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The best Christmas movies...ever!!

December 10, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

With the Christmas season just beginning, I though it would be a grand idea to let you know which movies are "must sees" in your Christmas movie itinerary. There are tons and tons out there and most of them are just plain bad. I, your humble servant, will try to steer you away from all the bad ones, ok? My first disclaimer is that at my ripe old age, I don't go in for hardly any kind of cartoon-type movies of any kind. So in my book all those cartoon Christmas movies are out. My second disclaimer is that for some reason, I just didn't like ELF with Will Farrell. Practically everyone else loves it. I just don't. So here are my top ones in no particular order....

Miracle on 34th Street. The original is the best but the newer one is good too. Just love the courtroom scenes. There really is a Santa Clause.

A Christmas Carol. There have been about a hundred remakes of this classic Christmas movie, and I haven't hardly seen one that I didn't like in some way or another. However the early ones, especially the 1951 version with Alistair Sims is the very best. A very close second is the version in which George C. Scott is Scrooge. Magnificent.

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It's A Wonderful Life. Gotta watch this one every Christmas....maybe a couple of times. The best of the best.

Four Christmases. Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon and their supporting cast, (love Robert Duvall) is superb. Talk about dysfunctional families on steroids. Just a fun and funny movie.

Silent Night. Not a major hit by any means but Linda Hamilton plays a widow in 1944 Germans with her ten year old son. They house a German troop and an American troop for one night on Christmas eve. Spectacular movie. Go get the video. Now!

Joyeux Noel. Another "must get" movie to call your own. Set in World War 1 in 1914 where three closely stationed armies, the Scots, the French and the Germans declare an unauthorized truce amongst themselves on Christmas Eve. Powerful movie how mortal enemies can somehow become friends for one special night. The magic of Christmas.

Well, you need go no further in what you're gonna watch this Christmas season. I did all the work for you.

Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy.

What are some of your favorites? Let me know at jsheda@indytel.com or call me at 319.327.4640. Did I miss any really great movies????

 
 

 

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