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At IAFT we’re feeling blue – missing the festive season and all of the joys that come with it. So, I decided to reminisce a little – draw the curtains, snuggle up under a blanket and watch some of my favorite Christmas movies… Here’s my list of must-sees (after all they’re too good to watch only once a year!).

Elf (2003)

If I had to pick a number one, this would definitely be mine. I feel this movie is truly enjoyable for kids and adults alike. I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan, and I’ve seen this movie at least 4 or 5 times! This was really one of his greatest performances. Will Ferrell plays Buddy, an oversized elf (because he is actually a human) in Santa’s workshop and finally Santa realizes it’s about time for him to find his real father in the Big Apple. Also keep in mind that Buddy still has absolute “elfness” in him and is completely oblivious of life outside of the North Pole!

This movie is laugh out loud and a great heart-warmer. Awesome, I love it.

Gremlins (1984)

This movie is definitely a classic! About a Father who goes to Chinatown and purchases a mysterious “mogwai” for his son for Christmas, attached to which there are 3 rules – never let it touch water, never let it see sunlight, and I guess most importantly DO NOT FEED past midnight. The movies follows the events that follow, and let’s just say it doesn’t have the most pretty ending!

Home Alone (1990) & Home Alone 2 (1992)

Of all Christmas movies the Home Alone movies have to be all time classics. Starring a very cute, and very young Macaulay Culkin who gets left home alone as his family head off for their Christmas vacations, these movies are fun for all the family.

If you’re feeling really Christmassy you can enjoy a Home Alone marathon!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Although not necessarily considered a Christmas classic this Burton animated film is definitely worth a watch. It follows Jack Skellington – King of Halloweentown and his trials as he tries to spread the Christmas spirit. I love it, and it’s a great, exciting alternative to the traditional ‘The Night Before Christmas’ story.

The Santa Clause 1, (1994) 2 & 3!

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a skeptical divorcee, and father who does not believe in Santa Clause. However, one night, this non-believer’s ideas are challenged like never before. This movie is thoroughly enjoyable for all ages, the trials the Scott Calvin faces, all to do with that man in the big red suit are often outrageous and hilarious. Worth the watch!

I’d also recommend: Fred Claus, Christmas Vacation, Arthur Christmas, Jack Frost, Jingle All the Way, The Polar Express, Love Actually

If you fancy something a little darker try Bad Santa (2003) or Black Christmas (1974 & 2006)!

 

Christine Yau, IAFT

At IAFT we’re feeling blue – missing the festive season and all of the joys that come with it. So, I decided to reminisce a little – draw the curtains, snuggle up under a blanket and watch some of my favorite Christmas movies… Here’s my list of must-sees (after all they’re too good to watch only once a year!).

Elf (2003)

If I had to pick a number one, this would definitely be mine. I feel this movie is truly enjoyable for kids and adults alike. I’m a huge Will Ferrell fan, and I’ve seen this movie at least 4 or 5 times! This was really one of his greatest performances. Will Ferrell plays Buddy, an oversized elf (because he is actually a human) in Santa’s workshop and finally Santa realizes it’s about time for him to find his real father in the Big Apple. Also keep in mind that Buddy still has absolute “elfness” in him and is completely oblivious of life outside of the North Pole!

This movie is laugh out loud and a great heart-warmer. Awesome, I love it.

Gremlins (1984)

This movie is definitely a classic! About a Father who goes to Chinatown and purchases a mysterious “mogwai” for his son for Christmas, attached to which there are 3 rules – never let it touch water, never let it see sunlight, and I guess most importantly DO NOT FEED past midnight. The movies follows the events that follow, and let’s just say it doesn’t have the most pretty ending!

Home Alone (1990) & Home Alone 2 (1992)

Of all Christmas movies the Home Alone movies have to be all time classics. Starring a very cute, and very young Macaulay Culkin who gets left home alone as his family head off for their Christmas vacations, these movies are fun for all the family.

If you’re feeling really Christmassy you can enjoy a Home Alone marathon!

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Although not necessarily considered a Christmas classic this Burton animated film is definitely worth a watch. It follows Jack Skellington – King of Halloweentown and his trials as he tries to spread the Christmas spirit. I love it, and it’s a great, exciting alternative to the traditional ‘The Night Before Christmas’ story.

The Santa Clause 1, (1994) 2 & 3!

Scott Calvin (Tim Allen) is a skeptical divorcee, and father who does not believe in Santa Clause. However, one night, this non-believer’s ideas are challenged like never before. This movie is thoroughly enjoyable for all ages, the trials the Scott Calvin faces, all to do with that man in the big red suit are often outrageous and hilarious. Worth the watch!

I’d also recommend: Fred ClausChristmas VacationArthur ChristmasJack FrostJingle All the WayThe Polar ExpressLove Actually

If you fancy something a little darker try Bad Santa (2003) or Black Christmas (1974 & 2006)!

 

– Christine Yau, IAFT

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