Our Favourite Christmas Films

As it’s Christmas, we thought it would only be right to share a few of our favourite Christmas films with you.

Here we go…

Scrooge (1951 dir. Brian Desmond Hurst) – Starring Alistair Sim as Scrooge – the classic version (as far as I am concerned) and the one that keeps closest to the original story.

Scrooged (1988 dir. Richard Donner) – Starring Bill Murray – not everyone’s cup of tea, but casting Murray as a TV executive experiencing his own version of A Christmas Carol whilst he simultaneously puts on a production of it is genius.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvmAa1cYZK4 – best scene) Oh and I also love Bobcat Goldthwaite

Muppets Christmas Carol (1992 dir. Brian Henson) – Starring Michael Caine and Muppets – accessible, funny and retains the creepier elements of the story. Michael Caine’s singing is easily the weakest part, but his performance is great overall.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, dir. Frank Capra) Pretty close to being a perfect film, and it’s also a Christmas film. A win-win.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989, dir. Jeremiah S. Chechik) The only film that seems to capture the traumatic nature of extended family on Christmas.

Batman Returns (1992, dir. Tim Burton) It’s set at Christmas. It’s definitely more Chrsitmas-y than Die Hard. (Hides under a rock!)

Die Hard (1988, dir John McTiernan) Maybe not a coventional choice but we love this Bruce Willis epic and Alan Rickman is the bad guy in this version.

Die Hard 2 (1990 dir dir. Renny Harlin) The debate continues whether Die Hard or Die Hard 2 is the better choice – seeing that it is the time of festive cheer – let’s just add both to the list.

Home Alone (1990 dir. Chris Columbus) Absolute classic – still has the ability to split our sides with it’s comic timing and who doesn’t like the ‘Wet Bandits’ aka Marv and Harry.

A Christmas Carol (2009 dir. Robert Zemeckis) An animated retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel. Brilliantly produced, it sees the character Scrooge taken on a journey of self-redemption.

Polar Express (2004 dir. Robert Zemeckis) Another animated classic – telling the story of Christmas in a charming way.

We are sure one or two of these will resonate with you.

All of the team at Sammon Media wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. Thank you to all of our clients for your support and our suppliers and freelancers for your hard work during the past 12 months. We are all looking forward to 2019 and new exciting creative projects. See you soon!

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