Every year we have the same debate: To love or to hate Christmas. Some will think it’s just a commercial festivity, some others will spend all day long in church, some will fill their flats with all the Christmas stuff they can find and some others will think it’s just a moment to stay close to the people they care (although they can also do it during summer time). While you decide which group you belong to we bring you our TOP 5 to help you decide.
1. LIFE OF BRIAN (Terry Jones, 1979)
The story of Brian (Graham Chapman) who was born at the same time as Jesus, in the stable next door. Brian spends his life being mistaken for a messiah and suffering Jesus’ same fate (you all know the story). This masterpiece comes from the bizarre minds of Monty Phyton, and yes, it’s a comedy so go watch it! I bet at the end you all will be singing “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”. Life’s a piece of shit when you look at it but at least you can laugh about it.
2. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (Frank Capra, 1946)
An angel helps a frustrated and suicidal businessman (James Stewart) by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. Frank Capra’s fable of redemption, parallel universes and small town life has been canonized as one of the best feel good classics of all time. Do you want to redeem all your sins? This is your movie. At KALTBLUT MAGAZINE we’ve been trying to do the same for the last years… i guess we’ll try again this Christmas.
3. JOYEUX NOËL (Christian Carion, 2005)
On Christmas Eve during World War I, soldiers from opposing trenches (Germans, French and Scottish) agree to a Christmas Day truce to bury their dead and play football. The ceasefire begins after a German soldier (Benno Fürmann) sings Silent Night and is followed by a Scottish bagpipe player from across the field. If you are a cryer, that’s your movie but what they don’t tell you is that they kept on killing each other after Christmas Day (until today).
4. THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS (Tim Burton, Henry Selick, 1993)
Tim Burton’s stop-motion classic about Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown, who discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept as every festive cliché comes to life in joyous fashion. Jack gets obsessed with Christmas and leads him to usurp the role of Santa Claus showing every one his special taste choosing presents. This one is for lover and haters. This movie is simply a “delight”
5. HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS (Ron Howard, 2000)
This one is specially for haters and our Editor in Chief. The famous Dr Seuss’ fable about a green bitter creature (Jim Carrey) who plots to steal the Christmas gifts from the inhabitants of Whoville after feeling annoyed by the noisy Christmas festivities taking place in that small town. But haters always have a soft side so you’d better watch out! You might not be as “grinchy” as you think.