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    I don't really care for Christmas Movies as a genre all on their own but there are a few I'll watch if they are on. My favorites are probably Scrooged and Christmas Vacation but Home Alone is pretty good too. I was going to say Planes, Trains, and Automobiles but then I remembered they were trying to get home for Thanksgiving in that one.

    I've never seen Die Hard and I mentioned that at Thanksgiving dinner at my parents when my siblings and nieces and nephews were talking about holiday movies and even my mom (who is nearly 80) looked at me funny so I think I'm going to try to watch that this holiday season.

    I used to like A Christmas Story but I think it's been ruined by TBS playing it nonstop on Christmas Day. Elf was okay but I think I'm going to try and watch it again with my daughter this year since she's probably at a good age to find it funny this year.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    I've never seen Die Hard...
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    J.T. is a gritty little film about a boy growing up in Harlem and his Christmas wish. It was released as a CBS After School Special in 1969. I'm not sure if I saw it that year or the next, but it left an impression. You can find it on YT and it runs about 49 minutes.

    I remember going to the Bronx about this time and it was almost as rough as Harlem. The City has come a long way, in some ways.
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    J.T. is a gritty little film about a boy growing up in Harlem and his Christmas wish. It was released as a CBS After School Special in 1969. I'm not sure if I saw it that year or the next, but it left an impression. You can find it on YT and it runs about 49 minutes.

    I remember going to the Bronx about this time and it was almost as rough as Harlem. The City has come a long way, in some ways.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post

    I've never seen Die Hard and I mentioned that at Thanksgiving dinner at my parents when my siblings and nieces and nephews were talking about holiday movies and even my mom (who is nearly 80) looked at me funny so I think I'm going to try to watch that this holiday season.

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    Yikppee ki ya . . . . . . .well, MOST of you know the rest. Sadly WSU does not. You're probably now on some watch list because of this omission.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I've never heard that broadcast. I'll have to check it out.
    You will love it. It was done in the heyday of radio stories by one of the greats. Past few years I have listened to it on my last day of work before Christmas.
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    Hubby and I watch White Christmas every year. We may introduce Itty Bitty to it this year.

    We also try to watch Scrooged.

    And I try to catch one of the many airings of It's a Wonderful Life.
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    In Christmas movies -

    Which Police SWAT scene do you like or is better ?

    The Santa Clause ? or NL Christmas Vacation ?

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    I watched White Christmas for the first time last night. It was....schmaltzy (and yes they even used that word in the movie. Not, however, to describe their own production)
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    Quote Originally posted by Bubba View post
    Lethal Weapon (the first one),

    One Nite in Mongkok,

    and, Die Hard, of course.

    Watched Die Hard Saturday night - it's now the Christmas season, y'all.

    Some more that Mrs. Bubba reminded me of:

    Die Hard 2
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I watched White Christmas for the first time last night. It was....schmaltzy (and yes they even used that word in the movie. Not, however, to describe their own production)
    Holiday Inn is so much better imho
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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    Holiday Inn is so much better imho
    I went to look for it on Netfilx and it was nowhere to be found. FYI
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I went to look for it on Netfilx and it was nowhere to be found. FYI
    yeah it's hard to find, I used to have the VHS of it, but it has the best dancing by Fred Astaire in any movie he has done and it's actually the first time White Christmas was sung, the movie White Christmas, came thereafter...trivia...
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I went to look for it on Netfilx and it was nowhere to be found. FYI
    If you can fid the PBS version, it's pretty good. This is a musical that was based on the movie. I'm normally not a fan musicals/movies from that era, and I thought it was great.
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    It kind of counts for two holidays, but my favorite is The Nightmare Before Christmas. The George C. Scott version of Christmas Carol is pretty good too.

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    ...I've never seen Die Hard and I mentioned that at Thanksgiving dinner at my parents when my siblings and nieces and nephews were talking about holiday movies and even my mom (who is nearly 80) looked at me funny so I think I'm going to try to watch that this holiday season....
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    My wife and I watched Die Hard on Christmas Eve and Die Hard 2 on Christmas night. We enjoyed both.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
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    Another Christmas tradition that's evolved is to watch (or perhaps more accurate to say 'play in the background') 'It's a Wonderful Life' while wrapping presents...
    This is my tradition as well. Somehow I missed it this year and then I seem to have lost my copy of It's a Wonderful Life (which I tried to watch last night). Will have to ask around to see who's borrowed it. I'm not above watching it in January.

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    Holiday Inn is so much better imho
    Agree, even though it has totally racist blackface parts in it (which of course was totally socially acceptable at the time).
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