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Answer for question 4579. [Dec. 27th, 2015|12:27 am]
Xiphias Gladius
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?
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.

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.

[User Picture]From: browngirl
2015-12-27 07:03 am (UTC)
I think I like Gremlins a little more but I think Die Hard is objectively better. Will unpack later, or not.
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[User Picture]From: jazzfish
2015-12-27 07:00 pm (UTC)
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.)
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2015-12-27 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, The Lion in Winter must take the prize (what is the prize? I missed that part. Oh well.).

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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2015-12-27 10:48 pm (UTC)
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 e+1=0. But still.
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[User Picture]From: jazzfish
2015-12-30 04:02 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: xiphias
2015-12-31 12:26 pm (UTC)
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.
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