Few things in life gather people together like storytelling. Cinema is just the evolution of storytelling and it just happens to incorporate the visual realm. This Holiday Season spend some time with those most dear to you, gather them around, and relish in a tradition as old as man. And to ensure that you relish nothing but the finest this year, please enjoy our handpicked favourite movies for the spirited season of togetherness.
1. Home Alone, 1990 (Consensus Pick)
This is the perennial standard when it comes to Christmas movies. Macaulay Culkin and Joe Pesci are a home run in this comedy that is always funny. Regardless how may times you’ve seen it the physical humour is a Christmas tradition.
2. A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965 (Antonio’s Pick)
Charlie Brown and the cast of Peanuts put anyone in the holiday spirit as they travel from the comic strip to the cartoon realm. Snoopy and the gang fight the commercialization of Christmas and understand the generous spirit of the season.
3. The Santa Claus Brothers, 2001 (Osvaldo’s Pick)
This delightful animated film voiced by Bryan Cranston, Caroline Rhea, Kevin McDonald, Harland Williams, and Joe Flaherty gives us an insight into the mind of a retiring Santa as he wonders which one of his three sons should get the family business.
4. Together, 2000 (Anders’ Pick)
One of the greatest movies about family is not for the whole family. This racy Swedish film set in the 1970s tells of a divorced mother dealing with an ex trying to reconcile, a pre-teen son’s first crush, and a very alternative Christmas in the boarding home where she resides.
5. The Tower, 2012 (Toshiro’s Pick)
An epic Korean disaster movie takes you inside a collapsing skyscraper. Rich characters, minimalists effects, and gruelling pain; this film will haunt, delight, and leave you in a heaping mess of tears, sweat, and laughter.
6. Death to Smoochy, 2002 (Ahmed’s Pick)
A dark comedy unlike any other. We examine the dark and drug-filled world of children’s entertainment. That’s right, children’s entertainment. An absolute laugh riot starring Danny DeVito, Edward Norton, John Stewart, Catherine Keener, and the late great Robin Williams.
7. The Red Balloon, 1956 (Madeleine’s Pick)
A French surrealist short film with no dialogue about a young boy and his pet, a red ballon. An endearing and charming journey as they both find love and escape bullies with the help of all the balloons in Paris. A magical childlike warmth permeates the film.
8. Jingle All The Way, 1996 (Kamran’s Pick)
Inspired by the true experience of sold out toy stores and the ruthless hustle and bustle of the Christmas shopping season, this light comedy is a rollercoaster. Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, the one and only Sinbad, Phil Hartman, and James Belushi.
9. The Apartment, 1960 (Zurab’s Pick)
This Best Picture Academy Award Winning film is about the boundary between work and social life. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring the always entertaining Jack Lemmon, the always talented Shirley MacLaine, and the always dapper Fred MacMurray.
10. Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs: Wakko's Wish, 1999 (Rahman’s Pick)
Warner Brothers pulled all the stops for this cartoon that offers a million laughs a minute and a million references a second. Pinky & the Brain, and all the other characters join Yakko, Wakko, and Dot (the cute one) on their journey to make a wish.
11. Die Hard, 1988 (Gabriel’s Pick)
What can be said about one of the greatest action films which happens also to be a holiday movie. Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Alexander Godunov, Reginald VelJohnson, and Bonny Bedelia delight as an office Christmas party deteriorates into a hostage situation.