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    Default Essential Christmas Viewing

    So, in the weeks leading up to Christmas, what's on everyone's lists of essential viewing? What films or tv specials are you guaranteed to watch at least once this December?

    Ones that immediately spring to mind are:

    - Blackadder's Christmas Carol. I adore this one. A brilliant, ingenius twist on the ol' Dickens classic (which I do plan to actually read sometime this month). For those that don't know, Blackadder is one of the few comedies where Rowan Atkinson not only gets to play someone who's intelligent and a total bastard, he also occasionally gets a beard, as well. Pretty much all the Blackadders he plays throughout history are scheming, selfish gits. Except for Ebenezer Blackadder, one of the kindest and most generous (and most gullible) men in England. Until one fateful night, when a ghost comes to visit of course.
    - Scrooged. Love this hysterical and modern day satirical take on it, as well. Bill Murray is actually hilarious in this one, and I love the Ghost of Christmas Past.
    - Love Actually. Bit of a guilty pleasure this one, but still very enjoyable. Love all the different stories, especially the one with that guy from the Walking Dead in it.
    - It's a Wonderful Life. 'Nuff said.

    I also might re-watch This Is England '88, and possibly even check out A Christmas Story. So what's everyone else watching for Christmas this year?
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    A Christmas Story.
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    Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas - we watch it every Christmas Eve

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    Quote Originally Posted by ELazansky View Post
    Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas - we watch it every Christmas Eve
    Did you know there are plans for a new Emmet Otter movie? Based on notes and drawings of Henson's!

    We watch a ridiculous amount of movies. We kicked off the season last night with White Christmas. This classic is usually on multiple times every Christmas season in our house.

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    I've already watched Home Alone and Nightmare Before Xmas.

    Other perennial Xmas films for me include:
    Christmas Vacation
    A Christmas Story
    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Mickeys Christmas Carol
    Grinch (animated)
    Ernest Saves Christmas
    One Magic Christmas
    Elf
    Bad Santa
    The Night They Saved Christmas
    The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever

    Honestly there are probably too many too list. I love Christmas movies.

    Oh yeah and Gremlins.
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    A Christmas Story
    Black Christmas (original)
    MST3K Episodes Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, Santa Claus
    Rifftrax Live Santa Claus
    └ l'intÚrieur AKA Inside (french horror flick set during Christmas and ends with the greatest present opening scene in cinema )

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    Die Hard
    A Christmas Story
    Christmas Vacation
    Grinch
    Home Alone 1 & 2
    Gremlins
    Lord of the Rings
    Planes, Trains and Automobiles (Pre-Christmas viewing)

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    I have too many Christmas favorites. But the ones I watch the most are:
    A Christmas Story
    Charlie Brown Christmas
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    Christmas Vacation
    March of the Wooden Soldiers
    It's a Wonderful Life

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    We watch a ridiculous amount of movies. We kicked off the season last night with White Christmas. This classic is usually on multiple times every Christmas season in our house.
    Have you seen Holiday Inn? I love that one. I know it's not related to just Christmas, but I always watch it around this time of year.

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    └ l'intÚrieur AKA Inside (french horror flick set during Christmas and ends with the greatest present opening scene in cinema )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heather19 View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy View Post
    └ l'intÚrieur AKA Inside (french horror flick set during Christmas and ends with the greatest present opening scene in cinema )
    Sounds like I need to look this one up
    It's rather extreme, might not be for everyone, I've actually seen people become physically distressed after viewing it

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    Quote Originally Posted by fernandito View Post
    A Christmas Story.
    It's an essential now? Awesome.

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    This is my favorite time of the year, and I have a lot of movies I love to watch each Christmas. But, my essentials are:

    A Christmas Story (although I own it on dvd, I refrain from watching it until the 24 hour marathon airs on TBS Christmas Day)
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    It's a Wonderful Life (I am ashamed to say I didn't see this movie until a year or so back. But, it was awesome enough to become an essential immediately)
    I always have to watch the classics like Rudolph, Frosty, Grinch, etc.

    I will consume almost anything Christmas related. I add new dvds to my collection each year. I love this time of year!

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    Scrooge. One of the best musical films ever made.

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    How about a GREAT Xmas Eve heist movie?

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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    The Ref
    The Long Kiss Goodnight
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    Bad Santa
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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlystevedave View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by fernandito View Post
    A Christmas Story.
    It's an essential now? Awesome.
    Yes. How proud of me are you?

    Let's get a little crazy.

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    Love all the mentions of the one essential Christmas film I forgot to include on my list, Die Hard. Another one I'm bound to watch that's set at Christmas is last year's fucked-up Scottish film Filth. Not that the story is an uplifting one for the holidays, just that it's set at Christmas and I'm looking for any other excuse to re-watch it!
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    I'm actually rather fond of Reindeer Games. I know a lot of people hate it.

    Totally forgot about The Ref. Nice one, Oy.

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    The Ref is solid. A more obscure Spacey film. Reindeer Games is good up until the worst ending in movie history. It just killed it for me.
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    It's a Wonderful Life
    A Christmas Carol (Sir Patrick Stewart as Scrooge)
    A Christmas Story
    Christmas Vacation
    Elf
    Miracle on 34th Street
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    Here's my list (aka it's not Christmas until I watch them at least 34 times):

    How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Carrey and Karloff versions)
    The Santa Clause 1 and 2 (3 doesn't exist)
    Elf
    Arthur Christmas
    All the classic TV specials (Rudolph, Frosty, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Year Without a Santa Claus, Charlie Brown Christmas)
    A Christmas Story (though I'm with Amanda in that I hold off watching it until the 24-hour marathon)

    I also try and do a marathon of all The Office Christmas episodes.

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    This is my favorite time of the year...I love this time of year!
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