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Mon, Dec 16, 2019 5:21 PM

Live Poll: Non-Christmas Movies For Christmas

These are not Christmas movies per se, not even in a loose way, but they encapsulate so many positive values usually associated to the spirit of Christmas (family, sharing, goodness, empathy, altruism, selflessness etc.) that one might consider watching them for the Holidays (for a change).

Which of these non-Christmas movies would be the most potentially watchable for Christmas?

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls091962549/

https://www.imdb.com/poll/UkA3uFBBkEM/

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'Pelé: Birth of a legend':
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0995868/

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Not sure about "Hereafter", I found it a rather slow and depressing movie... but I agree with "Goonies""Untouchables" and "Life of Pi" (didn't see the others but they're in the "pending iist")

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What about 'What About Bob?':
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0103241 :D

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I think "Hereafter" & "Lo Impossible" are special christmas stories, because they're based on big tsunami that happened on 12/26/2004 - on the second christmas day 2004 - and the many people who helped the suffering people in Thailand. The people around the Indian Ocean had bad hollidays, but to cope with that belonges to humanity, too. It's just fyc. :)

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I think "Hereafter" & "Lo Impossible" are special christmas stories, because they're based on big tsunami that happened on 12/26/2004 - on the second christmas day 2004 - and the many people who helped the suffering people in Thailand. The people around the Indian Ocean had bad hollidays, but to cope with that belonges to humanity, too. It's just fyc. :)

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Tell me more about it :)
How Christmassy is it?

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Not really christmassy. It's more about a movie to think about other christians on earth that may have a bad time on the holidays like people that suffer on the streets in first world. The big tsunami at 12/26/2004 is a similie for other people on earth which suffer on these holy days. But if that issue is too negative, I understand when you skip it. It's just Fyc.

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Mmm, I wouldn't call them "negative" but maybe too much gravitas to be considered in as festive and family-friendly context as Christmas. Thanks for your understanding.

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I'd choose 'Ikiru' - it's a beautiful movie

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Frozen.
Last year ABC aired it as part of a holiday lineup.

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Good call, thanks!

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Also I think The Sound of Music and The Ten Commandments were part of that.

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I thought of Sound of Music but why Commandments?

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I don't know, lol!  :D  It was just on there.

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ElMo,

American television networks frequently show The Ten Commandments during the Christmas / Hanukkah holidays. They also frequency show this film during the Easter / Passover Holidays.

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E.T.?

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ElMo,

For your consideration:
The Wizard of Oz (1939)

American television networks first showed this film during the Christmas season in the mid 1960s. They have shown the film over the Christmas holidays many times since.

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I had it in mind when I made the list, just forgot to add it. Thanks for the reminder:)

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ElMo,

Thanks.

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Groundhog Day is a wintry, cozy family film about a Scroogian character and about redemption, community, love, and finding greatness in little things. It also ends with snowfall.

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Groundhog Day is a wintry, cozy family film about a Scroogian character and about redemption, community, love, and finding greatness in little things. 
In other words, "Capra-esque".

Great great great suggestion, right in my Top 5.

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I have a whole and very weird bunch of those thanks to idiosyncratic traditions maintained by Ukrainian television: whole certain franchises are an inevitable association with Christmas and Winter Holidays despite not being remotely close to the holidays thematically. Some examples:
Letuchaya mysh (1979) 
Police Academy (1984) and all of the sequels
Back to the Future (1985) and sequels 
Batman (1989) (was often shown on winter because sequel is strategically Christmas-y)
Darkman (1990) (this one is very subjective, but for some reason I first saw it on a New Year's night and it stuck with me as a winter holiday moie)

I'm pretty sure I forgot some, likely more appropriate even... 

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Back to the Future is in... thanks!
As fr Darkman, not sure a film where a man's head is getting crushed by a speeding car is very Christmas-friendly lol

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15yearsIMDber aka ElMo, since New Year is dominated by Christmas-like movies in Ukraine on TV, usually, seeing that at 4 AM was an interesting if very weird option. :) 

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I saw the film decades ago and that's the part I remembered lol

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15yearsIMDber aka ElMo, this movie definitely benefits from rewatches, by the way: tons of details and cameos and overall match-made-in-Heaven between Universal Monsters and a superhero genre always cheer me up a bit. :) 

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Nikolay:
Back to the Future is an excellent pick. I voted for. :D

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Groundhog Day and Frozen. I think Life of Pi it's more suitable for summer since the whole movie is in the ocean.

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Two further considerations:

Rocky
is the romantic underdog  movie, so it fits well with the religious underdog, the savior that was born in a stable. There are also the iconic ice skating scene and the street singers, giving hope in the dark and cold, beside a fire.

The Verdict is probably too serious for your poll, but after a rewatch I found much of the christmas spirit in it. I used to superficially assume that it simply was a story about justice served, but that's only half of the story.  As you correctly point out in your review, the movie is about faith. The 'pharisees' of this movie are the doctors of the Catholic hospital and the bishop, who try to cover up the crimes and pretend to be saintly, but who are only paying lip service. The center of the movie is the sinner who redeems himself through faith (a major Christian theme), and gets rewarded with a miracle (I think the only time we get a shot from above in the movie appears right after the verdict - it is like God's verdict, coming down from heaven).

Coincidentally (or not?), The Verdict visibly takes place in winter.

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And just look at the beginning:


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I didn't add Rocky because it features Christmas during a key moment, maybe that's a stretch but I try not to exclude my own personal biases (because in this case, it's a movie I adore)

The Verdict might be too serious but there's a Capra-esque element about it...  damn that zoom on Newman when the verdict is announced and Jack Warden's teary smile when he hears about the indemnity... just wow.

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I didn't add Rocky because it features Christmas during a key moment
I see! Forgot about that.

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albstein, I must admit I kinda want to watch this movie from this shot alone, despite I've never heard of it before! 

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It's probably Paul Newman's best performance and one of Sidney Lumet's best films. The other day my mother and I had an hour-long discussion/lecture about cinematic techniques and morality, after we'd finished The Verdict. (She now wants to see it again and pay close attention).

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I added "2002" but I couldn't add "2000", you know I never saw that film because my little brother spoiled it to me when he was a kid, he told me that it didn't make any sense that ......... had to ........ at the end. Do you really think it would be a good idea to watch this film for Christmas?

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I don't know, it seemed like it since it's about kindness, empathy, selflessness. But yeah, maybe not.

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I think 'Pay It Forward' fits perfectly. 

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 "my little brother spoiled it to me when he was a kid"
After having a friend spoil Endgame for me - at the theater and as I was telling them to please stop - I sympathize.