It’s Christmastime once again, boys and girls (of whom we’ll let decide who is what for themselves), which can only mean it’s our yearly Christmas Movie Special Spectacular! Comfortably nestled in Santa’ sleigh are jolly elves Nate Evans and Herman Exum, who tally their favorites – both Naughty and Nice – to bring you the most complete list of the best, worst and ‘other’ Christmas movies and holiday specials for your holiday bucket list. Until next year, anyway!
So what made 2018’s cut? Probably every single movie you’d expect to make such an obviously curated list: perennial favorites like It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Home Alone (1 + and its Donald Trump-starring sequel), even Santa Claus: The Movie are all sugarplum favorites earning spots on the Nice List.
But it’s the Naughty List where things really get interesting as duds like Christmas with the Kranks, the yearly Hallmark Christmas Specials, Netflix’s bizarre Christmas Chronicles, and, of course, the 2000 live-action How The Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey. Bah, humbug!
Also mentioned are other holiday favorites like the real (and best) 1966 animated Grinch, the wonderful Rankin-Bass stop-motion classics (including the recently controversial Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, now a bastion of homophobia and racism), the joys Bad Santa (and nasty joys of Badder Santa), Jingle All The Way, last year’s turgid live-action “remake” of A Christmas Story, the shame of reality television and even why it’s best to shop after the holidays.
How many times do you guess Christopher Columbus made the list, both Naughty and Nice? How about Arnold Schwarzenegger? Is there really a direct link between Street Fighter villain M. Bison and Hans Gruber? Can any single movie truly be the “best” Christmas movie? No need to argue as everyone knows the real Christmas Champ, the one to beat, is none other than the original 1988 classic, Die Hard. Listen as our hosts explain why everything you thought about Christmas movies was wrong – or totally right.
But you were probably right…because Die Hard rules. And with that, we’d like to wish a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our fans, detractors and amazing listeners – don’t forget to stay safe and we’ll see you next year!
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