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Monday, 10 December 2012

My top 5...

Christmas Films

5. The Santa Clause (1994)
The film about an ordinary man who inadvertently kills Santa then finds out that he is the only person who is able to fill his boots. This has made it into my top 5 for a number of reasons, it's one of the films that my whole family likes (Tim Allen is a big hit in our household) and it's a Disney, say no more. Starring 'that kid from Dunston Checks in' and a few adult stars is all this heartwarming tale needs, a father on the cusp of losing his son to his wife and her husband is given a second chance at happiness.

Cheesey but not nauseating.

4. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
The film takes us back to Kevin McCallister and his massive brood, wishing he was away from his family during the holiday season once again he finds himself in New York all alone with two 'wet bandits' after him. It is unusual for a sequel to be better than the first but I think the fact that it is set in New York makes it that much more festive. I went to New York when I was 20 and I felt like a child again when I spotted the Plaza Hotel sign, this films sticks with you forever.

Childhood flashbacks.

3. The Grinch (2000)
The film that is all about a strange creature wanting to steal christmas, but christmas spirit from the 'Who's down in Whoville' prevails and he joins in with the celebrations. Anything to do with Dr Seuss then I am already a fan, but throw Jim Carrey into the mix and you are definitely on to a winner, it is his own take on Mr Grinch that makes the film so timeless. Whilst it is obviously aimed at the younger generation, there are still small jokes here and there for the adults making it perfect for any age.

Oh Max, I love ya!

2. Elf (2003)
The film where one orphaned baby wreaks havoc on the Elf community in the North Pole as he is just too tall, he is sent on an adventure to New York to find his true family and who he really is. Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel are two of my favourite actors, their roles gel perfectly together and their on screen chemistry is heartwarming. This film is all about getting people to believe in Father Christmas again, every time I watch it I can't help but get sucked in to the enchanting christmas spirit.

Father Christmas does exist.

1. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The film sees the Muppet characters tell their own version of the classic tale of a bitter, cold hearted man who is taken on a journey of redemption on Christmas Eve. It may seem a weird number 1 to have but this is the film that we have watched every christmas in my family since I can remember. It is a funny yet moving take on the infamous Dickens story which is of course told by Gonzo in this instance, who else? Whilst it is incredibly unrealistic, the human form of Michael Caine as Scrooge brings you back to reality and him singing 'Thankful Heart' at the end brings a tear to the eye.

Muppet's telling their story.

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