By Dakota Cantwell
Thanksgiving has come and gone, winter is approaching fast and that means one thing. Christmas movies are invading every possible screen they can. While there’s nothing wrong with an emotion fueled Hallmark special about the dos and don’ts of holiday dating, it really doesn’t do anything for me. I personally don’t find a lot of enjoyment with the encroaching holiday season. There are, however, two upsides to the Christmas season: Holiday Alcohol packs and Non-Christmas themed Christmas movies that sneak past the pearly gate guarding mainstream television. So with the invasion underway, here are some movies to help you survive the barrage of the holiday season.
“3 Days to Kill” – You won’t know this film is at Christmas time until some cheesy dialogue at the end, so there’s a bonus. The truth is, this film only made the list because you can easily stream it and it’s a fun action flick. The story follows recently retired Ethan Renner (Kevin Costner) as he tries to reconnect with his ex-wife (Connie Nielsen) and his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld). Ethan quickly finds out that you never really retire from the government. This will not be the greatest film you’ve ever seen, but it will provide nice comedy as a father, whose job up till now has been to kill, attempts to understand raising a teenage daughter.
“Iron Man 3” – Tony Stark returns for another adventure in rebuilding his entire life for the sake of…something. There’s a Hallmark worthy emotional tear between Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Tony (Robert Downey Jr.), but it’s really complicated and uninteresting. Who cares though, it’s the Iron Man Christmas Special. Reassuring people everywhere that the holidays are for making killer light shows and stuff exploding. The “Die Hard” of superhero movies does not fail to entertain and hold off the never ending onslaught of emotional Christmas specials.
“Lethal Weapon” – Recently added to the list of 80s recycled entertainment, the original 1987 cop drama “Lethal Weapon” does not fail to deliver action while capturing the true spirit of the holidays. Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) is a veteran cop who get paired up with renegade officer Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson). These two characters make almost as volatile of a combination as the criminals they face. WHile Gibson is credited as the star, it’s Glover who steals the show by saying what we’ve all be thinking about the holidays, “I’m too old for this s**t!”
“Gremlins” – Everybody loves to see the Christmas lights hung, especially when they get run through by a bull dozer. The 1984 horror-comedy delivers this and so many more laughs by destroying christmas in ways most of us have only dreamed of. When Billy Peltzer (Zach Galligan) receives Gizmo as an early Christmas present from his father, he quickly learns why many children would be afraid of Furbies. When Gizmo accidentally spawns gruesome looking gremlins, the entire town realizes that there will be no peace on Earth this year.
“Die Hard” – At the top of every non-Christmas Christmas movie list comes the 1988 action film that proved that the best way to deck the halls is with C4 down an elevator shaft. When John McClane (Bruce Willis) flies to Los Angeles to save his marriage, he has no idea that he’ll also have to save everyone that works with his wife from German terrorists attempting to rob the Nakatomi Plaza. Follow McClane’s barefoot adventure as he shoots, punches and blows up terrorists to save true love before the holidays arrive. This film will have everyone inviting people over just to say “Welcome to the party pal.”