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Thread: Non-traditional holiday movies

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    Non-traditional holiday movies

    This thread is for holiday movie recommendations, but not ones that are standard fare (like Home Alone and A Christmas Story).

    Instead, what we want here are those movies that are kinda related to the holidays, but aren't really about the holidays.

    For instance, there's Die Hard.

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    Tokyo Godfathers - an anime movie by Satoshi Kon. On Christmas Eve, three homeless people find an abandoned baby girl and take it upon themselves to find her family before the New Year. It's a wonderful story about love and the meaning of family.
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    Strange Days (New Year's). SF noir thriller.

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    An obvious one is RENT, which partially takes place on Christmas (IIRC, the movie less so than the play?)

    I know there were some unusual ones ex-Roomie would break out at Christmas time. The only one I remember right now is THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, which ends at Christmas
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    Gremlins-so many Christmas references.

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    Love Actually, Trading Places, It's a Wonderful Life, In Bruges, Lethal Weapon

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    When I was a kid, it was the second Batman movie with Michael Keaton. Set at Christmas, but hardly your traditional tree-trimming, fa-la-la-la-la fest.

    (Also, another vote for Die Hard.)

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    The Thin Man
    After the Thin Man
    Airport (original with Dean Martin)
    Gremlins
    of course Die Hard 1 and 2

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    Another vote for Lethal Weapon.

    Mixed Nuts, which is sorta Christmas adjacent but really just a sort of underrated Steve Martin thing (ok, it's not that good, but it's Steve Martin and also Madeline Kahn.

    Four Christmases, which might sound like it's about Christmas, but it's really about watching Reese Witherspoon barely manage to keep a lid on the rage and revulsion she feels being within 10 feet of Vince Vaughn, which makes it unintentionally hilarious (the way they thought it was going to be funny it's not at all).

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    We did Die Hard last year. It is truly perfect, both as a Christmas movie and as an action film. The sequel ... eh, it's Christmassy, but it's just not as magical.

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    Die Hard, obviously.

    I also have a weird love for The Long Kiss Goodnight. So pulpy yet so quotable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by be frank View Post
    I also have a weird love for The Long Kiss Goodnight. So pulpy yet so quotable.
    "Chefs do that."

    One of my Top 10 Guilty Pleasure movies.

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    And here I thought our family was the only one to enjoy non-Christmas Christmas movies!

    Better Off Dead
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    The Godfather*
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    The Ice Harvest
    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
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    Twelve Monkeys

    *And The Godfather II is set at New Year's!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zombie Fraggle View Post
    "Chefs do that."

    One of my Top 10 Guilty Pleasure movies.
    i with ya on this one, frank and zombie. Geena Davis...i became a fan of her when this movie came out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankie007 View Post
    "This ain't no ham on rye, pal!"
    "I would have been here sooner, but I was thinkin' up that 'ham on rye' line."

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    I'm so happy to see some Long Kiss love in here!
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    Been working really hard on getting this one going, and it's a stretch, but Snowpiercer. I know, I know. Also, because we do Robocop for Easter, I'm trying to figure out which Paul Verhoeven movie works best for Xmas. Maybe Starship Troopers, because it's the symbolic birth of Earth's future savior Johnny Rico? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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    Quote Originally Posted by be frank View Post
    "I would have been here sooner, but I was thinkin' up that 'ham on rye' line."

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    I'm so happy to see some Long Kiss love in here!
    lol i guess we should start a thread/fan club for LKG?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marlys View Post
    Strange Days (New Year's). SF noir thriller.
    LOVED that movie.
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    The Thin Man is one of my personal Xmas traditions. Wonderful movie. I think there's Xmas in several of the sequels too. Better re-watch to check!

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    Quote Originally Posted by robeiae View Post
    For instance, there's Die Hard.

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    Not really. Die Hard is THE Christmas film, isn't it?
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    My favorite Christmas movie that’s always been a hard sell to my family is Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. Giant, skeletal Death in a Santa suit—what’s not to love?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gravity View Post
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    Oh, now that's a great one! I'm going to have the kids watch it, for sure!
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