Forced to think about it for today’s show, I find that I have seven favorite Christmas movies, most of which find their way to the family TV every year. Six of those films are highlighted in a new book, Christmas in the Movies: 30 Classics to Celebrate the Season, by Jeremy Arnold. They are, in order of release, It’s A Wonderful Life, the original Miracle on 34th Street, Die Hard, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, and Love Actually. I’m not at all surprised that number seven doesn’t make the list – it’s nasty, rude, crude and socially insensitive.
By the way, it’s Bad Santa, starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, Lauren Graham and John Ritter. Not actually Turner Classic Movies material, but a holiday classic in its own horrific, hysterically funny way. In addition to his new Christmas book, Arnold is also the author of Turner Classic Movies: The Essentials and Lawrence of Arabia: The Fiftieth Anniversary.
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