Phil's Quick Capsule Review

Phil’s Top 5… Christmas Movies!

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: MY Favourite Christmas Movies!

(To qualify these have to be ABOUT Christmas not just linked in some remote way!)


Close but no cigar: Miracle on 34th Street, It’s A Wonderful Life, Home Alone 2 Lost In New York

5 – Home Alone
Home Alone isn’t actually the butt of the joke you may think it is.  Still all these years on it’s a damn fine film, with a genuinely good performance by McCulkin and surprising depth behind it’s more knock about moments. Go on watch it again… I dare you!

4 – Muppets Christmas Carol
The Muppets.  Does Dickens. With Michael Caine. If that’s not the very definition of a win/win I don’t know what is!

3 – Scrooged
Bill Murray. Does Dickens. With Bill Murray. Seriously WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR??????

2 – Love Actually
It’s our go to Christmas movie ever year (and has been for 10 + years now).  Yes it’s flawed. Yes it’s clichéd.  But that bit with Emma Thompson and the gift, the play & the kiss, the proposal, the kid in the airport… they still get me every time.  It’s everything a Christmas movie should be.

1 – The Nightmare Before Christmas
The most twisted Christmas movie for kids you’ll probably ever see, The Nightmare Before Christmas is just amazing.  The songs, stunning stop motion animation and a run time that kids love combined to make this an instant classic that still endures to this day.



Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden

Phil Hobden is the former Film Editor & Writer for renowned martial arts focused COMBAT MAGAZINE in the UK. He is also a filmmaker in his own right, having produced two cult Independent action films in LEFT FOR DEAD and TEN DEAD MEN. He was the host for the award nominated Filmsploitation podcast for 4 years, currently co-hosts Ross And Phil Talk Movies and is a writer/editor for his own blog Phil's Quick Capsule Review...

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