It’s been a while, so let’s go with your five favorite holiday films. They can either be so sentimental that you need an insulin shot before watching or so cynical they make Machiavelli seem like a pollyanna. You can also be very loose in your definition (I ran across a list that had “Die Hard” as a holiday movie. Yes.)
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: I saw this in the theater long ago and have rarely laughed so hard. As time has gone on, the jokes have stayed just as funny but I have more appreciated the movie’s heart. John Candy and John Hughes at their best.
The Nightmare Before Christmas: Tim Burton’s movies are a lot more sentimental than they are generally giving credit for.
Miracle on 34th Street: The original.
Bad Santa: I like this movie a lot, but mainly put in here to break up the treacle of my previous and next choices.
It’s a Wonderful Life: So sue me.
What are your five?