The Red Shamrock: The Best Scenes In My Favorite Christmas Films And Week 16 NFL Picks
When will I learn (never) that bragging about how awesome my picks are = an automatic loser week. 4-11-1 last week. Things just didn’t go my way. Only two weeks left in the regular season as well. If you think we are going to do some overthinking football analysis this week, you are mistaken. I’m saving the next football heavy writing for the playoffs.
I thought I would build off my theme of favorite scenes in films except this time; focus on my favorite scenes in Christmas movies or specials. Come on! Christmas is three days away (Sunday, December 25th for those of you who still have some last minute shopping to do). Here’s my unofficial list and this week’s picks are at the end of the column.
1984’s A Christmas Carol: Ghost of Christmas Present’s darker side
Talk about an underrated adaption of the Dickens’ classic Christmas tale. I’m a huge fan of A Christmas Carol adaptions, but 1984’s television film with George C. Scott is my personal favorite. We are kind of starting this list off a little dark. The film is brutally dark at times, but this scene with the Ghost of Christmas Present throwing Scrooge’s own words back in his face is one for the ages.
It’s all one big party until you throw Ignorance and Want into the picture
1988’s Scrooged: It’s a toaster!
Told you I’m a fan of A Christmas Carol adaptions. A lot of people forget Bill Murray use to put a lot of effort into his acting. For my money, Scrooged combines his best physical performances with his comedy. Carol Kane’s Ghost of Christmas Present puts a hurting on Frank, but when he wants to stay to “play” along with the party game, the ghost has not time for this.
Ground Hog Day is still my favorite Bill Murray film, but you can’t discount Scrooged
1996’s Jingle All The Way: Put that cookie down! Now!
We will be reviewing Jingle All The Way on this week’s 80/20 Movie show for our Christmas film. The late great Phil Hartman absolutely kills it as Ted, the divorcee neighbor moving in on all the women in the community and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character Howard’s wife, Liz (Rita Wilson). This is Hartman at his best.
Hey, at least he wasn’t complimenting his wife’s muffin
2003’s Elf: Miles Finch is an angry elf
A by the numbers Christmas film, still entertaining, but who saw Peter Dinklage’s Miles Finch stealing the whole film? No one. Buddy the Elf, who is spending the day at his father’s office, has gotten drunk and then interrupts this ever-important meeting with noted children’s author Miles Finch.
Gary Smith only cares about the house in Vail
1964’s Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: Bumbles bounce
Ok, I still watch this every year with my 17-year old daughter. I introduced it to her as a toddler and hopefully one day, she will pass on the yearly traditional view of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Yukon Cornelius was my brother Mike’s favorite character. If you recall, Yukon was always in search of silver and gold. He also subdued the Abominable Snowman aka the Bumble with the help of that elf turncoat turned dentist Hermey. Which brings to mind the question: are you really going to let a guy who has only read dental books be the dentist for the whole North Pole? Anyway, here is Yukon making his triumphant return with a humble Bumble.
1983’s A Christmas Story: It… it… it was…soap poisoning!
How many of us saw this for the first time when it first aired on TBS in 1989, before their annual 24-hour airings? I know that’s when I first saw the film. Lots of great scenes to point to in this one from the frozen tongue on the flag pole, Santa telling Ralphie that he’ll shoot his eye out or the fight with Scut (not Scott) Farkus. All worthy contenders, but for my money, the daydream (or night dream in this case) sequence where Ralphie is punished for swearing is my favorite.
I told you not to use Life Boy! I personally hate Dawn dish soap to this day
1946’s It’s a Wonderful Life: Lasso the Moon
Yes, I know what you are thinking. I’m really a sap at the end of the day. It’s a Wonderful Life is definitely top three in my favorite Christmas films/specials. A lot of people point to the ending where George’s (Jimmy Stewart) daughter Zuzu is talking about the angel getting his wings when a bell rings. I even like this scene with George running through the streets when he gets to live again:
Happy New Year to you! In jail… where they’re waiting for you!
But for me, it’s George offering to lasso the moon for Mary (Donna Reed).
Youth can be wasted on the wrong people
Let me know what your favorite Christmas movie or specials are in the comments section to earn your Chaostrophic points. Merry Christmas everyone! On to this week’s picks.
This week’s picks (home teams in CAPS)
Last week: 4-11-1
Season record: 113-100-101 (.527)
Pat Himes aka The Red Shamrock is a huge fan of sports, movies, poker, and fake sports betting. He is also cohost of The 80/20 Movie Show podcast with Gary Smith, which you can listen to for guy humor, movie reviews, and additional fake sports betting picks at www.fatherhoodrules.com. You can interact with Pat on Chaostrophic by hitting him up on the comments section with him on the threads under his handle, Dalux247.