The Dude’s High 5s: Christmas Movies
If you’re an avid reader of my High 5s, and let’s face it, who isn’t, you’ll know I don’t like Christmas. People are angry. They are stressed out. They spend far too much money on gifts and over extend themselves. Its painful to watch. Now, that’s not to say I want to eradicate the holiday. I enjoyed the hell out of it when I was a kid, but now that I’m older I can see behind the curtain. Around this time TV stations start running the same holiday movies over and over and over and over. If I actually watched TV anymore it would be nerve racking. So here we go, my 5 favorite Christmas movies.
5. Home Alone
This movie is iconic. It launched, and may have been responsible for the demise of Macaulay Culkin. While I haven’t seen the movie in a while, as a kid I enjoyed setting my own traps around the house. I was grounded so much as a kid
I saw this when I thought I was past the point of liking Christmas movies. It’s a silly film, with an even sillier premise, but it is entertaining. From joking about Bigfoot footage to referencing the Nazgul, there is enough in here for us haters.
3. It’s a Wonderful Life
This is another one of those movies that has seeped into pop culture. I dislike the sappy contents, but it’s a damn good story. Even the finale of Highlander: The Series borrows from It’s a Wonderful Life. Now that’s staying power.
I’m not a fan of the Dickensian time period. So when I first saw Scrooged I was delighted. Its an updated and modified version of A Christmas Carol that even a cold-hearted SOB like me can enjoy.
1. Die Hard
It is too a Christmas movie! It takes place when? Christmas. What is John McClain going to when terrorists ruin his night? A Christmas party. It even has a sappy Christmas movie ending with a family reunited. Also, Sargent Al Powell learns the most valuable lesson of all, its okay to shoot people when you KNOW they are bad guys.
SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO: The Hebrew Hammer
So what Christmas movies get your jollies off?