Friday, December 15, 2006

Teresa Medeiros SquawkBlog: Teresa Shares Her Favorite Holiday Movies

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Teresa Medeiros is one of the Angels in Residence at Squawk Radio, but don't let the halo fool you. Running through every wonderful romance novel she writes is a delicious undercurrent of absolutely shocking, ah say, shocking sensuality. I mean, the Bella knows hot and emotional, especially in her latest, "The Vampire Who Loved Me." So please, Bellas, a rousing Bella buongiorno to the sweetly naughty Miss Teresa...
To me, nothing says Christmas like watching Billy Peltzer's mom stuff a murderous little monster into a blender and push "Puree," which is why GREMLINS tops my list of favorite holiday movies. When you just can't bear to face another jolly mall Santa or hear another cloying chorus of "Frosty the Snowman," pop GREMLINS into your DVD player and enjoy a black chuckle or two. You can still get your dose of warm cuddlies because no elf or red-nosed reindeer could possibly be cuter than Gizmo! (Just don't feed him after midnight!)

If your idea of Christmas cheer is watching hot guys save the world from the criminal element (or Gary Busey), try plugging in the action-packed duet of DIE HARD and LETHAL WEAPON. Their Christmas settings only add to their delicious irony. LETHAL WEAPON sports a pre-ranting Mel Gibson at the height of his masculine beauty
(And hey, Danny Glover is no slouch either!) while DIE HARD has Bruce Willis literally walking over broken glass to save his woman. (With the added bonus of Alan Rickman in full-on evil mode. Yummy!) Instead of crooning "White Christmas," you'll soon be shouting out "Yippee-ki-yay, mother--" Wait—you'd better make sure your mom is in the room first.

And lest you fear me completely devoid of Christmas sentimentality, I'm going to pick IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE next. Not only is it a magnificent movie, it also boasts one of the hottest love scenes in cinematic history. There are no rumpled bedsheets. There are no naked, stra
ining bodies. There is simply George Bailey and Mary Hatch sharing a phone in her mother's living room. An overtly hostile George is torn between his dream of escaping his hometown while there's still time and his desperate desire for young Mary. I don't have to tell you which one wins and in that moment when he drops the phone and grabs Mary, the chemistry between them is so sizzling it may very well melt your heart and your DVD player.

also gave me and my husband one of our favorite catchphrases. When George is raging through the house after Uncle Billy has lost the bank's money, he shouts, "If we're such a happy family, why do we have all these kids?" which can be easily adapted to "If we're such a happy family, why do we have all these cats/recyclable plastics/Christmas decorations???"

So how about YOU? What are your favorite holiday movies? Do you like to wax sentimental over MIRACLE ON 34th STREET or chuckle over SCROOGED? And can you think of any other classic romance moments in the holiday classics?

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Anonymous said...

My favorite holiday movie is for Thanksgiving---does that count? Home for the Holidays with Holly Hunter and Robert Downey, Jr. is such a Valentine to a loving/dysfunctional family.

And I can't forget that Christmas movie where Darren McGavin gets the lampleg and the kid's tongue freezes to the pole. Unfortunately, my brain is freezing too and I can't think of the title. My kids have watched it about a million times. Maggie Robinson

Julie in Ohio said...

Teresa, Welcome!!! To say I love your books just doesn't begin to express it. They are terrifically wonderful with a dash of spicey goodness. :o)

I had forgotten that Gremilins was a "holiday" movie. I haven't seen it in years. I think it's time for a re-viewing.

My favorite is White Christmas followed by Die Hard 2. There is something about Bruce Willis torching one plane to land others that touches that sentimental heart in me. And a crooning Bing Crosby does it for me everytime...
I also adore the original Miracle on 34th Street. Maureen O'Hara is a wonderful actress and there is something about a sweet and young Natalie Wood that makes it the must-see movie of the season.

Julie in Ohio said...

Maggie-- The movie you are thinking of is The Christmas Story.
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid". Another fav...

Teresa Medeiros said...

Good morning, my darling bellas! I'm going to be in and out a lot today because my husband has his Christmas work lunch at Red Lobster and then we're going to try to catch a screening of ERAGON but I'll try to pop in whenever I can.

A CHRISTMAS STORY would actually fall on my Favorites list right below IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at #1. It's just quirky enough to feel like real life. And who wouldn't want to have Melinda Dillon as your mom? She takes such delight in her kids. I love the way she plays "piggy" with Ralphie's brother and doesn't blink when they decide to sit under the cabinets. Even with all of the dad's grousing, it's obvious they just love their kids so much.

My favorite part is when Ralphie finally snaps and starts whaling away on the bully because haven't we all had THOSE moments?

Anonymous said...

I love the Rankin-Bass productions that come on TV this time of year, especially "The Year Without a Santa Claus." Heat Miser and Snow Miser are such great characters!

My family's Christmas tradition is to watch Chevy Chase's "Christmas Vacation" - it's our first family holiday "activity," and I know the holidays have truly started when we watch that movie.

Tiffany Clare said...

Would you believe I've never seen It's a Wonderful life? I vow I will see it this christmas season along with Love Actually, another movie I haven't seen! Sheesh, you'd think I was a hermit or something!

I prefer lovey sappy drama stories, that would be why Immortal Beloved and The Piano are my favorite movies, well Indocine ranks pretty high too. I'm not a sit down and watch Christmas flicks kinda gal, unless forced to watch Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase (I think everyone watches this one) for the millionth time cause it's one of the few normal movies my husband watches (he's all about the gore!).

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Teresa! Can you believe I've never seen IAWL. I know, pathetic. You make it sound wonderful. Thanks for starting us off on this great sub.

Hey, did anybody else stay up after midnight on Christmas to watch the terrible old productions of A christmas carol?

OH my gosh, packbacker, the rankin-bass. But I was always a little creeped out when young Kris Kringle plopped the little girl on his lap and sang: If you sit on my lap today, a kiss a toy is the price you'll pay. {{shiver}}

I LOVE A Christmas Story, Maggie! The Leg Lamp? And the ring from the cereal box? When I get my kids ready for school on a really cold Midwestern day, I always think of the little brother splayed out in the snow, who can't get up because he's got so many snowclothes on.

Hey, Jules!

Rhonda in KY said...

My holiday favorites are ELF and A CHRISTMAS STORY. What can I say, I like to chuckle through Christmas and New Year's! A couple of sentimental movies make it into my top 10 too though, such as WHITE CHRISTMAS and MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET.

Anonymous said...

Duh to me. "A Christmas Story." Who would have thought the title was so complex? :) Maggie

Anonymous said...

Great blog Teresa! And may I just say that I only "discovered" you as an author a few months ago and have been slowly working my way through your backlist and loving it! I haven't hit any duds! Thank you thank you thank you for some wonderful stories (my family does not share this sentiment though).

As for Christmas movies, I guess I'm just a kid at heart, cause I just love Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph, The Grinch, and Frosty. The season isn't right until I've seen them all. Oh, and a new movie I found last year "the Legend of Frosty the Snowman" totally mocks Frosty while still making having a cute message.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy my favorite holiday movies are: The Santa Clause (one and two..haven't seen three yet), Jingle All the Way, Meet The Parents. I also really liked While You Were Sleeping. Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (yes the one with Jim Carrey.

If I think of more I'll come back.

ev said...

Hi and welcom Theresa and I love your books!!

We do the Die Hard and Lethal Weapons movies every year for Xmas and New year's Eve- that was my daughter's and my tradition when shw was growing up and before I remarried. Now we just do a marathon somewhere in there.

My favorite, besides White Christmas is the original 1968 Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda and a very, very young Tim Mathison (he looks good in a uniform even then). Don't even come near me with that bastardized (can I say that here) version they did last year. I also love the Bishop's Wife, again the original, with Cary Grant. yum. yum. And let's not forget the Sound of Music.

I spend most of my season watching movies that make me cry for one reason or another, but boy does it feel good!!! And when you are snowed in all season, it's a good way to spend the day along with a bunch of good books. Which I need to go stock up on too. Border's trip!!

ev said...

oh and I have to say I love the poll this week. Both Hubby and I are Elks, so of course, I much prefer elks over reindeer any day, except Christmas Eve!!!

Julie in Ohio said...

Hey, Michelle!

Did you know that I never really paid attention to the words to the Rankin-Bass songs until this year? I always sang along but it never occurred to me how wrong they could be taken. In this day someone would cry harrassment or something just as ridicules. But then if a Santa sang that to my little girl, I would be grabbing her and running in the opposite direction. A sign of the times, I suppose...

Kati said...

Hi Terri - I'm so glad you're here! Let's see, my favorite holiday movies are White Christmas, Elf and a recent favorite is The Family Stone, which is funny and uncomfortable and wonderful. Whoever said Home for the Holidays, I ADORE that movie! Holly Hunter is so perfect and Dylan McDermott is delicious in it!

I also adore the PBS production of The Nutcracker with Mikhail Barishnikov (is that how you spell it?!). I watch it every year!

Teresa Medeiros said...

Oh, I so envy all of you who haven't seen IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE yet! I'd love to be able to go back and watch it for the first time all over again. I didn't see it until after we got married and I still remember sitting there with only the Christmas tree lights lit, sipping eggnog, and just being enraptured by this wonderful story.

Teresa Medeiros said...

Too funny, Michelle! SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN is one of my favorites too and I never even thought about that lyric.

We're still grousing at our house over what a butthead Santa is in RUDOLPH. (But THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW and SILVER AND GOLD are 2 of my favorite Christmas TV special songs!)

And Candacole, thanks for discovering me! I'm delighted that you've been enjoying the books :)

Anonymous said...

Michelle, you're right, those lyrics are a little creepy. Different times, I guess.

Oh, and packbacker, I've never heard of "The Year without a Santa Claus". HOw did I miss this one? How do I find it?

Shannon said...

My favorite holiday movie is a New Years Eve movie - 200 Cigarettes.

Every year we use this as the theme for our New Year's Eve party. We dress up in 80's clothes and all the girls get to wear a tiara (and my husband grows out his sideburns). I make cream cheese crab dip and yell "I wore that!" at the appropriate times.

And, of course, the theme is that everyone is looking for love, so it's a great start to the New Year.

Anonymous said...

Teresa! You guys are making me see my holiday favorites in a whole new light!

Oh, and I heard a new version of the Rudolph song on the radio the other day. Started the same as the regular song, but there's an extra verse where Rudolph basically says "This isn't right. Yesterday you guys mocked me and today you want to be my friend? You suck". I laughed myself silly. Anyone else hear this?

Anonymous said...

Oh, I so totally forgot Elf! I really love that song they sing in the shower scene.

Playground Monitor said...

I love IAWL too. Last year, a dear friend of mine met the woman who played Zu-Zu, the little girl who says "Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings," and she gave my friend a little bell. It was especially meaningful since my friend has just lost her husband.

I love the original "Miracle on 34th Street" but the remake with Mara Wilson and Sir Richard Attenborough as Santa is just as good.

Last year we watched "Polar Express" and I was in awe. I'm trying to talk the DH into going to see it at the Omni-Max theater here in town.

All month I've been taping Christmas movies on Hallmark channel. There's nothing that's world famous, but they're all schmalty, sappy Christmas stories where there's a happy ending and I love it!

And last but not least, last year the DH and I drove up to the Von Braun Planetarium to see a Christmas program. On the drive back down the mountain we're discussing the program when I suddenly shriek, "Look! A leg lamp!" There in the front window of a little bungalow was a replica of the famous leg lamp. And damned if before we got home I didn't see a second one. We watched that movie the first time one Christmas when the boys were in high school and all four of us were rolling on the floor by the end.


Playground Monitor said...

I really love that song they sing in the shower scene. The song is "Baby It's Cold Outside" and if you want to hear a cute version, find the one by Barry Manilow and K.T. Oslin.


elsiehogarth said...

Teresa, I forgot all about Gremlins happening during Christmas. That's a great pick. My favorite scences are all the Gremlins at the bar and at the movies.

I love the 2 Scrooge movies: Alaister Sims and the one with Bill Murray. Then the Christmas Story, Leathel Weapon(one of my Moms favorites and she can tell you to the second when Mel appears naked in his trailer), Die Hard and then some cartoons: Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph.

Teresa Medeiros said...

We had some friends who had a CHRISTMAS VACATION party last year and everybody had to come as a character from the movie. My friend Missy dressed her little 5-year-old up as Ruby Sue and it was just hysterical.

Teresa Medeiros said...

And Playground Monitor, we have a "leg lamp" just like in A CHRISTMAS STORY in our town too. And the cool part is that it sits in the window of a house in one of our oldest and most charming neighborhoods so it looks just like Ralphie's neighborhood!

Portia Da Costa said...

Oh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one who's a sucker for Christmas Vacation at this time of year! The Radio Times, our major TV listings magazine, always gives CV only two stars... but I just scream with laughter every time I watch it! Esp. when Chevy goes bonkers at the end... Pricelessly hilarious. The only bit I don't like is the poor puddycat getting electrocuted... :(

robynl said...

My favorite holiday movies are:
Miracle on 34th Street
The Gathering-which I hope is on this year. Ed Asner plays the father and he is dying but doesn't want his kids to know this. They are all invited home and none seen to be able to make it and then all of a sudden they come home.

Vivi Anna said...

Welcome Teresa!

My favorite holiday films...
A Christmas Story
The Grinch
Love Actually
Chritmas Vacation
The Family Stone
The Santa Clause

Has anyone seen Bad Santa with Billy-Bob Thornton? I'm thinking I might rent that one this year.

Julie in Ohio said...

Vivi-- I have not seen Bad Santa personally, but my bil did and he said that it was funny but not one for viewing with the kiddies. Apparently Bad Santa is *really* bad...

Anonymous said...

I like A CHRISTMAS STORY and when I feel like a good whimper I watch WHITE CHRISTMAS

Kathleen Eagle said...

Hi Theresa!

I can't believe my pick is the same as Connie's. I watch A CHRISTMAS STORY every year. When I was teaching, I used to show it in class before vacation. Love it.

I have a clear but distant memory of bawling my eyes out when I was little watching "The Little Match Girl" on TV. Does anyone else remember this one?

My favorite Christmas story is O. Henry's "The Gifts of the Magi."

Eloisa James said...

Oh, weep for me, everyone! My children are making me go to a movie about kids caught in an airport for Christmas, which a review described as the Worst Christmas Story Ever Told.



Christina Dodd said...

WHITE CHRISTMAS. No contest. For the music and the patter:
Danny Kaye: "When what's left of you gets around to what's left to be gotten, what's left to be gotten won't be worth getting, whatever it is you've got left."
Bing Crosby: "When I figure out what you said, I'll think of a crushing reply."

Playground Monitor said...

Interesting article in today's paper about IAWL.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the film, which wasn't a complete flop, but was not a success when it was released. According to this article, it probably would have faded into obscurity had it not been for a clerical error, which caused the copyright to expire in the early 1970's. Because they didn't have to pay royalties, TV stations began to play the movie frequently.

It's based on an unsold short story called "The Greatest Gift" by Civil War historian Philip Van Doren Stern. He self-published it as a Christmas card for his family and friends. Then a studio bought it for $10K. Three different directors tried to come up with a screenplay before it was given to Frank Capra, who was often criticized for his sentimental movies, which were called "Capra-corn."

And we all know the rest.

And yes, I remember bawling over "The Little Match Girl" too.

Marilyn - who really should be writing instead of surfing and goofing off

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, Kathleen. In middle school, our French teacher used to read us The Little Match Girl and I got so sad and depressed. Does anyone remember the Hallmark special about, ugh, I think the little kid dies and goes to heaven and looks down on his family with some angel? Did I really see this horror show, or am I making it up?

canadacole, you made me laugh. remember Gramma got run over by a reindeer?

rhonda, I've so gotta see Elf. And vivs, I heard Bad Santa was great. BB Thornton. mmm hhhhm (Sling Blade reference. Not a Christmas movie)

I gotta run and serve hot chocolate to my daughter's 2nd grad class. They're watching Polar Xpress. No, nobody's letting me make the chocolate, just serve and clean up.

Thanks for all the great movie recs. See you guys in a bit. Viva la Leg Lamp!

Dannyfiredragon said...

My favorite movies are the disney version of A christmas carol and Little Lord Fauntleroy with Sir Alec Guiness.

Julie in Ohio said...

When I said Bad Santa was bad, I didn't mean the movie was bad. I meant that Santa was bad and he did some things that you wouldn't think of Santas doing. Hence the name. Know what I mean? :o\

Vivi Anna said...

Hmm, that settles it then, I'm DEFINITELY renting Bad Santa..I like me some BB. I dont' what it is but there is a certain something about him. I loved him in Pushing Tin with John Cusack, another man that has a certain soemthing. That movie is one of my favorites.

Teresa Medeiros said...

Oh vivi anna, I LOVE John Cusack. My favorite of his is GROSSE POINT BLANK. He looks so good in black!

And my favorite versions of A CHRISTMAS CAROL are the Alastair Sims version from the 50's and the George C. Scott version. Both are sublime! I tried watching the Patrick Stewart version a few years ago but I was majorly disappointed, especially since I enjoyed his performance as Jean-Luc Picard in ST:TNG so much.

sharon said...

It happened One Christmas is a great favorite of mine. It has pathos, emotion and is wonderfully done. I believe that this has the essence of what the season it.

alissa said...

to me A Holiday Affair epitomizes everything that is Christmas. A great portrayal of life, fate and belief. One of the memorable ones.

joelle said...

The Shop Around The Corner represents what the Holiday was. It has a great story and is amusing and entertaining as well.

pearl said...

The Bells of St. Mary's resounds with faith, humanity and love. What a movie which grips the heart and soul completely.

ellie said...

I love Trading Places. Entertaining, excellent satire and so well acted. I have watched it and never tired of this smart, and clever movie that consistently is fun and never slows down.

ashefrog said...

Must watch A Christmas Story several times every Xmas.

Love when Ralphie helps Dad change tire, says "Fudge" and Mom flips, calls neighbor about her son, when we all know he learned it a home, and kid get beating.

or in school when they won't snitch on kid for Flip getting stuck to flagpole and Ralphie thinks about how kids know it is better not to get caught.

J Perry Stone said...

Kathleen Eagle said: "I have a clear but distant memory of bawling my eyes out when I was little watching "The Little Match Girl" on TV. Does anyone else remember this one?"

That is the biggest tear-jerker ever! I made the mistake of reading it to my kids a few years back; they ended up bawling very loudly for an HOUR.

My favs:

-Animated Grinch
-Rudolph (who else remembers feeling really tense when the Abominable showed up, only to have grown up to think him cute and fuzzy?)
-Christmas Vacation (my folks have an enormous, rockstar RV and whenever they empty the, eh, dad is always, "The $#!%er's full. We have to empty the $#!%er.").
-Nestor the Long-Eared Donkey (oh my Lord, when the mama dies from covering him up with her body during a snow-storm??? I always swore I'd be that kind of mama--only with a four-letter mouth)
-And I really like Polar Express.

Teresa, let me know if you think Eragon is okay for a 6/almost 7 year old boy who is really too darling and sweet to be mine, and who's been begging me to see it, kay? No bad words and not too scary villains. I have yet to let him see LOR because those damn wraiths are the flippin’ scariest things I’ve EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE…and Gollum too (who I once dreamt was stuck to my naked back with octopus-like suctions on his fat finger-pads. Yick!).

Okay, he IS like me in that his imagination cannot be contained and we both get nightmares. Let me know anyway.

Michelle, I can just see you dancing around as you serve the hot chocolate today.

Maureen said...

The romance reader in me loves The Family Man. My daughter didn't like the ending. Nicholas Cages' character had come to love his family by the end of the movie and she wanted him to have them back but I told her I liked the ending because it's all about the choices we make and now he could make different choices and he's end up with children he loved.

J Perry Stone said...

And A Christmas Story, of course.

They are going to have ACS marathon starting Christmas Eve on TBS, in case anyone is interested.

Vivi Anna said...

Oh yes, Maureen, I really liked The Family Man, great movie, sad but so poignant.

Damn! Now, I have a ton of movies to watch for the next ten days.

Gram said...

I think my favorite Christmas Carol is the animated Mr. McGoo version.

CrystalGB said...

Some of favorite movies to watch during the holidays are:
The Santa Clause
While You Were Sleeping
The Christmas Story
The Night They Saved Christmas

RDCICON said...

Hi Teresa (waving madly) LOL... So love your books!!! My first intro was The Bride and The Beast, and since then its been grand! THANK YOU.

Ohh my favourite Christmas movies, so many ... grin ... I love all

The Polar Express
A Christmas Wish
One Magic Christmas
Christmas Comes to Willow Creek
I'll Be Home for Christmas
Once Upon a Christmas
Twice Upon a Christmas
Miracle on 34th Street
'Twas the Night Before Christmas
One Christmas
White Christmas
A Christmas Carol

RDCICON said...

I also love watching the bible stories, highlight birth of Jesus

Watching cartoons has also become a favourite *grin*

But have to say the more sentimental the more I enjoy it - if I don't have a good sniffle or two then just doesn't feel the same *grin*

RDCICON said...

I've also got my eye on the latest release - The Holiday with Cameron Diaz.. looks like a good one too!!

Eragon, will also be good to watch - love anything that touches myths, legends and mystical beings

Gosh I wonder watch on tonight, feel like watching a good old fashioned movie ... ohh goodie there's A Christmas To Remember
on tonight

traveler said...

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is one of the most hilarious and unbelievable movies that are always good for a family night at home. This movie has definitely everything in it to make the most curmudgeonly individual laugh out loud.

RDCICON said...

Ohh wow just checked online viewing of satellite for month's schedule and its filled to the top *grin* ... need to stock up on the popcorn!!

Surviving Christmas
Miracle Of The Heart
Twelve Days Of Christmas
Christmas with the Kranks
Surviving Christmas
Karroll's Christmas
Snow Wonder
Recipe For A Perfect Christmas


Goodnight all,
Rita from South Africa

LizbethSelvig said...

So many great movies, so little time! For as many times as I've seen IAWL, I have to admit to never having seen A Christmas Story. Going to the video store tonight I think!

I love the animated Grinch - I adore long-suffering Max the Dog with the antlers tied to his head. He keeps trying to be happy and that old Grinch...

I just saw Elf for the first time - yeah the shower scene is very sweet. I also like the version of "Baby It's Cold Outside" with Rod Stewart and Dolly Parton - the combination of two unusual voices sounds just as good in reality as it sounds bad on paper!

Anyone seen the new Nativity movie just out this year? Going this weekend to check it out too. Certainly we'd have none of the other stories without this original one ...

Happy Christmas all - what a great topic this is!

Wolfy said...

My favourite movies are:
Miracle on 34th Street and I'll Be Home For Christmas.......there are lots out there, but these two top the list for me.

Anonymous said...


"The Year Without A Santa Claus" will be on ABC Family Wednesday, Dec. 20th at 7PM (maybe you get that channel where you live...).

Elf! I love that movie also! Will Ferrell is so funny in that, especially when he gets excited over Santa visiting the department store.

krissyinva said...

I love tons of Christmas movies but They have to meet my criteria, lol
1. I'm not into cartoons, real actors please
2. Must have humor
Thats about it!

ev said...

vivi- Make sure you get the unrated version of it.

Rita- they are finally making one of Anne McCaffrey's Dragon books into a movie. I am so looking forward to that, along with eragon. I loved the books. Love dragons, etc too.

Teresa- one of my favorite lines from any movie is "yippee-ki-yay, m...."

Monica Burns said...

Hi bellas, Welcome Teresa. I really enjoy your books!

Christmas Movies...for me the holiday season starts with Thanksgiving, and Planes, Trains and Automobiles is the best comedy I've ever enjoyed. Hysterically funny, poignant and just fantabulous.

Best line from it is when Martin and Candy are sharing the hotel bed, and Steve Martin screeches, "those aren't PILLOWS!" then they're both leaping out of bed and grunting like he men. ROFL

Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Love Actually
A Christmas Story
Santa Clause
Santa Clause II
Die Hard
The Polar Express
Scrooged (Bill Murray)
A Christmas Carol-Patrick Stewart

I confess to being a heretic and not wanting to watch IAWL annually. Once or twice was enough for me. *hangs head in shame*


Michelle Buonfiglio said...

rdcicon wrote: I also love watching the bible stories, highlight birth of Jesus.

I used to like the one where the animals talked, but I can't remember if it was a cartoon or claymation, or what.

Bride/Beast was also my first Teresa Medeiros romance. And I loved the one where the heroine finds the guy unconscious in the woods and tells him he's her fiance. I so can't remember titles unless they're in front of me. What's the name of my column again?

Are there any Hannukah specials? I mean, besides the old SNL skit, "Hannukah Harry."

lizeeS, I LOVE the Grinch. It must be my favorite Christmas show. And I still have the copy of the book my oldest bro gave me for a gift years and years ago.

Hey, how do you people remember lines from movies? Come to think of it, you do it from romances all the time, too. grrrr.

Oh, jperry, I didn't even get my dancin shoes on. Turns out they changed the time and nobody called me. I was really kinda sad. But, I did spend time talking to the librarian and found out she loves romance! I think she's a good influence on our youth.

Jennifer Y. said...

I love the animated classics...Grinch, Charlie Brown, Frosty, etc.

Elizabeth Bevarly said...

Oh, man, "Die Hard" was on cable the other night. I LOVE that movie. My fave for Christmas, though, has to be "Love, Actually," followed closely by "Scrooged" and "Scrooge!" with Albert Finney. We also absolutely have to watch "A Muppet Christmas Carol" every year, too.

Hey, Eloisa, I have to go see that movie, too. Oog.

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle-- The only Hannukah show I can think of is an animated special with the voice of Adam Sandler. I believe it's called "Eight Days".

Again, not a show for the kiddies. Found that out the hard way when my 9 year old asked me why that boy kept using bad words...oops.
For mature audiences, it's great with lots of humor(thankfully daughter didn't catch on to the jokes).

J Perry Stone said...

Michelle said: "Oh, jperry, I didn't even get my dancin shoes on. Turns out they changed the time and nobody called me. I was really kinda sad. But, I did spend time talking to the librarian and found out she loves romance! I think she's a good influence on our youth."

You're not being sarcastic are you, Michelle? I agree...who else do you want around your babies than someone whose heart is open?

LizbethSelvig said...

Ooh, Elizabeth I LOVE the Muppet Christmas Carol - and there's a cartoon Disney Christmas Carol that my kids watched ceaselessly for five years (straight - not just at Christmas) with Goofy as Jacob Marley - hilarious.

Michelle - we still have our original "Grinch" book, too. And, though this is off the topic of movies - my dad reads something Christmas-y to the family (old as we all are) every year and The Grinch is very often the choice. Gets to you if you start thinking of the real message - would we be singing if everything in our homes was stolen. Always makes me feel slightly guilty because I'd be dialing 911.

Oh yeah, "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" with the ham as the Baby Jesus ... ha!


Billie said...

For those of you who love A christmas Story AMC (I think) is doing a marathon starting on Christmas day. It is, of course, one of my favorites also, along with

Christmas Vacation
Die Hard
Home Alone
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Reel Fanatic said...

Great stuff .. two that I definitely can't live without seeing at least once each Christmas season are A Christmas Story and Muppet Christmas Carol

Sue A. said...

I just saw, How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey, for the first time, and I have to say that I would not have missed anything if I'd never seen it. Stick with the classic animated version. It bothered me that Cindy Lou Who, who is "no more than two" in the book/animated film was cast with a 7-year-old actress. And a real dog cannot act well enough to portray Max properly. The Jim Carrey film was totally devoid of the charm that the animated version had.

angelina said...

I'm sorry to interrupt all the great holiday movie suggestions but I have to have a gasping and breathless fan moment ... OH MY GOD ... it's Teresa Medeiros. I just want to say -- very quickly so I don't bore everyone -- how much your books mean to me, what a wonderful and effective escapism they are. I love that you're not bounded by genres, from western to Scottish to pirate to exotic New Zealand. "Nobody's Darling," is an old and dear friend of mine. Thank you for doing what you do so well.

Okay, I'm done.

A favorite holiday movie: Scrooged. Bill Murray is such a loose-boned smart ass that nothing means anything to him ... until it does. That's what makes the redemption at the end of the movie more meaningful. And I love the Annie Lennox holiday song that goes with it. That's the one she sings with Al Green, right?

pjpuppymom said...

Hi Teresa!

I'm back from the shopping wars and I can now say I'm (almost) done! There's still one Lego Star Wars model I can't find in any of the stores. Grrrrrr. I've usually finished my shopping by now but, thanks to the not so delightful Norwalk Virus, I'm a week behind. I'll be going at hyper speed for the next few days.

I love Christmas movies. My #1 favorite is "It's a Wonderful Life". I have in on DVD and it's a 'must watch' every year. Other favs are:

Miracle on 34th Street (original)
Prancer Returns
Love Actually (watched it the other day)
Die Hard (GREAT movie)
Elf (really cute)

Playground Monitor said...

I've met Prancer. A man here in north Alabama owns reindeer and keeps them in an air-conditioned barn in the summer. When they were casting for the movie, he provided the reindeer who played Prancer.

One I forgot about is "The Bishop's Wife" with Loretta Young and Cary Grant. The remake with Whitney and Denzel was okay but old Cary just had a way about him. Love all his movies.

Dolly Parton did a move about 20 years ago called "A Smokey Mountain Christmas" where she played a Hollywood star trying to get away from the hustle and bustle for Christmas. It has the neatest log cabin in it. I always wanted a cabin like that.


ev said...

Play- I beat you to The Bishop's Wife earlier, but you were the only other one to mention it. Are we showing our age?? The Dolly Parton movie was just on here the other night too and I missed it. pooh.

Off topic- I was at Border's today stocking up, playing quietly in the romance section, and some poor woman came over looking for a Nicolas Sparks book, couldn't understand why it wasn't there. Sent her to fiction. I think she was shocked he wasn't considered romance. Maybe because they don't think men can write romance, under a man's name anyway?????


catslady said...

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is a tradition at our house. We've seen it so often we all see who knows more of the dialogue than anyone else. Second is the Grinch :)

Teresa Medeiros said...

Hey J Perry,
We just got back from ERAGON and I think it would be okay for a 6-7 year old. Robert Carlyle as the villain has really bad teeth and there are one or two scary guys but they're more like bad replicants of the LOTR villains and they really don't have much screen time. I REALLY liked the dragon itself but I thought the movie was sort of mediocre. But still a nice hero's journey for kids to watch!

And Angelina, any time you want to interrupt our movie analyses to gush over my books, why you just go right ahead! ;) But seriously, I do appreciate your kind words so much. I feel as if I've LIVED every one of my stories with those characters and I consider that the greatest blessing of my career. (Besides getting to hang out with you guys, of course.)

Jeanette J said...

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Scrooge (Alistair Sim version)
White Christmas
Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer (naturally)
Frosty the Snowman
A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Muppet Christmas Carol
Pinky and the Brain Christmas

ReadingAddict1 said...

I like both sentimental and good fun movies. I don't have any particular favorites but I am trying to find more of the Christmas classics. I just recently watched "White Christmas" for the first time. It wasn't what I thought it would be about when I read the preview. It was better than I thought it would be. I can't believe that I put off watching it because the preview didn't sound interesting to me when I read about it so many years ago. Now I know not to judge a book or a movie, in this case, by it's cover, LOL.

Happy Holidays everyone :)

Playground Monitor said...

I think she was shocked he wasn't considered romance.

Sparks isn't considered romance by the RWA definition because there's no happy ending -- or at least not in any of the books of his that I've read.

He writes love stories, but not romance. And I cried buckets over The Notebook and then cried more buckets over the movie version even though I knew what was going to happen.

And ev... who you calling old? *g*


ev said...

Play- that's what I meant. she just thought he would be. i tihnk she was familiar with the section though, she knew right where to head in the store to it. LOL I had a bunch of books when I hit checkout, but they know me so no one says anything, other than, oh, yeah a big sale!!!

readingaddict- Glad to read you found my favorite movie!! I have learned the same lesson. Now I listen to my friends here-otherwise there are books I might never have picked up!!

Estella said...

I like The Grinch who Stole Christmas.

santasmbslt said...

Wow, this is like deja vu all over again!

It's A Wonderful Life tops my list every year. Tissues are always on hand. I LOVE the speeches at the end, the bar scene where George takes Mr Gower's side, the telephone scene with Mary (HOT!)...well everything!

I also love A Christmas Story, Scrooged, White Christmas and A Christmas Carol. My favorite version of A Christmas Carol is the one read by Patrick Stewart. He plays all the characters and does all the sound effects. Fascinating. I also got to see him on Broadway and WHAT A TREAT that was!

LOVE Teresa Medeiros' books....ALL OF THEM! I can't wait for the next to give any clues?

Ciao, Bellas! I'm off to bed!

Robin L. Rotham said...

LOL! And I thought I was the only one who considered Die Hard a great holiday movie. :D

ev said...

NEVER!!! I am looking forward to the new one. I just hope they leave in the signature line......

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Grazie, grazie for spending so much time with us bella Teresa! And, thanks also, Bellas and new friends for adding so many movies to my TBV list.

Hey, we never had our next installment of CinemaBella, did we? Oh, well, maybe we'll save that for after the new year, when some really cool things will be happening for RBtheBook and RBtheBlog...

Playground Monitor said...

Yeah... maybe we can all go see Casino Royale again and drool over Daniel Craig. Yum-O!


Teresa Medeiros said...

It was my pleasure, Michelle! I can't think of more gracious hostesses than you and your wonderful and witty bellas! Smoochies to you all! :)