One last time…
Those few hardy souls that have been with me from the start of this seemingly never ending journey will know that every year, between the 13th and 24th of December, I watch and review 12 Christmas films in an ongoing attempt to definitively crown the best Christmas film ever made.
The problem with this system is that many of the best Christmas films have already come and gone. We are down to the bare bones people. Let’s do it anyway. For one last time. The 12 days of Christmas Films 2018 are as follows:
1. How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Classic animated short about some green prick ruining Christmas.
2. Christmas with the Kranks (2005)
Rotten Tomatoes: 5%
For some reason I have to watch a Tim Allen film every Christmas. This year it’s this one. God this looks terrible doesn’t it. I might have to just be drunk the whole time.
3. Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire (1999)
BBC animated short for comic relief featuring Steve Coogan, Ardal O’Hanlon and erm… Des Lynam.
4. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)
Rotten Tomatoes: 27%
5. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)
6. The Christmas Chronicles (2018)
Rotten Tomatoes: 66%
Kurt Russell as Santa Claus. I think that is all the information that we need at this point.
7. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Classic American short movie about a reindeer that gets bullied by his peers and then goes on a killing spree. Something like that anyway. I forget.
8. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017)
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Netflix produced feature film about how Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol. This somehow passed me by last year.
9. A Christmas Tale (2008)
Rotten Tomatoes: 86%
When steely French matriarch Junon learns she has leukaemia, she asks her children and grandchildren at the family Christmas gathering to see if they are eligible to become bone marrow donors. Apparently this is a comedy.
10. Frosty the Snowman (1969)
Rotten Tomatoes: 60%
The final classic animated Christmas short is also the one I am looking forward to least. I don’t like the look of Frosty the Snowman. Just don’t care for him. Merry Christmas.
11. Mixed Nuts (1994)
Rotten Tomatoes: 10%
Written and directed by Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally) and starring comedy legend Steve Martin, this totally forgotten comedy from the ’90s is critically reviled. Should be interesting…
12. A Christmas Carol (1938)
Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
It is tradition that I take in a version of A Christmas Carol every year so having seen Patrick Stewart, Michael Caine, Bill Murray and Jim Carrey all take on Ebeneezer Scrooge, we finish off this list and indeed the concept of the 12 days of Christmas films with this classic iteration from 1938. Who’s with me?