Tuesday, December 24, 2013
For your Christmas reading enjoyment, perhaps by that leg lamp in the window: a website called Ranker reports that viewers rated “A Christmas Story” the greatest Christmas movie of all time.
I don’t disagree with the choice, but I both quibble with and vehemently protest entries on the overall top 10 list. (Also, I feel compelled to note that the Ranker founders apparently did not sniff out the double meaning of their own homonym. You gotta have a good sense of spell.)
Going down the movie list: Buddy the elf, Rudolph, Snoopy — check, check, check.
Key players indeed, on any Yule film team.
Here’s the full list:
A Christmas Story (1983)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
Home Alone (1990)
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Sneaking in like an uninvited Christmas party guest is “National Lampoon Christmas.”
I know; it’s a totem of popular culture. I guess every Christmas tree has that one garish ornament.
Well, the bright side of the “A Christmas Carol” snub is that “Jingle All The Way,” and “Christmas with the Cranks” failed to make the list, nor did the 2007 “Grinch” or “Bad Santa.”
When I did a casual poll of fellow staffers during out company party on Tuesday, “A Christmas Story” led the way with five or so picks.
“The Polar Express”, “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” and “Fred Claus” were three others.
More “what’s your favorite movie” answers:
“Definitely ‘Christmas Vacation,’” Megan Slenning said.
“Does ‘Die Hard’ count?” asked Ben Mitchell.
“You mean, other than ‘Bad Santa’?” said Adam Lapierre.
Everyone has their own opinion but there is one thing I can’t figure out: Ranker’s curious omission of any version of “A Christmas Carol,” I say, “Hmmmm-bug.”
Andy Taylor did mention “A Muppet Christmas Carol, citing its chief strength: “Michael Caine as Scrooge.”
Any Scrooge at all, I say — even Mr. Magoo in the 1960s animated version.
Give me Reginald Owen in the classic 1951 version.
Tom Lanctot gave his vote to “White Christmas” but another lump of coal in the Ranker list was no “White Christmas” or “Holiday Inn.”
Sure, and while you’re at it, stock the Whitman’s Sampler without the caramel chew.
You might as well have a list of all-time great Chevys and leave off the ‘57.
Or open a coffee shop called We Don’t Do Lattes.
It’s like making a list of all-time baseball movies and leaving off “Bang the Drum Slowly.”
While you’re at it take Lou or Babe out of the Hall of Fame.
Come on. A “best Christmas movies” list without Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye? It’s a crime, and ranker than many.
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