Rather than start this post with another shot of Cromarty with another inch or so of progress, I decided to talk about movies.
Long-time WendyKnits readers (as well as my real-life friends) know that I love classic movies. And I particularly love classic holiday movies. So, inspired by an email discussion with a friend (hi, Sharon!) I started thinking about my favorite holiday movies.
Wikipedia has a fabulous, very comprehensive list of Christmas and Christmas-related movies here. I’ve got lots of favorites, both classic and contemporary
Starting with the classics, in no particular order:
Holiday Affair (1949), starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. I love Robert Mitchum in pretty much any role he played, and this movie has the bonus of a small performance by Harry Morgan (who, sadly, died yesterday) as the police lieutenant.
The Holly and the Ivy, a British drama from 1952 — very hard to find in the U.S. I am lucky to have a copy on DVD. It stars Ralph Richardson, one of my favorite actors of all time, as an English clergyman whose relatives gather at Christmas. The great cast also includes Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton, and Denholm Eliott (who I had forgotten was in some of the Indiana Jones movies ’til I watched a marathon of them last weekend).
A Christmas Carol — the 1939 version with Reginald Owen as Scrooge. I love that real-life husband and wife Gene and Kathleen Lockhart played the Cratchits and their daughter June played one of the Cratchit children. And Leo G. Carroll was Marley’s ghost.
Scrooge — the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol with Alastair Sim, who was also a very memorable Scrooge. Mervyn Johns made a great Bob Cratchit, and if you watch closely, you’ll see Patrick Macnee as young Jacob Marley.
The Bishop’s Wife from 1947 — how can you not love a movie that casts Cary Grant as an angel?
And more contemporary films:
The Holiday (2006) — a great chick flick! I love Eli Wallach’s character in this movie and I love how nice Kate Winslet’s character is to him.
Love, Actually (2003) — what a great cast! Many of my favorite contemporary actors in great roles. I love how most of the action in this story takes place in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
There are a number of movies that are great movies but are overexposed so they no longer make my list. For example, It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Yeah, I’ll still watch them, but only if there is nothing better available at the same time.
The one holiday movie I loathe and abhor? The 1983 A Christmas Story. I cannot tell you exactly why, but that movie irritates the hell out of me.
There are, of course, many more holiday movies and cartoons and specials. What are your favorites?
Speaking of Holidays
The Potter Craft Holiday Gift Guide is out. I can see lots of books that would make great holiday gifts there, particularly the first one listed under “For Her.”
Obligatory Knitting Content
I’ve made a wee bit of progress on Cromarty. I can’t get much done on weeknights, but I am working on it every night.
Totally Random Photo
My odometer reading this afternoon.
I do love me a palindrome!
“My momma is so embarrassing!”