Kristians Fukss – Christmas movie list + playlist

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Kristians Fukss

writes guest-posts for other websites, often - movie reviews. He's a student at RVVĢ and enjoys painting and in our opinion has a great taste in music.

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. While it’s still a few weeks left till Christmas, I can offer some of the best Christmas themed films. One thing that is guaranteed - every film in this list is going to charm, entertain and warm Your heart. Films are categorized in three categories:

Classics, Modern Classics & Comedies. ​

CLASSICS

Films that have brought joy in many decades and will continue to do so.

• Miracle on 34th Street (1947) dir. George Seaton

Nominated for an Oscar for the best picture, it still stands as one of the best Christmas films ever made. Delivering a message about believing in the Christmas Spirit, it tells a story about a young lawyer, who is defending an old man who claims to be the real Santa Claus, and is put in court. Also has been remade a few times but classic stays a classic.

• It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) dir. Frank Capra

Often said that this genuine American classic is to define all holiday classics. Starring James Stewart (Vertigo, Rear Window), the film tells a story about a frustrated businessman, who is blessed with an Angel that shows him what life would have been like if he had never existed. When Capra is at his best no one can top him.

• How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) dir. Chuck Jones

The best adaptation of the classic Dr. Seuss book, that has become a classical holiday story and has been remade few times, most popularly by Ron Howard with Jim Carrey in the main role. In my opinion, it stands as the best Christmas cartoon.

Modern Classics

Films that have come out more recently than classics, although still are standing out with a big artistic quality, enduring significance and popularity.

• The Polar Express (2004) dir. Robert Zemeckis

First all-digital capture film by Forest Gump director, tells a story about a young boy (Tom Hanks), who embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole, realizing what is true friendship and the spirit of Christmas.

• The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) dir. Henry Selick & Tim Burton

This stop-motion animation film is a stunningly original and visually delightful work of art. The story is about Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, who after discovering Christmas Town, decides to take over Santa’s work.

• Home Alone (1990) dir. Chris Columbus

The sweetest holiday story about Kevin, who is left alone and must protect his house from a pair of burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) during Christmas vacation. Every year becoming more and more timeless, more and more re-watchable.

Comedies

The best mood lifters, to create the real Christmas joy.

• A Christmas Story (1983) dir. Bob Clark

The film, which gave us the famous leg lamp. Although it’s more of a drama than comedy, it’s still a warmly nostalgic and humorous story about Ralphie, his dreams and search for happiness, which deserves to become a Christmastime classic.

• Bad Santa (2003) dir. Terry Zwigoff

Probably the rudest Christmas film, gleefully offensive, the Golden Globe nominated dark comedy, that follows a miserable con man (Billy Bob Thornton) and his Little Helper, who team up for a scam each year during the holiday season.

• Elf (2003) dir. Jon Favreau

The popular family comedy comes from the director of Iron Man (2008) and Chef (2014). Here Jon has taken a turn on a silly and sweet story about an elf Buddy (Will Ferell), who due to his ungainly size has been sent to U.S in search of his true identity. For sure, entertaining and amusing family treat.

A Christmas playlist by Kristians

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