I’m on a Facebook board that has lots of the geek/nerd types on it. Recently I asked a question about their favorite holiday movies, specials and shows. These are some of the suggestions, some are fun and family oriented. Some are sarcastic, and some are twisted. So grab some popcorn and maybe a candy cane,
and let’s find a movie to watch!
I started the ball rolling with one of my favorites, Opus and Bill in “A Wish For Wings That Work.” I love Opus’ style and sarcastic humor in his everyday comic. With the Christmas special there was plenty of that, but a little something more too. Santa has a word for dear Opus: “I see no penguin here whose wings only stutter, tonight ’twas courage that flew yours above others….”
Other must see favorites of mine: Die Hard, Narnia, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, White Christmas, The Grinch, Peanuts Christmas and Rudolph. Sometimes I watch It’s A Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th St. from 1947, but not always.
Following are the movies, shows, specials and just some funny holiday things that my fellow geek/nerds shared.
Justice League – “Comfort and Joy” This is a clip that shows maybe Superman/Clark Kent is just a tad bit too naive.
MST3K’s “Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”
I’ve never heard of this next one, so I looked it up on Amazon: “Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – It’s the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an ‘archeological’ dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But this particular Santa isn’t the one you want coming to town. When the local children begin mysteriously disappearing, young Pietari and his father Rauno, a reindeer hunter by trade, capture the mythological being and attempt to sell Santa to the misguided leader of the multinational corporation sponsoring the dig. Santa’s elves, however, will stop at nothing to free their fearless leader from captivity. What ensues is a wildly humorous nightmare, a fantastically bizarre polemic on modern day morality. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a re-imagining of the most classic of all childhood fantasies, and is a darkly comic gem soon to be required perennial holiday viewing.”
That may be twisted enough to have peaked my interest, we’ll see!
Another new one for me that sounds very special: Joyeux Noel – “Joyeux Noel captures a rare moment of grace from one of the worst wars in the history of mankind, World War I. On Christmas Eve, 1914, as German, French, and Scottish regiments face each other from their respective trenches, a musical call-and-response turns into an impromptu cease-fire, trading chocolates and champagne, playing soccer, and comparing pictures of their wives. But when Christmas ends, the war returns…Joyeux Noel has been justly accused of sentimentality, but if any subject warrants such an earnest and hopeful treatment, it’s the horrors of trench warfare.”
Sentimental and bittersweet as the war began again for them, but this sounds like a good traditional type movie to add to our lists.
Another commenter on the thread had these favorites to share: “Home Alone 1 and 2, The Nightmare before Christmas, and the Futurama Christm…*ahem* XMas episodes. I’m not much of a Christmas person at all, so any yuletide cheer has gotta be at least slightly off beat or off kilter.” Off beat or off kilter seem to be a common theme with those of us in this group.
Here I will share the Futurama Xmas Song:
According to the person sharing it, “One of the best, and most poignant – believe it or not – Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol.”
Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas – this one made Boyfriend cringe I’m afraid.
Star Wars Holiday special from 1978. This clip is part 1 of 7
Princess Leia has a special holiday song for us.
I’ve read that George Lucas is so embarrassed by this special he likes to pretend he doesn’t remember it.
I’m sure that’s just heresay and rumor.
Next we have A Muppet Family Christmas, which may be the perfect Christmas TV special. Where else can you see the entire casts of the
Muppets, Sesame Street, AND Fraggle Rock? Also it contains one of the last appearances of Jim Henson.
For the slightly disturbing yet entertaining in it’s own way, we have to remember Pee-Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special. Although honestly it really doesn’t have the right kinda twist for me. Talking about twisted, I was also told about Santa’s Slay – “It tells the story that Santa is Satan’s son who spreads holiday cheer all over the town of Hell Township. (When I say holiday cheer I mean death.) If you love Christmas, Santa, and slashers, you’ll love SANTA’S SLAY!!!” Well, I think my horror fans will love this new holiday classic!
Other more traditional favorites mentioned were The Muppet Christmas Carol, along with A Christmas Story and Miracle on 34th Street (1994). Who can forget National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Ernest Saves Christmas, The Gremlins or Batman Returns? Scrooged is another great holiday treat. Whew! I’m glad I’ve got 10 more days until Christmas to catch up on my movies!
Did you find any new favorites here? What would you add to this strange and wonderful list? Leave me a comment and join in on the fun! Now pardon me, I need to finish those Star War’s holiday clips, that was too funny! Later! Angela