It’s time to celebrate the Christmas/ Chanukah/ Kwanza/ Festivus Holiday season, so here at Cinema Blend we’re enjoying Twelve Days of Christmas. Yes, we know traditionally the “12 days” start with Christmas, but we plan on being celebrated out by that time, so we’re pushing the twelve days leading up to the holiday.
Here at Cinema Blend, we’re celebrating by revisiting some of our favorite holiday movies. These aren’t the 12 best movies out there by any means, just twelve of our favorites. Some of them you might enjoy like we do. Others you might want to check out for the first time.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
For the longest time it was a running joke that you couldn’t change the channel at Christmas without running into Frank Capra’s classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. Second only to A Christmas Carol, Capra’s tale is one of the most imitated holiday stories and, thanks to grey Copyright enforcement, for a while the movie itself ran numerous times over the holidays. Now it’s down to one channel, and I have to admit, I kind of miss the opportunity to come across it by happenstance so frequently.
There’s a lot to like about It’s a Wonderful Life, which epitomizes what a “Capra-esque” film is, and why I enjoy watching it every holiday season. The idea of the impact one person can have, sometimes unknowingly, is a humbling thought. If anyone else was in George Bailey’s position, being given the chance to see how different things would be had they never existed, would we measure up to Stewart’s character? In the end it doesn’t matter, because as long as we’ve impacted one person, our existence on the planet means something.
It’s a Wonderful Life is such a marvelous picture I don’t only pull it out during the holidays, but at a time of friends and family, it seems especially appropriate to remind ourselves how much they mean to us, and how much our absence would mean to them.
That classic holiday moment… most people would say Zuzu’s petals, or the ringing of the bell, but I’m a sucker for that magical moment of chemistry between George and Mary when he offers to lasso the moon for her.
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