The holidays are a good excuse to spend mornings, afternoons, and evenings by the fireplace watching a movie with your closest family and friends. Think you have seen every holly jolly film? Here are ALB’s top eleven picks.
eleven: EIGHT CRAZY NIGHTS // Adam Sandler was irked that there were so many Christmas songs and not many for Hanukkah. Here is an hysterically-Sandler movie for all the Jewish (and not) boys and girls so they feel some holiday love, too. // Available on Amazon Video, iTunes.
ten: DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS // Who does not want to watch Jenny Humphrey [Taylor Momsen] as Cindy Lou Who enliven Jim Carrey's heart?! // On TV Sunday, December 25, 6:15AM (HBO).
nine: THE POLAR EXPRESS // This animated film is so real that you become enchanted. Every. Time. // Available on Amazon Video, iTunes. On TV Thursday, December 22, 11:30AM (FREFM), Saturday, December 24, 3:30PM (FREFM), Sunday, December 25, 1:25PM (FREFM), Sunday, January 1, 9PM (TNT).
eight: THE FAMILY STONE // A holiday cast with Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rachel McAdams, Claire Danes, Dermot Mulroney, Craig Nelson, and Luke Wilson. Could this get any better!? // Available on Amazon Video, iTunes. // On TV Saturday, December 24, 2:02AM (BRAVO), Sunday, January 1, 6:30AM, 1:16PM (STARZ).
seven: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE // Simply wonderful. // Available on Amazon Video, iTunes. On TV Saturday, December 24, 8PM (NBC), Sunday, December 25, 6AM (USA).
six: RUDOLPH THE RED NOSED REINDEER (1964) // I fell in love with this when I was two. The music and magic of Christmas are captivated so vividly in this 1964 short.
five: HOME ALONE // No description necessary. // Available on HBO GO, Amazon Video, iTunes. On TV Saturday, December 24, 10AM (HBO).
four: BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY // How romantic is candlelit London under the falling December snow? // Available on Amazon Video, iTunes.
three: THE SOUND OF MUSIC // I have never understood why networks consider this to be a holiday movie, but I will always watch when the opportunity arises! One of the greatest stories told by film. // Available on Amazon Video, iTunes.
two: LOVE ACTUALLY // “To me, you are perfect.” // Available on Netflix, iTunes. On TV Saturday, December 24, 12AM, 7PM, 10PM (E!).
one: THE HOLIDAY // My second favorite film of all time (can you guess what the first is?!). Nancy Meyers is the Queen of romantic comedies…wearing berry kiss lipstick of course! // Available on Amazon Video, iTunes. On TV Monday, December 26, 8PM (LIFE), Tuesday, December 27, 12:02 AM (LIFE).
Happy holidays and happy watching!