A Very Murray Christmas is Bill Murray’s Netflix Original Christmas Special featuring Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Michael Cera, Maya Rudolph, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, and Rashida Jones, among others – need I say more?
Dir. Sofia Coppola, 2015
Synopsis: “Bill Murray worries no one will show up to his T.V. show due to a terrible snow-storm in New York City.”
Happy Christmas doesn’t have much to do about Christmas other than that it takes place during the holiday season, but that shouldn’t stop you from checking it out. Joe Swanberg’s mumblecore film was one of my favorites from 2014 for a handful of reasons. Not only was the dialogue completely improvised, but the production was filmed in Swanberg’s home and stars both him and is actual baby son. How cool is that?! Baby Swanberg is so entertaining that he’s enough of a reason to see Happy Christmas, but everything else about the film is quite wonderful too.
Dir. Joe Swanberg, 2014
Synopsis: “After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny’s influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness.”
The Nightmare Before Christmas is a Tim Burton classic, and the perfect film for those who aren’t fond of the Christmas season in the stereotypical kind of way. I’m planning on revisiting this film myself in the next couple of days!
Dir. Tim Burton, 1993
Synopsis: “Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept.”
Although I haven’t seen Love Actually in a few years now, I knew this list wouldn’t be complete without it. British romantic comedies are always a good time, especially when they revolve around Christmas.
Dir. Richard Curtis, 2013
Synopsis: Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England.
And my favorite holiday films, check out My Top Five Favorite Christmas Movies. What are a few of your favorites?
[synopses via IMDb]