With only a few more hours till Christmas Eve, you're probably thinking to yourself, what should I be watching? If you're not, good for you, person who has friends, family, and things to do! But if you're like me, you're going to plop yourself down on your couch, order in a Jewish Christmas feast, and watch some movies. If you've already burned your way through Staci's list, well done! Now its time for mine...
Viewing this vastly underrated (and sort of obscure?) movie directed by Jodie Foster is a yearly tradition at the Epstein household. First, let me tell you who's in this masterpiece: Robert Downey Jr., Holly Hunter, Anne Bancroft, Claire Danes, and wait for it.... Steve Guttenberg. Yes! The Gute himself is in this fine piece of cinema so you know its worth a viewing. The premise is simple: a recently fired single mom flies from Chicago to spend Thanksgiving at the Baltimore home of her parents. Classic family tension ensues with hilarious results. It always makes me nostalgic for good ol' Charm City.
Take a trip to L.A. with Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman! You might not categorize this highly quotable film as a Christmas movie, but it totally is. Ever since my friend Cat told me that she watches it every year with her dad around the holidays, I began thinking of it as an xmas flick, and it turns out a lot of other people do too. I guess the only thing that makes a Christmas movie a "Christmas movie" is the fact that it takes place during Christmas. Works for me! It's a nice break from all the schmaltzy holiday movies on ABC Family. Also: Reginald VelJohnson.
As with all muppet movies, this takes place in the "real world," specifically the old-timey streets of London. As a longtime Henson fan, I've pretty much watched this movie every year since its debut. It's a muppet take on the Dickens classic starring Michael Caine as Scrooge. There's really nothing else you need to know.
OK, so this movie isn't really about the location. Who ever wants to go to Phoenix? It contains possibly my least favorite airport. Congrats, Phoenix. Anyway, this feel-bad comedy stars Lorelai Gilmore, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bernie Mac. It's full of booze, sex, and murder. So basically, the perfect Christmas movie.
This falls into the Die Hard camp of Christmas movies that take place on Christmas, but would otherwise not be considered a "Christmas movie." I'm ashamed to say it, but before dating my boyfriend, Mike, I hadn't seen a single Rocky movie. He fixed that real quick. Rocky IV is the highest grossing film in the series and its not hard to see why. Two words: Dolph Lundgren. It features that classic training montage you crave and not-so-subtle undertones of the Cold War that are weirdly relevant today. I guess that means we'll be needing another Rocky movie soon!
Anything we missed? Happy holidays, and we'll see you next week!