It’s that time of year again. Your Friday movie nights have been taken over with cheesy movie classics from your childhood while you munch on a steady diet of gift box popcorn and gingerbread men. At CVR, we relish the Christmas classics. In fact, we have compiled a list of our personal preferences. You may even find a few to add to your Netflix queue for the weekend.
It’s A Wonderful Life
“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.” Enjoy a film that so strongly encapsulates 1940s-50s Americana. The struggles with identity, pursuit of passion, love of family and home that define George Bailey are still relevant to the human condition today. It always makes you wonder how you’ve touched other people’s lives.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Animation – CVR does not recognize the remake)
If we’re honest, there’s a little bit of the Grinch in all of us. The relatability of his charming grin and delightful finger tapping are fun to recreate in your living room. Most famously known for its song “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," written by Dr. Seuss himself and sung by Thurl Ravenscroft (the original voice of Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger), is both hilarious and delivered without flaw.
A modern classic. Ever quotable. Will Ferrell in bright yellow leggings running around New York City eating gum off a subway handrail. “Bye Buddy…hope you find your dad!”
Not only is this a fantastic Christmas song, but it’s a timeless black and white classic. With its smooth singing, jazzy dancing, and lots of laughs (and tears), White Christmas is the ultimate “let’s put on a show” film.
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The hilarity of Gonzo and Rizzo’s antics as they narrate the story is a perfect accompaniment to this heartwarming tale. That feeling you get when the Ghost of Christmas Present corrals the community to sing “Wherever you find love feels like Christmas.” Many other films just cannot compare to this famous sing-a-long.
Jingle All the Way
This is the quintessential Christmas classic! Where else can you find Sinbad and the Terminator dressed as superheroes that takeover a parade to get their hands on the hottest toy of the holiday season? Turbo Time is the real Christmas time.
P.S. Have you ever tried to buy one of these classics on EBay around the holidays? $17.99 for a Home Alone DVD? Damn opportunists.