Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday Fantasies: Holiday Movies

While I dabbled on the computer today, working on my latest American Nomad post and waiting for Dan to come home from his mad Black Friday dash to Best Buy, I could sense, in my post-Thanksgiving haze, that the Christmas season was well on its way. So, to get fully into the spirit, I watched two of my favorite “holiday” movies: Better Off Dead (1985) and While You Were Sleeping (1995), both of which never fail to bring a grin to my face and to make me wish for all the Christmas trimmings posthaste.

So, what are some of your favorite holiday movies?

11 comments:

Deb@RGRamblings said...

LOL! "Sorry your mom blew up, Ricky" I don't think I've seen it but the 'Poke is chuckling like crazy here :D

We always watch "Christmas Vacation" and then of course there's "The Ref"...

Donna Hole said...

I haven't seen "Better Off Dead", but I did enjoy "While You Were Sleeping". Haven't seen it in years though.

I slept in yesterday too; christmas shopping is not my favorite thing to do so I refuse to get up in the middle of the night for a good bargain. I usually wait till almost the last minute to do any real shopping - mostly for stocking stuffers. My kids are all old enough one gift runs about $60. We've been slowly phasing out Christmas gifts around my house.

But birthdays - that another story. I spoil my kids on their special day.

..........dhole

Laura Martone said...

OMG, Deb, you have to see it. BETTER OFF DEAD is filled with funny lines like that. Like when Lane's friend Charles De Mar accidentally pushes him off a bridge (after telling him NOT to kill himself), Lane lands in a garbage truck, and a nearby tree trimmer says, "Now, that's a real shame when folks be throwin' away a perfectly good white boy like that." LOL!

Glad the cowpoke appreciates it. *wink*

Oh, and I love that you love THE REF - that is an awesome freakin' movie! With some great funny lines of its own. I think it's Denis Leary and Kevin Spacey at their finest.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, boy, Donna, you're missing out, too. BETTER OFF DEAD is hi-larious!

I'm with you on Christmas shopping... can't stand it. Mostly because shoppers are less than charitable during this time of year. The crowds, the arguments! Ick, ick, ick. Luckily, I don't have kids of my own to buy for (the nieces get giftcards), but still, I wait till the last minute for everyone else. :-(

And, yes, birthdays are pretty special. Mine's on Monday!

Bane of Anubis said...

I 2nd THE REF...

Laura, re: shopping -- Thank God for the internet.

Becky said...

Again... kid flicks... "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas" with little Cindy loo hoo. I like the original version.

BTW, Kudos on the Moon post concerning wetlands! A very worthy cause!

Laura Martone said...

Woohoo for THE REF - excellent holiday flick indeed. And, yes, Bane, thank "God" for the Internet.

Oh, Becky, I'm with you re: THE GRINCH. The original is WAY better than the Carrey version - I've heard as much re: the new CHRISTMAS CAROL, too, but I haven't seen it yet. :-( P.S. Thanks for the kind words re: my Moon post. Avalon asked all the bloggers to do a cause-related post, and being a New Orleans girl (and a fisherwoman no less), I had to say something about the poor wetlands...

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Muppet Christmas Carol. We watch it every Thanksgiving whilst preparing our feast. And then sometimes when decorating the day after we'll watch White Christmas. If not then, we'll for sure watch it sometime in December. Those are the two top Christmas movies for me.

Laura Martone said...

Hi, Stephanie! Thanks for weighing in... I rather enjoy the MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL - in fact, the hubby and I think it's more enjoyable than the 3-D one out right now (which I finally got to see!)... although I admittedly liked the Jim Carrey one better than the hubby did.

WHITE CHRISTMAS is pretty good, too. Other must-sees every year are IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (pretty dark for a Christmas tale) and A CHRISTMAS STORY (which cracks me up every time I see it).

TheWordWire said...

"I want my TWO DOLLARS!"

How is it that I don't remember Better Off Dead as a holiday movie? Guess I'll just have to watch again! My favorite holiday flick: Christmas Vacation.

Now I'm all fired up to see when it comes on.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, I know, Wordy! So many hilarious lines in that one. And it's most certainly a holiday movie... remember, Lane gets a whole bunch of TV dinners for Christmas, and his dad has to wear that horrible aardvark outfit!