Holiday Movie Club 2015
August 2, 2015 8:56 PM - Subscribe

Last year (2014) we had the wildly successful Holiday Movie Club. For 2015, Thanksgiving is 26 NOV. We had a couple movies a week, which I think was a good pace. The obvious dates are (American) Thanksgiving, a day the weekend after (American) Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Other starting points are Canadian Thanksgiving on 13 OCT, or Halloween on 31 OCT.

I've compiled a partial list of recommended movies, as well as suggestions that we didn't get to last year.

The Ice Storm
The Family Stone
A Muppet Christmas Carol
Die Hard 2
Ernest Saves Christmas
The Long Kiss Goodnight
Iron Man 3
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Home Alone
The Santa Clause
The Shop Around The Corner
Eyes Wide Shut
Bad Santa
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Edward Scissorhands
Rare Exports
While You Were Sleeping
The Hudsucker Proxy
Lethal Weapon
A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas
Emmit the Otter's Jugband Christmas
Love, Actually
About a Boy
The Ref
The Bishop's Wife
The Preacher's Wife
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Mystery Science Theater 3000: “Santa Claus”
Santa's Slay
Ghostbuster's 2
Rocky 4
On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Less than Zero
Things to Come
Monty Python's Life of Brian
The Shining
Black Christmas
L.A. Confidential
posted by the man of twists and turns (23 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It's not Christmas themed but does have a Christmas scene in it, and I've made it one of my Christmas traditions just cuz it's so great anyway: Auntie Mame.
posted by dnash at 10:29 AM on August 3, 2015 [2 favorites]

8 Netflix Movies to Watch During Hanukkah
Why there are no great Kwanzaa movies (actually a good list?)

Cthulhu for the dark days leading up to solstice.

We could watch Caligula for Saturnalia.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:37 AM on August 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

Please to be considering: Mixed Nuts.

and Life of Brian are definite musts. Meaning of Life, while mostly unchristmassy, finishes with a great Christmas-themed musical number, so it'd kick off a Python holiday marathon pretty well.

Canadian Thanksgiving is a good time to start Samhain movies, but maybe too early for strictly Yule ones. Gremlins and whatnot might work well there, though.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:17 PM on August 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

In Bruges, maybe?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 2:15 AM on August 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

Could this include Christmas TV specials? Because: A Wish for Wings That Work
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:36 AM on August 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

Anything that can be accessed, either online or via broadcast. Broadcast schedules are usually published a month ahead.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 9:53 AM on August 4, 2015

How is White Christmas not on this list? It's even available to stream on Netflix! Also, though it isn't a GOOD movie per se, Prancer is a favorite of mine.
posted by Saminal at 2:19 PM on August 4, 2015 [2 favorites]

The Apartment. Best holiday despair comedy evar.
posted by Kinbote at 5:00 PM on August 4, 2015 [2 favorites]

Can we please please please please with sugar on top add Hogfather? I watch it every year for Christmas/Hogswatch. (I shall imagine that Terry Prachett will be with Mort this year...sigh.)
posted by miss-lapin at 5:04 PM on August 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

Here's the club page for the Holiday Movie club which includes last year's planning thread and the movies watched.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 5:07 PM on August 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

How have I missed this before? Anyway, I'm looking forward to it.
posted by theora55 at 11:33 AM on August 7, 2015

If you think YOUR family squabbles when they reunite for the holidays, wait til you see The Lion In Winter.
posted by dnash at 4:49 AM on August 8, 2015 [1 favorite]

As you can see by the updates to the sidebar, I've added some movies on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's, as well as Fridays in December.
I tried to include a mix of old and new, family-friendly and not. I think one more movie a week (tuesdays?) will work well, but don't want to run this by fiat.

You should add more movies.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:14 AM on September 24, 2015

Our first event this year will be the Corpse Bride on 31 OCT, crossover wtih the Animation Celebration
posted by the man of twists and turns at 12:16 PM on October 25, 2015

Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
On Christmas Eve, three homeless people living on the streets of Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find its parents.

By the much venerated and missed director Satoshi Kon, who also made Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, and Paprika and a sublime TV series called Paranoia Agent. I really liked this movie, since I thought it had a lot of heart and focused a lot on under-represented people in Japanese (and all media, really), although trigger warnings for transphobia. I watched it on Netflix, so I'm hoping it's still on there. Would be very happy if this could be added as a recommendation!

I also would always be down for Groundhog Day, but I'm sure that's already been watched and listed!
posted by yueliang at 4:53 PM on November 27, 2015 [2 favorites]

Groundhog Day is about Groundhog Day. That's in February.
posted by Sys Rq at 8:26 PM on November 27, 2015

I'll second Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
even though the version available is a kinder, gentler rendition of the one I originally saw long clips of.

Silent Night is set at Christmas, though not about Christmas nor portraying people who celebrate it.

Nthing "Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It's 1183 and we're barbarians!"
posted by wonton endangerment at 7:54 PM on November 28, 2015 [1 favorite]

Dear goodness, for some reason I thought Groundhog Day was about Thanksgiving!! Not sure why, it must be because it was so wintry and centers around a large East Coast animal...thank you for kindly pointing that out.
posted by yueliang at 12:20 AM on November 29, 2015

OHMSS* is posted already, I added it to the club via tags.

*On Her Majesty's Secret Service, it's a Christmas Movie
posted by the man of twists and turns at 4:41 AM on November 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

AV Club's 13 Days Of Christmas
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:40 PM on December 2, 2015

I went ahead with today's "Lion In Winter" post. Partly cuz I guess it was my suggestion from here, and also cuz I so adore that movie so I just had to.
posted by dnash at 12:05 PM on December 4, 2015

posted by the man of twists and turns at 3:17 PM on December 8, 2015

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