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fatbastard
11-24-2007, 11:26 AM
I need to pick 5 holiday movies from NetFlix. The wife is suggesting Love Actually. They do not need to have a Christmas theme. Any recommendations?

roberto73
11-24-2007, 11:28 AM
For me, Christmas movies begin and end with Bad Santa. Nothing else comes close.

ivankay
11-24-2007, 11:44 AM
Sorry you have to sit through "Love Actually".

Ummmmm,

It's a Wonderful Life
Elf
The Lives of Others
The World's Fastest Indian
Strictly Ballroom (that romance your lady be looking for)

Suggestions based off a glance through my netflix stuff.

wmgaretjax
11-24-2007, 11:44 AM
Salo
Man Bites Dog
Irreversible
Conspirators of Pleasure
Audition

KungFuJoe
11-24-2007, 11:46 AM
Die Hard
The Ref
Bad Santa
Taste of Tea
Kung Fu Hustle

idrive1life
11-24-2007, 11:46 AM
I <3 Love Actually and yay to all of these :D:

Salo
Man Bites Dog
Irreversible
Conspirators of Pleasure
Audition

for some more guilty pleasures

Tokyo Godfathers
Serendipity or While You Were Sleeping
Die Hard 1 or 2
The World is Not Enough

Neutral Milk Hotel
11-24-2007, 11:48 AM
The Royal Tenenbaums
Die Hard
The Polar Express
Christmas Vacation
The Triplets of Belleville

idrive1life
11-24-2007, 11:51 AM
The Triplets of Belleville :dumbo (awesome!) is one my of all-time favorite animation films.

ivankay
11-24-2007, 11:52 AM
The Triplets of Belleville :dumbo (awesome!) is one my of all-time favorite animation films.

Yeah, get that, That movie is great.

Mr.Nipples
11-24-2007, 11:54 AM
Salo
Man Bites Dog
Irreversible
Conspirators of Pleasure
Audition

haha...

add this to the list...
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KungFuJoe
11-24-2007, 11:59 AM
Salo
Man Bites Dog
Irreversible
Conspirators of Pleasure
Audition

i need to see many of these myself.

I'd also throw in 2LDK

brando4n82
11-24-2007, 12:00 PM
I'll give you one movie, it's all you need

Akira Kurosawa's "Dreams"

Neutral Milk Hotel
11-24-2007, 12:31 PM
The Triplets of Belleville :dumbo (awesome!) is one my of all-time favorite animation films.

It should have won the Oscar.

sonofhal
11-24-2007, 12:51 PM
Salo
Man Bites Dog
Irreversible
Conspirators of Pleasure
Audition

..and they wonder why the suicide rates are so high at xmas. Why would you save any of these for the holidays. They'd all make excellent date movies.

It'll be Ex Drummer for me after my bird flu ridden turkey.

Wheres the beef?
11-24-2007, 12:54 PM
For me, Christmas movies begin and end with Bad Santa. Nothing else comes close.

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Down Rodeo
11-24-2007, 01:22 PM
Get Cinema Paradiso. I bet your wife will really like it (and so will you).

Courtney
11-24-2007, 01:38 PM
The Royal Tenenbaums
Die Hard
The Polar Express
Christmas Vacation
The Triplets of Belleville

This is a good list. I think The Royal Tenenbaums would be at the top of my picks too. It somehow feels really Christmas-y without actually being a "Christmas movie."

Also: The Apartment, Wings of Desire (the Wim Wenders version, not the Meg Ryan crap), Central Station and Amelie. Even though I sort of hate on Amelie on occasion. It seems right for the holidays.

And if you want to get something kid-friendly, definitely Home Alone and the original Willy Wonka.

suprefan
11-24-2007, 01:47 PM
A Christmas Story, how do you forget such a classic?




''You'll shoot your eye out!''

woogie846
11-24-2007, 02:08 PM
A Christmas Story, how do you forget such a classic?




''You'll shoot your eye out!''

I watch that every year on Christmas Eve.

Best. Christmas movie. Ever.

Neutral Milk Hotel
11-24-2007, 02:47 PM
This is a good list. I think The Royal Tenenbaums would be at the top of my picks too. It somehow feels really Christmas-y without actually being a "Christmas movie."

Exactly. That's one of the things I love about it, it has that feeling without being an explicitly Christmas movie. I watch it every Christmas Eve.

captncrzy
11-24-2007, 03:55 PM
A Christmas Story, how do you forget such a classic?




''You'll shoot your eye out!''

Seriously! I couldn't believe that wasn't at the top of the list.

"I can't put my arms down!"

KungFuJoe
11-24-2007, 06:05 PM
This is a good list. I think The Royal Tenenbaums would be at the top of my picks too. It somehow feels really Christmas-y without actually being a "Christmas movie."

Also: The Apartment, Wings of Desire (the Wim Wenders version, not the Meg Ryan crap), Central Station and Amelie. Even though I sort of hate on Amelie on occasion. It seems right for the holidays.

And if you want to get something kid-friendly, definitely Home Alone and the original Willy Wonka.

I like this list very much. The Apartment is a great pick and Amelie is one of my all time favorites. I'll have to add City of Lost Children, as that has some holiday spirt. Scary Santas. My all time favorite "christmas" family movie would have to be March of the Wooden Soldiers aka: Babes in Toyland

idrive1life
11-24-2007, 06:44 PM
The Apartment, Wings of Desire (the Wim Wenders version, not the Meg Ryan crap), Central Station and Amelie. Even though I sort of hate on Amelie on occasion. It seems right for the holidays.


Great list.

Bosco
11-24-2007, 07:43 PM
A Muppet Family Christmas

"Herbie Derbie Christmas Tuuurkey"


good luck finding it on DVD though


o yeah, and there is Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special

TomAz
11-26-2007, 12:46 PM
Apocalypse Now
Platoon
The Deer Hunter
Full Metal Jacket

and just for shits and giggles: First Blood

thinnerair
11-26-2007, 12:47 PM
Schindler's List
Irreversible
Alive
Steel Magnolias
Big Daddy (to lighten the mood)

kitt kat
11-26-2007, 03:39 PM
ummmmmmmmmmm National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

and Home Alone........haha, yes.

Neutral Milk Hotel
11-26-2007, 03:43 PM
This is a good list. I think The Royal Tenenbaums would be at the top of my picks too. It somehow feels really Christmas-y without actually being a "Christmas movie."

Also: The Apartment, Wings of Desire (the Wim Wenders version, not the Meg Ryan crap), Central Station and Amelie. Even though I sort of hate on Amelie on occasion. It seems right for the holidays.

And if you want to get something kid-friendly, definitely Home Alone and the original Willy Wonka.

Very good, I thought about putting Amelie on my list. I haven't seen Central Station, but I want to, and Home Alone holds up surprisingly well. I just watched it a few days ago and was surprised at how well it's aged. And of course violence on Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern will always be funny.

full on idle
11-26-2007, 04:58 PM
So you want Christmas movies that don't have to have a Christmas theme? So you're just asking for five movies?

Either way you should get Big Trouble in Little China.

gaypalmsprings
11-26-2007, 05:08 PM
1. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
The plot: Martians kidnap Santa and bring him to Mars.

2. Jingle All the Way
This 1996 movie stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as a father who is late to his son's karate class.

3. The Ref
This 1994 movie stars Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey.

4. Scrooged
Once upon a time, someone somewhere thought that this 1988 remake of A Christmas Carol, starring Bill Murray, would be box-office gold.

5. The Santa Clause
A divorced, toy-company executive accidentally kills Santa and has to take his place.

luckyface
11-26-2007, 05:49 PM
I agree with many in here, but I am surprised that no one has mentioned Gremlins yet. Definitely put that on your Christmas viewing list.

fatbastard
11-26-2007, 09:52 PM
I was reading about Central Station on Amazon earlier today. I thought you were talking about the movie The Station Agent (funny movie). It looks like a good movie. Should I pick this as one of the 5?

Courtney
11-27-2007, 10:51 AM
DO IT.

PotVsKtl
11-27-2007, 12:10 PM
Fuck that, Gremlins 2.

http://members.fortunecity.co.uk/moviegames/gremlinsspec2.gif

J~$$$
11-27-2007, 12:11 PM
You mean the original Gremlins.

PotVsKtl
11-27-2007, 12:12 PM
http://www.i-mockery.com/halloween/greatest/pics/gremlins2.gif

algunz
11-27-2007, 12:14 PM
Thank you Gay for finally mentioning The Ref - a true holiday classic.

SFChrissy
11-27-2007, 12:30 PM
A Christmas Story, how do you forget such a classic?




''You'll shoot your eye out!''

No kidding...the fishnetted leg lamp and the ultimate tongue stuck to the flag pole...

J~$$$
11-27-2007, 12:36 PM
http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p275/DarkHorsePinoso/Gremlins.jpg

PotVsKtl
11-27-2007, 12:51 PM
http://www.subrevolt.com/phpnuke/images/submitted_images/ewjohn2.jpg

luckyface
11-27-2007, 01:07 PM
I got a free Daffy (the Gremlin on the left with the weird eyes) T-shirt when I saw G2 in theatres. What I wouldn't give to get that back.

And it is insane how much that girl Gremlin looks like Jennie Finch.

J~$$$
11-27-2007, 01:14 PM
Die hard was an awesome Christmas movie. The foi suggestion of big trouble in little china should be #1

All That I Am
11-27-2007, 11:05 PM
1. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang - Happens during christmas, but doesn't have shit to do with christmas. Great movie tho'

2. Gremlins - Kid gets a cute singing Mogwai for christmas, which turns into a gang of rampaging murderous gremlins.

3. Eyes Wide Shut - Happens during christmas and we get to see Nicole Kidmans ass!

All That I Am
11-27-2007, 11:08 PM
So you want Christmas movies that don't have to have a Christmas theme? So you're just asking for five movies?

Either way you should get Big Trouble in Little China.

FOI +200 points

PrettyRagdoll
11-28-2007, 01:29 AM
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Polar Express


Serindipity
Rent

SojuGorae
11-28-2007, 02:44 AM
Buffalo '66
Hoop Dreams
High Fidelity
Home Alone
The Ice Storm

fatbastard
11-28-2007, 06:14 AM
Ok. Thanks everyone. I am going to compile a list later today to rank these movies and narrow it down from there. I may ask for some more detail on a couple of the sugggestions

Last thing. My sister lives in the country. She's gone from inhaling smog like there's no tomorrow to living like the amish. She will most likely enjoy a couple of the independent movies mentioned but they will have to be simple enough that they are practically spoon feeding her with story lines.

Thanks again for the recommendations.

breakjaw
11-28-2007, 08:05 AM
Nobody mentioned The Police Academy series.Get 3 thru 7.

M Sparks
11-29-2007, 07:44 AM
Naughty-
Go
The Ref
Bad Santa
Scrooged
Nightmare Before Christmas

Nice-
Elf
A Christmas Story
Love Actually (kinda naughty too.)
The Shop Around The Corner
Miracle on 34th Street (original, of course)

Crap-
Santa Claus Conquers The Martians- MST3K version
Silent Night Deadly Night
Santa Claus (the Mexican one, where he fights the devil.)
Star Wars Holiday Special
Year Without a Santa Claus ("I dreamed unhappy things!")

fatbastard
11-29-2007, 09:07 PM
Thanks again. I'm feeling confident at this time. Please say something if you think anything from the "Need more info" list should be moved to the winner list.

Winner
Cinema Paradiso
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Apartment
The Royal Tenenbaums
The World's Fastest Indian

Need more info
Audition
Big Trouble in Little China
Central Station
Elf
Irreversible
Salo
Taste of Tea
The Lives of Others
The Shop Around The Corner

Pass
A Christmas Story
A Muppet Family Christmas
Alive
Amelie
Apocalypse Now
Babes in Toyland
Bad Santa
Big Daddy
Buffalo '66
Christmas Vacation
City of Lost Children
Conspirators of Pleasure
Die Hard
Dreams
Eyes Wide Shut
First Blood
Full Metal Jacket
Go
Gremlins
Gremlins 2
High Fidelity
Home Alone
Hoop Dreams
It's a Wonderful Life
Jingle All the Way
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Kung Fu Hustle
Love Actually
Man Bites Dog
Miracle on 34th Street
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Platoon
Rent
Santa Claus
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Schindler's List
Scrooged
Serendipity
Silent Night Deadly Night
Star Wars Holiday Special
Steel Magnolias
Strictly Ballroom
The Deer Hunter
The Ice Storm
The Polar Express
The Police Academy
The Ref
The Santa Clause
The Triplets of Belleville
The World is Not Enough
Tokyo Godfathers
While You Were Sleeping
Wings of Desire
Year Without a Santa Claus

amyzzz
12-20-2007, 06:22 PM
Did anyone say Trading Places? I fuckin LOVE that movie.

http://www.statesman.com/shared-gen/blogs/austin/mo/media/tradingplaces_08.jpg

KungFuJoe
12-21-2007, 03:14 AM
I'm glad Taste of Tea made it to your "need more info" list instead of being an immediate pass. You'll probably pass after getting more info. Not that it's bad. It's just not conventional. It's a charming, yet extremely absurd, japanese comedy about family. That's it in a nutshell. The film does not really have a plot so much. It simply paints a portrait of the lives & dreams of each member within a loving family. It's very clever and has some hilarious sequences. I suggested this because of it's wonderfully original take on family and life. It's directed by Katsuhito Ishii. The man behind the animated sequence in Kill Bill Vol 1. I could only find the french trailer for you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCMCu8c1Uho

If that doesn't sound like your "cup of tea", allow me to recommend another Japanese film. **** PONG. This is one of my all time favorite sports films. It's along the lines of Searching For Bobby Fisher and The Karate Kid. Forget Balls of Fury and find yourself a copy of this little gem. It has a huge heart and if you do as well I assure you it will not disappoint.

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smilingdownward
12-21-2007, 03:26 AM
1. Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
The plot: Martians kidnap Santa and bring him to Mars.

i love santa clause conqures the martians! or is it vs. the martians? anyway who cares, its still horrible and funny and makes me want to grind my teeth but i still love it.... have only seen it mst3k style.

All That I Am
12-21-2007, 04:19 PM
I don't know if anyone's said it yet, but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang takes place during christmas.

Ritestyl
12-21-2007, 05:07 PM
Fight Club
I <3 Huckabees
12 Monkeys
Children of Men
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
300

Pick from those and you can't go wrong...

Ritestyl
12-21-2007, 05:08 PM
How can you pass on The Ref? WTF are you thinking?

Neutral Milk Hotel
12-21-2007, 05:12 PM
Thanks again. I'm feeling confident at this time. Please say something if you think anything from the "Need more info" list should be moved to the winner list.

Winner
Cinema Paradiso
Nightmare Before Christmas
The Apartment
The Royal Tenenbaums
The World's Fastest Indian

Good list. You'll love The Royal Tenenbaums I hope

Yablonowitz
12-24-2007, 09:28 AM
My Bodyguard
Breaking Away
Ordinary People
On Golden Pond
Kramer V. Kramer

KungFuJoe
12-26-2007, 07:52 AM
Love Breaking Away!

Can't believe I forgot Emmet Otters Jugband Christmas!

Ice Storm would've been a good pick too.

M Sparks
12-26-2007, 11:57 AM
Can't believe I forgot Emmet Otters Jugband Christmas!


I prefer their arch-enemies...Riverbottom Nightmare Band
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woogie846
12-27-2007, 02:04 PM
Has anyone mentioned It's a Wonderful Life??

One of the best performances ever by Jimmy Stewart.

amyzzz
12-27-2007, 03:43 PM
Durr. My favorite scene is when he totally loses it and makes out with Mary when they're on the phone. Golden.

ivankay
12-27-2007, 03:49 PM
Durr. My favorite scene is when he totally loses it and makes out with Mary when they're on the phone. Golden.

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One of the best movies ever. i wish i could make out with Mary.