shame it's so scattershot.

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People who added this item 160  Average listal rating (101 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating
6. The Ref (1994)
First Viewing


"Do you know what this family needs? A mute."

Thoughts: I loved this! It's a great dark comedy, benefitting from witty scripting brought to life by a terrific bunch of actors. It's a total laugh riot.

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People who added this item 692  Average listal rating (422 ratings) 6  IMDB Rating 6.3 
7. The Family Stone (2005)
First Viewing


"We will try to welcome her back in, like a civilized family might."

Thoughts: This movie was awful. I had hoped it would be somewhat fun considering the great cast, but it bored me to tears. Plus the characters are unlikable and the film is too contrived to be believed.

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People who added this item 516  Average listal rating (325 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating 5.1 
8. Jack Frost (1998)
First Viewing


"Three balls, two sticks, one corked nose. Snowman? No. Much, much more. I am the Wizard of Blizzard!"

Thoughts: Sucked. Boring, overly sentimental and sappy, not very funny, and the snowman looks incredibly creepy.

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People who added this item 273  Average listal rating (184 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.4 
9. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
First Viewing


"Happy birthday! Hey, I said my first words. But... But snowmen can't talk. Ha ha ha, come on now, what's the joke? Could I really be alive?"

Thoughts: Er, this sucked. I had heard good things about it and expected a classic piece of Rankin/Bass animation history, but it was soulless, laughless and pointless.

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People who added this item 283  Average listal rating (209 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.1 
10. Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
First Viewing


"Why am I such a misfit? I am not just a nitwit. Just because my nose glows... why don't I fit in?"

Thoughts: Ah, this was great. A great way to wash out the bad taste left my Frosty. Charming and magical, I had a wonderful time watching this for the first time.

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People who added this item 191  Average listal rating (130 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
11. White Christmas (1954)
First Viewing


"I want you to get married. I want you to have nine children. And if you only spend five minutes a day with each kid, that's forty-five minutes, and I'd at least have time to go out and get a massage or something."

Thoughts: It's very sentimental and syrupy, sure, but I had a lot of fun with this movie.

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People who added this item 119  Average listal rating (73 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
12. A Christmas Carol (1951)
First Viewing


"A merry Christmas, Ebenezer! You old HUMBUG! Oh, and a happy new year! As if you deserved it!"

Thoughts: This was a pretty strong version of the classic tale. Alistair Sim is an exceptional Scrooge.

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People who added this item 18  Average listal rating (11 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 7.7 
13. A Christmas Carol (1971)
First Viewing


"Every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips, should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart."

Thoughts: I hadn't even heard of this one until I saw 1951's Scrooge and learned that Sim reprised his role for this made-for-TV animated special. I'm glad I got the chance to check it out, because it's really good!!

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People who added this item 48  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.5 
14. Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)
First Viewing


"You're on Santa's naughty list!"

Thoughts: I really enjoyed this. For what is essentially a cash-in, it's surprisingly funny and enjoyable. It does everything it needed to do.

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People who added this item 351  Average listal rating (211 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
15. Black Christmas (1974)
First Viewing


"Filthy Billy, I know what you did nasty Billy!"

Thoughts: This is a pretty damn good slasher movie. It has honest-to-goodness tension, and characters aren't stupid. But an uplifting festive movie this ain't.

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People who added this item 277  Average listal rating (175 ratings) 4.8  IMDB Rating 4.5 
16. Black Christmas (2006)
First Viewing


"Everyone will be home for Christmas."

Thoughts: Fuck, this movie was just awful...

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People who added this item 2700  Average listal rating (1761 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.2 
17. Gremlins (1984)
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"Keep him out of the light, he hates bright light, especially sunlight, it'll kill him. Second, don't give him any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight."

Thoughts: This movie is starting to show its age, but I still had fun with it.

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People who added this item 108  Average listal rating (69 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.9 
18. A Christmas Carol (1984)
First Viewing


"His wealth is quite useless to him, really. He doesn't do any good with it; he doesn't even make HIMSELF comfortable with it."

Thoughts: Whoa, this was fantastic. I was rather lukewarm towards the highly popular 1951 retelling of the story, but this version has got to be my favourite Christmas Carol retelling. Loved it.

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People who added this item 505  Average listal rating (363 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.4 
19. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
First Viewing


"My trouble is Christmas. I just don't understand it. Instead of feeling happy, I feel sort of let down."

Thoughts: I enjoyed this one. Yeah I didn't love it, but it was charming and cute.

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People who added this item 1054  Average listal rating (607 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.8 
20. A Christmas Carol (2009)
Second Viewing


"If I could have my way, every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled in his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart!"

Thoughts: Surprisingly, I enjoyed this a lot more during this viewing than I did two years ago. It just gelled a lot more for me. Perhaps the negative reviews blinded me during the film's 2009 theatrical release, as I had no means to view it again. Watching it again (in 3-D) and wanting to view it with an open mind after enduring so many other retellings of the story, I found it more enjoyable, heartfelt and skilful.

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Whenever Christmas is upon me, I like to round up as many Christmas movies as I can, and watch them. The good ones get me in the Christmas spirit, and the bad ones allow me to let out end-of-the-year frustrations.
These are the Christmas-themed movies I watched in 2011.

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