With the holiday season upon us, this edition of Top Five features five sure-fire movies to spread a little holiday cheer.
5: HOME ALONE
I could be biased because I grew up just minutes away from the Home Alone house in Winnetka, Illinois, but this movie is fantastic! Never has there ever been a little brat quite as brilliant as Kevin McAllister. That stupid face that Macaulay Culkin makes throughout the movie is an epic win.
4: THE MUPPETS: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Though the Muppet/live action combo is a little weird, it’s something The Muppets does well. Narrated by “I am really, actually Charles Dickens” Gonzo and Rizzo the Rat, this Muppets movie is by far my favorite. It’s a Christmas musical with all your favorite Muppets. I’m pretty sure that equals a holiday masterpiece.
Everyone’s seen this movie and loves it. Walk into the Christmas department of any store and half of the stuff there is Charlie Brown related. “Can’t you even tell a good tree from a poor tree?” Positively, absolutely Peanuts at its best.
Starring Will Ferrel and Zoey Deschanel, Elf is an ingenious movie about a human raised as an elf and his quest to find his father in New York City. Will Ferrell is eccentric in a whimsical and loveable way. And besides, who can resist a movie with a puppet narwhal?
1: A CHRISTMAS STORY
Is there any such movie as iconic as this one? Taking place in northern Indiana, this personal narrative flick is based on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, a collection of short stories inspired by Jean Shepherd’s youth. It’s hard to choose a favorite scene – the leg lamp, the triple dog dare, and the “oh fudge” moment are all tied for me. Perhaps it’s the fact that TBS shows it for 24 hours straight on Christmas, or the fact that when I was little, we always watched it Christmas Eve, on the good old VCR, but A Christmas Story will forever be the Christmas movie to me.