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    Ive seen it, femme. I don't remember the name of it either, but its VERY sad.
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    Oh, femmefatale, I had never heard of that one. I just googled the topic and it appears that it might be called The Small One.

    And it does sound very sad.
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    I have seen The Small One and yes, I cried.

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    The Small One, I guess that was the name of the donkey as well.

    But I am glad I have finally found someone who knows how sad it is, by telling about it you can't really convey just how sad it is and people don't seem to understand. I'm glad I'm not alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rt1ky;2173365;
    Sorry if a thread already exist I couldn't find it.

    Best: A Christmas Story
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    The Miracle on 34th Street with Natalie Wood and Mauren O'Hara
    It's a Wondeful Life
    A Muppet Christmas Carol
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    The first Home Alone

    Worst:
    Eight Crazy Nights
    Jingle All the Way
    The Miracle on 34th Street 1990s remake
    Home Alone 3
    Jingle All The Way may be one of the worst movies of ANY kind, not just among holiday fare.

    Christmas Vacation is a very funny film, but the holiday-ness of it always seemed second to the comedy to me. Sure, most of the plot points surround holiday doings, but that's just how I see it.

    A Christmas Story is one of the most underrated films ever. And I LOVE the television commercials playing now which spoof it. Sure its crass commercialism using a much loved film to sell stuff, but its cute anyway and nice to see the film "noticed" at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemeses;2173874;
    Best:
    It's a Wonderful Life
    A Wish for Wings that Work (Bloom County's Opus and Bill do Christmas)
    White Christmas (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
    Miracle on 34th Street
    A Christmas Story (1984)


    Worst:
    Scrooged w/Bill Murray
    Nightmare before Christmas
    Ernest Saves Christmas
    Jack Frost (Michael Keaton)
    The Santa Clause (Tim Allen)

    Special Mention: Most Unusual Christmas movie.... Gremlins (1984)

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    I actually kind of like Scrooged. Nightmare Before Christmas has its moments too. As for The Santa Clause? Its high art when you compare it to Santa Clause 2 and Santa Clause 3 (which I've been forced to see by my nieces).

    Quote Originally Posted by waywyrd;2174030;
    I love National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Hands down, my favorite. I also like A Christmas Story and (don't throw things) Bad Santa. I know, I know. There was a nice story underneath all the raunch!
    Bad Santa is a decent movie. People shouldn't be so uptight.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer;2174291;
    Oh my gosh, how could I forget, "Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus" and its sequel, "Meet the Santas"? I have the Hallmark Channel to thank for both of these atrocities. I was unlucky enough to see both the original and the sequel and was like a deer in headlights for both.
    In the same spirit as anything on the Hallmark channel, may I add the ENTIRE category of "CBS Inspirational Holiday Movies" which have been on over the years? You know the ones I mean--new ones pop up like fungus every year. They usually star someone like Valerie Bertinelli or Roma Downey or some other ex-CBS employee who they got cheap and is usually some inspirational tale of how "one woman saves Christmas" for Small Town X or "a town comes together to save the holidays" or some other similar paint-by-numbers schmaltz.

    Quote Originally Posted by Newfherder;2175716;
    I normally don't like A Christmas Carol, but the George C. Scott version is quite good.
    Most versions are HORRIBLY boring, which is why Scrooged actually isn't so bad in comparison. The Alistair Simm is HORRIBLE.

    Actually I get a warm glow from many of the animated adaptions. The Mister Magoo Christmas Carol, especially, although the Disney one with Mickey Mouse and Scrooge McDuck isn't bad. The Muppet one is okay, but doesn't resonate with me for some reason. There's supposedly an animated version of "The Stingiest Man in Town" (the musical version) with Walter Matthau as the voice of Scrooge, but I've never managed to catch it. I recall the Bugs Bunny version as kind of dreadful though, which is rare for a Warner Brothers project.

    Oh wait. Out of the realm of animated for a second, I LOVE the Blackadder's Christmas Carol, if any of you are familiar with that character its a great addition to that body of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchieComic Fan;2175684;
    (quietly tip-toeing in to post dumb statement)

    I'm certainly old enough to remember the Rudolph, Frosty, etc. movies but I've never heard them referred to as Rankin and Bass Productions - same with the music. I've noticed several people here using that descriptor. I'm clueless! Am I the only one who's never heard of that name?

    (quietly tip-toeing out)
    It's the production company that made the movies. Frosty, Rudolph, Little Drummer Boy, Santa Claus is Coming to Town... all those ones were made by that production company. It's also the same company that made the animation Hobbit and the Last Unicorn movies. Oh yes, and Flight of Dragons.
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    I had to re-enter as another movie came to mind.
    How could I forget Die Hard?
    Bruce Willis' greatest movie. Added bonuses are: it brought us Alan Rickman and I finally got to see James Shigeta in a movie other than the greats: Flower Drum Song and Bridge to the Sun.

    Call me what you will, but I have never seen A Christmas Story or It's a Wonderful Life. Growing up, the holiday movie I remember most of all was The Wizard of Oz.

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    The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimrs;2176191;
    I had to re-enter as another movie came to mind.
    How could I forget Die Hard?
    Bruce Willis' greatest movie. Added bonuses are: it brought us Alan Rickman and I finally got to see James Shigeta in a movie other than the greats: Flower Drum Song and Bridge to the Sun.

    Call me what you will, but I have never seen A Christmas Story or It's a Wonderful Life. Growing up, the holiday movie I remember most of all was The Wizard of Oz.
    I've seen "A Christmas Story" referred to as "boring" in this topic, but its far from it. But "It's A Wonderful Life"? I'll be the dissenting voice and call it horribly boring. Its running time of 130 min drags a heck of a lot. Frank Capra did much better films, even if this is the one he got nominated and lauded for.

    Die Hard, I think, is one of those movies, like Home Alone, which is mostly a holiday movie out of circumstance and setting more than by its message. A good movie though. The Wizard of Oz, conversely, has absolutely no underpinning in the holidays, and yet does have more of the message, despite that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stargazer;2175124;
    Just out of curiousity, was that strange "bum" (ghost?) character in the book as well? It seemed weirdly out-of-place. Also, the Santa seemed a little too intimidating for my taste. Santa shouldn't be scary, for goodness sakes. :nono
    SG... I looked at Jordan's book last night and realized that very little that takes place in the movie during the train ride is in the book. I didn't remember the book being as short as it is.... heh. Oops!
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