Christmas Movie Season begins the moment the Thanksgiving leftovers are tucked neatly away in the garage fridge. Everyone knows the classics. Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life, an NBC Christmas Eve staple. Twenty-four straight hours of the you’re-gonna-shoot-your-eye-out Red Ryder BB gun quest, A Christmas Story. Cousin Eddie and Clark Griswold dine on Meow Mix Jell-O in a Christmas Vacation. Everyone knows these and some are SO popular they even have their own Christmas sweaters at Kohl’s. However, let me give you three Christmas movies you might not have seen and if you do…might just become holiday staples like they have in the Movie Dude’s house.
Unaccompanied Minors (2006)
The Goonies created a soft place in my movie heart for a group of kids on an adventure. Watching this film with my daughter created a soft place in my heart for these kids stuck in a snow-bound airport on Christmas Eve. Dyllan Christopher (Armageddon), Tyler James Williams (Everybody Loves Chris), Gia Mategna (The Middle) refuse to let Christmas miss the airport. Grumpy airport manager Lewis Black (Accepted) and his henchmen, Rob Riggle (StepBrothers) and Wilmer Valderrama (That 70’s Show) stand in the minor’s way. Keep an eye out for the lost luggage warehouse. Is it wrong that I think it would be amazing to get let loose in there?
Christmas movies are full of peace, joy, and love, and that’s great. Everyone needs those things in their life. A little ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ can get your mind right before 27 people show up at your house, but what if you love Christmas movies AND action movies? You can, of course, watch Die Hard. I actually recommend Die Hard 2. It is undeniably superior. What if you LOVE Christmas, but also LOVE horror movies? I highly recommend the horror-Christmas-comedy Krampus. An all-star cast including Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Toni Collette (Hereditary), and David Koechner (Anchorman) are part of that traditional family get together when a naughty child accidentally summons a Yuletide demon. He doesn’t show up with a covered dish and he’s not there for the gift exchange.
Last Christmas (2019)
Were you a huge Game of Thrones fan? Do you miss watching Daenerys Targaryen AND wish there was a Christmas movie with music exclusively by George Micheal and/or Wham? Well, I’ve got your fix. Emilia Clarke plays Kate, a sweet young twenty-something who is very good at making bad decisions when a mysterious man comes into her life. Can Kate turn her life around? Can you be amazed at the George Michael songs you had forgotten about? Will you be blown away by the ending? Let me know!