Holiday Guest Post by Thomas Torre!
Dec23

Holiday Guest Post by Thomas Torre!

Ah, the holidays. It’s the only time of the year where we pull out all the stops and suit up for our family traditions passed on through the generations. Whether it’s decorating your house, baking some delicious treats, or shopping online for the hard to find gift since the lines at the mall are absurd, everyone has their own tradition. Don’t get me wrong, those are all well and good, but my family follows a tradition of their own. Holiday Movie Marathons. Thus I give to you all, my present to you. A list of my top five favorite holiday movies that I just had to watch with my family when I was a kid. Now I warn you, these aren’t the traditional holiday movies you are probably thinking of. For the most part, these are my guilty pleasures. So sit back, relax, and take a sip of your eggnog. It’s movie time. 1)      NATIONAL LAMPOONS CHRISTMAS VACATION I have always been a sucker when it comes to the National Lampoon movies, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than by watching Clark Griswold try to pull off the perfect Christmas. As usual, it winds up being a disaster. From oversized Christmas trees burning down, to noxious fumes seeping up from the sewer thanks to your brother-in-law dumping his waste; it just keeps getting better and better. Of course, as most National Lampoon movies, there is a happy ending, but not without Clark Griswold going off on one of the greatest rants in movie history. Trust me; you’ll know it when you hear it. Three words – “Where’s the Tylenol?” 2)      Scrooged     A modern retelling of Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”, we follow Frank Cross (played by Bill Murray), a filthy rich television programming executive  tasked with producing a live broadcast of the CHRISTMAS CAROL on Christmas Eve. Cross is the Scrooge of this movie, without even the slightest bit of a heart inside him. He goes through the typical “ghosts of Christmas” events, but just having Bill Murray behind the mask of scrooge makes it all the more brilliant. Some of the lines he says in this movie are enough to make your stomach rip open from laughter. Oh and Carol Kane as the Ghost of Christmas Present is absolute perfection. The chemistry between her and Bill Murray is spot on.  Not to mention she decks him a few times which is always good for a laugh. 3)      The Muppet Christmas Carol Another Christmas Carol portrayal, but who can pass up The Muppets? Scrooge this time is played by Michael Caine, who of course...

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