WolfmanOz at the Movies #1


Well with Christmas upon us it would be a good place to start the Weekly Film Thread for Cats to post their most memorable Xmas movies, to get their minds off the insanity of the world today.

To start things off I’ve always had a soft spot for the 1970 musical Scrooge starring Albert Finney in the title role and Alec Guinness as Jacob Marley.

Of course, it’s A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens and, although the Alistair Sim 1952 movie is arguably the best film version, I’ve always enjoyed this film since I first saw it when it was first released over 50 years ago.

Other Xmas favorites would include It’s A Wonderful Life, and, if I’m in a mood for action and suspense, then you can’t go pass the original Die Hard.

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46 responses to “WolfmanOz at the Movies #1”

  1. bemused Avatar
    bemused

    National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

  2. Tintarella di Luna Avatar
    Tintarella di Luna

    ‘ll go with the last movie I went to see – Grease

  3. Bushkid Avatar
    Bushkid

    Someone’s going to have to say it:

    Die Hard.

    Scuttles away hoping nobody notices….

  4. GoTiges Avatar
    GoTiges

    1. Christmas Vacation
    2. Trading Places
    3. While you were sleeping
    4. Elf
    5. Love Actually
    6. The Bishop’s Wife
    7. Die Hard

  5. Speedbox Avatar
    Speedbox

    Love Actually.

    BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!

    🙂 🙂

    (runs away having caused much mischief)

  6. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Little Drummer Boy

  7. Mark from Melbourne Avatar
    Mark from Melbourne

    Zulu

    Also, and I really, really, REALLY hate to say this, the Superstar version which featured Tim Minchin. He was excellent, as was the rest of the cast and the arrangement.

  8. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    (runs away having caused much mischief)

    I like Love Actually.
    The story with the writer (Colin Firth) and the the maid (Lúcia Moniz) is awesome

    the dialog between them in different languages is very funny

  9. Damon Avatar
    Damon

    Can’t go past Die Hard. Ho.Ho.Ho. Mother f***er.

  10. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Gremlins.

  11. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Love, Actually is a cockle-of-the-heart warming reminder that for every stuffy white brit male, there’s a lower class dollybird ready to open their legs.

  12. Wally Dalí Avatar
    Wally Dalí

    Rickman and his secretary.
    Firth and his housekeeper.
    Young Colin and his American Beauties.
    Grant and the tea lady.
    Even Nighy monsters his manager in a predatory gay way.
    Am I wrong? Explains the perplexingly persistent popularity.

  13. John Brumble Avatar
    John Brumble

    Die Hard is a good movie. It is not a Christmas movie and you can only make it one by performing contortions with the narrative that would make the Greens blush.

  14. calli Avatar
    calli

    Watching Die Hard right now!

    Happy Christmas and Yippie Ki Yay from Nakatami Tower!

    😛

  15. Roger Avatar
    Roger

    It’s a Wonderful Life.

    Not just one of the best Christmas films, but one of the best films ever made.

  16. WolfmanOz Avatar
    WolfmanOz

    calli says:
    December 23, 2021 at 8:03 pm
    Watching Die Hard right now!

    Happy Christmas and Yippie Ki Yay from Nakatami Tower!

    ?

    Enjoy !

    I’d like to convince my wife to re-watch it again tonight !

  17. Davey Boy Avatar
    Davey Boy

    Flesh Gordon

    (nominated for the 1975 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, but lost to Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein)

  18. White Robot Avatar
    White Robot

    Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas

  19. Fair Shake Avatar
    Fair Shake

    Alexander wept as there were no more worlds to conquer.
    Hans Gruber
    Nakatomi Plaza

  20. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Davey Boysays:
    December 23, 2021 at 8:46 pm
    Flesh Gordon

    ooh, it’s a nice likeness!

  21. vlad redux Avatar
    vlad redux

    Home Alone.

  22. Maniac Avatar
    Maniac

    What, no “Silent Night, Deadly Night”?

  23. min Avatar
    min

    Last Christmas a recent arrival in this genre .

  24. Dianeh Avatar
    Dianeh

    1. Love Actually (I watch it every Christmas)
    2. Die Hard (watched it last week)
    3. Last Christmas (was surprised by it last year, really enjoyed it)
    4. Shrek the Halls

    And I love watching tv shows Christmas specials.

  25. Thefrollickingmole Avatar
    Thefrollickingmole

    What’s theStar Wars Christmas special, chopped liver?

    / blocks out “ what do Wookiees do with Ewoks memories…

  26. Damon Avatar
    Damon

    The most amusing is playing right now: almost every country in the world has instituted mask mandates. For a virus that is acknowledged to be little worse than a common cold.

  27. Ellen of Tasmania Avatar
    Ellen of Tasmania

    Watched ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ the night before last. Sometimes I’m tempted to feel that my guardian angel is a ‘Clarence’. We also like ‘The Shop Around the Corner’ with Jimmy Stewart. ‘You’ve Got Mail’ is it’s modern take, but we prefer the old one.

  28. wal1957 Avatar
    wal1957

    I agree with Roger and Ellen…”It’s a Wonderful Life.”
    Jimmy Stewart has always been a favourite actor of mine.
    One of the best movies/stories ever made in my opinion.

  29. Nikolai Vladivostok Avatar

    A Christmas Story, 1983.
    Can’t believe no one mentioned it.
    Rewatched it recently, still very funny.

  30. Mother Lode Avatar
    Mother Lode

    Rewatched it recently, still very funny.

    You’ll have your eye out.

  31. Ironbark Avatar
    Ironbark

    John Brumble says:
    December 23, 2021 at 7:50 pm
    Die Hard is a good movie. It is not a Christmas movie…

    As a wise man once said, “There are only 2 types of people in this world. Those who think Die Hard is a Christmas Movie, and those who are wrong. “

  32. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    White Christmas
    It’s a Wonderful Life

  33. calli Avatar
    calli

    Last night, Die Hard.

    Tonight – Home Alone. The children insist.

    It will have to be the Griswalds on Christmas Day.

  34. Bar Beach Swimmer Avatar
    Bar Beach Swimmer

    I miss the Christmas kids cartoons that once upon a time were on every year.

    The Little Drummer Boy, done with puppets; Frosty, the Snowman; Rudolf, the Red-nosed Reindeer; Peanuts Christmas Special.

  35. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    I’ve just watched the scene in “Once Upon a Time in Hollyweird” where the Pitt* is in his Kharmann Ghia hooning around the Hollyweird Hills like a Japanese dentist.

    Err, I’m sure there might be a Christmas angle that could be worked in somewhere.

    If not, tough titties. 🙂

    *Sans white Levi’s jacket

  36. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    “After a divorced New York mother hires a nice old man to play Santa Claus at Macy’s, she is startled by his claim to be the genuine article. When his sanity is questioned, a lawyer defends him in court by arguing that he’s not mistaken.”

    Miracle on 34th Street.

    Regarded as the definitive Christmas movie when I was a yoof. Which I’ve still never seen.

  37. caveman Avatar
    caveman

    Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

    The Martians kidnap Santa Claus because there is nobody on Mars to give their children presents.

  38. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Personally I’ve meet three offspring of WWII Polish displaced persons
    oddly ANU thinks approximately 56,000 displaced Poles emigrated to Australia after WWII

  39. rosie Avatar
    rosie

    Could it be they might have not been in Berlin?

  40. areff Avatar
    areff

    As a poor soul destined for a vegan Christmas table (amazing it is that sister and I emerged from the same womb) I’ll be thinking of the second-greatest French film ever made, La Grande Bouffe.

    Tucker to die for, literally.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuqZlOHnJNw

  41. mizaris Avatar
    mizaris

    The Snowman – almost a religion at ours. Loved by all and enjoyed every Christmas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE9KpobX9J8

  42. WolfmanOz Avatar
    WolfmanOz

    Some lovely movies selected here . . .

    Here on the Cat I’ll be making a weekly post on films aka WolfmanOz at the Movies.

    I’ll be discussing a movie topic and/or film to review/debate – invariably accompanied with a movie clip or two.

    Finally, and most importantly, a Merry Xmas to you all !

  43. Rabz Avatar
    Rabz

    I’ll be making a weekly post on films aka WolfmanOz at the Movies

    Excellent.

  44. EvilElvis Avatar
    EvilElvis

    Rex, we live in hope.

    At least if it’s a sideways gotcha tax we can feel like we’ve bought our tickets to the greatest show on earth (pollie, Sneakers, court lynchings)…

  45. EvilElvis Avatar
    EvilElvis

    Is it just me or does there seem to be a greater proportion of Sandgropers lurking on the Cat nowadays?

  46. EvilElvis Avatar
    EvilElvis

    Epic posting fails above!

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