AuthorsDen.com  Join | Login 

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

Signed Bookstore | Authors | eBooks | Books | Stories | Articles | Poetry | Blogs | News | Events | Reviews | Videos | Success | Gold Members | Testimonials

Featured Authors: D.L. Carroll, iRalph Cates, iFrederick Brooke, icarlton davis, iRandy Richardson, iClaudio Herrera, iEdmond Humm, i
  Home > Arts/Entertainment > Articles
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Betty Jo Tucker

· Become a Fan
  Notify me of new titles
  added by this author.

· 233 titles
· 162 Reviews
· Share with Friends!
· Save to My Library
·
Member Since: Apr, 2002

   Sitemap
   Success Story
   Contact Author
   Message Board
   Read Reviews

Books
· The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies

· Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick

· Confessions of a Movie Addict


Articles
· Hollywood Legends

· Adult Beginners Film Review

· Ever After: Film Review

· Cinderella: Film Review

· Dancing at Lughnasa: Film Review

· Take the Lead: Film Review

· Whiplash: Film/Poem Review

· Getting Back at Oscar®

· Strange Magic: Film Review

· American Sniper: Film Poem and Review


Poetry
· What Is a Poem?

· Gone Girl: Poem and Review

· Father's Day Golfers

· Maleficent Film Poem and Review

· Sandy Hook Lament

· 360: Film Poem

· Bel Ami Poem

· True Grit Poem

         More poetry...
News
· Hugh O'Brian Interview

· Cinderella-Thon on Movie Addict Headquarters

· Funny Ladies of Film

· Judy Reyes Interview

· Oscar Mania

· A Romance with Movies

· Hugh Jackman Celebration

Betty Jo Tucker, click here to update your web pages on AuthorsDen.

Holiday Film Favorites
By Betty Jo Tucker
Last edited: Sunday, December 02, 2012
Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2012



Share    Print   Save  Become a Fan
Recent articles by
Betty Jo Tucker

• Hollywood Legends
• Adult Beginners Film Review
• Ever After: Film Review
• Cinderella: Film Review
• Dancing at Lughnasa: Film Review
• Take the Lead: Film Review
• Whiplash: Film/Poem Review
           >> View all 222
Merely thinking about certain movies can boost my holiday spirit

I'm talking about movies like the original Miracle on 34th Street with Natalie Wood and Edmund Gwenn. Or Meet Me in St. Louis with Judy Garland. Or A Christmas Story with Darren McGavin. Or The Muppet Christmas Carol with Kermit, Miss Piggy and Michael Caine. Those are the old traditional ones. But get I the same feeling when recalling some off-beat flicks like Scrooged, Trapped in Paradise and Stuart Saves His Family as well as a few other holiday movies like The Grinch, Elf, The Polar Express, and Love Actually.

 

What do these films have in common? Most of them deliver stories filled with humor and messages of hope -– all wrapped up in an entertaining cinematic package. Miracle on 34th Street, Elf, and The Polar Express tell us we shouldn’t stop believing in the spirit of Christmas, no matter how old we are. Meet Me in St. Louis, Love Actually and A Christmas Story celebrate the importance of love, family and friends during the holidays, while Stuart Saves His Family emphasizes why someone from a dysfunctional family is also “good enough and smart enough” to deserve a Merry Christmas. Trapped in Paradise  highlights the way kindness can change even the most highly motivated robbers (Nicolas Cage, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz); The Grinch illustrates the power of a child’s innate goodness to bring about redemption; Scrooged depicts a modern-day Scrooge’s (Bill Murray) change of heart; and The Muppet Christmas Carol gives that classic Dickens tale an amusing Muppet spin – with expert help from Michael Caine as Scrooge.

 

Wonderful scenes from many of these films pop into my mind during the holiday season: Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) daydreaming about how impressed the teacher will be with his essay describing what he wants for Christmas (A Christmas Story); Stuart Smalley (Al Franken) telling his good friend he’ll be her father when she needs one, and she can be his mother when he needs one (Stuart Saves His Family); Judy Garland warbling  “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (Meet Me in St. Louis); Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel singing “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (Elf ); Jim Carrey, as The Grinch, trying to turn his dog Max into Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer;  and most touching of all –- Robin the Frog, as Tiny Tim in The Muppet Christmas Carol, shouting “God bless us, everyone!”

 

In addition to echoing Tiny Tim’s blessing, here’s wishing movie fans everywhere a Happy Holiday Season.   

 

 

Web Site Betty Jo Tucker
f

Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!



Books by
Betty Jo Tucker



Confessions of a Movie Addict

Buy Options
Kindle, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




Susan Sarandon: A True Maverick

Buy Options
Amazon, Barnes & Noble, more..




The Reel Deal: Writing about Movies

Buy Options


Popular
Arts/Entertainment Articles
  1. Sinatra, Mitchum, Marvin, & Crawford's Bra
  2. Lee Marvin Silences Vegas Vic
  3. Hollywood Legends
  4. American Sniper: Film Poem and Review
  5. Whiplash: Film/Poem Review
  6. Dennis Hopper's First Bad Trip
  7. Discipline of the artist
  8. Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine is brilliant an
  9. Take the Lead: Film Review
  10. REVIEW - HOLLYWOOD CASINO - PERRYVILLE, MD
  11. Best DVD Director's Commentaries
  12. Frozen: Film Review
  13. My Old Lady: Film Review
  14. Bill Medley Regrets Breaking James Bond Li
  15. The Man who Killed 'The Thing'
  16. Woody Strode's Body on Display at Disneyla
  17. Angela's Ashes: Film Review
  18. Strange Magic: Film Review
  19. Life Itself: Film Review
  20. Armenian Composer's portrait

You can also search authors by alphabetical listing: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen

© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.