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.

https://youtu.be/luMUQyVQz7w

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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bemused
bemused
December 23, 2021 5:08 pm

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

Tintarella di Luna
Tintarella di Luna
December 23, 2021 5:17 pm

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

Bushkid
Bushkid
December 23, 2021 5:30 pm

Someone’s going to have to say it:

Die Hard.

Scuttles away hoping nobody notices….

GoTiges
GoTiges
December 23, 2021 5:33 pm

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

Speedbox
December 23, 2021 5:35 pm

Love Actually.

BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!

🙂 🙂

(runs away having caused much mischief)

rosie
rosie
December 23, 2021 5:41 pm

Little Drummer Boy

Mark from Melbourne
Mark from Melbourne
December 23, 2021 6:04 pm

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.

MatrixTransform
December 23, 2021 6:20 pm

(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

Damon
Damon
December 23, 2021 6:49 pm

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

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 23, 2021 7:31 pm

Gremlins.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 23, 2021 7:33 pm

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.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 23, 2021 7:36 pm

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.

John Brumble
John Brumble
December 23, 2021 7:50 pm

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.

calli
calli
December 23, 2021 8:03 pm

Watching Die Hard right now!

Happy Christmas and Yippie Ki Yay from Nakatami Tower!

😛

Roger
Roger
December 23, 2021 8:04 pm

It’s a Wonderful Life.

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

Davey Boy
Davey Boy
December 23, 2021 8:46 pm

Flesh Gordon

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

White Robot
White Robot
December 23, 2021 8:51 pm

Emmet Otter’s Jug Band Christmas

Fair Shake
Fair Shake
December 23, 2021 8:58 pm

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

Pogria
Pogria
December 23, 2021 11:16 pm

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

ooh, it’s a nice likeness!

vlad redux
vlad redux
December 23, 2021 11:54 pm

Home Alone.

Maniac
Maniac
December 24, 2021 12:21 am

What, no “Silent Night, Deadly Night”?

min
min
December 24, 2021 4:14 am

Last Christmas a recent arrival in this genre .

Dianeh
Dianeh
December 24, 2021 8:25 am

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.

Thefrollickingmole
Thefrollickingmole
December 24, 2021 11:09 am

What’s theStar Wars Christmas special, chopped liver?

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

Damon
Damon
December 24, 2021 11:22 am

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.

Ellen of Tasmania
Ellen of Tasmania
December 24, 2021 11:37 am

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.

wal1957
wal1957
December 24, 2021 12:35 pm

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.

Nikolai Vladivostok
December 24, 2021 2:05 pm

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

Mother Lode
Mother Lode
December 24, 2021 3:09 pm

Rewatched it recently, still very funny.

You’ll have your eye out.

Ironbark
Ironbark
December 24, 2021 4:17 pm

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. “

Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 4:38 pm

White Christmas
It’s a Wonderful Life

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 4:43 pm

Last night, Die Hard.

Tonight – Home Alone. The children insist.

It will have to be the Griswalds on Christmas Day.

Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 4:45 pm

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.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 4:49 pm

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

Rabz
December 24, 2021 4:53 pm

“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.

caveman
caveman
December 24, 2021 5:48 pm

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

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

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 6:26 pm

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

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 6:26 pm

Could it be they might have not been in Berlin?

areff
areff
December 24, 2021 6:58 pm

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

mizaris
mizaris
December 24, 2021 6:58 pm

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

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

Rabz
December 25, 2021 8:38 am

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

Excellent.

EvilElvis
EvilElvis
December 27, 2021 10:40 pm

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)…

EvilElvis
EvilElvis
December 27, 2021 10:42 pm

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

EvilElvis
EvilElvis
December 27, 2021 11:01 pm

Epic posting fails above!

  1. With the crapfest on the weekend regarding Donald Trump’s security, or lack there of, I reckon he should use Marines…

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