It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!... The “most wonderful time” of the year is upon us once more, and if you're still practising caution because of COVID-19, rest assured many of us might just be celebrating relatively quietly at home too. If that’s true for you, it’s nice to just set the mood by watching a classic holiday movie with a small group of family or friends.
To help you with what to put on the telly, we asked around for our colleagues’ picks of their favourite Christmas movies and, frankly, we were surprised to receive a pretty diverse mix of choices. There’s action, rom-coms, drama, fantasy, comedy, and animated films – something for everyone. Here’s presenting Yahoo’s round-up of our most cherished Christmas flicks.
Isn’t it a pity good rom-coms are few and far between nowadays? Classics films with Disney Princesses are sure to bring on laughter together with tears (from laughing so hard!). I love Enchanted for how adorable Amy Adams and James Marsden are in their super innocent depiction of their roles. This is definitely a family-friendly feel-good movie that’s perfect for Christmas! Watch it if you haven’t, or rewatch it even when you have! - Cadence Loh, Yahoo Lifestyle Editor
Rise Of The Guardians
“I'm not sure why I watched Rise Of The Guardians because it's not the usual fare I'd pick for a movie night out, but I do remember being surprised at all the feels it gave me in the cinema. This animated feature is about Jack Frost, a fairy tale character who is supposedly responsible for frost, ice, snow, patterns on a cold window pane and, well, winter. It turned out to be a well-paced movie with an engaging storyline and surprising emotional impact. I believe he could have been the more popular Magical Being With Cold Powers if he had an intro song to belt instead. Bonus: A macho Santa in the film is going to give a very different meaning to Father Christmas.” — Stephanie Zheng, Yahoo Lifestyle Editor
“My favourite Christmas movie is Love Actually. Aside from the great chemistry and stellar performance by the ensemble cast of big names like Emma Thompson, Alan Rickman, Colin Firth (Mr Darcy!), Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley, and more, it reminds us that despite all our differences, we're all capable – and deserving – of love. And that life isn't – and shouldn't be – lived in black and white; we should revel in all its many shades.” — Esther Au Yong, Yahoo Finance Editor
The Nightmare Before Christmas
"Tim Burton’s movies never fail to wow me. In Burton’s 1993 animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington’s obsession with Father Christmas leads him to doing the most unthinkable thing – he kidnaps the poor Santa and ends up becoming a disgraced imposter to 'set Christmas right'. If you follow Skellington’s story closely, you can see that he’s teaching us mere mortals the values of acceptance and love. Despite his haphazard failures and mistakes, he took an opportunity and turned it to an exciting new path. No longer seen as just a raggedy doll, he was also welcomed by his family in Halloween Town with open arms. Definitely a must-watch with your family!" — Reta Lee, Head of Lifestyle Commerce, SEA
An eight-year-old boy defending his family's home from two bumbling burglars? It's the classic film we all have come to love so much. Played by Macaulay Culkin, the film went on to spin a sequel Home Alone 2: Alone in New York, but it's the original film that will always warm our hearts! — Reta Lee, Head of Lifestyle Commerce, SEA
Departures (Okuribito in Japanese) won the Best Foreign Language Film award at the Oscars in 2009. In the movie, a newly unemployed cellist Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) takes a job preparing the dead for funerals. While his wife and others despise the job, Daigo takes pride in his work as a gentle gatekeeper between life and death, between the departed and the family of the departed. The film follows his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. As Yahoo TV Producer Bruce Lim said: “I watched Departures and cried my eyes dry.” ’Nuff said.
“Hands down, Die Hard (1988) is the best action thriller to revolve around a Christmas office party. Great lead (Bruce Willis), great villain (Alan Rickman) and great set pieces throughout. A feel-good ending to give you the warm holiday feeling at the end. Grade-A entertainment!” — Chia Han Keong, Yahoo News Editor