Yes, Christmas is nipping at your heels and it's time to get all festive with the inevitable round of Christmas films. Again. Get in the mood with James' Official Cinematic Chrimbo Cookoff. (Needless to say that Jingle All the Way didn't make the cut.) ** Potentially unfestive bad language follows **
Apart from Bill Murray's embarrassing emotional meltdown at the end, it's actually a pretty good rendering of Dickens' novel. Director Richard Donner based it on a TV producer he knew, apparently. So many great quotes.
Chris Columbus hit the ball out of the park with this one, and it's guaranteed to bring the kid out of everyone. Macaulay Culkin (who's dating Mila Kunis, can you believe?) turns his house into a theme park of pain, and Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern play the clown parts.
Perhaps the greatest action script ever written, and certainly one of the best executed, it's still somehow a Christmas flick. What's more primal than the need to reach wife family at Christmas, especially if that wife is divorced and being held by terrorists headed by Alan Rickman? Here's the short version: