Friday, December 25, 2009

The Top Ten Best Christmas Movies - 5. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

>Hey Everybody,

We had such a good time doing our Halloween top ten that we thought we would do another one! Christmas is upon us and we thought we would try to come up with the ultimate top ten list that, in our minds, embodies the true meaning of Christmas.

Now, lately it seems as if the networks aren't interested in playing the classic Christmas movies of old. I keep seeing these crappy Scrooge rip offs over and over on all of the various networks. Like Mrs. Scrooge, Ebenezer, A Diva's Christmas Carol, A Carol Christmas. (With Tori Spelling, need I say more?) Not to mention these vapid, crappy and sacchrine kid flicks that are so PC they make me want to vomit. Thankfully I got our artist friends over at Cave Drawing Ink to help us conceptulize those memorable Christmas flicks of old. You can see our top ten here on the Bucket and on the Cave Drawing Ink site. Enjoy and have a Happy Holiday!

So far......

6.) The Nightmare Before Christmas

7.) Scrooged

8.) Elf
9.) Santa Claus: the Movie
10.) Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer


5.) National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation Clark: "Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny fucking Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of assholes this side of the nuthouse."
- Sketch by Dezi Sienty

Jeff: Clark W. Griswald certainly embodies the last true family man. He tries so hard to create the perfect holiday or vacation possible and almost never succeeds. We can all relate to the hell of bringing familes together for a few days over the holidays and all the chaos that ensues, but he makes it so damn funny, it allows us to breathe a collective sigh and say, "this was bad but at least it wasn't a Griswald Christmas." This has become a favorite of mine over the holidays and I highly recommend it. I truly feel it belongs a clear second to Vacation in the series. So whenever you feel overwhelmed with Christmas or you want to strangle a crazy uncle cause he set your tree on fire, just think of Clark and I promise you'll smile.
Jen Huber: I LOVE this movie. I start laughing from the moment that cartoon Santa arrives at the Griswold house until the very end. There are so many classic moments in this one but I think my favorite is the dinner scene with the whole family when the turkey ends up ruined and the cat gets electrocuted. I mean, could anything more go wrong during that dinner?! What a catastrophe! I love that Clark drinks his eggnog out of the Marty Moose mug (throwback to the original Vacation movie). Uncle Eddie really spices up the movie with his crazy antics and the Uncle Lewis and Aunt Bethany are so funny. This movie definitely brings together the spirit of family and holiday cheer.

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