The Christmas season is a great time of year, you have a reason to celebrate with friends and family every weekend in December if you want, you might get days off work, you get presents, and you can eat lots of sweets because everyone is baking more sweet goodness than any human ever needs to consume. You also get to re-watch all of your favorite Christmas Movies: Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Christmas Vacation, Love Actually, A Christmas Story, It’s a Wonderful Life…. the list continues as you know because all of these movies are featured on all channels throughout the month.
By Christmas day after watching your all time favorite Christmas movie one last time you realize you cannot stomach another Christmas movie and nothing new is on TV and you do not want to look like a Grinch by turing on a non-Christmas film. In addition you really cannot stand another second of your most irritating uncles inappropriate conversation and you desperately need something that will allow the two of you to sit in the same room and not converse. Boy do we have a solution for you: Unconventional Christmas movies!!
These movies are not regularly featured on TV and typically do not make the list of regular Christmas movies. Some are scary, some are funny, and some are plain old action packed thrillers, and each of them will create the buffer you need to survive the holiday.
So without further ado here we go:
Starting the list out is Gremlins. This 80’s gem is a must watch! If you have not seen this movie ever, or since the last time you saw it as a kid and it scared the hell out of you, it is for sure worth viewing this year.
This is a fun little story about a Christmas gift gone wrong that teaches you several life lessons; such as do not buy pets from small stores in Chinatown, always pay attention to the care instructions sheets, and if you see a room filled with giant cocoons do not stick around to see what hatches. The chaos that ensues as the story develops truly makes you appreciate the family time that may have driven you to watch this movie in the first place.
Next, one of the best action movies ever made is also one of the best unconventional Christmas movies, although for some …this is a must watch Christmas movie… and I happen to agree. This movie should become part of your yearly tradition, it really is a good break from classically heart warming christmas stories.
Die Hard follows officer John McClane (Bruce Willis when he had hair) of the NYPD as he attempts to save his wife and several others who have been taken hostage by terrorists during an annual Christmas party. The fantastic cat and mouse game keeps you on the edge of your seat. In fear of saying too much I will stop there. Watch it! Enjoy it! But do not go to far because its sequel kicks ass too…..
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
After you are done watching Die Hard you might as well just start watching its sequel (yes a squeal is worth watching.) Die Hard 2 is also a fantastic thriller that just so happens to take place on Christmas Eve a year after the hostage situation in Los Angeles. This time the Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. is the focus of some heavy drug related mischief that quickly becomes personal for John McClane (Bruce Willis when he had slightly less hair); when he realizes his wife and kids are in danger. After attempting to make airport officials aware of said danger it becomes clear to McClane that he once again needs to take matters into his own hands…. That is it, that’s all I will say. Just add it to your Christmas collection if it is not already there!
The third movie in the Iron Man franchise is your classic fast paced superhero movie and is a lot of fun, even for a 3rd! This movie picks up with Tony Stark/Iron Man after his Avengers adventure (see that movie as well if you have not.) This time around Pepper gets into a bit of the action with her own suit and kicks ass, also there is a drone army… they are pretty cool too 😉 Iron Man 3 has a little something for everyone, even the ladies, and leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. I highly recommend a viewing of this fantastic film instead of the 100th annual viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life- seriously how many times do you need to hear a bell ring…
For some this movie is a seasonal favorite and for others I am sure they have never seen it, which is unfortunate. This is another one of Tim Burtons magical stop motion animation,musical fantasy films. With a musical score by the great Danny Elfman this spooky charming movie with production value through the roof will keep you captivated. You honestly forget you are watching handmade characters who come to life against a miniature set. This story follows Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town and his attempt to fill a void in his life; a void that he feels will be fixed if he helps spread the joy associated with Christmas. He gathers the residents of Halloween Town and they all work together to bring Christmas to the boys and girls of Christmas Town… Did they pull it off?? For that you will have to watch the movie!
Here for fun is the making of video, if you have 24 minutes to spare it is totally worth a viewing. Though maybe if you’ve not seen the movie yet, bookmark it for later! it really is fascinating.
About a boy is not a movie the comes to mind right away or at all when you think about a christmas movie, but this is a fantastic movie especially for the holidays. It follows the life of Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) a life long bachelor who lives off the royalties of a song his father wrote years ago. He lives selfishly without concern for others, until one day his life is flipped up-side-down by a boy name Marcus (Nicholas Hoult). The film continues to follow the developing relationship between Marcus and Will and how they impact one another’s life. This movie is very emotional at times and may not be suitable to young kids, but overall it is a very heartwarming and honest story. It sheds light on the unconventional family and reminds you why the holidays are important. It truly is a must watch Christmas movie.
I watched this movie for the first time only a few days ago. This is a modernization of Charles Dickens’- A Christmas Carol, you know, the one where the grumpy bastard is given a wakeup call by three ghosts; past, present, and future to make him change his ways. Well that’s what this movie is except it stars Bill Murray as Frank Cross an evil money loving TV executive who has lost sight of what truly matters in life. He has really become a mean son-of-a-bitch and has a much-needed wakeup call. The three “Ghosts” are very entertaining, with my favorite being the Ghost of Christmas Present, (Carol Kane) who enjoys slapping the shit out of the selfish Mr. Cross. Anyway this movie has everything you want in a 80’s film and offers a fun take on the Classic Christmas Carol.
Hope you are able to enjoy at least one of these fun festive movies this year!!