Vote for your top Christmas movie
Nominate festive feelgood film faves
We at the Reformer love Christmas.
There we said it. We know it’s not cool to admit it, but we can’t help it.
The decorations, presents, Christmas dinner and, of course, Christmas music and films.
Last year, we ran a poll to find Reformer readers’ favourite Christmas song, with The Pogues Fairytale in New York coming out on top. So this year, we want to know what your favourite Christmas film is.
We’re asking you to nominate your favourites and we’ll take the top five and then let you vote on the best, with the winner being revealed on Christmas Eve. And there’s certainly plenty to choose from, ranging from the funny, to the emotional, the dark and downright barmy. To many, Christmas films (like the world in general) were better in black and white. The original Miracle on 34th Street was released in 1947, and spawned a passable remake nearly 50 years later. It’s a Wonderful Life continues to spread hope and joy at this time of year, although we at the Reformer are far to tough to cry at such soppiness (that’s just something in my eye, honest!).
Moving on, we’ve had classic cartoons, such as Charlie Brown’s Christmas and the Snowman. Technically short films, but we’ll allow them. In the 80s, Christmas movies went from the sublime (Scrooged) to the ridiculous (Santa Claus: The movie) while the 90s saw movie studios fully realise just how much money was to be made out of the festive period.
Classic such as Home Alone, where a family forget to take their young son on holiday with them (twice) without social services intervening, set the scene. The Nightmare Before Christmas brought us a darker Yuletide tale while Die Hard continues to spark pub debate on whether it’s a Christmas film or not.
A new century brought the same old feelgood tales, led by manchild Will Ferrell in Elf, where we find out what would have happened to Sonny Corleone had he survived past the first Godfather film. Apparently he fathered an Elf. There was a homegrown classic too in Love Actually, which has never quite sat well with the Reformer.
We’ve only just scratched the surface. Feel free to nominate as many films as you like. You can do so at www.facebook.com/Rutherglen Reformer or www. twitter. com/ RuglenReformer or by emailing news@ rutherglenreformer.com.
Next week, the Reformer staff will pick their favourites!
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