Number 2 on my top five Christmas Movies is Christmas Vacation. I have been a fan of the Vacation films for years seeing aspects of my family in all of them. I think none more so than Christmas Vacation because while I feel most people can relate to what it is like to deal with our family around the holidays. We see in Clark just how not to react. I love the movie because it’s one I’ve been watching for many years and think it is a must at this time of year. I think if you have younger children you might want to stay away but otherwise if you are an old fan or are watching it for the first time give it a try this holiday season. I give this one five stars out of five.
Number 3 on my top five Christmas movies is Disney’s The Santa Claus. I was a kid when this one came out while Tim Allen was on Home improvement. I loved his comedy and to this day still do. Even though this movie was made when it was it still holds up and is not too dated. Part of the charm of this film is the art direction of the North Pole and the wardrobe of Santa and the Elves. Personally the scenes that really make this one stand out to me are not the funny ones but the touching ones like the conversations between Scott and his son Charlie. Once you add the childlike wonder and how wonderfully funny Tim Allen is you see why this one is one of my top five. The Santa Clause gets five out of five stars.
Number 4 on my favorite Christmas films is It’s a Wonderful Life. This one is on most people’s list but unlike many of the ones on my list I did not grow up with this one. I discovered it as an adult and love it so much I feel in a lot of ways that my dad is a lot like George Bailey, and I think that how he has treated people over the years is much like him as well. Add the wonderful (get it) talent of Jimmy Stewart to that and it’s one of my favorites forever with good reason. I give this Christmas classic five out of five stars.
Top five favorite Christmas movies Number 5: Muppet Christmas Carol. The first Muppet film made after the death of Jim Henson, this film gets a lot of hate from some fans of the Muppets. My family have always liked it and for me it’s one that takes me back to childhood whenever I watch it. I saw this one in the theater back when it was new and I still remember that trip to the movies because I had never seen the Muppets on the big screen before. While you might not like it the new generation of Muppet fans just might, so if you’re looking for some good family fun check out Muppet Christmas Carol this holiday. I give it four out of five stars mainly because of Kermit’s voice.
The Hunger Games – Mocking Jay Part 1 was really cool. If you like what you have seen of the Hunger Games so far it does not disappoint. If you don’t like these movies well you probably won’t like this one either. I thought this one had the really cool feel that sets up the second part even better than say Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 did for its second part. I love this kind of movie franchise and hope they continue to succeed so that more people will be exposed to good story telling. For this reason I give the Hunger Games Mocking Jay part 1 five stars out of five.
Big Hero 6 was a real treat. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. Having never read the comic on which it is based and seeing how it was being marketed to kids and family’s I was shocked to find what, in my mind, is a lot like a Pixar movie, with something for everyone. I loved these characters and the voice performers attached to them. Baymax is so very likeable that I want one of my own. No Joke. I hope this gets a sequel that is as good as this one and we see more of the big hero 6 adventures on the big screen. For these reasons I give big hero 6 five stars out of five.
Interstellar came out back in November and I am only just getting my review out so here it is. The best way I can talk about this film is by comparing it to another film and while I am not the first to do so I feel it is the best way to describe it. Interstellar is a poor man’s 2001. I don’t say that to take away from how amazing this film is I say it because unlike 2001 you can understand what the hell is going on. Even in those high-minded sci-fi moments you don’t find yourself scratching your head asking what just happened. I think that this film is as visually stunning as 2001 and has a better sense of storytelling without being so boring it’s predictable. I love this film and will watch it again and again for years to come because it was done with a little bit of science that is real and what was farfetched was only a reach rather than a throw. For this reason and for the great acting and directing I give Interstellar 5 stars out of 5.