12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas: Day 1 – Incidental Christmas Movies

In keeping with the tradition of seasonal posts (i.e. 6 Weeks of Halloween), today marks the first of twelve holiday themed posts (not all will be about movies, I promise!) We start off with what I’m calling Incidental Christmas Movies, meaning movies that take place during the holidays but aren’t about the holidays.

  • Die Hard: “Now I have a machine gun. Ho, Ho, Ho.” Okay, so that line sounds a lot better with Alan Rickman’s eurotrash accent. In any case, the story takes place on Christmas Eve when a bunch of “terrorists” take over an LA highrise building, but neglect to count on NY cop John McClane. It’s one of the best action movies of all time, and has spawned its own sub-genre (i.e. Die Hard on a plane, Die Hard on a boat, Die Hard on a bus, etc…) Not at all a holiday film, but there are a few songs and holiday decorations that set the mood…
  • Trading Places: Probably my favorite incidental holiday movie of all time, I watch this to kick off the holiday season almost every year. It takes place in the timeframe between Thanksgiving and ends just a few days after New Years, and it has some very memorable holiday related scenes. In particular, the scenes where Winthorpe dresses up like Santa and crashes the Duke & Duke party are classic. Unlike a lot of comedies, this movie seems to have something to say and it doesn’t do so in a stupid fashion. It kinda resembles the classic comedies of the 30s and 40s, but with a modern sensibility. Fantastic movie…

    Winthorpe Claus

    Winthorpe Claus

  • Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick’s final film is perhaps not his best work, but I also think it’s underrated. It takes place during the holiday season, and Kubrick takes full advantage of the high contrast lighting opportunities. I suppose the movie is something of a downer, and thus doesn’t really make such a great introduction to the holiday season, but it’s gorgeous to look at…

    My house is lit like this

    My house is decorated like this…

That’s all for now, stay tuned for more tomorrow…