Why is it that that movies get annoyingly preachy at this time of year? Turn on Lifetime or The Hallmark Channel and you're bound to see a whole host of "soulless person/dysfunctional family meets some magical Christmas source and learns an important holiday lesson that changes their lives" movies.
Personally, we prefer our life lessons doled out in a less hit-you-over-the-head fashion — and with a running time closer to 2 minutes than 2 hours. With that in mind, we undertook the arduous task of scouring through hundreds of Christmas movies to serve up the 12 vital holiday lessons in bite-sized tidbits, leaving you more time for shopping ... or drinking.
What vital holiday lesson does Gremlins have to offer? >> Posted 12.25.12 by reelz
"There's no place like home for the holidays..."
There's something about the winter holidays that makes us yearn to return home, whether physically, to visit friends and loved ones, or to metaphorically revisit a place and time in our lives that holds special meaning to us, a place of comfort and warmth, where everyone is just a little bit happier, a little bit more giving. Many of the best movies about the holidays help us recapture those warm feelings of home, and they are especially important to us when we're faced with the harsh realities of modern life, when jobs are scarce and the nightly news is filled with stories of tragedy and heartache. Pour yourself a mug of thick, rich eggnog or a nice Manischewitz wine, snuggle up on the couch and help us select the best "Home for the Holidays" movies.
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Naughty v. Nice)
Cartoon Network, 7:30 PM ET
The grumpy recluse has the "wonderful, awful idea" to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville (before Jim Carrey stole it all from him).
Miracle on 34th Street (Classic Cheer)
AMC, 8 PM ET
An adwoman's (Maureen O'Hara) lawyer boyfriend (John Payne) tries to prove that Macy's Santa Claus (Edmund Gwenn) is the real thing.
Holiday Affair (Sugarplum Romance)
TCM, 8 PM ET
A war widow (Janet Leigh) is torn between a boring boyfriend (Wendell Corey) and a romantic ne'er-do-well (Robert Mitchum).
What else is showing this season? See our The 12 Flavors of Christmas - 2010 Holiday TV Movie Guide. Posted 12.18.10 by reelz
Why is it that some curmudgeonly, cold-hearted scoundrel always has a leading role in the best Christmas movies — even the ones crafted for children? Do we really require some naughty with our nice?
Considering the popular rapscallions that made our list of 10 Christmas Villains We Love — each with his own noted brand of evil and heartless quote — it would seem that it's just not Christmas without a villain.
And if you want to see these villains in action, check out our Holiday TV Movie Guide: The 12 Flavors of Christmas. Posted 12.09.09 by reelz