Monday, November 26, 2012

Top 10 Most Popular Christmas Movies for Christmas 2012

Just following the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays, the most popular holiday of the country is coming. Christmas, being widely welcomed around the world, is just around the corner. Needless to say, the 2012 Christmas must be very special to human beings, as it signifies the fake of the earth’s demise. Just like other popular holidays, watching Christmas movies during Christmas holiday by no means a good idea for people to enjoy the holiday. I have written a post on some wonderful choices for Thanksgiving movies to watch on Thanksgiving Day. Now, in this post, I would like to introduce some 10 most popular Christmas movies to watch for Christmas 2012.
Merry Christmas 2012
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Based on the original story of The Greatest Gift, written by Philip Van Doren Stern, this five-time Oscar-nominated drama, directed by Frank Capra, is revived every year in time for Christmas. The story of George Bailey (James Stewart), who comes to understand the importance of his existence and the true meaning of the love of his family and friends - with a little help from his guardian angel (Henry Travers) - was initially regarded as flop, due to high production cost and limited box office return. But with its universal themes and uplifting spirit it has truly become a Christmas classic.

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1993)

In 1992, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol received Jim Henson’s Muppet treatment. Michael Caine excels as grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, with Henson’s puppeteers pulling the strings, Kermit the Frog steps into Bob Cratchet’s shoes, while Gonzo (and mate Rizo) joins the fun as one of the film’s narrators. Like It’s a Wonderful Life, it failed to ignite the box office upon its release – failing to compete with Home Alone 2 and Aladdin - but had tremendous success on VHS (and continues to do so on DVD).

The Muppets Christmas Carol (1993)

In 1992, Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol received Jim Henson’s Muppet treatment. Michael Caine excels as grumpy Ebenezer Scrooge, with Henson’s puppeteers pulling the strings, Kermit the Frog steps into Bob Cratchet’s shoes, while Gonzo (and mate Rizo) joins the fun as one of the film’s narrators. Like It’s a Wonderful Life, it failed to ignite the box office upon its release – failing to compete with Home Alone 2 and Aladdin - but had tremendous success on VHS (and continues to do so on DVD).

Scrooged (1988)

The second A Christmas Carol adaption on this list, Scrooged sees a cold-hearted Bill Murray getting to grips with the ghosts of his past, present and future, only this time there’s a modern twist. While The Muppets version retains the traditional settings and characters of Dickins’ novel, Scrooged relocates to New York where television executive Frank (Murray) is working himself into an early grave, until he learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Home Alone(1990)

The two-time Oscar-nominated Home Alone is a firm Christmas favourite. This action-packed adventure deserves its place on the list for its family-orientated fun and cheeky humour. The story sees an eight-year-old (Macaulay Culkin) left home during Christmas time, to fend off two burglars. Writer John Hughes enlisted friend and former colleague John Candy for his comedic input into the film – with a Planes, Trains & Automobiles inspired performance.

The Nightmare before Christmas (1993)

Tim Burton’s stop motion fantasy film, The Nightmare before Christmas, shows off imaginative storytelling and captivating animation. Burton’s story, takes place in “Halloween Town” filled with ghosts and ghouls, who embrace the idea of transforming their settlement into “Christmas Town”. Disney decided to release the film under Touchstone Pictures due to its darker themes. Burton discouraged the idea of a follow up, remaining very protective of this film as a standalone original.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

The original Miracle on 34th Street, written and directed by George Seaton, is a classic Christmas tale about the existence of Santa Claus – however, unlike his mythological persona the actual Kris Kringle is living in New York and working in a department store. Starring Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn, this iconic film has spawned several remakes – most recently the 1994 adaptation, starring Richard Attenborough. Seaton’s film is ninth on the American Film Institute's 100 Most Inspiring Movies of All Time.

The Snowman (1982)

This British classic makes its way onto this list accompanied by a famous song. Based on a children's book by author Raymond Briggs, The Snowman was adapted into 26 minute animated film by Dianne Jackson for Channel 4. Absent of any dialogue, the film is famous for its haunting rendition of Walking in the Air, scored by Howard Blake and sung by choirboy Peter Auty. The Snowman was nominated for an Academy Award in 1982.

Gremlins (1984)

Inspired by scuttling mice in his loft, writer Chris Columbus caught the attention of producer Steven Spielberg with his idea of Gremlins. When a boy receives a pet at Christmas he breaks three simple rules, unleashing these hellish little critters on an unsuspecting town. Gremlins accompanied Ghostbusters at the box office, as a new genre of comedy/horror films introduced in the 80s. It is a staple for Christmas viewing, offering an alternative to the stereotypical festive films shown.

Elf (2003)

In 2003 Will Ferrell stepped into the oversized shoes of his alter-ego Buddy the elf. An overzealous Buddy soon realises he’s not like the rest of Santa’s little helpers (his adult size, is a pretty big hint), and heads for the big apple to find out where he’s from. Elf’s jovial sense of humour and slapstick comedy garnered favourable reviews. The film greatly exceeded its production value making over $200 million at the box office, worldwide.

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