The Christmas Season is well and truly upon us, so I thought I’d put together a short and creative list of festive movies favorited by the people of The Independent Initiative.
First up we have one of our fresh interns, Emma Jean. Favourite Christmas Movie: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.
I mean, who am I to disagree with Chevy Chase and his eccentric family bringing chaos to Christmas? Get your popcorn. It’s a wild ride.
Emma Jean Loves this movie because it’s the only one she can watch more than a few times and not hate it. Plus it’s super quotable and it’s her family’s go-to Christmas movie, which isn’t something I can argue with.
Next up we have our fearless leader, Charis, who’s pick is: Die Hard.
The story of John McClane fighting a German named Alan Rickman (God rest his soul) certainly makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Is this a Christmas movie? Do I even need to ask? The soundtrack alone is full of Christmas gems such as Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls and Out Of Bullets – a Classic Christmas tune.
What’s Charis’ reasoning? It’s not Christmas until Hans Gruber falls off the Nakatomi Tower – also the reasoning of countless meme creators.
Then we have intern number 2, Harmonie. Christmas movie of choice: Elf.
Another quotable classic. When Buddy grows up and finds out he’s adopted he sets out on an emotional journey to track down his real father, a busy businessman who has no time for family, only business.
– Wait, this sounds more like a Hallmark movie. Maybe I should mention Buddy is played by Will Ferrell and before he finds out he’s adopted he thinks he’s an elf. Also, Will Ferrell does an adequate amount of his trademark screaming and Zoey Deschanel makes an appearance.
Why does Harmonie like it? It’s a funny, cute, ditzy movie with Will Ferrell and Zoey Deschanel. What’s not to like?
Now we have our 3rd intern and German representative, Johnny. His pick: Die Hard.
Bruce Willis’ wife attends an office Christmas party when the building she works in is hijacked by terrorists. Pre-balding Bruce Willy must learn to walk barefoot on broken glass and crawl through a vent with a lighter, while maintaining his smolder.
Not being a fan of the classics, Johnny says the ending of Die Hard feels Christmasy, it puts you in a Christmas mood because everybody had a happy ending except Hans Gruber.
Then there’s Jonathan Proby: Noelle.
Santa’s daughter, Noelle, goes on a journey to find her brother, Nick, after he disappears, ultimately discovering the true meaning of Christmas.
What’s Proby’s reasoning? Well, despite the very mediocre reviews it’s still worth watching because it’s like Elf but with less Will Ferrell. Shirly MacLaine plays a character in the movie, which is relevant because the name ‘Shirley MacLaine’ is almost identical to Bruce Willis’ character in Die Hard; ‘John McClane’.
Hannah ‘Optimus’ Priman: White Christmas.
Another great one you can’t pass up. This film from 1954 has song and dance, romance, an inn, and a general. I guess that’s Christmasy? … I don’t know, I haven’t seen it. I’m sure it’s popular amongst the boomers.
Honestly, the thing I think of when I hear ‘White Christmas’ is a delicious dessert my mum makes every other year. I live in Australia. It’s as hot here as it is whenever something explodes in Die Hard.
Jay (me): How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
A grumpy hairy green man and his dog set out to steal presents from The Who’s. Not the band, the townspeople of Whoville.
This is the best Christmas movie ever because there’s singing, Jim Carey being comedic, and redemption. My sister and I can quote this film until the reindeer come home.
Did I say The Grinch was the best Christmas movie ever? Because I really meant Die Hard.
Greg: A Christmas Story, “But I’m not really a fan of Christmas stories…” Says Greg, so I’ll just give another reason why Die Hard is, in fact, a Christmas movie.
For those of you who disagree with this, you’re wrong.
At the end of the day, Die Hard is the gateway drug to Christmas movies. You watch Die Hard, then you watch another movie set around the same time but with a more festive soundtrack, then you find yourself sitting under a blanket in front of your grandma’s TV watching a story about a busy businesswoman who has to go home for the holidays to look after her dying mother who meets a gorgeous school teacher who loves dogs and they fall in love. They live happily ever after and live in a bakery. Also, there’s an old cosmic mentor who turns out to be Santa.
And that’s why Die Hard belongs in the vast community of Christmas movies.