Saturday, December 23, 2006

La Vida Dulce Holiday Movie Guide 2006

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.

(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


doodles said...

Oh my An Affair to Remember is and always will be one of my very favorite movies that also makes me weep like a fool every dern time.
Watch it at least once maybe twice a year. Great choices of movies.

La Vida Dulce said...

Me too! I already know what's going to happen, and it still gets to me. I've seen the other versions, the original with Irene Dunne, star of Penny Serenade, and the one with Warren Beatty & his wife. But this version with Cary Grant turns me into a blubbering idiot! I am not fond of chick flicks or most of the drivel on Lifetime. But An Affair to Remember always does that to me. Get out the box of kleenex!