December is the month when people around the world climb into their attics and drag down that box marked “XMAS STUFF.” In my household, that box was filled with two things: decorations, and Christmas movies.
Movies like Miracle On 34th Street, or It’s a Wonderful Life were holiday mainstays as a child, but as I grew into adulthood I began to grow tired of the classics (not that you can ever watch Elf too many times). Over the past few years I’ve made an effort to seek out some of the more “unconventional” holiday films. You know, the kind of movie that takes place during Christmas but isn’t exactly dripping with holiday cheer.
Anyhow, here’s three films that I’ll be watching this holiday season:
Gremlins kicks off when Billy receives an early christmas present from his father; a Mogwai. The Mogwai, a cute and furry little creature, comes with three simple rules: don’t get him wet, keep him out of the sunlight, and above all else don’t feed him after midnight. It doesn’t take long for Billy to realize that breaking these rules has unique consequences. Before he knows it, Billy’s super special christmas gift has spawned a horde of the film’s titular characters, the “Gremlins.” As the Gremlins run amok in Kingston Falls, it becomes more apparent that Gremlins isn’t just a film about little green monsters. Gremlins has a lot to say about the hyper-consumerist culture that has become synonymous with the holidays. ‘Tis the season when it’s all too easy to get caught up on the latest and greatest must-have item of the year. It’s easy to forget the negatives that overconsumption and greed can lead to. So this year, don’t be like Billy’s dad. Used books never attacked anyone.