Movies for the holidays (*)

by Mr. Nobel

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and with it comes the rest of the big winter family-oriented holidays. What better way to celebrate the only time of the year some of us have with our loved ones than to lock ourselves in a room and turn on the television? Here are some of my personal picks for winter holiday movies:

Come and See (1985)

This charming coming of age movie reminds us of the magic of childhood innocence  Framed around a big game of hide and seek, Come and See explores the simply joy of having parents who are totally alive and proper bovine etiquette. A must see for the whole family!

Antichrist (2009)

Take the -mas out of Christmas and you’re left with Christ. Now add Anti and you’ve got Antichrist! It’s got a tree made entirely out of hands, probably as part of a lesson on the pagan traditions upon which Christmas was based. Antichrist also has a delightful talking fox and a bunch of friendly crows. For the grownups in the room, Antichrist also has a stellar, biting turn by Willem Dafoe as a comically inept therapist. There’s something for everyone in this rambunctious picture.

Visitor Q (2001)

Director Takashi Miike, long known for his well-received Nicolas Sparks adaptations, breaks into the children’s film industry with this smash-hit epic. Visitor Q tells the uplifting story of an eccentric Japanese family as they learn to adapt to and cope with modern life in the city. Hilarious hi-jinks ensue! Be on the lookout for the film’s famous, gutbusting poop scene.

Addio Zio Tom (1971)

Addio Zio Tom is a movie about that special person in your family. You know, the one that nobody really likes but you all put up with because it’d be really weird otherwise and you’d feel bad and probably need a shower or something afterwards, but then you find out that the shower drain’s clogged because your landlady forgot to clean it out before you moved in so now you have to pick giant black globs of hair and crap out of the drain that belonged to god knows who and is infested with hitherto unknown numbers of diseases.

Addio Zio Tom is most assuredly not part of a some painfully drawn out gag in which I reinterpret horrifically traumatizing films as Christmas movies because I just realized that I hadn’t posted anything on the blog in the last month and didn’t have any better ideas.

I’m going to need a drink after this.