It just wouldn't do to write a blog about movies and ignore holiday films. So let's get the You-Should-Love-All-These-And-If-You-Don't-You-Are-A-Real-Scrooge movies out of the way. There's: Elf, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, White Christmas, It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Story and Home Alone. And then there are mine: Love Actually, Bad Santa, Die Hard and Gremlins. Yes, of course I realize that this small, piddly list barely scratches the surface of this genre but I really want to write about another topic.
Not the topic about the films where the subject is the holiday; but the topic of holidays and movie releases. The film industry is no dummy. They have glommed on to national holidays because they are quite lucrative. Whether you celebrate these blockbusting national holidays, like Christmas, or not you probably have off from work and you may have had enough festivity by the end of, say dinner, to last you until next year. So then what? Well is anything better than a dark theater with a big screen, comfortable seat, popcorn, Junior Mints and the latest, biggest, greatest blockbusting movie of the year?
Past Christmastime blockbusting releases: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Tron: Legacy, Lord of the Rings (All three!), Ali, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Slumdog Millionaire.