Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Top 5 Christmas movies List #1

List by Danielle (contributions from the Digital Services team)

'If this is their idea of Christmas, I *gotta* be here for New Year's.'
~ From 'Die Hard'

If you're looking for a heartwarming Christmas flick to watch with the littlies... you might have to wait for List #2. These are NOT the films you are looking for. All of these films are guaranteed to showcase all of the best festive elements of Christmas - criminals, shiny weapons, mayhem, havoc, and some very bad Santas indeed!

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe
Four English children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia, where they assist Aslan, the great lion, to triumph over the wicked White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Remember the scene where the rebel hero, Father Christmas, gives a bottle of cordial to Lucy? Me too. 'Cordial' to me meant fruit juice - in those days, Refresh or Raro, remember how good that powder was to eat?? - and so I always imagined that Lucy had a little bottle of this fabulously super-charged orange drink, and I was wildly jealous. Then Natalie reminded me that this Father Christmas also packs an arsenal for good little Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve - daggers, swords and bows. Yippeekayay, Santa!

The ref
An unfortunate cat burglar, who is abandonded by his partner in the middle of a heist, and is forced to take an irritating Connecticut couple hostage. He soon finds that he took more than he bargained for when the couple's blackmailing son and despicable in-laws step into the picture. Before long they're driving him nuts with their petty bickering and family problems. The only way for him to survive is to be their referee and resolve their differences, before he can be nabbed by the police.

Nothing says Christmas like irritating family members... there is only one copy of this baby in all of Auckland Libraries, and it's in the stack collection at Waitakere! But seriously, if you want to see a family functioning in good old yule-time 'dys-' fashion, check out Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis as the ultimate bickering champs. When Denis Leary is the sane one in the cast, watch out.

The long kiss goodnight
An amnesiac schoolteacher learns that she was once a lethal assassin for the CIA, and teams up with a wise-cracking detective to uncover her past before a hi-tech army of corrupt government renegades kills them both.

One of my all-time favourite action movies, with a vulnerable but wise-ass performance from Geena Davis, and Samuel L Jackson in fine form, with no snakes and no plane in sight. Silly plot? Yes, but *fun*, and if you squint sideways you can see the makings of a cool female empowerment tale, wrapped in Christmas tinsel and jingling bells.

Bad Santa
"Bad Santa" is the story of two conmen who go on a road trip to malls dressed as Santa and his elf. Rather than spreading good cheer, the duo's motive is to rob each establishment, a strategy that becomes complicated when they encounter an 8-year-old who teaches them the true meaning of Christmas.

I have to cop to not having seen this one, but Tosca says: "Rudest Christmas movie EVER. Billy Bob delivers a deadpan performance really well, Bernie Mac is bad (GREAT bad) and the little kid is just funny. The whole movie is hilarious, but lots of swears, so watch out. Yes, it does have a Christmas message, but it shows up in a roundabout way."

Die hard
A New York detective arrives in Los Angeles to spend Christmas with his estranged wife, but as he waits for his wife's office party to break-up, terrorists seize control of the building.

The ultimate classic Christmas movie. Nothing more to say, really. Ho ho ho! Happy watching!

1 comment:

A Christmas Story Movie said...

The movie is directed by Bob Clark with Melinda Dillon and Darren McGavin. Last night, I watched this film once again and equally enjoyed it as I did in last time. It is very good movie with good story based on Christmas.