FELIZ NAVIDAD! We love watching these movies over and over again during the holiday season. No disrespect to "It's A Wonderful Life" and its place in movie history, but it has gone into the vault for safekeeping. Of course it would not be the holidays without the modern classic "A Christmas Story" with Ralphie and his BB gun. Several movie versions of Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" are out there, my two favorites are with George C. Scott and Reginald Owen as Scrooge.
But we have a whole other slew of Christmas flavored movies that convey the feeling of the season. La Vida Dulce believes that these offbeat, often irreverent movies deserve a special place in moviedom's holiday classics. Our list is filled with stories of merry gentlemen and lovely ladies in various states of dismay, folks who may have taken a wrong turn and are somehow brought back from the brink. Some have only strayed off the path. Some are downright evil and nasty. But the meaning of the holiday season is about hope, comfort and joy. The promise of Christmas is that we all are worthy of love and respect, no matter how or when we have gone astray. These films convey the message of good tidings in their own special way. So heat up a cup of cocoa with or without spirited embellishment, grab yourself a plate of cookies before Santa gets his mitts on them, relax and watch these films with us. Peace on earth, goodwill to all men and women.
LA VIDA DULCE HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE 2006
(in no particular order of preference)
THREE GODFATHERS - Cowboy outlaws and a baby
BETTER OFF DEAD - Do they have Christmas in France?
THE REF - Denis Leary wearing a St. Lucia wreath. Enough said.
BAD SANTA - He's so bad he's good!
O'HENRY'S FULL HOUSE - John Steinbeck is the host
PENNY SERENADE - This one makes me cry like a baby
RADIO DAYS - Yeah, it's not about Christmas, but it's about families
AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER - And this one makes cry like an idiot
THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER - Bette Davis is great in this one
GREMLINS - Don't let them get wet!
TRADING PLACES - Is that Bo Diddley behind the pawn shop counter?
SOMEONE LIKE YOU - Hugh Jackman all dressed up for the holidays