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Green Room - Week 2 - Day 3

I missed out on yesterday's "late Green Room discussion" of listing your favorite holiday movies. Of course, I liked the ones already mentioned. But the one I try to watch every year is "Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas".

Cynthia's is "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Although we were just talking a couple days ago about how we needed to watch Gremlins!

What about YOU? What do you "need to watch" every year? Maybe it's not a "Holiday movie", but rather something else?

Back when I was single, I would rewatch the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy, extended editions around Christmas.


My favorite link at the moment (that isn't to Paypal, Patreon or my Amazon Wish list): http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/954961.html (Week 2 Topic post)

My second favorite link: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/955188.html (Work Room)


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Dec. 2nd, 2016 02:12 pm (UTC)
First! I love to watch the movie Desperado with Antonio Banderas, Selma Hayek, Steve Buscemi, and Cheech Marin. For me and my husband it's "our movie" which is pretty hysterical considering the body count. :P
Dec. 2nd, 2016 02:25 pm (UTC)
Nightmare Before Christmas is pretty good. My mom is a big fan of "It's a Wonderful Life". She watches it every year.

Next Green room you should poll us about our favorite Christmas music! I have a LOT to say for that one : ).
Dec. 2nd, 2016 04:23 pm (UTC)
Nightmare Before Christmas!!! It's been too long, I need to add that to my watch list!
Dec. 2nd, 2016 10:27 pm (UTC)
Although it's not particularly my favorite, I really like that it manages to be a Christmas and a Halloween movie at once.
Dec. 2nd, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
It's not Christmas in our house until we've watched Denis Leary spew profanities throughout a Christmas dinner spent holding Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis hostage in The Ref.

Bonus...Christine Baranski appearance!
Dec. 2nd, 2016 02:45 pm (UTC)
I think my new tradition after this year will be rewatching Yuri!!! on Ice around Christmas because seriously this show is a gift and I am in love with the whole thing.

(Yes I am obsessed I am so sorry).

Meanwhile, I'm still picking around my entry ideas and trying to figure out which one is "best" but I have nooo clueeee. Sigh.
Dec. 2nd, 2016 03:00 pm (UTC)
Back in Neolithic Times my mother took me to see The Nutcracker every single year. I think I was in high school when we stopped going. I haven't seen it live since, and in a way I don't want to because I'm afraid I've lost that magical kids'thing that would make me ooh and ahhh.

The other thing is participating in a Messiah Sing. I haven't done that since the last time I sang with a chorus, which was *mumblemumble* years ago when I could still somewhat sing on key. I don't even try nowadays, LOL.

(I realize these aren't movies but thought I'd throw 'em out there anyway)

Dec. 2nd, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
The Nutcracker totally counts. And I usually find some choir to listen to on Christmas Eve, since I'm not IN a choir anymore. So many Christmas cantatas and midnight services. Coming in late from church on Christmas eve was part of Christmas day.
Dec. 2nd, 2016 04:39 pm (UTC)
We went to Midnight Mass for a time back before my mother started declining. I loved it because everything was decked out and bright against the dark and everybody sang everything with gusto like we were the only congregation on earth. I think the church stopped having it because I haven't seen anything about it in recent years.
Dec. 2nd, 2016 04:45 pm (UTC)
My favorite part was when they passed out candles for everyone and then turned out the lights. :)
Dec. 2nd, 2016 03:21 pm (UTC)
Back in the days before VCRs or DVRs or streaming media, (she says from her rocking chair) everyone watched the same thing on the same night, and usually The Wizard of Oz was aired some time during the holiday season, along with It's a Wonderful Life, Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph (with the Island of Misfit Toys), and Cinderella (Leslie Ann Warren).

There were others, but these stick out in my mind.
Dec. 2nd, 2016 04:15 pm (UTC)
We used to do that with LotR, too! I may...have hit my limit on that one now...well, unless I just skip to all the Aragorn scenes. ;)

We watch The Secret of Roan Inish every year.
Dec. 2nd, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
It is time for an LOTR rewatch in the Casa de Ryl. Maybe after the last episode of Dirk Gently this season so I can keep the Elijah Wood magic going. *swoons*

My traditional annual Christmas movie is Lupita Beats the Devil. It makes no freaking sense but it is so much fun to watch. Note to self: introduce the roommates to the madness.
Dec. 2nd, 2016 07:34 pm (UTC)
I totally think the spurious theme-based casting of A Christmas Carol was the real highlight of yesterday's Green Room.

You know you want to play. ;)

American Robber Barons
James Bond Film Characters
Pokemon Creatures
Shakespearean Characters
European Monarchs
Animals from the Australian Outback
Disney Characters
People on U.S Currency

and so many other possibilities.

You know, someday this will for real show up as a request on Yuletide, and it will be all our fault...
Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:41 pm (UTC)
Star Wars Characters
Star Trek Characters
Game of Thrones Characters
Walking Dead Characters
Viking Legends
Marvel and DC comic characters
Dec. 2nd, 2016 10:31 pm (UTC)
My mom has a bunch of movies she always watches. Each December 1st, she unboxes a stack of holiday DVDs like Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone, The Santa Claus, and that one with the claymation/furry doll reindeer guy. Although I don't feel like I need any particular holiday movie to feel 'in the season', I think it's so cute that she has her traditions.

Of her regular movies for the holiday though, I'd say my favorites are Christmas Vacation, The Guardians, and The Holiday. And I run from the room when she plays Love Actually. :\
Dec. 3rd, 2016 02:25 am (UTC)
Each Christmas I watch the Invader Zim episode The Most Horrible Christmas Ever. It is magical. "Will being teleported to our doom be fun and Christmasy?" "Of course it will!, you hideous fool." So magical.

Aside from that, The Nightmare Before Christmas.

I don't have any non-holiday movies I watch at this time of year, but I do try to watch V for Vendetta every November 5th. In the past I've watched The Crow on October 30th, and Dracula Untold on Easter (seriously, it takes place on Easter). For contrast, I've also watched Rise of the Guardians on Easter, because that _also_ takes place on Easter. I've vaguely considered watching Groundhog Day every Groundhog Day, but never actually have. One of these days...er, years.

I also once did that thing where you read one chapter a day of "A Night in the Lonesome October" in October. Because apparently I'm really into this synching stories to the calendar thing.

Edited at 2016-12-03 02:26 am (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2016 04:01 am (UTC)
We did Night in the Lonesome October out loud as a family that way a few years ago and it was very fun.
Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:45 pm (UTC)
Does my brat know of the Invader Zim, The Most Horrible Christmas ever? OMG, She would lose her mind in happiness!

Must go find it for her.....
Dec. 3rd, 2016 07:46 pm (UTC)
It's the last episode they officially aired on Nickelodeon/released when IZ was airing. Of course I've seen it. I haven't seen it in a while (I am due for a rewatch), but yes, I have seen it. ;)
Dec. 3rd, 2016 02:39 am (UTC)
I watch 'The Hogfather' every year around the winter holidays.
Dec. 3rd, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
Dec. 3rd, 2016 05:10 am (UTC)
I read Hogfather every Christmas for a while. I did enjoy the film, but not as much as the book.
Dec. 3rd, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
It's not Christmas until I watch Die Hard. :)
Dec. 3rd, 2016 04:01 am (UTC)
Yes! Me too!
Dec. 3rd, 2016 01:38 pm (UTC)

My movie is Albert Finney' s Scrooge. It's song and dance but good fun.

Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:37 pm (UTC)
Let's see, the 12 Dogs of Christmas from 2004, The Secret of Nim, The Bishop's Wife- the Cary Grant, Loretta Young version, and Leslie Ann Warren's version of Cinderella.

Christmas isn't Christmas without my kids, so I pack everything up, and bring it to them a few days before. Then the hubs and I quietly cozy up at home, and watch the Alistair Sims version of a Christmas Carol. ;)
Dec. 5th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC)
I know this is late but if you read the Jim Henson bio by Brian Jay Jones they have a nice section about the making of Emmett Otter.

Yes, "Gremlins" and most of the "Die Hards" were set during Christmas but they, I think in every case, were released as summertime films.

Of course being a former Macy's store employee and being a former parade official, my favorite holiday film is "Miracle on 34th Street." For awhile I was enamored with the TV version which starred the wooden former "Good Morning America" host, David Hartman playing opposite the most famous Eleanor Roosevelt, Jane Alexander, and with an All-Star list of tv actors, like Jim Backus, David Doyle, Tom Bosley and Sebastian Cabot as Kris Kringle. But really it's the glorious black and white version with Maureen O' Hara, little Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn as the Man in gray red!

Never the Richard Attenborough/Elizabeth Perkins one.

P.S. did anyone see the youtube coverage of the Macy's Parade via the Verizon page? It was pretty fantastic - the 360 degree cameras let you look wherever you wanted!

I would have linked you, but just like Thanksgiving, it's now gone.
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