Presenting a ben’s TEN Special Holiday Series:

“The 12 Flicks of Xmas”

So What is It?
Christmas movies can appear deceivingly simple, cliché, cheeky and un-apologetically “feel good.” The best ones do leave you fulfilled, but we believe their most powerful messages are subtle, complex, and below the surface.

Our gift to you in this series each year is a fresh look at 12 holiday films. We’ll peel back the surface narrative and see what deeper currents make the movie meaningful. In addition, we’ll rate each flick on some uniquely Xmas-themed measures.

Below is a master list, with links, to the growing list of 2011’s reviews as well as the 12 reviews of 2010. Please follow the blog and/or subscribe to ensure you don’t miss any of 2011’s new reviews.

Reviewed in 2011

Day 1: Christmas Story (2007)

Day 2: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Day 3: The Year Without Santa Claus (1974)

Day 4: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

Day 5: The Ref (1994)

Day 6: The Santa Clause (1994)

Day 7: Miracle on 34th Street (1994)

Day 8: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

Day 9: White Christmas (1954)

Reviewed in 2010

Day 1: Elf (2003)
Day 2: Deck the Halls (2006)
Day 3: Love Actually (2003)
Day 4: The Family Man (2000)
Day 5: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
Day 6: A Christmas Story (1983)
Day 7: A Christmas Carol (2009)
Day 8: The Family Stone (2005)
Day 9: Christmas in the Clouds (2005)
Day 10: Scrooged (1988)
Day 11: Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Day 12: It’s a Wonderful Life (1947)

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