Total Recall: Overlooked Christmas Gems

Summary

I grew up in a household that owned four Christmas albums -- Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Dean Martin, and the Boston Pops. And that was it. So part of what I enjoy about Christmas as an adult is the discovery of the vast thicket of vintage holiday music out there, from Pearl Bailey and Lena Horne to the Ray Conniff Singers and the Three Sons. Same deal with movies; I came of age in the 1970s, the golden era of It's a Wonderful Life being in the public domain and airing all day, every day, throughout the month of December. As I got older (and wrote the book Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas), I was delighted to find that I had as many new buried treasures among Christmas films as I've had with music.

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Ian Fastert

The have your self a movie little christmas link goes to the Arthur Christmas page.

Dec 19 - 04:35 PM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Thanks. It's been fixed.

Dec 19 - 04:48 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Link still goes to the Arthur Christmas page.

Dec 20 - 07:28 AM

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Mitch Hansch

Sorry about that. O.k. it should be finally fixed. Thanks

Dec 20 - 09:32 AM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Yeah, still goes on to Arthur Christmas page.

Dec 20 - 02:55 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

The link keeps coming back from the dead. It's a Christmas miracle :)

Dec 20 - 07:06 PM

Josiah Coulter

Josiah Coulter

Oh my gosh -- I just flagged your comment as spam Big Brother!! I didn't mean to. I wanted to reply on how hilarious that was. :p

Dec 22 - 04:48 PM

Janson Jinnistan

Janson Jinnistan

The Ref
Gremlins
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Dec 19 - 04:46 PM

zinc alloy

zinc alloy

Rare exports was really interesting.........

Dec 20 - 04:53 PM

Deborah J.

Deborah Jean

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Dec 30 - 01:22 PM

Kenneth Tompkins

Kenneth Tompkins

I just watched Rare Exports and really enjoyed it. It is for sure a new addition to my holiday movie list

Dec 21 - 12:46 AM

rt-ryan

Ryan Fujitani

Thanks. It's been fixed.

Dec 19 - 04:48 PM

Kurtiss Keefner

Kurtiss Keefner

Link still goes to the Arthur Christmas page.

Dec 20 - 07:28 AM

www.movieswithmitch.com

Mitch Hansch

Sorry about that. O.k. it should be finally fixed. Thanks

Dec 20 - 09:32 AM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

Yeah, still goes on to Arthur Christmas page.

Dec 20 - 02:55 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

The link keeps coming back from the dead. It's a Christmas miracle :)

Dec 20 - 07:06 PM

Josiah Coulter

Josiah Coulter

Oh my gosh -- I just flagged your comment as spam Big Brother!! I didn't mean to. I wanted to reply on how hilarious that was. :p

Dec 22 - 04:48 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

I liked Arthur Christmas. It was fine for a animated holiday movie.

Dec 19 - 05:08 PM

Ott Lindstrom

Ott Lindstrom

Die Hard. Best Christmas movie ever.

Dec 19 - 05:09 PM

Ben Sheppard

Ben Sheppard

Lethal Weapon.

Dec 21 - 03:40 AM

Dave J

Dave J

But not overlooked though!

Dec 21 - 11:56 AM

Jack Schrute

Jack Schrute

I just watched "Arthur Christmas" today and didn't like it. Very boring.

Dec 19 - 05:48 PM

Matthew R.

Matthew Reimer

You must not like animation do you?

Dec 20 - 02:53 PM

Derek Diercksmeier

Derek Diercksmeier

"Eyes Wide Shut" and "Prometheus" are both great Christmas movies, even though they aren't the type of films that come to mind when talking about classic holiday movies.

Dec 19 - 07:23 PM

Justin Slick

Justin Slick

I'd call Prometheus a Christmas movie waaay before I'd call it "great".

Dec 20 - 04:51 PM

Derek Diercksmeier

Derek Diercksmeier

Thanks, Alonso!!! Great article.

Dec 19 - 07:24 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Young Jennifer Connelly's boobs always put me in the Christmas spirit!!!

Dec 19 - 07:59 PM

Lisa P.

Lisa Partridge

Agreed on Arthur Christmas and The Ice Harvest (haven't seen the rest)

I wish John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton would do more movies together, I'm only aware of this one and Pushing Tin. They have a great chemistry.

Dec 19 - 08:13 PM

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Andrew Brinkerhoff

Out of those, I've only seen "Arthur Christmas", which was decent. (SPOILER) I thought the UFO subplot, while it provided a poignant parting moment between Grandsanta and "Evie", was too silly. (END SPOILER)

Dec 19 - 08:43 PM

Movie Monster

Bentley Lyles

I saw Arthur Christmas recently and I enjoyed it very much. It'll probably become a film I watch every Christmas.

Dec 19 - 10:18 PM

Ben Lukas

Ben Lukas

Rare Exports has to have a place on this list!

Dec 19 - 11:05 PM

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Hugo Emanuel Melo

Considering the ratings that most of these movies got they were probably overlooked for good reason. Rare Exports should totally be on this list, BTW.

Dec 20 - 03:54 AM

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