My Top 5 Christmas Movies!

[Guest Post by French Walker]

I treasure movies the way some love the NFL, and so did my Mother. She often brought me to the Cinema with her, where I enjoyed a bevy of films with adult content, such as; Saturday Night Fever, Flashdance, and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

The Cinema; it was one of the rare times she bent the rules. Due to this and the advent of cable television, I connect films, actors, locations, myths, and obscure facts frequently; actually, there is very little I can’t join.

Try me, turn on the television and whichever film is on I can link it. I can tell you what year it was made simply by the objects, the type of equipment used to shoot it, and of course, the actors. I am seldom outside of one year on my estimations (including Westerns).

I began to believe this a useless talent until I got into my 40’s and realized I had spent a lifetime studying film and became a Screenwriter. So when Melissa contacted me with the invitation to list my top 5 Christmas movies with the caveat “do what you want,” I bit!

And now, without further adieu, here are my The Top 5 Christmas Movies. Happy Holidays from all of us here at The Temple of Venus, North Bend, WA.

Photo credit: Warner Bros

#5 Trading Places

Nothing says Christmas like the fragility of the stock market, a defunded
millionaire trust fund baby, and having to rely on hookers and con men to survive and restore your good standing. When I think of Christmas films, this is always the first on my mind. Although it’s technically not a Holiday Movie, it’s apropos.

Photo credit: Warner Bros

#4 Batman Returns

When the city is dark, and the bad guys are winning, who can a civilian turn to? Santa merely brings presents; Batman delivers justice.

#3 The Witches of Eastwick

Do I need a reason? Perhaps it’s my ilk, but this film generates more holiday
feelings than many Christmas classics, without the trimmings. Get out your broom skirts and take off your bras, Hallelujah!

Photo credit: Warner Bros

#2 Eyes Wide Shut

This film has been dubbed a “dark Christmas favorite” that could be a cipher wrapped in lunar landing footage and coated in a secret society. Grab your favorite person, and prepare to have plenty to talk about.

#1 The Nightmare Before Christmas

A festive flick created for those who have asked why Halloween has not been sustained or celebrated to the extent of Christmas? When you crave an alternative to the typical tropes, music, and human actors, here it is in all of its splendor.

Enjoy quality family time as the bridge between these two very opposite traditions remind us of what is essential—truth, love, and community. Happy Holidays!

[Pacific Northwest native and multimedia artist French Walker has contributed the past 30 years creating audio that has been featured internationally in television, radio, and film. In America, her music has been featured in motion pictures Homegrown, Scream, and Johns. Currently, she is working on her MFA in screenwriting at The David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts and locally founded the publishing company The Temple of Venus, Our Lady of Light in the town she loves and calls home, North Bend, Washington.]

Comments

  1. What?…Not even sure how to respond to this list. This reads more like a top 5 80s/90s movies list minus Eyes Wide Shut….and it would be a push even at that.

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