Or the lack thereof. That's right, 2010 may go down in history as the Scroogiest (feel free to steal my new adjective) year ever, because there are NO new Christmas movies coming out this season. (Note: there was a shortlived "Nutcracker 3D," but it was so poorly reviewed that it's not being given a wide release.)
Critic Andy Goldberg blames, at least partly, the Oscar race. December has increasingly become the month for Oscar-contenders, which is an annoying and expensive phenomenon that I'm sure I'll rant about more in January. Preview: you suffer through sub-par movies on Saturday nights all year long, just to have the first 10 movies you actually want to see come out in the 2 weeks between Christmas and New Year when you're stuck playing board games [or drinking] with your [if it's my] family and you're too poor from Christmas gifts [booze] to spend $10 dollars on every awesome film finally deigning to come to theaters. Ugh!
this list on Popeater and thought almost all of their rankings were dead on. So I'm ranking mine, stolen partially from Popeater, with a few tweaks and additions.
BEST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER:
|Cindy Loo Who?|
18. Jingle All the Way (at Bin Minter's request)
17. Bad Santa (which I've never seen, but it made a bunch of Christmas lists, so I'm including it.)
16. The Polar Express
|Wishing You A Michael Caine-y Christmas|
13. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 T.V. version)
12. The Santa Clause
11. The Muppet Christmas Carol
|I think White Christmas is the one in technicolor.|
10. Home Alone 2
9. Love Actually
8. Nightmare Before Christmas
7. Miracle on 34th Street
6. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
5. Holiday Inn/White Christmas (I can never remember which of these Irving Berlin classics is which, so I'm combining them)
|Triple Dog Dare|
4. Die Hard
3. Home Alone
2. It's a Wonderful Life
1. A Christmas Story
WORST CHRISTMAS MOVIES EVER:
Movies whose dismal box office returns and critical slaying may also be responsible for the Christmas movie drought this year.
6. Four Christmases
5. Ernest Saves Christmas
4. Batman Returns
2. Fred Clause
1. Home Alone 3
I think what we've learned here is that Vince Vaughn and Jim Carey have ruined Christmas for the rest of us. Thanks for Scroogifying Hollywood, jerks.
AND BONUS: Courtesy of my friend Amer and Huffington Post – Christmas movie poster spoofs, aka, the best Christmas movies that never were. Is an internet Christmas miracle!
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