Preparing to shoot a few segments of Big Jon in 5 for BEER2WHISKEY in our upstairs studio at Barley's Taproom in downtown Greenville. That's owner Josh Beebe preparing for his closeup.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Movies Without the Warm Fuzzies

Let's talk Christmas movies, shall we…

These aren't the typical, sappy, warm-fuzzy Christmas films. I get as misty as everyone else watching "Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's a Wonderful Life," but these aren't my favorite holiday movies.

Nope, here are some of my favorites…

Lethal Weapon -- If you recall, we first get to see Mel Gibson's character in action in a Christmas tree lot where he does his Curly impression. It doesn't get any better than that.

Die Hard and Die Hard 2 -- The quintessential fish-out-of-water plot, Bruce Willis' character finds himself all that stands between a group of terrorist thieves in Nakatomi Plaza, and his wife and her coworkers. Yippee ki yay mother…, well, you get it.

Trading Places -- Great comedy by Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd, not to mention Jamie Lee Curtis topless. It may well be my favorite holiday comedy ever.

Enemy of the State -- Will Smith is out Christmas shopping when he runs into an old friend who is killed in front of him. Gene Hackman plays the cynical, off-the-grid ex-NSA agent who grudgingly winds up helping him against rogue U.S. intelligence agents.

And finally, for my gal pals, here's a chick flick that I also happen to like -- mostly because it co-stars Kate Beckinsale -- Serendipity. It's a love found, love lost, love found movie that also stars wing-nut liberal John Cusak. I recommend it anyway.

There you have it: Christmas movies you can watch any time of year.  


  1. Many of those are on our holiday roll as well. Die Hard is the hub's favorite.

  2. I've got five of the six I listed on DVD. Guess it's time to start watching them.

  3. Alias Boston Blackie, which I happened to watch last night, also has Christmas-time theme (they are decorating a tree in the first scenes, without being Christmasy.