Dec 062012
 

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Yay Christmas! Here at An Online Universe we love the holiday season, and of course we love films. A match made in sugar-coma heaven! There is no better time of the year to indulge in something a little cheesy or silly. After the jump, check out our picks for the Top 10 films to watch this holiday season.

Bad Santa 

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What is in my opinion the greatest Christmas film ever made, with vulgarity, a despicable character who learns the true meaning of Christmas while robbing department stores, yelling at kids and drinking until pissing his own pants whilst dressed as Santa. A masterpiece. [Chris]

 

Home Alone

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He made his family disappear and now he has the prospect of Christmas alone. It’s Kevin vs. the worst house robbers in history, and no matter how many times you watch it, it is just an utter delight. I watch it every Christmas Eve without fail and wouldn’t have it any other way. [Sam]

 

Love Actually

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Whoever disputes the amazing power this film has needs to check themselves for a pulse.A Christmas movie that captures the joy and happiness had and required during the season, focusing on love during Christmas rather than department store sales. Now this is a romantic comedy! [Chris]

 

Die Hard

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Sometimes that Christmas rubbish just gets too much and the spirit of the season has departed. A sure-fire way to get it back is explosions, chase scenes, heroics and Bruce Willis at his absolute best. Yippee-ki-yay, motherf*cker!  Also see this Cracked post about why Die Hard is the best Christmas movie ever. [Sam]

 

Surviving Christmas

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This film is widely regarded as a bad movie, even by the film’s lead, Ben Affleck. But really, anyone who can’t see the fun in an angry and homicidal James Gandolfini constantly annoyed by a giddy yet lonely Ben Affleck (who just wants to have a real Christmas), doesn’t see the festivities in their true form. A funny and sweet Christmas flick. [Chris]

 

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

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I was 10 when my Mum took me to see this film. I had recently stopped believing in Santa and was feeling a little down about it. At that time, this film was nothing short of magical to me. It taught me that Christmas is about far more than magical reindeer and a fat man in a red suit. It’s probably not even a good film, but it’s special to me. [Sam]

 

The Santa Clause

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A kids film had to make it on this list, so why not pick one of the most cynical ones ever released, which contains what might be Tim Allen’s best performance (out of the many to choose from). It has heart and a sense of humour. What’s not to love? [Chris]

 

Santa Claus (1985)

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This film is another holiday film I love for entirely personal reasons. It’s a tradition in my family to watch this every Christmas, and this ritual is something very important to my father. Dudley Moore plays Santa Claus in this moving and sometimes dark story about the origins of Christmas and how the true spirit of the season is being forgotten by today’s consumerist children. [Sam]

 

The Grinch

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Another Christmas film that was mauled by critics yet loved by audiences – you could call it a kids film, but it’s much more than that. It’s funny, ridiculous, chaotic and it also captures the sparkle, joy spirit of Christmas… Even if it’s then stolen by a large green hairy man that oddly sounds a lot like Jim Carrey. Oh, and it was directed by Ron Howard. Go figure. [Chris]

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

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The classic Christmas film. Does anything else need to be said? This film is a joy, and if you haven’t watched it before, then this is the year to do it. [Sam]

 

Do you have any films which you like to watch over the holidays? What have we missed? Let us know in the comments.

 

  9 Responses to “Top 10 Films To Watch This Holiday Season”

  1. I haven’t seen all of those, but of the ones I have, they are all awful. Expect Die Hard, which is a classic.

    Christmas movies (almost always) suck. I guess they are for me what musicals are for Sam. just don’t get ’em.

    Love your blog, though!

    Bah humbug,
    Steve

    • Fair enough. Is there any film you usually watch at Christmas though? Also BAD SANTA is like the anit-Christmas film, so watch that one if you haven’t seen it.

  2. Caligula.

    Nah just kidding, no there isn’t any film I routinely watch at Christmas.

    I haven’t seen Bad Santa though so could give that a try.

  3. Great picks here! Bad Santa is just… my god, it’s just incredible. Easily my favorite Christmas movie as well. And Die Hard, you can never go wrong with Die Hard.

    • I’m not sure why DIE HARD out of all the action films, but somehow it just is perfect to watch any time. I really need to rewatch Bad Santa!

  4. Home Alone and Die Hard FTW!

  5. In the 1985 Santa Claus, Dudley Moore plays the elf Patch, not Santa.

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