It’s time for another year to come to a close, and if you’re human you’re probably doing a little reflecting this week. You might also be reflecting if you’re a robot, and that’s part of your programming for some reason. Either way, you might be feeling a little twinge of nostalgia, and for that, you have us, and our first ever annual list of Nostalgic Holiday films.
Sub-Cultured’s First Annual Official Nostalgic Holiday Films List (For Nostalgia)
Holiday Film Favorites we can (Mostly) Agree On
1. Babes in Toyland (With Laurel and Hardy): We tried watching the Drew Barrymore/Keanu Reeves version of this film and the internet rebelled by shutting down our twitch account temporarily. We will take that as a sign to stick with the real classics.
2. Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (claymation): Doesn’t the abominable snowman get kicked in the *ahem* snowballs in this movie? Maybe don’t kick an abominable snowman in the snowballs. I feel like that’s the moral here.
3. A Christmas Story: TBS feels that we should all marathon this movie for twenty four hours at least once a year. TBS is probably on to something.
Jen’s Made For TV Skating Spectacular
Disney Fantasy on Ice: Technically this is my sister’s pick, but I always watched it with her so I’m stealing it. Disney used to put together skating specials every year and this one had a story line and an actual red-headed Ariel and it’s basically ’90s perfection so if you can find it in full, let me know.
The Santa Clause: presented without comment and without justification. It’s that good.
Kaitlyn’s Favorite Sequel
Beauty and the Beast, The Enchanted Christmas: Much like Fern Gully, this movie comes equipped with a villain voiced by Tim Curry, and an important lesson about the environment. Or about your family at holiday time. Either way, it’s underrated.
Tushar’s Eclectic Holidays of Yore
Trading Places makes me long for days past because it takes place in Philly. Go makes me harken back to college when I first watched it, and reminds me of other old-school holiday gatherings where it was viewed as a less-than-wholesome Christmas film. And ROCKY IV. It does not get more ‘nostalgia’ than that.”
Leia’s Crying Corner
Fucking Frosty the Snowman gives me Frosty tears.
Home Alone makes me cry when his groceries break his bags or or when he looks at his family photos.
Sam’s (Semi-specific) Classics
1. It’s a Wonderful Life
2. Love Actually
3. Miracle on 42nd St. (1947) This version is important mostly because I still have a huge crush on Maureen O’Hara.
4. Christmas Carol with John Barrymore, and it’s important that it’s the one with John Barrymore, so that it’s not this Jim Carrey bullshit.
5. Die Hard, the one with Bruce Willis. You know the one.
Colby’s Begrudging Holiday Spirit Which Conflicts with Sam’s Negativity.
Jim Carrey’s The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. My neice watched that everyday for months, then we had to have it on 24/7 while she was here for the holidays.
Max’s Almost Classics
Auntie Mame, and my usual: the Peanuts special. But not the one everyone always thinks of. The other one– It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown.
Mia’s Easy to Find but Hard to Obtain Choice
Mia picked Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas, pointing out that it’s pretty easy to find online for purchase but kind of hard to find if you want to watch it. Also you have to know exactly what you’re looking for otherwise you’ll end up with a bunch of Disney movies that aren’t this one. Those ones are lame and we’re ignoring them.
Let us know what movies transport you back through time during the holidays–the weirder the better!