Well, as it seems most unavoidable, the time of the year known as the “Holiday Season” is upon us in a matter of weeks. There will be Thanksgiving and Christmas parades, various holiday specials and episodes. All manner of things! Dinner and parties, invitations and phone calls, it will be enough to drive you mad! (if you aren’t already tired of the “wonderful time of the year..lol) But I digress. The holiday season for me means that it will be time for my favorite things…movies and BBC America specials!!
For me, there are certain movies that have a level of appeal that can only come from watching them during the two month period of November to December. Now, there are a number of actual holiday-themed movies, TV episodes, and specials that are made each year, but admittedly, there are those that are among my favorites. You know, the ones that you “just cannot miss”. Here are just a few of mine
Doctor Who (50th Anniversary & Christmas Special)
Big one for me this year is the 50th anniversary of the Doctor Who BBC America special. I will not go into all the details of the special suffice to say, that if you are a Doctor Who fan, then this is THE year to pay close attention to both the “Day of the Doctor” and the Christmas special that should air in December.
“The Court Jester” – (Danny Kaye, Basil Rathbone, and Angela Lansbury)
One of his better known movies (in my opinion) and also one of his funniest! Long story short: Danny Kaye has to impersonate a jester, a Robin Hood-type character, and become a knight, all in order to save the heir to the throne! Oh, and let us not forget the witch “Greselda-she of the evil eye” Here is a wonderful scene between her and Danny Kaye!
“The Thin Man” (William Powell & Myrna Loy)
Have been a fan of “The Thin Man” movies ever since the first time I watched them. Now, the movies are not just shown during the holiday season, but they seem to have a different flavor to them when they are shown during the holiday season. For me, it is probably the fact that the initial “Thin Man” movie takes place during the weeks leading up to Christmas. A bonus from watching the witty banter between Powell and Loy is that a lot of murder mysteries have taken their cue (and sometimes their plot) from this movie. If you enjoyed watching a TV series called “Hart to Hart” then you will enjoy this “murder mystery”!
“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (voice of Boris Karloff)
Come on, who can’t wait for the holidays just for this all-time classic! Where else are you going to hear the great Boris Karloff actually sing? And how can you not smile and laugh at lyrics such as: “The three words that describe you best are as follows and I quote – “Stink, Stank, Stunk”! Watch it every time it’s on and never tire of it.
“White Christmas” (Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye)
Of course, the quintessential Christmas musical and has to viewed at least one time. While it is enjoyable as a musical from first song to last, there are some songs that are a real gem. One of my favorites is the “Choreography” number.
That is my short list for now. More than likely there will be updates and additions as we edge ever closer to that “most wonderful time of the year”. And I will do my best to keep you all up to date!
Have a great week and take care of yourself!