ChatterBox Christie’s Classic Christmas Flicks

Nothing says “The Holidays” like a dysfunctional family and a good ass kicking…

{another gem from the old blog repurposed for your reading pleasure}

3909963307_90cd8013ebIn case you haven’t figured out already, I am SO not a traditionalist. When it comes to holidays and festive occasions, I do nothing by the book and I’m pretty sure Emily Post and Martha Stewart hate me. Christmas is definitely one of the holidays where I do not follow the rules. I don’t put up the decorations the day after Thanksgiving. You’re lucky if they get up by Christmas Eve! (Okay, well I’m not that bad…I usually have something hanging or lit up by the 20th.) Christmas cards? Ha! There was a reason e-mail was invented! I just purchased wrapping paper yesterday, people…along with the gifts they will be wrapping. You get the point, right? Okay, you can stop shaking your head at me now.

Well, the one thing I do like to do that is kind of traditional-ish is watching Christmas shows and movies. Truth be told, I am a little miffed if Christmas comes and goes without me catching The Grinch (go figure, right?). I also like the classic “Rudolf” shows. But I’m a movie-gal and there are a few holiday films that just put me in the spirit.

Now, I must warn you…you do know who you are dealing with here, right? So you already know there will be no Miracle on 34th Street or It’s a Wonderful Life on this list. This is holiday movie ChatterBox style! Here are my classic pics that take you from now to New Years Eve…

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: (This is a Thanksgiving movie and since I’m behind the 8-ball with this post I’m throwing it in anyway)Don’t you just love family dysfunction with your turkey and stuffing? You know you’ve got some folks in your family just like the ones in this film. A funny, tear-jerker that I watch every time it comes on. Plus I love Robert Downey Jr. and will watch anything he’s in… just sayin’.

BAD SANTA: So not a Christmas movie for kids! But definitely a gut-buster for adults! Note to the sensitive person: You cannot be sensitive and watch this film. If foul language and lewd behavior get your panties in a bunch, it’s in your best interest to skip it! Just sayin’.

DIE HARD: Um, yeah, it was Christmas when Hans Gruber and his little terrorist elves took over Nakatomi Plaza! It’s all coming back to you now, right?

LETHAL WEAPON: When Riggs met Murtaugh for the first time (and began what was (in my opinion) the best on-screen duo in the history of the “buddy movie”) it was “the most wonderful time of the year!”

THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT: Hands down the best ass-kicking chick Christmas flick ever! Samuel L. Jackson continues to display why he’s the king of the best one-liners.

MIXED NUTS: A hilarious ensemble cast with Steve Martin at the helm. Lots of hidden Christmas references that you’ll miss if you’re not paying attention… like the landlord’s name is Mr. Tenenbaum (that was a freebie for you)

THE FAMILY STONE: A lesson to be learned from this one…never let your family meet your significant other for the first time at Christmas! I mean, duh! Everybody knows that! Again, another hilarious tear-jerker.

STRANGE DAYS (New Years Eve): An intriguing murder mystery that came out around 96 or 97 that predicted what would be going on in LA on New Years Eve 1999. The soundtrack kicks ass and so does Angela Basset!

Well, there ya have it! Not your mama’s holiday movie list, eh? But you’ve gotta admit, I probably now have you thinking about the ones I may have missed that would fit right in! Go on, share your favorites!! I’d love to see if anyone out there shares my flair for the non-traditional traditions.


Coffee is the Elixir of Life

Caffeine aside… it’s all about COFFEE!

As part of my tagline suggests… I am heavily caffeinated. A certifiable java junkie. My blood type is coffee. It is essential to my existence… I need it to survive. It is the elixir of life.

A word to the wise… do not attempt to communicate with me until I’ve at least had a sip of my daily cup of joe. I’m not a fully functional human being until then. Additionally, I must have said sip prior to 10:00 am or a being closely resembling the Hulk will take over my normally charming personality. Consider yourself warned.

One might suggest that it is an addiction to caffeine that I have and it is why my craving for coffee is so strong. Perhaps… to an extent… but it is more than that…

One tragic morning, I was out of coffee and had to get my caffeine fix from another source. It initially did the trick… but there was something missing. In that moment I realized… caffeine aside, it is 100% about the coffee!

For me, coffee is a ritual. The intoxicating aroma wafting through the house as it brews. The painstakingly strategic mug selection based on my current mood… or the mood I want to have. The feeling that the day can officially begin after consumption. The sips with solitude on a weekend morning. Savoring that little bit of “me time” as it slips down my throat like sand through an hourglass.

Superman is still Superman with our without the red and blue suit… but it is all about the suit. Caffeine is caffeine with or without coffee… but it’s all about the coffee. Caffeine is the talisman that keeps the devil at bay. Getting it in the form of coffee determines if the devil will be of the “blue dress” or “Tasmanian” variety.

Yes… this jones for java is on a fanatical level of seriousness. And I am not the least bit ashamed to admit it. See my further findings on coffee being the elixir of life in my Mode story below…

Check out Why Coffee is the Elixir of Life

by ChatterBox Christie at Mode