5. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
Poor Audrey and her legs. I’ve never been more Chevy Chase than Clark Griswold tearing up over “Xmas ’59” in the attic. Nostalgia. She’s a bitch. “Well, what can I say? It’s Christmas, and we’re all miserable.”
4. Die Hard
A beautiful little film about perseverance in the face of adversity and wiggling through the ventilation shafts of life. Catchy one-liners, explosions, Alan Rickman; who could ask for anything more? “Hans, booby…I’m your white knight.”
3. A Christmas Story
A classic. A staple. Who doesn’t want to live in that house on that street during that time? Back when we had a solid working class and things seemed (at least to us now, looking back) perfect. Outside of the furnace problems, of course. Inexplicably, I have yet to do Chinese for Christmas dinner. Really need to get on that. “No, Daddy is not going to kill Ralphy.”
2. The Family Man
This one moves up this list a bit more with every passing year. For a moment there, Jack Campbell has THE LIFE. Great friends, a beautiful family…a bowling night. Sure, he sells tires (retail), but this really is a wonderful glimpse of The American Dream. “Hey, that’s mine. She took my bell…”
1. It’s a Wonderful Life
Perhaps more of a New Years movie to me than a Christmas movie, this still manages to top the list. I can watch it over and over and it never loses it’s charm. Donna Reed and Jimmy Stewart. Doesn’t get much better than that. “George Bailey Lassos Stork!”
And besides, how freakin beautiful was she!?
It was hard to decide, but there ya have it. What are your picks?