'Tis the season to be watching... (Movies you tend to watch/revisit at Christmas.)

edited December 2016 in General Movies & TV Posts: 6,432
Ben Hur more often than not I like to watch at Christmas
Ten Commandments.
Rear Window, Vertigo and North by Northwest.
Die Hard.
Scrooged.
A Wonderful Life is probably the film I have watched the most, I appear to associate Jimmy Stewart with Christmas.
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  • LordBrettSinclairLordBrettSinclair Greensleeves
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    Long Kiss Goodnight
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    Muppets Christmas Carol
  • bondjamesbondjames Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first.
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    From Russia With Love
    North By Northwest
    To Catch A Thief
    Angels and Demons
    MI5-Rogue Nation

    No real Christmas theme here. I just love these films and Christmas is a special time, so special films get a watch.
  • @LordBrettSinclair I have unexpectedly got Christmas day of this year, was debating which Bond to watch it's got to be OHMSS.

    @bondjames When I was a kid there always seemed to be a Hitchcock season on every Christmas so I always like to watch his films this time of year.
  • bondjamesbondjames Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first.
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    @fire_and_ice, I can relate. Some of these Hitchcock classics just feel right at Christmas, as do some of the older Bond films. In my case, perhaps it's the annual nostalgia of the season mirroring the classic nature of the films.
  • LordBrettSinclairLordBrettSinclair Greensleeves
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    As a kid I had to watch the same stupid film every year with my parents.
    Little Lord Fauntleroy, which was shown on Swiss-French TV every 24th of December.
    Is not even that bad but once or twice would have been enough ha ha.
  • @bondjames those films mentioned have that traditional feel, they are pure escapism when you just want to switch of from the day to day grind so to speak.

    The Trouble with Harry is another film I like to watch, recently bought Masterpiece Collection still not watched that yet.
  • edited December 2016 Posts: 4,325
    Any of these

    Gladiator
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    It's a Wondeful Life
    The Wizard of Oz
    Die Hard
    Die Hard 2: Die Harder
    Die Hard with a Vengeance
    Casino Royale
    GoldenEye
    Miracle on 34th Street
    The Third Man
    Dirty Harry
    The Ten Commandments
    A Mupprt Christmas Carol
    Saving Private Ryan
    Ronin
    The Bourne Identity
    Independence Day
    Cliffhanger
    Control
    Goldfinger
    You Only Live Twice
    Odd Man Out
    Citizen Kane
    Pickup on South Street
    The Big Heat
    Farewell, My Lovely
    Build My Gallows High
    Gilda
    Deliverance
    They Live By Night
    Final Destination
    Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Whirlpool
    All the King's Men
    The Four Feathers
    The Spy in Black
    The Yellow Canary
    The Red Shoes
    A Matter of Life and Death
    Lolita
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Godfather
    The Godfather: Part II
    The Godfather: Part III
    Goodfellas
    Donnie Darko
    Michael Clayton
    Minority Report
    Spellbound
    The Seventh Veil
    The Guns fo Navarone
    Where Eagles Dare
    The Dirty Dozen
    The Great Escape
    Jaws
    Straw Dogs
  • M_BaljeM_Balje Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    In The Netherlands we have 2 official (25 and 26 December) and unoffical Christmas day (24 December).

    Not realy that much, moost of time i prefer new episode (or two) of a tv serie.

    If count it between 6 December and 6 January, then this i what i watched so far in 2016 and in 2015 and 2014:

    Last Saturday 10 December 2016 i watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) On BD.

    2nd Christmis/26 December 2015: Troll Hunter (2011) on dvd.

    On 03 January 2015 i watched tv premiere of Skyfall. On 29 December 2014 Home Alone 5 to see how bad it actualy be. Smart People on 27 December 2014 on dvd . X-Men: First Class on 6 December 2014.


    The 25th Christmas day fall in the weekend this year and possible i wil see or will look on the 24th to resent bought BD of Independence Day for re-watch. I also stil must see Harry Potter 7 and 8, but that wil not happend before re-watched Harry Potter 4 and later. Bourne Legacy mabey or The Dark Knight Rises.

    I also have enough other movies i can consider from bigger list of movies i must stil see. The thing is i not watch enough. Example: 31 who end in my collection between 2004 and 2009 i haven't seen, example: Shrek 2 and Shrek 3, Happy Feet, Dogville, Deuce Bigalow 2, The Bourne Identity '88, Kingdom of Heaven, Love in the Time of Cholera, The Golden Compass, Ray, Disturbia, Mousehunt, The Kite Runner, Profumo di donna, The Last Samurai, The Thomas Crown Affair '68, Haven '04.
  • MurdockMurdock Mr. 1000
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    OHMSS, Die Hard and A Christmas Story.
  • edited December 2016 Posts: 4,309
    Batman Returns, never miss a year!

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    Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh
    Scrooge -Albert Finney
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Strange Confession (Inner Sanctum movie with Lob Chaney has become a recent standard for me)
    A Christmas Carol 1938, 1951 or the 1984 version will do.
    OHMSS
    White Christmas -another recent tradition for me
    Die Hard 2 (the first one as well, but the 2nd is actually my favorite)
    We're No Angels- Humphrey Bogart Christmas movie
    Where Eagles Dare (doesn't have to be Christmas but definitely winter)
    An American Christmas Carol- Fonzie as Scrooge!!! AAAYYEEE!!!
    Miracle on 34th Street-1947 version
    A Christmas Story- another recent tradition
    Casablanca- takes place in December
    I've gotten thru most of these already this year- some I've popped in twice!
  • @M_Balje Planet of the Apes films great movies to watch at Christmas, also Harry Potter I am half way through rewatching the Harry Potter films on Bluray I will watch Order of the Phoenix this Christmas.
  • MajorDSmytheMajorDSmythe S.A.R.A.H.
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    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh

    I still need to see that one.
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    ToTheRight wrote: »
    Holiday Affair with Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh

    I still need to see that one.

    I know some people that didn't care for it but I think it's great. Mitchum is as cool as ever here and Janet Leigh is great. One of my favorites.
  • Shark_0f_LargoShark_0f_Largo Lancashire, UK
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    A Christmas Carol - any version is fine with me, from Seymour Hicks, through to the 2009 Jim Carrey movie. Animated versions, musical versions and Sky Arts always show a stage musical that I just adore. I even watch all the different variations on the story (things like "It's Christmas, Carol", "A Carol Christmas", "An American Christmas Carol", "Ms Scrooge" etc etc) I can't help myself. It's been something I've done for many years and it is just a wonderful story.

    Away from that I will watch Die Hard, OHMSS and, as you may have seen in the advent calendar thread, Moonraker. Then there's the other movies I'll watch with my daughter, such as The Santa Clause, It's A Wonderful Life, Elf, Miracle on 34th Street etc.
  • stagstag In the thick of it!
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    The only one I guarantee to watch is OHMSS (in fact I saw it the other night on TV) but there are a few good suggestions here which I hadn't considered before.
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    Summer Holiday.
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    The French Connection
    The Goddather 1 and 2
    Eyes Wide Shut
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy
    OHMSS

    For various reasons I consider them all Christmas movies.
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    oh and this thread should be renamed 'Tis the season to be watching.
  • Major_BoothroydMajor_Boothroyd Republic of Isthmus
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    The Living Daylights (I saw this around Xmas time in 87 so generally watch this every December - just watched it again tonight)

    Die Hard (not so much recently as I have watched this so many times over the years)

    Any Marx Brothers especially Duck Soup and Horse Feathers.

  • edited December 2016 Posts: 6,432
    The Living Daylights (I saw this around Xmas time in 87 so generally watch this every December - just watched it again tonight)

    Die Hard (not so much recently as I have watched this so many times over the years)

    Any Marx Brothers especially Duck Soup and Horse Feathers.

    Good shout with The Marx Brothers, I love the early Paramount movies way ahead of the time and still some of the best comedies of ever made.
    Ludovico wrote: »
    oh and this thread should be renamed 'Tis the season to be watching.

    I'll add that subtitle

    ;)
  • It's not Christmas until I see Hans Gruber fall thirty floors from the top of Nakatomi Plaza.

    Here's a video I made for the holiday season:
  • bondjamesbondjames Some men are coming to kill us. We're going to kill them first.
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    This is one great ad for the film! I'm definitely going to watch it again this holiday season. What a classic! Willis, Rickman and Bedelia are on fire.
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    OHMSS
  • edited December 2016 Posts: 348
    bondjames wrote: »
    This is one great ad for the film! I'm definitely going to watch it again this holiday season. What a classic! Willis, Rickman and Bedelia are on fire.

    If someone asked me what my top five films were, I wouldn't hesitate to include Die Hard. It's such a well crafted, directed, acted and scripted film.

    It's also from a time before Bruce Willis became an "action hero" and McClane is more grounded and feels more real because of it. I like the other three films but nothing compares to the scene where John picks shards of glass out of his feet while telling Powell to find his wife when it's all over because he's certain he's going to die.


    Other films I love to watch this time of year:
    Home Alone 1/2
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    Bad Santa
    Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (easily one of my favorite comedies ever)
  • RichardTheBruceRichardTheBruce I'm motivated by my Duty.
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    Traditional.
    A Christmas Carol
    It's a Wonderful Life
    A Christmas Story

    Die Hard is a given. On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Maybe 12 Monkeys. Brazil.

    The Twilight Zone episodes "Night of the Meek", "What You Need", "Ninety Years Without Slumbering", "Five Characters In Search Of An Exit".

    I also replay David Sedaris' recollections of Christmas, The SantaLand Diaries, funny stuff.
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    Simple -

    Scrooged
    Die Hard
    On Her Majesty's Christmas Carol
    and Home Alone if it's on TV.

    And Blackadder, A Christmas Carol, where Blackadder starts out a good man, but seeing how much fun his past selves had, decided to be a very naughty boy.
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    The French Connection.
  • SeanCraigSeanCraig Germany
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    Die Hard 1 + 2
    Christmas Vacation
    OHMSS
    Christmas with the Kranks
  • Andi1996RueggAndi1996Ruegg In my awesome body
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    Since I was 17 I have been watching THE SOUND OF MUSIC on every Christmas Eve.
    It's also my favorite film.

    I will watch it this year again of course but I'll also watch ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, maybe my second favorite movie of all time.
    I saw it for the first time half a year ago with my brothers and after the last scene, five tough para-scout recruits were standing in front of the screen, shocked, gutted, crying.
    By the time the end credits rolled I realized that I had witnessed something extraordinary and special.
    Would I find it as good if Tracy had not died? I guess I would yes, it would still be the best of all Bond films, but with this ending it gets elevated to legendary status.
    Mr. Lazenby easily would be my favorite Bond if there was anything else by him to get a better picture of what a longer tenure might have been like. In OHMSS he's just brilliant from start to finish.
    The way he acts when he sees Tracy shot in the car is beyond greatness.
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