Vote for your top Christ­mas movie

Nom­i­nate fes­tive feel­good film faves

Rutherglen Reformer - - Rutherglen Rep - Dou­glas Dickie

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!

Christ­mas clas­sic

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