The Flickering Myth writing team share their top ten Christmas movies…
Christmas is almost upon us! Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Have you already eaten too much food? Are you feeling festive yet?! For many people, feeling festive is all about Christmas films. They can easily transport you back to your childhood, to happier times, to memories with your loved ones. If you’re struggling to choose a film to help induce your festive cheer then fear not – the writers at Flickering Myth have compiled the top ten Christmas films for you, so work your way through them and we promise they’ll put you right in the mood!
10. The Snowman (1982)
Directed by Dianne Jackson (based on book by Raymond Briggs)
The Snowman is quite simply, a classic. An ageless, wordless animated film about a boy and his snowman. A mere thirty minutes long, it invokes a strange kind of emotion – it’s magical, awe-inspiring and bloody tragic, all rolled into one. It’s repeated on British television every year and was even nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. It spawned an equally if not more devastating sequel in 2012 entitled, The Snowman and the Snowdog. If you find someone who didn’t watch this as a child, you must remedy this immediately. But warn them first about the absolute certainty that they will shed a tear.
9. Love Actually (2003)
Directed by Richard Curtis
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Starring Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson (plus many more British stars!)
Love Actually tells the story of several different couples on the countdown to Christmas, all whom are interlinked in some way, shape or form. Featuring an absolute stellar cast of mostly British actors, it shows love in many forms; newly-weds, recent widowers, affairs, porn stand ins – you name it, this film features it. Although interestingly, one of the plots was dropped from the final cut about a lesbian couple – the only representation of the LGBT in the entire film. Although Love Actually always adorns our television schedules each year, and leaves the majority of people with that warm fuzzy feeling inside, it has notoriously been picked apart in the last few years for being the antithesis of a romantic comedy. Have a gander this festive season and tell us what you think!
8. Jingle All the Way (1996)
Directed by Brian Levant
Genre: Family comedy
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Rita Wilson
Jingle All the Way may not have been the first film you thought of when considering a top ten list – a top ten list for anything to be honest. But many consider it a holiday classic! It centres around two dads who end up in competition for the latest must-have toy, ending in a desperate dash around the shops on Christmas Eve, something many of us can probably relate to. It got generally awful reviews and only holds an approval rating of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes, but if you fancy watching a film that is light-hearted and silly, then this is a good bet! Not to mention the not-so-quiet commentary on the insanity of Christmas consumerism. Actually, this might put you off Christmas altogether!
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