NerdiPop Top 7 Christmas movies – Week: 1 to 7 December
In case you missed out on the NerdiPop Christmas Countdown, here is a short recap of this week’s top Christmas movies.
Movies for Christmas: Edward Scissorhands – 1 December
This is a modern day fairy tale which tells the story of Edward, a man created by an old inventor who died before finishing him and left him with scissors where he should have hands. Edward is taken in by a suburban family and falls in love with their teenage daughter Kim. He has to adapt to the new life and environment that he isn’t used to. Soon he shows a talent in cutting dog and human hair as well as hedges. Edward wins every body’s heart, or does he?
Movies for Christmas: Gremlins – 2 December
Don’t get him wet. Don’t expose him to bright lights. Never feed him after midnight.
Gremlins is a 1984 American horror comedy film directed by Joe Dante and released by Warner Bros. Steven Spielberg was the film’s executive producer and the screenplay was written by Chris Columbus.
Searching for an unusual Christmas present for his 21-year-old son, struggling inventor Randall Peltzer discovers a small, furry creature called a Mogwai in a Chinatown antique store. The owner refuses to sell the Mogwai, saying that owning one is a great responsibility. However, the owner’s grandson sells Randall the creature, explaining that his family needs the money. There are three specific instructions for looking after Mogwai: Never expose it to bright light (especially sunlight, which will kill it); never get it wet; and, most importantly: no matter how much it cries or begs, never, ever feed it after midnight.
Movies for Christmas: Rise of the Guardians – 3 December
Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, St Nicolas (Father Christmas), The Tooth Fairy and a bad-bad guy Pitch Black – what else can you ask for?
“Rise of the Guardians is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes – each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs, and imagination of children all over the world.” —Rise of the Guardians official site
Movies for Christmas: Shrek the Halls – 4 December
Shrek the Halls is a 2007 TV Short. This is such a cute story that we absolutely had to include it into the NerdiPop Christmas Countdown.
Shrek (Mike Myers) is quietly living in the swamp with his family when the Christmas season arrives. Under Donkey’s (Eddie Murphy) urging, Shrek reluctantly promises Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) a special Christmas surprise. Shrek goes to the local bookstore in Far, Far Away to try to find a present for Fiona, but since he does not know what Christmas is all about, the shopkeeper (Marissa Jaret Winokur) gives Shrek a copy of Christmas For Village Idiots, a step-by-step guide to celebrating the holiday. Shrek proceeds to follow the book’s advice by decorating the house and getting a tree so he can spend a quiet Christmas Eve with his family, but Donkey brings the entire “family” to the swamp, ruining Shrek’s plans.
Movies for Christmas: Mixed Nuts – 5 December
The story is set in Christmas Eve in Venice Beach, California. A serial strangler is on the loose. A crisis hotline, staffed by three inept counselors, faces eviction. Each of the three is lovelorn. They and their non-profit program need a miracle. Their paths cross those of Gracie and Felix, penniless lovers who are fighting with each other and are about to become parents; Chris, an unhappy man in drag; Louie, their loopy song-writing neighbor; a man walking his dogs; a veterinarian; and, their landlord. A Christmas tree, an elevator, a fruit cake, and a pistol also figure in this night before Christmas. Are any miracles in the offering? (source: IMDB – Written by JHailey)
Movies for Christmas: The Nightmare before Christmas – 6 December
From the mind of Tim Burton comes the classic movie – The Nightmare before Christmas.
Set in Halloween town (a town in which Halloween is celebrated all year round), Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King, is getting bored with Halloween and accidentally finds his way into Christmas Town. When he gets back he tells everyone about Christmas. The whole Halloween town decided that they want to rather host this joyous holiday. Eventually, Lock, Stock and Barrel kidnaps Santa Clause and Jack attempt to become the new Santa Clause.
Movies for Christmas: Die Hard – 7 December
Die Hard is probably one of the more unconventional choices for our Christmas Count Down, but it’s still a Christmas movie.
Taking place on Christmas Eve, John McClane (Bruce Willis) arrives in Los Angeles to reconcile with his estranged wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). John gets driven to the Nakatomi Plaze building where a Christmas party is being held by Holly’s boss. While changing clothes at the Nakatomi Plaze building, the party is disrupted by Hans Gruber and his heavily armed Group, they manage to seize the tower and secure those inside except for John McClane who manages to slip away.