Bruizer Top 10: Christmas Films
November 27, 2019
Bruizer Top 10: Christmas Films
There’s no denying it anymore. Christmas gifts have been in the shops for months, the festive chocolates have been available since September (we don’t mind that one) and the Christmas high street lights are on. Yes, love it or loathe it, Christmas is here! But it’s not all bad news, as it means those cheesy films you secretly enjoy can be watched once again, alongside the classics of course. Here’s our top 10 to get you started…
1. Home Alone 1 & 2
We couldn’t not include Home Alone could we?! These belters of a Christmas film from 1990 and 1992 are firm favourites here at Bruizer. When young Kevin gets accidentally left behind after his family heads off on Christmas vacation, he must face two intruders who are breaking into houses on his street. Slapstick hilarity ensues with Kevin defending his home and then facing his foes yet again in the sequel. And how can we forget the infamous line “Merry Christmas ya filthy animal”.
Will Ferrel takes the lead as the unforgettable Buddy the elf in one of the most popular Christmas films of recent times. After being raised in the North Pole, Buddy discovers he is actually human and heads off to New York City to find his real father. Seeing the world through Buddy’s eyes, the film has an innocent charm whilst being thoroughly entertaining!
3. The Holiday
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a love story or two (we may have snuck in another further down the list!). The 2006 rom com sees Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet swap houses over Christmas to escape their day-to-day lives. And of course, they meet their leading men, Jude Law and Jack Black to make this an instant classic.
“It’s just a feel good movie!” – Kate, Bruizer Producer
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been re-imagined many times since its first publication in 1843, but 1988’s Scrooged with Bill Murray is a Christmas classic. Mean spirited Murray is visited by three ghosts that show him the error of his ways and allow him to realise the true meaning of Christmas.
Sticking with the 80’s, next on our list is another classic, Gremlins. When Billy receives a Christmas gift from his father he gets more than he bargained for! When Billy fails to follow the three simple rules when looking after cute-as-a-button Mogwai, trouble begins in the town of Kingston Falls as the Gremlins are let loose!
6. It’s a Wonderful Life
We’re throwing it back to 1946 with our next choice. It’s a Wonderful Life tells the story of businessman George Bailey as he contemplates whether his family would be better off if he didn’t exist. A heart warming tale that is considered one of the best films of all time!
7. Christmas with the Kranks
If you’re looking for a light hearted festive film to watch in between trips to the fridge, Christmas with the Kranks is one to watch. With their daughter away, Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis decide to skip Christmas and go on a cruise. But, in true Christmas film style, when their daughter announces she is indeed coming home, the Kranks must pull together a last minute Christmas celebration with help from their neighbours.
“An underrated Christmas film that makes me laugh every time” – Sam, Bruizer Post-Production
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
If you haven’t seen National Lampoon Christmas Vacation, you should go watch it right now. (Seriously, stop reading and go!) Chevy Chase is planning an over the top, big family Christmas, but of course, things never run smoothly for the Griswolds. The tree is far too big for the living room and the 20,000 Christmas lights Clark put on the house just won’t work, but can he keep calm and remember the true meaning of Christmas? Spoiler – of course he can!
9. Die Hard
Not so much a Christmas film in the traditional sense, but it’s set at Christmas so that counts right? We think so. 1988’s Die Hard sees the infamous John McClane trying to save hostages, including his wife, from German terrorists during a Christmas party. If you want to escape the typical heartwarming story for a good old fashioned action film this Christmas, Die Hard is the go-to! Yippee-ki-yay…
10. Love Actually
And finally, we have another popular choice here at Bruizer, the 2003 festive rom-com Love Actually. A star studied film which follows Bill Nighly, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson and Andrew Lincoln, (to name just a few) as they deal with their love lives. Equal in it’s feel goodness, humour and warmth, this is one Christmas film not to miss this year!
“Nobody can hate this film” – Tim, Bruizer Director