Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

By Steve Lee

Hope you're all enjoying your holidays.

As you may have noticed, we're taking a little break here at Hollywood Lost and Found to enjoy the holidays and get caught up on "real life." But I wanted to continue our tradition of recommending a few slightly off-center Christmas films that you may not have thought of...

"The Nightmare Before Christmas" (1993) Always at the top of my list for Halloween AND Christmas.

"Trading Places" (1983) "Hello, security? Merry Christmas!" Who can forget a drunken Dan Aykroyd as Santa, pulling a fish out of his beard?

"Citizen Kane" (1941) The Orson Welles classic has a brief Christmas moment. If you don't blink. Hey, anything I can do to get more people to see the film...

"Fantasia" (1940) Okay, okay - it's not technically Christmas-themed. But the film features, of course, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, which has forever been associated with the holiday - and which keeps a certain dear ballerina friend of mine gainfully employed every winter season.

"1941" (1979) Steven Spielberg's chaotic epic had a great moment that never made the final cut, featuring Director John Milius in a cameo as Santa Claus running into the street like Bigfoot caught in traffic. Check out the DVD!

"Gremlins" (1984) And finally, I can't resist again mentioning the film that Director Joe Dante even described as "'It's A Wonderful Life' meets 'The Birds.'" A favorite twisted Christmas film of mine.

Happy Holidays to all!


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