Saturday, January 5, 2013

LAST Christmas Special: Wrap-Up

Here's my personal (and RottenTomatoes) rating of the Christmas movies I have watched and shared. I tend to not be super hard on movies, so you might think my ratings are very generous, but these are just my opinions. Most seem to fairly well correspond with RottenTomatoes, though I've never really used them to look up ratings before...

Anastasia (1997)
Love this movie, even though it may not be a "Christmas" movie. It seems like a great day-after-Thanksgiving movie, when you want something wintry, but not quite Christmastime.

Me: 92%
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

The Family Stone (2005)
This movie reminds me of my family so much, which is probably why I like it. There doesn't seem to be much special about it, but I still tend to like it.

Me: 82%
Rotten Tomatoes: 52%

The Family Holiday (2007)
This movie was one of those corntastic Christmas movies. Has Uncle Joey from Full House, and a couple of fairly adorable children. I wasn't a huge fan, however, and Rotten Tomatoes didn't even have a rating...

Me: 61%
Rotten Tomatoes: -

White Christmas (1954)
This one is a classic, and I love the music in it. I'm a fan of these older musical films. So it all depends on the mood that you're in, but if you're looking for an old-time music number, this one will work.

Me: 94%
Rotten Tomatoes: 76%

Good Luck Charlie (2012)
Another corny one, though the paintball scene was pretty entertaining. That's what I'd like to do for Christmas some year.

Me: 61%
Rotten Tomatoes: -

Lucky Christmas (2011)
Win the lottery, find a perfect guy...Yeah, sounds like an okay Christmas. Super corny, but what do you expect from these Hallmark and Disney Channel movies?

Me: 63%
Rotten Tomatoes: -

A Christmas Story (1983)
Another classic, though I've never been much of a fan of this one. I used to watch it in school, but this is the first time I've watched it since then. Still not a huge fan...but it's not horrible.

Me: 74%
Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
More classics! This is one of those movies that I always used to get yelled at for never having seen it. It's a cute one!

Me: 91%
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

Prancer (1989)
When you look at the quality of this movie, it might not be much. For some reason, though, I've always really liked this one. It's a new spin on a Christmas tale and I think it's a cool idea. How many of us would be willing to take in Santa's reindeer??

Me: 78%
Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

Prancer Returns (2001)
A sequel, and a very stereotypical sequel. I don't think this movie was necessary, and there were better ways to go about it, but it wasn't a horrendous follow-up.

Me: 64%
Rotten Tomatoes: -

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
I know this is another one of the classic, loved Christmas films, but I could not really get into it. I'm not sure why, because I tend to like the older movies.

Me: 81%
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Jingle All the Way (1996)
I liked this one more than I think I was supposed to. I enjoyed watching Schwarzenegger play at karate and pretend to be a super hero. I don't really understand half of what he says, but it's entertaining to me. I also thought the kid was cute, and the movie was cute, even though it went a little crazy with the commercialism preaching.

Me: 64%
Rotten Tomatoes: 17%

Elf (2003)
I love this movie, as do many others. I'm not usually a Ferrell fan, but Zooey Deschanel wins me over, and it's a very funny and lovable film.

Me: 90%
Rotten Tomatoes: 84%

Holiday Inn (1942)
This movie is fantastic. It gave us White Christmas and another chance to watch Crosby and Astaire work together. Those two make a fantastic team. A wonderful musical holiday film.

Me: 100%
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Another one I'd never seen before, at least not in the recent past. Fairly cute movie, though.

Me: 89%
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
I could not get into this movie. It is not my kind of comedy. I can see how others could find it entertaining, but it is really not my kind of thing.

Me: 51%
Rotten Tomatoes: 63%

The Santa Clause (1994)
I think I liked these movies more than I should have, too. I'm a bigger Tim Allen fan than I knew I was. I like his sarcastic humor. It goes along with my own, I think.

Me: 91%
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
I even liked the sequels! I thought they did a great job of continuing the story with a realistic new twist. It gave us more information and background around the big guy, and kept the same characters (I love character consistency).

Me: 86%
Rotten Tomatoes: 55%

The Santa Clause 3 (2006)
Yep, liked this one, too! :-)

Me: 81%
Rotten Tomatoes: 15%

The Polar Express (2004)
I thought this movie was cute, but it took me a while to get past the idea of Tom Hanks being every main character. The imagery was gorgeous, at least!

Me: 78%
Rotten Tomatoes: 56%

The Search for Santa Paws (2010)
Super corny...The stuffed dog where Paws comes from is very creepy...And it reminded me too much of Annie. You run a risk when you pick out random movies from your local library, but sometimes you can find the gems...And sometimes you find these...

Me: 58%
Rotten Tomatoes: -

Christmas in Canaan (2009)
Billy Ray Cyrus...I feel like not much more needs to be said...

Me: 54%
Rotten Tomatoes: -

Christmas Lodge (2011)
This was a typical Thomas Kinkade film. The scenery was very pretty, the story was very corny. I got a little more into this random library movie than I did the other two. Not a bad one.

Me: 71%
Rotten Tomatoes: -

Feel free to rate your favorites or least favorites or tell my opinions are horrible! I welcome the comments! :-)

*So Christmas is over and I'll get back to my random actor films. I'm thinking about doing a sort of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon type thing. I'll pick an actor and watch a movie of theirs, then pick a different actor from that movie and do a movie of theirs. That way I'm not watching 14 Will Smith movies in a row, because I get a little burnt out, and I'm guessing you do, too. We'll give that a try...*

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