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#1 OFFLINE   mreposter

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:29 PM

Tis the season of the Christmas movie on many of our favorite channels. Please share your favorites and if you know when/where they might be on.


An old favorite of mine is an Ed Asner movie from waaaay back in 1977... The Gathering about a dying man (Asner) who wants to make peace with his adult children before he goes. I haven't seen it on cable in years, but it's out of DVD now so maybe it'll show up on TBS or one of other stations.

the Ref with Dennis Leary is another favorite, but not everyone will like his style of humor.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:32 PM

A Christmas Story is my annual must watch.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:38 PM

I start watching "Christmas Vacation" every Christmas Eve at 10:37pm. The movie ends at Midnight, Christmas morning.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:39 PM

A Christmas Carol (1984).

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 01:57 PM

I start watching "Christmas Vacation" every Christmas Eve at 10:37pm. The movie ends at Midnight, Christmas morning.

Sappy, I know...

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:56 PM

A Christmas Carol (1984).


That's the one I grew up with. I try to catch it every year. I would like to know if it's going to be on any DirecTV HD channels this year (I think it's been on TCM in recent years).

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 03:51 PM

That's the one I grew up with. I try to catch it every year. I would like to know if it's going to be on any DirecTV HD channels this year (I think it's been on TCM in recent years).


It's on On Demand in HD. Not sure what the cost is.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:39 PM

A quick google search turned up this holiday movie listing that may be a good start.

Also noticed that AMC will be running Scrooged with Bill Murray numerous times starting next Monday.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:42 PM

A Christmas Story is my annual must watch.


Me too. I think TNT does the yearly 24 hour loop of it. I'll catch it once all the way through and then randomly.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 04:50 PM

Here's another holiday movie guide that focuses on just the schedules for Thanksgiving and Christmas eve/day.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:20 PM

Me too. I think TNT does the yearly 24 hour loop of it. I'll catch it once all the way through and then randomly.


It's amazing how often a Yankee fan from Texas and a Red Sox fan from NY can agree. :lol:

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 05:53 PM

A Christmas Story is my annual must watch.



This one?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/

I've seen it a few times, but I never knew the name of it. I just remembered something about a kid and a BB gun and it was the first one I thought of when I saw this thread.



As far as "A Christmas Carol", among the dozens of knockoffs, there's one called "Ebbie" with Susan Lucci. Campy and soapy, but not bad overall.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:05 PM

This one?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0085334/

I've seen it a few times, but I never knew the name of it. I just remembered something about a kid and a BB gun and it was the first one I thought of when I saw this thread.

As far as "A Christmas Carol", among the dozens of knockoffs, there's one called "Ebbie" with Susan Lucci. Campy and soapy, but not bad overall.


That's it, one of the modern classics.

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 06:12 PM

An old favorite of mine is an Ed Asner movie from waaaay back in 1977... The Gathering about a dying man (Asner) who wants to make peace with his adult children before he goes. I haven't seen it on cable in years, but it's << Snipped bits out >>.


I found a showing of a "The Gathering", Sunday 27th, on 363 starting at midnight. (midnight Sat). It's two hours, but only info is "Religion, Series". So it might be the one, may well not be. I am recording in any event.
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 07:14 PM

Two of my favorite Christmas movies are not even in color:

Come to the Stable, with Loretta Young, and The Bells of St. Mary's with Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman.

Love those two ...

I also like some of the corny ABC Family dime-a-dozen Christmas movies, like the one where the woman gets trapped in a snow globe, or where the divorced and/or widowed father loses touch with the spirit of the holiday and the magical housekeeper puts things in motion that make everything right.

Another one I just remembered is The Christmas Box, with Richard Thomas. Sappy, sentimental, refreshing, and rejuvenating.

I also recall a movie that I can NOT remember about a family that donates a tree to Rockefeller Center and there's some discord in the family, or some such. I'll have to try to search for that...

I do love the holidays. :)

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:00 PM

#1 on my list.
Watched it a couple of Weeks ago.


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Posted 21 November 2011 - 09:55 PM

It's amazing how often a Yankee fan from Texas and a Red Sox fan from NY can agree. :lol:


Well, it is the holidays. :lol:
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Posted 21 November 2011 - 10:44 PM

My all-time favorite is Babes in Toyland (1934) with Laurel and Hardy. There is also an edited down version called March of the Wooden Soldiers, which is the one most common one seen on TV. I prefer the b&w original, but the colorized version is OK too.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 09:37 AM

My faves are
The original Miracle on 34th street
The Santa Clause

The wife's faves are:
It's a Wonderful Life
White Christmas

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 10:08 AM

If we can include Christmas specials in the list, let me highly recommend the somewhat obscure A Claymation Christmas (1987, stop-motion animation) and Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (a Jim Henson production from that group's glory days of the late 1970s).

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 12:44 PM

Babes in Toyland with Laurel & Hardy is a holiday tradition in my family.

There were more that use to be shown at Thanksgiving to kick off the Christmas season that were not Christmas related that I do miss not being aired anymore - Mighty Joe Young, and the two original Kong movies - King Kong and Son of Kong.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 12:53 PM

Every year we put up the tree then watch How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

We also watch Miracle On 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, Holiday Inn, and White Christmas.

While these are our annual Holiday movies, we also try to find some new TV movies to add something new. :)

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:43 PM

I may have mentioned this before, but ...

If you can find Steven Spielberg's old Amazing Stories tv series, there was a marvelous Christmas episode called, I think, Santa '85 (not sure of the year). We have it on an old deteriorating VHS tape that I really need to get transferred some day ...
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Posted 22 November 2011 - 05:14 PM

I may have mentioned this before, but ...

If you can find Steven Spielberg's old Amazing Stories tv series, there was a marvelous Christmas episode called, I think, Santa '85 (not sure of the year). We have it on an old deteriorating VHS tape that I really need to get transferred some day ...

The whole 24 episodes are available in DVD format at Amazon, but are not available for streaming there. It does include that episode. If anyone wants it better hurry as there are only 3 left in stock.:grin:

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Posted 27 November 2011 - 05:46 PM

You guys forgot the ultimate Christmas movie. It is a movie that has Bruce Willis in it playing John McClain. Die Hard.




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