At this point, I'm accustomed to a Solo Christmas. I've spent so many holidays away from family -- and sometimes friends -- that the holidays are just not that big of a deal to me anymore. However, the Holidaze are still contagious: I catch the spirit every year; so it follows, I watch Christmas films and enjoy feasts provided by overseas companions, restaurants, or myself! If I'm able, I buy a colorful, tabletop tree and a Santa Hat, and then proceed to cook myself a fancy Xmas Eve dinner, Xmas Day brunch -- or both. Rinse and repeat for New Year's Day. If I am with traveling companions or local friends, I definitely pull out the card and go all in for a posh dinner with champagne and luxurious foodstuffs. And I always buy myself a few presents to unwrap on the Day!
No deers were harmed during the making of this film. http://www.heydeermovie.com/
*Copyright info below...
This year, I am finally compiling a list of my Fav Xmastime Films: ones I try to watch every year and many that I haven't seen in decades or since childhood. This year, as I relax in Australia on my own for the Holidaze, I am not working, I don't know anyone, and I am simply working on my writing craft and taking it easy; I have decided to watch as many holiday-themed films as possible. And, knowing me, I will research some international flavours and see if I can find a few new faves along with additional esoteric auteur cinema focused on Christmas, including dysfunctional families, happy ridiculousness, mythic horror, holiday romance, and all the unrealistically saccharine scenes I can discover!
Films I Watch Every Xmas (and sometimes Turkey Day!)
**The Ref stands as my favorite holiday film: it never fails to cause laughter, it has a happy ending, it's a comedy yet darkly sardonic, Denis Leary is hilarious, and it exemplifies the effed-upness of family dysfunction. This film is my favorite holiday film because it reminds me of my own family and many insane holidays that were passed off as normal. I've been watching this one, no matter what, every year since its release in 1994! It captures my understanding of "holiday spirit" in this one line: "The spirit of Christmas is either you're good or you're punished and burn in hell". That basically sums up my upbringing! Merry Christmas and Happy 2020!
Click "Read more" for additional Holiday-themed films along with what NOT to watch on Christmas!
Holiday-ish Or At Least Has Snow
Last Holiday (2006, Queen Latifah and LL Cool J!!!). One of my Fav Films Period!
The Holiday (2006, Jack Black)
Love Actually (2003)
Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Home Alone (1990)
A Chrismas Carol (2009 starring Jim Carrey)
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 cartoon and 2000 with Jim Carrey)
Office Christmas Party (2016)
Mixed Nuts (1994 starring Steve Martin)
Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Xmas (1993)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Miracle on 34th St. (1947)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Films NOT recommended
Bad Santa (2003) - I just re-watched this and recalled why I couldn't remember much of this film--I probably purposefully tried to forget about it. This film is such a dark comedy that it is simply dark minus the comedy aspect: it is not even funny, just an over-the-top reality show of dysunctional and cruelly sad characters. When I watched it again this week, I had forgotten it was so full of "Fuck You"s and horrifically cruel comments meant to be sardonic yet coming off non-humourously acerbic, that I never even cracked a grin. This film makes you forget it's Christmas; it's just a cuss-fest and blatantly untoward. And I have nothing against cursing! But it is a sad and miserable film and makes you feel the same way. Save it for summertime. Or never.
*Award Winning CGI 3D Animated Short Film: "Hey Deer! Short Film" by Ors Barczy. Featured on http://www.cgmeetup.net/home/hey-deer...
Hey Deer! Short Animated Film about an adorable, cocoa-drinking deer who is eager to tidy and shoveling in front of his house every day. However, there is a suspicious earthquake every night which causes the mess day by day and make unbearable our fella’s life. Between two cups of cocoa the amazing truth reveals which changes the deer’s life forever…
Hey Deer! a film by Örs Bárczy, created by talented artists, has been invited over 100+ film festivals around the world and won nearly 10 awards.
THE AMAZING TEAM: Written and Directed by: Örs Bárczy Character Design: Zsolt Márton, Örs Bárczy Character Modelling: Zoltán Bogdán Rigging: Dávid Lantos Animation: Örs Bárczy, Enikő Kívés, Beáta Ujj, Zsuzsanna Rádóczy, Hajnalka Tóth Snow Simulation: Bertalan Szűcs Props Animation: Dániel Illés Modelling: Dániel Illés, Bertalan Szűcs, Szabolcsa Kajati, Örs Bárczy, Erika Tóth Asset Fabrication: Nikoletta Bene Lighting, Shading, Rendering, Grooming, Comp: Örs Bárczy Music: Bertalan Szűcs Sound Design: Péter Terner Live Action: Máté Papp, Sándor Nemes, Réka Bárczy METU – Metropolitan University of Applied Sciences, Animation BA, 2015 – Head of Program: Éva M Tóth Consultants: Gábor Marinov, László Csáki, Áron Gauder, Árpád Hermán, Brigitta Bacskai, Ashraf Elsayed Hassan, Klára Muhi, Éva M Tóth, Andrea Szigetvári, Szabolcs Keresteš Special Thanks to: Our Family Member, Ashraf Elsayed Hassan, Gábor Marinov, Eörs Bárczy, Gabriella Bárczyné, János Kirch, János Száraz, Péter Várnai, Réka Bárczy, Levente Bárczy, Beáta Nedermann, John David Marte, Albert Lukács, Balázs Pataki, Máté Brauner, Máté Papp, Sánodr Nemes, Igor Bóka, Evelin Tóth Judit, Orsolya Skultéti, Anna Katona, Dávid Konsiczky, Roland Budai, Miklós Polgár, Holló-Leleszi Krisztina and Barkóczi Janka.
Studios who helped us: Puppetworks Animation Studio (Budapest), KGB Studio (Budapest) http://www.puppetworks.eu/
No deers were harmed during the making of this film. http://www.heydeermovie.com/ Making of Hey Deer!
Short Film: www.cgmeetup.net/home/making-of-hey-deer
Gallivanting Goddess is...
... finally exploring DownUnder!