What’s the Best (and Worst) Christmas Movie?
There are many wonderful Christmas films and I’m sure you have your favorite. Maybe it's...
1) A CHRISTMAS STORY
2) NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION
3) HOME ALONE
...or one of many favorites, of which there are too many to name here.
But let’s face it: Charles Dickens' story of Ebenezer Scrooge – “A Christmas Carol” (a/k/a/ "Scrooge") – is the classic to beat ALL holiday stories. And the absolute BEST version of this story was released in 1951 with the great Alastair Sim as Scrooge. He played the most believable Scrooge that you will ever witness in any film version of the Dickens tale. He’s pure mean in the first part of the film, crotchety as the ghosts take him all over the place, remorseful as he mulls over his past life and finally full of glee, joy, humor and warmth by the last ten minutes of the film. This guy went through all the human emotions and was totally believable with them all. The film drags a little toward the middle but it’s worth it to see his metamorphosis by the end of the film. Pure joy and a classic in the purest sense of the word.
CAUTION: AWESOME PERFORMANCE MAY CAUSE MISTY EYES AND PULLED HEARTSTRINGS.
AND NOW...what's the WORST Christmas movie EVER?
I’m sure there are some people out there who enjoy this film…but let’s face it: it’s the worst Christmas movie of all time. The 1964 epic SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS starring Pia Zadora as a little martian girl. Bad color (basically all red & green) and a terrible plotline executed by a group of actors, a handful of which you may recognize. Ya gotta feel sorry for ’em. One of the actors you might recognize is Ned Wertimer, who played Ralph the doorman on “The Jeffersons.” Also, the music was handled by Milton DeLugg, who was Johnny Carson’s bandleader on “The Tonight Show” before Doc Severinsen took over.
Not a bad film if you're sick in bed and can’t reach for the remote to turn your set off.
CAUTION: MAY INDUCE VOMITING OR CAUSE DROWSINESS.