The Hot List
This week, the Hot List is gonna tackle the greatest Christmas movies of all time -- or at least Mr. Echo’s favorite movies (sorry “White Christmas” ... you didn’t make the cut. This is a Mr. Echo list!)
Top 10 Christmas Movies
10. Die Hard (1988) - Diehard? A Christmas movie? Hey, there’s screaming, yelling, gunfire -- sounds like a normal Christmas at the Echo Mansion.
9. Serendipity (2001) - Okay, not a classic Christmas flick, but it has Kate Beckinsale and Bridget Moynahan in the movie, which automatically puts it on the list. Plus, Sara and Jonathan meet while Christmas shopping at Bloomingdales. As a bonus, Jeremy Piven and Eugene Levy are classic.
8. Home Alone (1990) - In 1990, Macaulay Culkin was still cute, but Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern stole this movie. Hilarious scenes when they break into the house and face little Kevin McCallister.
7. The Santa Clause (1994) - Hokey? Yes. Fun? You bet. Tim Allen’s run as Santa always put a smile on my face. The kid was a little whiny, but Bernard the head Elf made up for it.
6. Scrooged (1988) - Bill Murray at his best in this remake of the famous tale. Throw in some great Bobcat Goldthwaite and you’ve got a hit. Murray’s speech at the end is gold.
5. Trading Places (1983) - Not a traditional Christmas favorite, but Trading Places has to be in the top 5 just due to the comedic genius of Eddie Murphy. Plus, this is where the G.I. Joe with the Kung Fu grip was made famous.
4. The Family Man (2000) - Nic Cage’s spin into the past to experience his life if he wouldn’t have taken the corporate route. Tea Leoni is hot and Piven reappears as the best friend (is he everybody’s best friend?). Don Cheadle is greatness in a limited role.
3. A Christmas Story (1983) - Ralphie. Randy. The Bumphus Dogs. Darren McGavin’s BEST movie role. Simply a Christmas Classic. If you haven’t seen it .... it’ll be on this Christmas. Promise.
2. It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) - The standard. I don’t need to say anything else.
1. Christmas Vacation (1989) - Christmas Clark W. Griswald-style! If you had to watch one movie this Christmas season, this is it. Cousin Eddie. Aunt Bethany. Uncle Lewis. Has any movie given us more? And if you haven’t tried to pull off a Griswold Christmas light display at least once in your life, well, you haven’t really experienced Christmas, have you?
Videos of the Week
In honor of our No. 1 Christmas movie of the all-time, we’re bringing you some of the top quotes of Christmas Vacation. Enjoy the laughs!
Clark: Where do you think you're going? Nobody's leaving. Nobody's walking out on this fun, old-fashioned family Christmas. No, no. We're all in this together. This is a full-blown, four-alarm holiday emergency here. We're gonna press on, and we're gonna have the hap, hap, happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny f#$%#$g Kaye. And when Santa squeezes his fat white ass down that chimney tonight, he's gonna find the jolliest bunch of a-holes this side of the nuthouse.
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Clark: Can I refill your eggnog for you? Get you something to eat? Drive you out to the middle of nowhere and leave you for dead?
Eddie: Naw, I'm doing just fine, Clark.
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Clark: Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, kiss my ass. Kiss his ass. Kiss your ass. Happy Hanukkah.
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Eddie: You surprised to see us, Clark?
Clark: Oh, Eddie... If I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet, I wouldn't be more surprised than I am now.
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Ellen: Oh Aunt Bethany, you shouldn't have done that.
Aunt Bethany: Oh dear, did I break wind?
Uncle Lewis: Jesus, did the room clear out, Bethany? Hell no, she means presents. You shouldn't have brought presents.
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Clark: Since this is Aunt Bethany's 80th Christmas, I think she should lead us in the saying of Grace.
Aunt Bethany: [turns to Lewis] What, dear?
Nora Griswold: Grace!
Aunt Bethany: Grace? She passed away thirty years ago.
Uncle Lewis: They want you to say Grace.
[Bethany shakes her head in confusion]
Uncle Lewis: The BLESSING!
Aunt Bethany: [they all pose for prayer] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands/ One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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Clark: [a squirrel is loose in the house] Where is Eddie? He usually eats these things.
Cousin Catherine Johnson: Not recently, Clark. He read that squirrels were high in cholesterol.
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Clark: Hey, Kids, I heard on the news that an airline pilot spotted Santa's sleigh on it's way in from New York City.
Eddie: [after a pause] You serious, Clark?
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Clark: Oh, I was just smelling - smiling. I was just blouse - browsing. I, uh, heh heh. Well, I guess it just wouldn't... Oh hee hee, it wouldn't be the Christmas shopping season if the stores were any less hooter than they - HOTTER than they are. Whew. It is warm in here, isn't it?
Mary: You have your coat on.
Clark: Yes, oh do I? Yeah, it is a bit nipply out. I mean nippy. What am I saying, nipple?
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Art: The little lights... they aren't twinkling.
Clark: I know, Art. Thanks for noticing.
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