11 Movies To Watch Over The Holidays
9. White Christmas
Jumping ahead a few years, the 1954 release of White Christmas provided for more Christmas icons than anyone might have originally expected. For anyone who has ever enjoyed Bing Crosby crooning Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” it gave birth to an entire feature film full of Christmas. It was a show within a show, lots of romance, and four of the coolest people to ever grace the screen in the same film: Bing Crosby, Vera-Ellen, Rosemary Clooney and Danny Kaye. Yes, this is the very film and the very Danny Kaye that is referenced when Clark W. Griswold loses his mind in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. And yes, this film is full of tap dancing, as well as song, jubilation, comedy, a dash of drama and pretty much Christmas perfection for two hours. And yes, we’ll state it, and yes, George would agree with it: Rosemary is forever the coolest of the Clooney clan.
8. The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause was a pleasant surprise in the mid-1990s. And it is clause with an “e,” because Tim Allen entered into an unknown agreement to become Santa Claus. The film was released in 1994, and it still holds up wonderfully. Some of the VFX are a bit dated, but there aren’t so many that it’s distracting. And if you have a room full of kids, or really want to remember being a kid, this is the film to pop in somewhere between December 21st and 24th. What audiences will enjoy is Tim Allen at his best, and a rather witty script falling into the Christmas movie genre. The rest of the cast is made up of less recognizable actors, so there’s no risk of pigeonholing anyone on screen–this really helps for holiday movies. How popular was the film? It spawned two sequels over a 12 year period.