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Your VodkaPundit Christmas Movie Guide

Yes, I have two Hugh Grant movies in my list. I'm not proud of that, but there it is.

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Stephen Green

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December 23, 2013 - 2:00 pm
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Tis almost the night before Christmas — but there’s still plenty of time to load up the DVD player or stream from Netflix. So make lovely adult beverages for you and yours, and mugs of hot cocoa for the kids.

I should also mention that I’ve never once been able to sit through all of It’s a Wonderful Life, so there’s a good chance I’m a terrible person with retrograde taste in holiday entertainment. So with that out of the way, let’s look at what we do watch every year here at Casa Verde.

Love Actually

Apparently there’s some kind of bitter feud amongst the Love Actually-haters and the Love Actually-lovers, but I’m here to resolve those differences by gently reminding you that the Love Actually-haters are possibly less than human, almost certainly dead inside, and at the very least are incapable of simple human emotion.

Here we have every love story crammed into one breezy and perfectly paced gem of a movie. There’s romantic love, new love, young love, lost love, love that bridges the language barrier, brotherly love, lustful love, the love between a sister and her institutionalized brother, and perhaps the most touching of all, the love between a step-father and the son he finds himself caring for alone. The scenes between Liam Neeson and young Thomas Sangster are by themselves worth the price of admission. And every Anglophile will love Rowan Atkinson’s two pitch-perfect cameos.

There’s some language and some comical nudity, so this one might not be for the kiddos — but prove to me you aren’t dead inside and learn to love Love Actually.

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For anyone looking for well-done Christmas movies that somehow are overlooked, the original Cary Grant version of 'The Bishop's Wife' is one to watch. Another good one is the Humphrey Bogart version of 'We're No Angels'. Also one of my favorites is 'Holiday Inn', which actually introduced the song 'White Christmas'. And finally a great movie also overlooked as a Christmas movie is 'The Apartment'.
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How can you call 'Love, Actually' a Hugh Grant movie when it should be called a Colin Firth, Alan Rickman or Liam Neeson movie?
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No Star Wars Christmas Special? Shame!

If someone rained untraceable bearer bonds on me, I would have no idea what to do with them. I might not even realize their value as I've never seen one before.
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I think Mark Steyn said it best: "Love Actually is crap actually."

Now, About a Boy is a gem of a movie and the best Hugh Grant's ever done.

I prefer Holiday Inn to White Christmas.
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Hugh Grant has a 'best of'?

Oh brother..

To each his/ her own I suppose.
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Yeah, I know what you mean, but this one's quite good. He plays a bit against type.
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I don't know I'll have to ask my wife about it.

Vodka Pundit referring to Hugh Grant as a '..man-child..' in a particular movie - has Hugh Grant played any other type but a girly-man/ man-child.. ever? I don't believe he's capable.

For me the guy personifies wimpy, metrosexual to the nth degree.

Merry Christmas.
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Ditto!
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Love Actually.. seriously?

Jesus of Nazareth, Life of Brian for me.

Merry Christmas.
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Die Hard also owns possibly the greatest douche-bag in cinematic history in Harry Ellis. "Hans. Bubby." I want to shoot him in the face right now. :) I'll settle for watching Alan Rickman do it.
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Forget Love, Actually (hate it), but love the others and want to put in an extra plug for We're No Angels, with Bogart, Aldo Rey and Peter Ustinov. Wonderful!
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I did like We're No Angels, though I kept thinking the entire time while watching that it must have originally been written for the Three Stooges.
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For anyone looking for well-done Christmas movies that somehow are overlooked, the original Cary Grant version of 'The Bishop's Wife' is one to watch. Another good one is the Humphrey Bogart version of 'We're No Angels'. Also one of my favorites is 'Holiday Inn', which actually introduced the song 'White Christmas'. And finally a great movie also overlooked as a Christmas movie is 'The Apartment'.
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Good picks particularly, Were No Angels.
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All good choices! Here's my fave: "The Christmas Tree," 1969, William Holden, Virna Lisi, and the inimitable Bourvil.
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As a (former) Milwaukeean, there is a special level of appreciation of "Love Actually." The double layering of misperceptions are especially funny: you have filmmakers with a very strange idea of Milwaukee creating a character with even stranger ideas of Milwaukee.

Go Pack!
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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
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Very nice job of trolling, Cruising. I had already typed "That's Thanksgiving," when I noticed your moniker.

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