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Added by rewster on 4 Nov 2012 12:26
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2012 Christmas Movie Marathon

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People who added this item 3108 Average listal rating (2056 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Gremlins (1984)
Watched December 3rd

I wanted to open the marathon with this gem on December 1st, but my sister wanted to watch it with me and she didn't get home until late so I actually started the marathon with some Christmas episodes from TV Shows (See below). We eventually got around to watching Gremlins on December 3rd. This isn't what most people would consider as a conventional Christmas film, but it certainly is a classic in my books. A horror-comedy that is a lot of fun with creative looking creatures. How cute is Gizmo?!

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People who added this item 580 Average listal rating (365 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.5
Watched December 7th

A remake of the 1947 classic. This fits into the category I call the "stupid kids films of the 1990s", however, unlike Baby's Day Out, or Flubber, this is more heartwarming with only a few "stupid" moments (like a chance wedding and stupid witnesses during the court case). This is inspiring with a strong message of faith of goodness.

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People who added this item 1386 Average listal rating (952 ratings) 4.8 IMDB Rating 5.6
Watched December 10th

This one is a favourite among my sisters and I. It's universally ridiculed by critics and most viewers, but we love it. Sure, it puts a focus on the commercial side of the holidays, but I like to see it as a father-son story with Arnie's character, Howard, trying to redeem himself on Christmas after he realises what a lousy father he has been. I personally also find it to be very funny. Some moments are unintentionally funny. Rita Wilson's character, Liz, is a huge 1990s cliche of a suburban mother and wife. We loved it when it came out in the mid-1990s and it has a place in my heart for its nostalgia.

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People who added this item 1191 Average listal rating (753 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.8
Watched December 11th

Around the time 'The Family Man' came out I remember there being several films that tried being serious, comedic, romantic, and inspiring but were not without lots of cheesy moments. 'Bicentennial Man', 'Cast Away' and 'What Women Want' are three that come to mind, and 'The Family Man' certainly epitomised this early 2000s cheesy inspir-roman-dramedy. It's cheesy, but loveable. It had been years since I'd seen it, until I found it on DVD for a very cheap price and bought it for the 2011 marathon. It brought back several precious memories I had forgotten, and now I expect this will be a regular for future marathons. Nick Cage is just great in this, I love it when he flips out.

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People who added this item 6772 Average listal rating (4776 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.6
Home Alone (1990)
Watched December 12th

One of the greatest Christmas movies in existence. I can't believe I didn't watch this one last year, it's a MUST for any Christmas Movie Marathon. Family leave cute kid home alone, gets up to mischief, bad guys break in, mayhem ensues. Perfect.

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People who added this item 4661 Average listal rating (3094 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Watched December 16th

Last year this unofficially opened the marathon, and so I rectified things this year by watching it after the first 'Home Alone'. Makes more sense that way... Anyway, while many consider it to be a sub-par sequel to a kids film, I see it as a silly and somewhat fun kiddie-flick of the '90s that sees Culkin carry the film brilliantly.

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Watched December 17th

Great to watch during both Halloween and Christmas. I like that it is stop-motion claymation because not only does it look fantastic, it is kind of Tim Burton's own unique f***ed-up version of those old Christmas Specials.

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People who added this item 2001 Average listal rating (1317 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7
Elf (2003)
Watched December 19th

Jon Favreau and Will Ferrell perfectly parody the old Christmas specials in this fish-out-of-water tale.

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People who added this item 1377 Average listal rating (865 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.5
Watched December 21st

This is the big one. 'The Santa Clause' is my, and my family's, favourite Christmas movie and it's the one movie on this list that absolutely HAS to be watched every December. In fact, when I was younger we would try to watch it on every Christmas Eve night. That night was reserved for this movie. But over the years, for whatever reason, something may get in the way of watching a movie that night and 2012 is no different. I knew we would be out late having dinner with family friends and there would be no time to watch it on Christmas Eve, so a couple of nights early was the way to go. Tim Allen channels his Tim "the Toolman" Taylor-his character from 'Home Improvement'-with his performance as Scott Calvin. When I was a kid, Tim reminded me of my Dad extremely. They looked similar, they had similar personalities and even made the same jokes and had the same sense of humour. They both loved hardware, and are great family men. Because of this I was a huge fan of 'Home Improvement'. Tim, as Scott Calvin, is basically playing the same character, and I see my dad in this performance too.

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People who added this item 2169 Average listal rating (1354 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
Watched December 22nd

The first time I saw this film was actually just two years ago in the Christmas of 2010. I had been wanting to watch it for years but never had a good opportunity. Finally when I did see it it was during my first Christmas away from my home (and family) because I was living in Brisbane. It was on TV one night while I was alone and it cheered me up. I missed out on watching it during my 2011 marathon, but this year I was able to get it cheap on DVD and my whole family watched it together. It's a cute, heartwarming story about a boy whose faith in Santa Claus is restored as he discovers a magical train to the North Pole. For adult viewers, like myself, it reminds us of the magic kids feel during Christmas.

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People who added this item 808 Average listal rating (500 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.7
Watched December 23rd

I woke up extra early, maybe because I knew there was a lot to do today in preparation for the next two days, maybe because the sun was bright and Christmas was shining through my window, or maybe I was just keen to watch more Christmas. I turned on my computer, slotted in a DVD, lay in bed and faced the screen.
I really wanted to watch at least one version of A Christmas Carol and this one was available to me. I bought it last year for the 2011 Marathon, after not having seen it since I was a kid. It was a hit, of course, so I was glad to include it in this year's marathon as well. With catchy songs, funny jokes and cute characters, this is a surprisingly good adaptation of Dickens's classic. You can't go wrong with The Muppets, and this is one of my favourite Muppet films.

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People who added this item 615 Average listal rating (451 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Watched December 23rd

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People who added this item 4221 Average listal rating (2902 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.2
Die Hard (1988)
Watched December 23rd

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People who added this item 2256 Average listal rating (1456 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Watched Christmas Day

It's as though It's a Wonderful Life is reserved for Christmas Day. What many consider to be the definitive Hollywood Christmas film...

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TV Specials

People who added this item 904 Average listal rating (712 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 7
Roseanne (1988)
I normally open the marathon with by watching a movie, but my sister wanted to watch it with me and she was busy on December 1st, so I decided to start with a TV special. My sister isn't the 'Roseanne' fan that I am so this was a perfect show to watch in her absence. I liked 'Roseanne' as a kid but it wasn't until early 2011, when I got back into it by watching re-runs on channel 11, that I fully appreciated it. From 2009-'11 I was in my early 20s living in Brisbane on my own so 'Roseanne' and a few other old sitcoms help me cope with living away from my family. When I moved back to Sydney mid-2011 I had stopped watching, so watching the series this Christmas reminded me of the good times I had watching it in Brisbane and was a good way to bring me some Christmas cheer...

Santa Claus-
Watched December 1st

So this was the first episode I watched this December. It's a fun one to ease into the Christmas spirit. Roseanne and Jackie take up jobs as the department mall Santa and Mrs. Claus respectively. The scene where Roseanne talks to the children on her lap is fun but the heart of the episode is the story of Darlene, (who was going through depression at this point in the series), who grows more distant from her mother. Roseanne does her best to achieve some sort of connection with Darlene and that fits in well with the theme of Christmas.



No Place Like Home for the Holidays-
Watched December 1st

For most people Christmas is about spending time with family, so this episode tugs a little at the heartstrings. The thought of being separated from your loved ones during Christmas somewhat renders the holiday meaningless.



White Trash Christmas-
Watched December 2nd



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People who added this item 1022 Average listal rating (745 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.5
It's a Wonderful Tiny Toons Christmas Special-
Watched December 2nd

For Day Two of the marathon I searched online for a Christmas Special from one of my favourite TV shows during my childhood. I've been trying to get back into Tiny Toon Adventures for a while now. I haven't properly watched the series since I was a kid and I have very fond memories of it. I remember it being extremely funny and was hoping to see how it holds up now as I'm an adult. Unable to get in on DVD in Australia, I turned to the internet and found the Christmas Episode online. It's hilarious with all the characters being truly represented.

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People who added this item 1401 Average listal rating (1026 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.2
Twas the Night-
Watched December 4th

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People who added this item 1304 Average listal rating (1010 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
I'm Scheming of a White Christmas-
Watched December 4th



Twas the Blight Before Christmas-
Watched December 23rd

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People who added this item 1256 Average listal rating (1007 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 7.1
We had a mini-Everybody Loves Raymond marathon within the Christmas Movie Marathon, and it was great. I love this show, and its Christmas Episodes are really well done.

The Ball-
Watched December 5th



All I Want For Christmas-
Watched December 5th



The Toaster-
Watched December 5th



The Christmas Present-
Watched December 5th



The Thought That Counts-
Watched December 5th

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People who added this item 1695 Average listal rating (1283 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.7
Full House (1987)
Our Very First Christmas Show-
Watched December 5th

At the behest of my sister, we watched this Full House episode.

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People who added this item 3500 Average listal rating (2360 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.6
Dexter (2006)
Do You See What I See-
Watched December 10th

This one certainly wasn't planned. That is to say, I didn't plan on this entry making the list, being part of the marathon. This is the latest episode of Dexter season 7, which I've been following intently, and I had no idea it would be a Christmas episode. One more episode to go for season 7, I can't wait!

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People who added this item 3836 Average listal rating (3043 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
Futurama (1999)
Xmas Story-
Watched December 15th



A Tale of Two Santas-
Watched December 15th

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People who added this item 209 Average listal rating (160 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.9
The Christmas Lunch Incident-
Watched December 16th

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People who added this item 1728 Average listal rating (1339 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 8
You Better Watch Out-
Watched December 17th

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People who added this item 5887 Average listal rating (4622 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
The Simpsons (1989)
Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire-
Watched December 22nd

What can I say? It's a Christmas Special AND it's the first ever Simpsons episode! I'll always hold this one close to my heart.



Marge Be Not Proud-
Watched December 22nd

'Roasting on an Open Fire' scores nostalgia points, but this is really the best Christmas episode of 'The Simpsons'. From Lee Cavallo's Putting Challenge to Milhouse screaming "Mum! Bart's Smoking!"

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People who added this item 4205 Average listal rating (3378 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.7
South Park (1997)
Woodland Critter Christmas-
December 22nd

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People who added this item 4487 Average listal rating (3543 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.1
Family Guy (1999)
A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas-
Watched Decmeber 22nd

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People who added this item 1869 Average listal rating (1474 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
American Dad! (2005)
The Most Adequate Christmas Ever-
Watched December 22nd

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Watched December 23rd

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People who added this item 11 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.1
Watched December 23rd

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People who added this item 412 Average listal rating (302 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.2
Miracle in Columbus-
Watched Christmas Day

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People who added this item 217 Average listal rating (161 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Becker (1998)
The Ghost of Christmas-Presents-
Watched Christmas Day

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Christmas is here once more, which means it's time for a movie marathon! I do this every year, it's a tradition. Let's see how many Christmas movies and Television Specials I can fit in this December.


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