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Friday, December 17, 2010

Holiday Movies!

I am a sucker for two things - lists and Christmas movies. Okay, those and cheese, chocolate and kittens. This time of year I love to watch holiday movies, even if they're the really schlocky ones on "Lifetime." You know the ones - every movie features a single woman obsessed with her career living an empty, loveless life. Then, she travels to a small town to help a. orphaned children b. a business about to go under c. they've lost their Christmas spirit d. all of the above. Then she falls in love with the handsome local guy and her cold-hearted empty life is complete. Usually with a dog too.

But there are other Christmas movies I love as well. Here are the best of my best. Enjoy!

10. "Scrooged" starring Bill Murray and many others in a twist on the Dickens' classic.

9. "Christmas in Connecticut" Barbara Stanwyck stars as a writer who is kind of like the Martha Stewart of her time - but without Martha's mad skills.

8. "White Christmas" - Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, a classic

7. "A Christmas Story" - I just love Ralphie, his expletive spewing dad and his exasperated mother.

6. "The Bishop's Wife" - David Niven and Loretta Young, not to be confused with the horrible Whitney Houston version, "The Preacher's Wife."

5. "Miracle on 34th Street" Natalie Wood. Yes, I believe.

4. "Love Actually" - a perfect confection. I want Hugh Grant to be our president.

3."Elf" - Will Ferrell stars as a Elf out of water in New York City. A new classic. "Santa!!!!!!"

2. "It's a Wonderful Life" with James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore (yes, he's Drew's great-grandfather). A classic, and if you can get past the thought that the gorgeous Donna Reed's Mary Hatch would have ended up a spinster in Pottersville, it's flawless.

1. "Holiday" - photo above. Pitch perfect George Cukor film starring Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn. It has a wonderful message about living the life you want to live - no matter what any one else thinks.

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