DAR Christmas: Best And Worst Movies/Specials

Compiled By @TrueGodImmortal, @CurlsAndSports, @__Doug____, @jellybellybam, @CherchezLaPorsh, and @BMDontCheat_

Introduction By @TrueGodImmortal
 -We here at DAR aren't necessarily the most festive, but when Alex came to me with an idea of doing our favorite Christmas movies/specials, I figured this would be something funny for the team to get involved with. With Christmas just about here, we get to talk about some of our favorites in a fun list to hopefully add to, or put you in, the Christmas spirit. In a bit of hilarity, Doug came to us with a list of the worst Christmas movies and totally added a different element to the article, so we'll focus first on the best, and then give him the floor for the worst. Just a note, A Christmas Carol, Miracle On 34th Street, and It's A Wonderful Life are not on this list, but both are very important to the holiday, so they get a mention in the introduction. Now, with that out of the way, let's get into the best and then the worst.

The Best Christmas Movies/Specials  

*Home Alone 2
(Chosen By @CurlsAndSports and @TrueGodImmortal)

-I started off with the sequel, mainly because I find it such an interesting film. It's almost as good as the first and maybe a little bit better in some areas, but for the love of everything that's good, why does this little white kid keep getting separated from his family in the most hilarious scenarios? Regardless, the film is a fun watch and a lesson on paying attention to your kids going on vacation.... or just in general really.

*Home Alone
(Chosen By @CurlsAndSports, @CherchezLaPorsh, @jellybellybam, @BMDontCheat_, and @TrueGodImmortal)

 -We have the first Home Alone here of course, and we alI remember when this came out. While this didn’t have an A-list cast at the time, each one executed the roles well. The storyline was brilliantly set up, as they would forget Kevin at home (which is ridiculous irresponsible and completely hilarious at the same time) and fly halfway across the world on Christmas Eve while he holds down the fort. This had all the elements to make this a perfect family Christmas movie (though they left their kid on the holidays). It has the storyline for the parents and the fun silly aspects for the kids with a pretty happy ending. While some parts may have creeped some of us out (the old man with the shovel or the heater thing in the basement), there were others that left us laughing hysterically (the cut outs on the train mimicking dancing and the tarantula on Marv’s face). Home Alone will forever be a Christmas staple and a sure sign that the season is upon us.

*Cartoon Network Christmas Short Specials 
(Chosen By @BMDontCheat_)

-Cartoon Network had some great short specials, too many to choose honestly, from Ed, Edd n Eddy to Jingle Jingle Jangle, or Powerpuff Girls and their 'Twas The Fight Before Christmas, all the way down to a Johnny Bravo Christmas! They always boosted my Christmas spirit with so much nostalgia.

*Jack Frost
(Chosen By @CurlsAndSports)

-Now, I get it. You may ask, really? The movie where Michael Keaton dies and comes back as a snowman to watch over his family? It's a very touching film and tugs at the heart strings a bit, and is an enjoyable watch at Christmas.

(Chosen By @CurlsAndSports and @JellyBellyBam)

-This one was chosen because we find Will Ferrell to be really funny and this movie honestly makes you really believe in the holiday. It's perfect to entice the Christmas spirit honestly, and if you like a bit of cheesy holiday comedy, this is definitely a gem for Christmas.

*Nightmare Before Christmas
(Chosen By @CurlsAndSports and @JellyBellyBam)

-Some consider this to be slightly scary in a way, but it's not at all. It's a really homely story, with the main character just wanting to bring Christmas to his hometown. It was really a great film for the holidays and is recognized as a classic by many people.

*A Charlie Brown Christmas 
(Chosen By @TrueGodImmortal)

-No holiday list is complete with a Charlie Brown special. I mean, let's be honest, Charlie Brown specials are a major key to every holiday and I think this just might be the best special of them all to be honest. It's really an amazing watch like all of the specials, but this one holds a special place for me.

*Fresh Prince Of Bel Air 
Season 4, Episode 13
"Twas The Night Before Christening"
(Chosen By @CherchezLaPorsh)

-This one isn’t a movie but rather a TV show episode. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and all of the Christmas episodes are my favorites, but if I had to pick just one, it would be Nicky’s Christening. It’s my favorite TV show of all time with my favorite R&B group of all time… so of course I love it. I like that it was told in the form of a “bedtime story” with Uncle Phil narrating. From the second scene onwards, the episode epitomizes the holiday. The Banks residence is decorated from top to bottom and the conversations are entirely around gifts, Nicky and they even implemented a spiritual aspect, which is the Christening. While there is an element of materialism with the “gift competition”, it weaves in humor, family, and heartfelt family dynamics. Boyz II Men sing “Let It Snow” and “Silent Night” which in my opinion are the best Christmas songs of all time and the crap Will goes through to secure them at the ceremony is the highlight (Will chilling in the studio while they record and almost getting thrown out). Fresh Prince episodes are always fun, entertaining and funny, but this one has fantastic details that bring Christmas to life.

*Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas
(Chosen By @BMDontCheat_)

-Who could ever get tired of watching a simple 30 minute short of a deformed Who citizen who just hates Christmas because of the annoying singing, dancing and NOISE NOISE NOISE! My favorite Dr. Seuss short as I felt this was not only creative, but made a huge impact on pop culture. Of course with so much popularity they had to make a movie... which I won't discuss for reasons. Still this one is great.

*Jingle All The Day 
(Chosen By @TrueGodImmortal)

-One word: resilient. That describes Sinbad in this movie, which is why is a favorite of mine personally. Arnold is unintentionally hilarious and beyond frantic, inspiring huge laughs. The movie itself is silly and a bit weaker in dialogue, but it's holiday fun and how can you hate on that?

*The Best Man Holiday 
(Chosen By @CherchezLaPorsh)

-My most favorite holiday movie ever is “The Best Man Holiday”. It’s the most perfect sequel to an already dope movie. The crew is reunited for the holidays and each has changed some aspect of their life since the last movie. It’s like the audience knows them but has to re-learn them. The entire movie revolves around being together for the holidays not knowing Mia is very sick and within all the happiness and new found memories they create, it doesn’t end so well for them at all. My favorite part of course is when the fellas do a performance of “Can You Stand The Rain” for the ladies and the funniest part (ever) is when Quentin throws Julian’s phone so he doesn’t see Candace’s porn scene (I’m laughing just writing it). Much like the first film, the cast's dynamic is on point and they each play their newly developed role so well that it really makes this sequel memorable. They manage to capture viewers enough that we laugh with them, cry with them and celebrate their milestones. The Best Man is one of my favorite movies and this is right there as well. It was perfectly done and such a bittersweet highlight during the holiday season.

*Friday After Next 
(Chosen By @TrueGodImmortal)

-I know, I know. This isn't the most heartwarming or family orientated Christmas movie, but it is one of the realer ones, in a way at least. While Katt Williams and KD Aubert as a couple didn't seem to be that realistic, nor was Terry Crews as Damon (well, it was but wasn't), but the concept of Christmas being in jeopardy because they needed rent money? Definitely relatable. The worst of the Friday movies, but still an enjoyable film for the holiday.

*Christmas With The Kranks 
(Chosen By @JellyBellyBam)

-Admittedly, I find this movie to be corny and hilarious at the same time. I like that Tim Allen is a bit of an asshole through the movie, but in the end, he does something kind and this movie has a lot of Christmas spirit in it. I don't watch many Christmas movies, but this is one of my favorites.

*A Christmas Story 
(Chosen By @JellyBellyBam)

-I'm surprised no one else really picked this one, but this is certainly a classic and universally loved. It's much darker than you'd expect for the Christmas holiday, but it's one that truly hits the mark for what you'd expect for the holiday.

*This Christmas 
(Chosen By @TrueGodImmortal)

-Well, look. I watched mostly black films and while I've only seen a handful of black holiday films, but this is one of my favorites. It has a darker feel to it in a way, with the drama surrounding Idris Elba in the movie, but there's a lot of good moments and great comedy throughout, plus a solid performance from Chris Brown, including him singing. A very fun watch for the holiday.

*Die Hard 
(Editor's Pick)

-Another unusual Christmas movie, this is really a classic film in terms of the holiday, but this Bruce Willis classic has to be mentioned on this list.

*Trading Places 
(Editor's Pick)

-While not the most festive movie, another basis of this film besides the main premise is the Christmas holiday and it's a truly refreshing comedic film for Eddie Murphy and just in general. One of the better Eddie movies, this one has some great laughs throughout.

*The Santa Clause 
(Chosen By @JellyBellyBam and @TrueGodImmortal)

-I'm not the hugest fan of the film, but it's really a nice premise, as Tim Allen plays a slightly asshole dad who doesn't have much holiday spirit until he becomes Santa Claus and his son''s world turns upside down. It's one of those movies that you learn to appreciate more on the holiday itself.

The Worst 
-It is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas season brings a lot of cheer to everybody and one of the reasons why we enjoy the season is because of the fact that we watch Christmas movies with our relatives. While most Christmas movies are good, a certain few are just so bad, that not even the season of the holidays makes them tolerable. Now, let's get into  quite a few Christmas movies that should not have been released to the general public.

*Fred Claus 
(Chosen By @__Doug___)

Why, just why, was this movie made. The dynamic between Vaughn and Giamatti isn’t there. The film just jumps from plot point to plot point and has no sort of seamless transitions or balance. Why oh why are studios casting Vince Vaughn in movies as a lead. It’s just so painful to watch. Avoid it at all costs.

Home Alone 3, 4, & 5
(Chosen By @__Doug___)

-The general rule of sequels is that you don’t make them. The Home Alone series was able to get away with the making Home Alone 2 (which is a Christmas classic), but once the original actors left and they tried to carry on the name, it was just a horrible idea. The acting got worse, the ideas became more and more contrived, and you can tell that they put in as minimal effort into making this as possible. I cannot recall laughing once when they made any of these movies.

*Surviving Christmas
(Chosen By @__Doug___)

-This film actually has numerous stars such as Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, and Catherine O’Hara. Not even they can save this train wreck of a movie. Affleck stars as a lonely man who pays a family to pose as his family at his old childhood home. At no point does this movie warm the heart. It’s just so painful to watch a film that doesn’t have anybody that the audience can root for or any moments that were funny. The only saving grace here is that it wasn't Gigli or Daredevil.

*Jingle All The Way 2
(Chosen By @__Doug___)

-Unnecessary. Larry The Cable Guy. A sequel nearly 20 years later. I mean, is there really anything else that I need to say to explain this one?? I mean.... really?? Oh, and this is a WWE production. Of course.

*Jack Frost 2: Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman 
(Chosen By @TrueGodImmortal)

-As ridiculous as the damn first one was to me, this one was absolutely retarded. It's shot horribly and the title is so hilarious just reading it that I'm in tears now laughing. Who thought this was a good idea???

*Santa With Muscles 
(Chosen By @TrueGodImmortal)

-Hulk. Fucking. Hogan. Stars. As. Santa. With. Muscles. There's so many elements that make this horrible, but the first 8 words of this paragraph should spell it out more than enough. Santa With Muscles. Really??? Really??

*Black Christmas 
(Chosen By @TrueGodImmortal)

-A movie titled Black Christmas that was intended to bring the darker version (not in race or nationality) of what a White Christmas was supposed to be. White women die. A lot of white women die. Someone dies from a piece of ice through the scalp. I mean.... holiday horror movies are just never the wave or a good idea.

*I'll Be Home For Christmas 
(Chosen By @TrueGodImmortal)

-Jonathan Taylor Thomas, of Home Improvement fame, has the dumbest fucking look on his face on the poster for this movie. That is all I want to say. Oh, and the movie sucks. Let's just keep it simple, shall we???

*A Madea Christmas
(Chosen By @__Doug___)

-The only reason I saw this movie was because my mom likes Tyler Perry movies and it was free on Amazon at one point. It deals with Tika Sumpter and Eric Lively hiding an interracial marriage from her mother during the holiday season. The only time I got a cheap laugh out of this was when Larry The Cable Guy plugged Prilosec OTC. It was dumb, it was cheap. Never again will I subject myself to watching a Tyler Perry movie.



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