Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Do not make me watch IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE ever again. Ditto MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, any version. It’s not that I don’t like those old movies—okay, I don’t. There are plenty of Christmas comedies that the family can enjoy together and a couple like LOVE ACTUALLY (one of my faves!) that fall into the PG-13 category. But when the gifts are all open and dinner’s finished, give me a good ole holiday action flick to keep the spirit going. Here are a few even the guys will stick around and watch:

DIE HARD – Who doesn’t love Bruce Willis as New York cop, John McClane? And Alan Rickman makes such a brilliantly evil villain--his voice alone is worth the price of a rental. This one is THE classic.

DIE HARD 2 – A year later, Bruce has to battle terrorists at Dulles Airport on Christmas Eve. Can you say Bah, Humbug?

LETHAL WEAPON – Let’s ignore that Mel gets more like Briggs all the time and just enjoy him as the young, good-looking, crazy cop shooting up a Christmas tree lot.

KISS KISS BANG BANG – Robert Downey, Jr. as a thief-accidentally-turned-movie-detective is coached by Val Kilmer as private eye Gay Perry. This one may be an acquired taste. Just saying.

LONG KISS GOODNIGHT – Geena Davis plays a housewife with amnesia who starts to remember she’s an assassin. Who knew? Isn’t that a holiday surprise?

BATMAN RETURNS – Not my favorite Batman—that would be Christian Bale—but this one is amusing in a camp sort of way.

THE LAST BOY SCOUT – Bruce Willis again, (yeah, he's one of my favorites!!), this time with  Damon Wayans and some of the best one-liners of all time.

 Do you have any favorites to add? I’d love to hear your suggestions.


myndishafer said...

LOVE Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. All these are great action selections, though! Merry, merry!

Lark Howard said...

Merry, merry to you, too, Myndi. BTW, I enjoyed the grapefruit post on your blog.

Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

Love the Lethal Weapon and Die Hard movies but haven't seen the others. You know what that means: action-movie marathon!

Planes, Train, and Automobiles, is one of my favorite holiday-ish comedies. I miss John Candy.

Lark Howard said...

Love Planes, Train, and Automobiles, Pat, along with Christmas Vacation for classic comedies. Yeah, John Candy was a one-of-a-kind!