|Answer for question 4579.
||[Dec. 27th, 2015|12:27 am]
Never regularly watched any Christmas specials as a kid -- I mean, I have a vague memory of watching several of them, but the only one I really remember is THE GRINCH WHO STOLE CHRISTMAS -- the real one, of course, not the ... thing ... with Jim Carrey. I have some vague memories of enjoying the Charlie Brown one. Never seen any of the Rankin-Bass ones, although I am of course AWARE of them.
What were your favorite Christmas-themed TV specials or movies when you were a kid? Do you still enjoy those same ones as an adult? What's the greatest Christmas movie of all time, in your opinion?
But the best Christmas movie, which I DIDN'T see as a kid, is, of course, DIE HARD.
Ho ho ho. Now I have a machine gun.
I mean, there are those who will claim that GREMLINS is a better Christmas movie, and I respect that opinion, but I'm a DIE HARD partisan.
I think I like Gremlins a little more but I think Die Hard is objectively better. Will unpack later, or not.
I can understand that opinion, though it's objectively wrong. The Lion in Winter (Hepburn/O'Toole, not Close/Stewart) is the best Christmas movie, by a hair.
"As if the way one fell down mattered."
"When the fall is all there is, it matters."
(Honorable mentions to worthy contenders Gremlins and In Bruges.)
Yes, yes, The Lion in Winter must take the prize (what is the prize? I missed that part. Oh well.).
Okay, excellent points.
Hmm. It's tricky, though. How do you compare LION AND WINTER and DIE HARD? Which is better, the honeycrisp apple, or eggs from pasture-fed chickens? They're both food, just as LION IN WINTER and DIE HARD are both movies, so it's not like trying to compare, say, Tuscany, and eiπ+1=0. But still.
A reasonable question! Given that they're both Utterly Brilliant and incomparable, I fall back on "which movie is more Christmasy?"
Die Hard: set at an office Xmas party,
Aristotle Argyle is playing Xmas music in the limo on the way in, and a few incidentals ("Ho. Ho. Ho.").
Lion: set at Xmas with a family who don't like each other very much, which makes it a more intensely Xmas-esque experience. ("Well. What family doesn't have its little problems?")
Winner: Lion, by a whisker.
Good point. The Christmas setting is useful for DIE HARD, because it does have themes of family reconciliation, and I don't think it would work as well set at any other time of year -- but LION is ABOUT Christmas.