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Yesterday, when we'd finished clearing up after Christmas dinner (we had lamb this year, which was quite a change, but very tasty), we sat down to watch Pixar's Up.

In case you've not seen it, I won't post any spoilers, except to say that, as with all Pixar movies, I found it thoroughly enjoyable, while at the same time not being at all like the type of movie I'd expected.  An extra treat was the teaser trailer for next summer's Toy Story 3.

Of course, this being the Christmas season, there are other movies on my 'must see' list this week.
In 1999, The Shop Around the Corner was remade (and updated) as You've Got Mail, with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in the lead roles, but that version can't hold a candle to the charm of the original 1940 version.

One of my all time favorite movies, The Miracle on 34th Street has been remade several times since it first hit the big screen back in 1947.  Although I like the 1994 effort, with Richard Attenborough playing the role of Kris Kringle, if I had to choose, I'd pick Edmund Gwenn's portryal of old Santa every time.

How about you?

Which movies are on your 'must see' list over the holiday season?

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Dec. 26th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, Scrooged. Never miss them.
Dec. 26th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
Someone else mentioned Scrooged the other day. I really must dig that out sometime :)
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Dec. 26th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Younger daughter wanted to see--and did see--It's a Wonderful Life on TV, and all the kids wanted to see the old Baryshnikov Nutcracker ballet video, which they used to watch when they were little.

... and then we all watched Total Recall last night (kids had never seen it). That was fun :D

Dec. 26th, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Ah Total Recall, a Christmas classic if ever there was one ;)

Mind you, it beats the heck out of Jingle All the way :)
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Dec. 26th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
I got UP for Christmas! I watched again last night; my daughter gave it to me but she had never seen it. If you can watch the first 20 minutes and not tear up just a tad, you need to get your tear glands checked! My daughter got MEET THE ROBINSON'S, which is another really sweet story--no Christmas connection but a real emphasis on family.

Dec. 26th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I thought 'Up' was brilliant -- no irony, sarcasm intended. My favourite was the dogs.

"I was hiding under your porch because I love you."
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Dec. 26th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the White Christmas marathon on AMC on Christmas Eve. Had it on all day until my hubby went crazy and went to sleep to escape it. And I have to watch Its a Wonderful LIfe every year because what's Christmas without Jimmy Stewart? I loved UP, too, but I don't think it's a little kid's movie, particularly. The grandtoddler has seen the first half and liked it, but not too sure he won't be scared by the dogs and the Mean Old Man in the last half. Now to rent movies: Inglorious Basterds is on my list as well as a couple of others that just came out that I can't recall at the moment. Saw District 9 last night. Um.... disappointment! Given it was PEter Jackson and all.
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
I'm not expecting too much from District 9, so hopefully it won't disappoint - if that makes sense :)
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Dec. 26th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Odd small world: we had lamb for Christmas dinner, and watched Up last night.
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:09 pm (UTC)
If you ate a Terry's Chocolate Orange too, I'm going to be really spooked ;)
Dec. 26th, 2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Oh- and for holiday movies, The Ref tops my Xmas list.
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
I don't think I know that one.
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Dec. 26th, 2009 05:44 pm (UTC)
Any Star Wars movie ('twas Empire a few night ago).

Any Lord of the Rings movie.

White Christmas.

We watched Up this morning, and it was a rather delightful film. Agreed, it wasn't quite what I'd expected and was poignant, especially the first ten minutes for establishing character.
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
'...especially the first ten minutes for establishing character'

Talk about 'show don't tell', that montage near the beginning had me all choked up :(
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Dec. 26th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
I didn't get to see Miracle on 34th St this year :(. I agree with you the original is the best. I watched A Christmas Story (people really need to see this before they die) and Christmas Vacation. And laughed hyseterically at both. We watched It's A Wonderful Life as always. I just love that movie.
Dec. 26th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
I quite like It's A Wonderful Life, but I'd much rather watch Jimmy Stewart in The Shop Around the Corner - for one thing, he doesn't shout as much ;)
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Dec. 26th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
I saw SHERLOCK HOLMES last night- great! A little more up-close and violent than I expected- AMAZING costumes and London is cleaner than it would have been- incredible acting. Bring on the franchise!
Dec. 27th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
I'm looking forward to seeing Sherlock Holmes :)
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Dec. 27th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Musingaloud watched District 9 too. I got it for Christmas, but it's lower down oon the watch list, behind movies like the new Star Trek, which we watched last night. I thoroughly enjoyed it :)
Dec. 27th, 2009 07:25 am (UTC)
We watch Xmas movies every year on The Day. His is always the same movie: Elf. I change mine up. This year my pick was Trading Places.
Dec. 27th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
I remember Trading Places, great movie :)
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Dec. 27th, 2009 01:58 pm (UTC)
I should probably put "up" on our NetFlix queue. I mean, Ed Asner as a grumpy man? Who ever thought of such a thing?

Dec. 27th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Lol :)

Mind you, he did play Santa in Elf (I think)
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Dec. 28th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
The only movie I religiously watch over the holidays is Little Women. Not really a Christmas movie, but it starts off with Christmas and celebrates it several times throughout the movie. Just a "feel good" move that always puts me in the holiday spirit.
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:11 am (UTC)
That was a popular book with my two sisters when I was young. I think I may even have read it my own self.

Thanks for sharing :)
Dec. 28th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I watch A Muppets Christmas Carol every year, love it!
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:12 am (UTC)
I love the songs.

"There goes Mr. Humbug, There goes Mr. Grim.
If they gave a prize for being mean, the winner would be him."

Excellent :)
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