One forthe screen­sters

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - NEWS - Lau­rence Mackin

Par­ty­ing with your friends is all well and good but some pre­fer the sim­ple com­forts of a gi­ant sofa and the em­brace of a warm screen. With this in mind, here’s eight fes­tive film op­tions.

Home Alone 1, 2 & 3

It is now 25 years since the first Home Alone film. Watch all three on Net­flix and re­flect on where Kevin could be now. Don’t look up Ma­caulay Culkin for in­spi­ra­tion.

The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas

You’ll have to wait un­til Jan­uary 1st to watch this one on Net­flix, but we care not a fig such is the bril­liance on of­fer from Jack Skelling­ton and co.

Bo Jack Horse man: Sab­rina’ s Christ­mas Wish

BJH con­tin­ues to be the bleak­est, fun­ni­est TV show around, and it even has a Christ­mas spe­cial to ap­peal to the darker, fes­tive parts of your brain. Avail­able on Net­flix.

A Very Mur­ray Christ­mas

In one of the strangest film ideas ever, Bill Mur­ray plays him­self on a TV Christ­mas spe­cial that he wor­ries no one will show up for, with guest cameos from Mi­ley Cyrus, Ge­orge Clooney, Michael Cera and Amy Poehler. This is the ba­sis of some drink­ing game we have yet to in­vent the rules of. Net­flix of course.

It’ s a Won­der­ful Life

Fess-up time – I have never seen It’s a Won­der­ful Life, which may go some way to­wards ex­plain­ing my lack of emo­tions. I’ve lived my life. I have no re­grets. It’s avail­able on Net­flix.

A Pi­geon Sat on a Branch Re­flect­ing on Ex­is­tence

Ah to hell with. Screw your Christ­mas films. In­stead, head over to and watch this per­plex­ing com­edy that seems to have flut­tered its way on to ev­ery crit­ics’ favourite film lists for 2015. Set your chin to stroke. Bah hum­bug.


Oh al­right then. Any Christ­mas sea­son that passes with­out at least one view­ing of the sec­ond great­est Christ­mas film of them all is not a sea­son that we want any­thing to do with. Speak­ing of which . . .

Die Hard

The great­est. Christ­mas film. Of them all. Ex­plo­sions. Au­to­matic weapons. Amaz­ing one lin­ers. Vests. Christ­mas jumpers. What more do you want? The Light House Cin­ema, be­cause they have a soul, are hav­ing one screen­ing on De­cem­ber 19th.

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