This Christmas baby is one of those actors whose face you will immediately recognize despite the name being utterly unfamiliar. If you grew up watching “Gilligan’s Island” and I say the words “feels good” while smacking my fist against my chest, you will know who I am talking about.
What are your choices for the funniest bits in Christmas comedy movies? Here are a few suggestions to consider.
‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is a Christmas movie where more of the action takes place on Thanksgiving than on Christmas.
Perhaps no classic Christmas movie devotes fewer onscreen minutes to traditional Christmas iconography than “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Why, then, does this holiday season staple seem to speak more directly to the reason for the season than other films?
Loki enters the story at this point in a way that says much about why he is so dang difficult to defeat. Depending on the version of the story you read, Loki’s decision to create some deadly arrows from the wood of that very mistletoe tree that Frigga felt was unworthy of consideration in her obsessive-compulsive need to protect her son was the result either of a brief diversion of his vengeance against Thor onto Baldr, the result of a developing jealousy of Baldr who basked in the love of not just his mother but everyone else or the result of simply seeing yet another opening to prove how incredibly smarter he was than any other creature in any of the Norse realms.
National Lampoon’s Vacation series took an odd left turn by making a home for Christmas movie instead of going off on vacation again. Other movie franchises could easily do the same by mixing their franchise with the Xmas movie genre.
Not all movies set during Christmas feature a plot that is directly related to Christmas. Why bother? Lots of reasons, from the thematic to the accidental to the opportunity for a memorable character introduction.
How can a glossy Hollywood musical contain the most subversive scene involving Christmas ever put into a movie? Might as well ask how a glossy Hollywood musical can create a Christmas scene involving Freudian castration of the patriarchal order.
What is becoming clearer with almost each passing year is that there is a whole lot about the whole Santaverse that we were not privy to. Just as the “Pentagon Papers” exposed the reality behind the Vietnam War so have some very challenging investigative docudramas revealed some heretofore unknown facts about the fat guy up North Pole way.
The story of the kallikantzaroi is one that most people outside of Greece have never heard of. Imagine a Christmas goblin bigger than a house and hairier than Robin Williams.