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CLASSIC HOLIDAY FLICKS AND TV SHOWS TO HELP YOU RING IN THE SEASON


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BY RYAN GLOVER


4. “Mr. Destiny”


stars hometown good ole boy Jim Belushi. You can forget about his family’s sordid past while viewing this family-friendly classic.


5.


Christmas can be a two-faced holiday. While some families celebrate it with merriment and apple cider, it can also be the most depressing time of the year. If you’ve got the holiday blues, don’t worry. Below are 10 movies and TV specials guaranteed to uplift your holiday spirit and get you into a jollier frame of mind.


1.


“Home Alone” is


number one on this list because there is nothing funnier than precocious Macaulay Culkin stopping burglars who target his house while his parents are away on vacation.


2.


Life.” The title says it all. If you haven’t seen it before, you’ll easily be able to catch it on TV. Considered one of the 100 Best American Films by the American Film Institute, this fi lm will make others realize the impact they play on others’ lives without even knowing it. The lesson? Good things are ahead of you; don’t give up and have hope.


“It’s a Wonderful


3.


“Scrooged,” because no one


loves a miser unless he’s played by Bill Murray. Watch Murray as he’s visited by the ghosts of Christmas past and present before the concept became clichéd. Rather than watch the classic version, opt for this hilarious take of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” classic instead.


“The Santa Clause”


rounds off at number fi ve because the phrase “It’s not a party until someone dies” rings true in this family fi lm where Tim Allen takes over the duties of Kris Kringle.


6.


Christmas” is a certifi ed classic Christmas episode which follows Charlie as he searches past the commercialized aspects of the holiday to the true meaning of the day.


7.


Story” is a comedic look at growing up in the Midwest. It’s full of iconic lessons that every college student should heed – like remembering not to stick their tongues on telephone poles. Put the pellet guns down this season in favor of belly laughs. Who would think that blue-eyed and blonde-haired Little Ralphie would grow up to be an amateur CSI investigator?


“A Christmas


“A Charlie Brown


8.


“White Christmas”


is an all-inclusive masterpiece. It’s a classic American fi lm which brings out the holiday spirit and can remind you of the importance of friendship and appreciating the elderly. It’s a tale about the importance of miracles and teamwork, coupled with an amazing soundtrack.


9.


“Friday After Next.” This


classic stoner fl ick is not only cheerfully entertaining, but also naughty enough to deserve a lump of coal. The third fi lm in the series written by Ice Cube, it is a great fi lm to watch while drinking eggnog and sporting holiday socks with a Christmas sweater on.


10.


Talking Now” focuses more on the lives of the pets as opposed to the Meisner-infl uenced performance of John Travolta and Kirstie Alley. This fi lm could serve as a promotional video for the American Humane Society; maybe someone should have shown this fi lm to Michael Vick before he was rehabilitated.


“Look Who’s


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