Santa’s almost here! It’s about this time that I like to sit back, chill out and watch some classic movies. There’s a lot of debate about what makes a Christmas movie a Christmas movie, but for me it’s easy:
- Is it set at Christmas?
- Are there Christmas-themed songs on the soundtrack?
- Does the Christmas setting feature heavily?
If the answer to those three questions is yes, that pretty much settles it for me. Which, for me, is why Die Hard is a Christmas movie.
I mean, just look at that image. It doesn’t get more Christmassy than ‘Now I have a machine gun – Ho-Ho-Ho’, does it?
In any case, every year my Christmas films basically boil down to whatever I fancy, along with the aforementioned Die Hard and the other essential movie for me: Home Alone. It took me a very long time to warm to Home Alone (mostly because I was a pretentious teenage film snob when it first came out), but now I find it utterly irresistible and Christmas doesn’t feel like Christmas without it.
So anyway, there we are. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.
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