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Sunday, November 13, 2011

What Christmas Season Movies Are Playing?

Hello it's a beautiful Sunday today.. :) The sun was out and it was 70' quite the change from our gloomy rainy days of last week...well at least two of the days anyways. funny how spoiled you get when everyday is sunshine and then when 1 or 2 days get rain or gloomy we panic and get housebound....lol.....

The Christmas season brings with not only bright lights and trees and glitter and presents and family get togethers, but my favorite are all the movies that are on. Its like Christmas for 2 months. :) Some of my favorites are:

The Bishop's Wife

Cary Grant in a Christmas movie. Need we really say more? This charming story of a angel (Grant) come down from heaven to give guidance to the local bishop is equally warm and humorous, and the ice skating sequence alone is worth a watch. Jeremy Niven's performance as the laced-too-tight bishop is almost uncomfortable to watch, and Grant is smooth as silk, as per usual.
"The Christmas Story" is about a little boy's [Ralphie] dream to own a Be-Be gun and his family preparing for Christmas. One of many funny scenes is the one when Ralphie gets a Christmas gift from his aunt and his parents have him put it on. Its a pink bunny suit....oh my what a sight...you can just feel his embarrassment as he decends down the stairs... :)

One of my favorite is Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation", its a classic and one that my house tunes into every year...Chevy Chase is excellent and you will surely laugh all night. What I am always amazed at is that I laugh as much as I did the 1st time I watched.
Another one of my favorite's is of course Jimmy Stewart in the classic "Its a Wonderful Life" Did you know that this movie was actually a box-office flop at the time of its release and only acheived its classic status after its copyright protection slipped during the 1970s, when TV stations couldstarted to air it for free? (this resulted in nearly round-the-clock airings during Christmas time). It tells the story of businessman George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart), who's so distraught on Christmas Eve that he's thinking of ending his life. Bailey is stopped by an angel named Clarence (Henry Travers), who presents George with a vision of what the world would be like if he had never been born. Wonderfully directed, with superb performances from the entire cast, this movie is definitely a life-affirming classic.

"Groundhog Day" is another funny movie. It is a clever comedy and stars Bill Murray as ill-mannered weatherman Phil Connors, who must re-live (and re-live and re-live and re-live…) the same despised Groundhog Day in small-town, USA until he gets it right. Murray and co-star Andie McDowell have a charming love/hate chemistry and Chris Elliot even provides a few background laughs. It is truely a funny tale but it is also a sweet one and you quickly grow to love Phil, even with all his flaws. One to not miss.....
And what about "The Polar Express" starring the voice of Tom Hanks. Did you know that he plays five different roles in this movie?  Can you guess them all? One of the best animated films ever. I just adore this storyline and the graphics of this film were so wonderful watching it sometimes feels like you're on a roller coaster ride, the twists and turns of a young boys immagination as it heads to the North Pole.You have to see this one with all its color and immaginative scenes..  
The season is not complete without the all time Dickens' classic "The Christmas Carol" there has been so many re-plays of this movie that was originally aired in It's actually called "Scrooge" overseas. I always call it that here too.Although my favorite was the one with Kelsey Grammer playing miserly Ebenezer Scrooge the story of how he relives his future, past, and present and how his disbelief in Christmas changes when he sees how it effects the kind Bob Cratchit and his family.     
It was adapted over the years by many but Dikkens wrote it first in D?ecember 17th, 1843. An early television adaptation was broadcast live by DuMont's New York station WABD on December 20, 1944. There was one TV running of it in 1947 live television with John Carradine as Scrooge.But the 1st time it was filmed with in 1908 with Thomas Riccas as Scrooge.

The Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite and I have been watching this movie since I was a little girl and never tire of it. :) It brings back fond memories. Who doesn't love the Cowardly Lion or the Tin Man or even the scraecrow. The witch is even likable after you watch it over the years. The make up is still wonderful to look at and the acting is still acceptable. My top choice of movies!!!!

I love the misic in this one with Bing Crosby, "White Christmas" Danny Kay was funny, Rosemary Cloony, look that is where George Cloony came from...hmmmm, and Vera Ellen. About these 2 WWII army buddies who work together to save an Inn owned by their former cammander and they perform on stage singing all those wonderful songs...They arrange for all 151 men that served with him to be present, a very touching scene and in the end the famous saying is said as everyone lifts their glasses to toast.." May your days be werry and bright; and may all your Christmasses be white!!"  such a classic....

Just a few of mine what are yours????


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