Kalamazoo Based Musician Sparks Christmas Movie Debate On Twitter
Many people know Ryan Hurd, the Kalamazoo native who moved to Nashville and became a successful country musician. He even wrote Blake Shelton's No.1 Hit "Lonely Tonight." Ryan recently took to Twitter expressing what he feels is the greatest Christmas film of all time based on the cast:
One of his followers bounced back with a disputable film:
I think both of these films are incredible Christmas films. The cast alone is a huge attribute of the solid storytelling. But I feel there are some great holiday movies some people leave out. Every time I see a "Favorite Holiday Movie" list, it seems very repetitive. My favorite holiday movie list is a little off the beaten path.
If you've never seen some of the movies on my list I suggest you check them out. I like movies with a variety that stem from other film genres. Let me know what your favorite holiday films are.
10. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas- This is an all-time classic and one of my personal favorite works from Dr. Seuss.
9. A Charlie Brown Christmas- If you didn't grow up watching this holiday classic, I feel bad for you. The message and story from this film will always stay with me.
8. A Christmas Story- Sad to say this was never one of my favorites growing up. But you can't deny how funny and perfect this film is. It's truly timeless in the sense that it speaks to the older generations while still reaching the younger audience. One of the best no doubt.
7. Mickey's Christmas Carol- This one is selective to me because I grew up with a Christmas mix VHS tape my parents made for us growing up. I always enjoyed the way Disney did this short film made in 1986.
6. Home Alone- You can't argue that this isn't one of the best holiday films and a true break out film for many actors. This movie will always make me laugh and take me back to the early 90's.
5. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation- This is one of those almost R-rated films your parents let you watch as a kid because the humor speaks to the family. The entire cast is a character of their own and they produce a stellar Christmas film that will always be one of the greats.
4. The Nightmare Before Christmas- This film was Tim Burton's masterpiece and still stands as one his greatest creations to date. Taking two holidays who couldn't be any more different and turning it into one film that can be celebrated on Halloween or Christmas. That's the work of a genius.
3. Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer- This all-time classic still stands as one of the greatest Christmas stories for kids. I love how it teaches children to break away from social norms and shows them how by working towards your dream, you can accomplish anything you truly love and want to do. It still speaks to me.
2. Eight Crazy Nights- This one is way out of left field. This film is actually about Hanukkah and is an animated film created by Adam Sandler. This movie is so friggin funny. But as grotesque and silly as it is, it still has a lot of heart and can be helpful to those who have suffered loss through the holidays. This movie will make you laugh until it hurts. Check it out.
1. A Muppet Christmas Carol- This is not only my favorite version of the film but my favorite Muppet and Christmas movie of all time. Michael Caine is a phenomenal actor and does the best portraiture of Ebenezer Scrooge of all time. He truly makes you believe that the story and setting are real, even though he works with a bunch of muppets. When a movie can take you out of the living room and make you feel a part of the film, that's when you know you did a good job. You feel his pain, sorrow, happiness, and fear through the music and scenes. It takes you to places other Christmas carol films have never gone. This movie always gets to me. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this great film.
I hope enjoyed my list. Let me know on Facebook what you think and what your favorite holiday movies are.