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 second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Let’s be honest: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comedies have never performed as well as his action flicks. Yes, Jingle All the Way doesn’t have all the style and charm of Arnie’s action flicks, but it’s still enjoyable as lighthearted holiday entertainment.
Maybe I should clarify: when Jingle All the Way came out in 1996, I was working retail for a large toy chain. While the lengths Schwarzenegger and Sinbad go to for a silly Turbo Man toy may seem ludicrous to some people, I’ve seen how far some people will push in real life when the target is a Tickle-Me Elmo or Holiday Barbie. Suddenly, in that context, most of the movie doesn’t feel that outlandish at all.
As every year brings that “must have” toy for Christmas, Jingle All the Way continues to hold on as a holiday favorite. I never thought I’d say that when the movie first came out, but as the years have gone on, Jingle has become a film I enjoy revisiting each year alongside many other holiday pictures, silly as it may be.
That classic holiday moment… “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” plays on as Myron and Howard race through obstacles for a shot at the doll. The ironic use of the song has become almost iconic for holiday movies, but it’s aptly fitting here.
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