It’s the most wonderful time of the year! In some parts of the country, it’s snowing, while in Atlanta, it’s doing the whole today-is-freezing-tomorrow-is-tropical thing that we ATLiens are so accustomed to. To me, there’s nothing like Fall/Winter in Georgia, but no matter where you are across the great U.S., you’re likely excited that the holidays are here! And even if you’re not a big holiday participant, you’re also likely to be someone in or interested in the film industry - hence reading this blog. So why not combine your love of film and love and/or tolerance of these festive days by watching some holiday movies that are ACTUALLY pretty dang good - read on to discover your new faves!
It’s a Wonderful Life
Oh c’mon - this one is a CLASSIC, and you can’t tell me that Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed aren’t national treasures. I honestly don’t think I need to elaborate any more on this, because if you haven’t seen It’s a Wonderful Life right now, then I don’t know how to talk to you.
When asked by the New York Post which Saturday Night Live actors he knew he would cast the minute he saw them audition, long-time showrunner Lorne Michaels stated, “Will Ferrell,” among others like Kristen Wiig and Dana Carvey. Ferrell is an INCREDIBLE actor, and his 200% commitment to portraying Buddy the Elf as the wholesome content America needs is near-perfection. This movie is perfect for the whole family, and if you haven’t seen it yet - why haven’t you?
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
This film is so good - in fact, I forgot how good it was, until I started writing this post! It’s honestly one of my very favorite holiday films, and I tend to think of the 1994 version as my go-to (and Mara Wilson, is, as always, spectacular), but the 1947 version is just infinitely better - it just is. You really can’t beat classic movies, especially at this time of year. There’s just something about an old black-and-white movie that really takes me back; perhaps the nostalgia is playing too much into my opinion on the actors’ capabilities, but Maureen O’Hara, John Payne, Edmund Gwenn, and Natalie Wood in her first major film role, are superstars.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Is it a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? It’s an age-old debate (or, well, a 25-year-old debate, yeesh), and I would argue that it’s both. Both are good. I also realize that it’s stop-motion animation, but the VOICE ACTING in this piece is incredible. I mean, c’mon - Catherine O’Hara plays Sally - what more could you ask for? And Chris Sarandon and Danny Elfman are iconic as Jack the Pumpkin King (speaking and singing voice, respectively).
What’s your favorite holiday film? What new holiday movies are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!