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


4. Elf

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.


2. Scrooged

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.


So what Christmas movies get your jollies off?