Let's Organize The Holiday Movie Club for 2018! The Holiday Movie Club is when we watch heartwarming holiday films from, approximately, American Thanksgiving weekend (starting Wednesday, 21 November) to New Years Day. What's a holiday film? A film set during the holidays, or that deals with holiday themes, or that you have a tradition of watching during the holidays. If you have other holiday film traditions, you are welcome to post them too! [more inside]
A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reacquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has a long-awaited tryst. The expectations placed on him by his family pile up, and he learns that home is never really what we remembered it to be. [more inside]
Netflix delivers a new holiday film that is either a mind-numbing retread of the most egregious Lifetime/Hallmark Channel Christmas movie cliches, or a poker-faced parody of them. [more inside]
After inadvertently wreaking havoc on the elf community due to his ungainly size, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole is sent to the U.S. in search of his true identity. [more inside]
After Hudsucker Industries President Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) commits suicide, the senior executives -led by the seniorest of them, Sidney Mussburger (Paul Newman)- install naïve business school graduate Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) as President in a play to drive the stock price down. Meanwhile, fast-talking reporter archetype Amy Archer (Jennifer Jason Leigh) tries to figure out what’s going on.
It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon. Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Johnny Galecki and written by John Hughes [more inside]
Ebeneezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) contentedly meanders through his life as a cruel miser until one fateful Christmas Eve when he is visited by three ghosts. The spirits show him how his behavior over the years has made him a lonely, bitter old man, and how his heart has grown colder. Using events from Scrooge's idealistic past, dreary present and dismal future, the apparitions try their best to melt his steely soul. Tightfisted Ebeneezer Scrooge learns the error of his ways through the intervention of the ghost of his former partner and of the three spirits and, just in time for the holidays, manages to make everyone's lives a little brighter, his included! Released as A Christmas Carol in the USA. [more inside]
A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Tony Cox, Brett Kelly, Lauren Graham and Bernie Mac. [more inside]
The comfortably drab life of a working mom [GEENA DAVIS] becomes a nightmare when she finds herself pursued by an assassin who seems to know more about her cloudy past than she does. Frightened by the attack and by some disturbing memories that have resurfaced, she seeks assistance from a private detective [SAMUEL L. JACKSON]. [more inside]
A boy inadvertently breaks three important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town. [more inside]
After losing her job, making out with her soon to be ex-boss, and finding out that her daughter plans to spend Thanksgiving with her boyfriend, Claudia Larson has to face spending the holiday with her family. She wonders if she can survive their crazy antics. [more inside]
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. [more inside]
A small wooden box arrives on the doorstep of a married couple, who know that opening it will grant them a million dollars and kill someone they don't know.
A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas. [more inside]
A bureaucrat in a retro-future world tries to correct an administrative error and himself becomes an enemy of the state. Written and directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Michael Palin and Kim Greist [more inside]
After snarky youth Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) loses track of his father at the airport, he mistakenly gets on a plane headed for New York City -- while the rest of the McCallisters fly to Florida. Now alone in the Big Apple, Kevin cons his way into a room at the Plaza Hotel and begins his usual antics. But when Kevin discovers that the Sticky Bandits (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) are on the loose, he struggles to stop them from robbing an elderly man's toy store just before Christmas.
Lovable bumbler Ernest P. Worrell (Jim Varney) helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor. Trailer. [more inside]
A prep school student needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man, but the job is not at all what he anticipated. Directed by Martin Brest, starring Al Pacino and Chris O'Donnel [more inside]
After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all. [more inside]
Elderly upper-class Englishwoman Miss Sophie, with the help of her manservant James, celebrates another year, toasting friends present, and friends absent. [more inside]
When a man inadvertantly kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he finds himself magically recruited to take his place.
The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser's redemption on Christmas Eve.
Frank Cross is a selfish, cynical T.V. executive whose plans include a live broadcast of "A Christmas Carol" on Christmas Eve. He is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus. Finnish trailer , American trailer [more inside]
Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
A veteran cop, Murtaugh, is partnered with a young suicidal cop, Riggs. Both having one thing in common; hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
Sterling Hayden and Peter Sellers star in this Rod Serling written and Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed adaptation of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." It's "much darker than the average Christmas special." [more inside]
A bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel arrives, but his guidance isn't about fundraising. [more inside]
Propose movies for the HMC here. [more inside]
Max is a true believer who has become jaded with Christmas. As his extended family visits for what promises to be a terrible three day celebration, Max makes a wish that he soon begins to regret. Krampus is the new holiday horror film from director Michael Dougherty. [more inside]
An 8-year old troublemaker must protect his home from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. [more inside]
1183 AD: King Henry II holds a Christmas court, where he, his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine, and their three sons plot and scheme over who will be chosen as Henry's heir. "What family doesn't have it's ups and downs?" [more inside]
Two employees at a gift shop can barely stand one another, without realizing that they're falling in love through the post as each other's anonymous pen pal. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan [more inside]
"The Ice Storm" takes place as an early winter storm descends on Connecticut, casting over Thanksgiving a shroud of impending doom. In a wooded suburb, affluent adults stir restlessly in their split-level homes, depressed not only by their lives but by their entertainments, and even by their sins. Their teenage children have started experimenting with the same forms of escape: booze, pot and sex.- Roger Ebert, ★★★★ [more inside]
When a shy groom practices his wedding vows in the inadvertent presence of a deceased young woman, she rises from the grave assuming he has married her. [more inside]
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. [more inside]
James Bond woos a mob boss's daughter and goes undercover to uncover the true reason for Blofeld's allergy research in the Swiss Alps that involves beautiful women from around the world. [more inside]
It's Groundhog Day...again. Self-centered weatherman Phil Connors wakes up every morning in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. [more inside]
A snobbish investor and a wily street con artist find their positions reversed as part of a bet by two callous millionaires. Driected by John Landis, starring Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, Jamie Lee Curtis, Denholm Elliott, and Don Ameche and Ralph Bellamy. [more inside]
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City over Christmas, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda. Directed by Tim Burton, starring Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken and Michael Gough. [more inside]
Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s. Directed by Bob Clark, written by Jean Shepherd (and adapted from his novels/memoirs and radio show) and starring Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin, and Peter Billingsley. [more inside]
Chuck Jones' animated version of the classic Dr. Seuss book, narrated by Boris Karloff [more inside]
An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Directed by Frank Capra, starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. [more inside]
It's Hogswatch on the Discworld and the Hogfather has gone missing, requiring Death to take his place while his granddaughter Susan endeavors to find out what has happened. Adapted from the novel by Terry Pratchett and directed by Vadim Jean, starring Michelle Dockery, Marc Warren, and David Jason and the vocal talents of Ian Richardson. [more inside]
and Holiday Inn. In White Christmas, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Danny Kaye put on a show to save the General's Inn. In Holiday Inn, Bing Crosby opens an inn that only puts on shows on holidays. [more inside]
A musical retelling of Charles Dickens' classic Christmas tale (1970). Directed by Ronald Neame, starring Albert Finney and more. [more inside]
A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. Directed by Les Mayfield, starring Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott, James Remar, Mara Wilson and Robert Prosky. [more inside]
When a nice old man named Kris starts working at Macy's as a department-store Santa, he ends up claiming to be Santa Claus. Facing institutionalization, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing. Directed by George Seaton, starring Maureen O'Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, Gene Lockhart and a young Natalie Wood. [more inside]
A hardworking NYPD officer arrives in LA to attend his recently-separated wife's corporate Christmas party, and has to deal with a bunch of party crashers. Directed by John McTiernan, starring Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedelia, Reginald VelJohnson and Paul Gleason, William Atherton, James Shigeta. [more inside]
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