This, of course, as has been discussed before in a previous post, is bullcrap. Pure 100% unfettered bullcrap.
To prove it in this particular instance, take my family, please. Growing up, I had a distinct set of Christmas films. I would even go so far as to call them unique. The following list consists of these Christmas films, in no particular order; the numbers are not indicative of quality, simply to count them off.
#1 Captain Newman, MD
My family has, from time to time, described itself as "philo-semetic". that would explain why a group of Irish Catholic New Yorkers know all the words to "Hava Nagila," in English AND Hebrew. This might explain why one of these Christmas movies is written by a man named Leo Rosten.
This movie stars Tony Curtis and Angie Dickinson and Gregory Peck. If you can believe that Captain Ahab is the head doctor of a mental ward in World War II, you have a pretty good idea where this is going. This includes bit parts from James Gregory (Manchurian Candidate, Barney Miller), and also includes a bit part by Robert Duval, (The Godfather I and II, To Kill a Mockingbird). Duval might also be familiar to people who remember the original film "MASH". If you do not remember these films, please go out and rent them, thank you.
What makes this a Christmas movie? Mostly Act Three, and the conclusion. The themes are present throughout the movie, but you don't see it until the finale.
#2 Desk Set
A charming little Tracy and Hepburn comedy, and one of the few times I really enjoy them together. It's computers versus people ... and it ends at the most wonderful time of the year. Heh
#3 Bell Book and Candle
Jimmy Stewart is a book publisher, Kim Novak is a witch. Jack Lemmon is her insane brother. When Novak puts Stewart under her spell, the problem really becomes who ends up bewitched, bothered and bewildered. Largely a comedy that takes place over a week, from December 25th to New Years. Hilarity ensues.
#4 The Bishop's Wife
Our current generation might be aware of that particular abomination called The Preacher's Wife, which was not only a criminal waste of the acting talents of Denzel Washington and Courtney B. Vance, but was a flat-out rape of a good classic film. The original Bishop's Wife starred the always-charming David Niven (Guns of Navarone), Loretta Young, and the ubiquitous Cary Grant (Notorious, North by Northwest, any popular Hitchcock that didn't star Jimmy Stewart). If you have been fortunate enough to avoid The Preacher's Wife, an Episcopal pastor prays for aid, and he gets it in the form of angel Grant. Hilarity ensues.
This film also stars Monty Wooly, the Yale professor - turned- actor who taught Cole Porter. which leads to...
#5 The Man Who Came to Dinner
Speaking of Scrooge....
A female Jason Bourne, played by Geena Davis, aided by a low-rent PI, played by the grand muthaf****r himself, Samuel L. Jackson. It is a very 90s movie, but still holds up well. It's MacGuffin ... doesn't work today, but it worked then because it was the first one to do it.
I've done two blogs on why Die Hard is perfect. I don't think I really need to follow it up. But while Die Harder feels like a rehash of the first one, it has some nice twists, an interesting cast, including the late Senator Frank Thompson.
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