No. 7. "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"

Jim Carrey plays the Grinch in director Ron Howard's live-action version of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Universal Pictures

So I was about to write about Sioux City's first snowfall of the season but I'm pretty sure all 0.2 inches of it has melted at this point. 

However, that little surprise I got while walking to my car Monday night reaffirmed that it is, indeed, winter. Although I was annoyed I had to scrape a thin layer of ice and snow off my car with no gloves and no beanie, I was still in a good mood. The snow, however little in volume it was, reminded me of the upcoming holidays. By golly, I think I'm jolly! 

And when I'm jolly, I like to curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and watch a ton of movies. More specifically, Christmas movies.

I'm a sucker for a good holiday flick. Even some of the bad ones. Here are three of my guilty pleasure Christmas movies:


Before we start making comparisons, yes, the animated version is clearly superior. That goes without saying. But there is a certain charm to the live action film, and that's partly due to Jim Carrey as The Grinch.

Is he over-the-top? Yeah. That's what happens when you cast someone Jim Carrey. That's just how he is. Plus, it's a movie for kids. Let him go a little crazy.

The make-up and costume for The Grinch is still really impressive, but I can't help watching the film for its wacky and imaginative approach to a classic we all love. Albeit in a flawed way. 


Don't give me any flack for this. Turn your nose up to romantic comedies all you want, but "Love Actually" is pretty damn good for what it is.

My girlfriend suggested I watch this movie with her one year and I was actually taken aback by how good it was. Sure it has its corny moments but that's to be expected. What I didn't expect is the amount of interesting story lines thrown into the mix. Some are flat-out funny while others can be rather touching and nuanced.

The star-studded cast also keeps you invested. While I'm still not the biggest fan of romantic comedies, "Love Actually" is definitely one I wouldn't pass up while channel surfing.


Although Earl listed this as one of the more tacky Christmas movies, I still can't help but like "Jingle All the Way."

Clearly the combination of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sinbad is a strange choice, but it's still a memorable shlock of a holiday film. Come on, what's not to like? Arnold picks a fight with a little kid over a ball, punches out a reindeer and flies around in a parade like a superhero.

And at one point Arnold starts a fight with a gang of mall Santas. That's enough to make me watch. 


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