5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas Movies

This 5 Fandom Friday topic is Favorite Christmas Movies! Since I recently already put together a comprehensive list, I am taking this opportunity to share My Favorite Hallmark and Lifetime Network Holiday Films. I have become more and more addicted to the sweet silliness of their pictures over the last several years, and now it does not feel like the Christmas season without them.
http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/a-princess-for-christmasJules, played by Katie McGrath, is taking care of her orphaned nephew and niece when their grandfather suddenly wants to introduce them to their royal heritage. Roger Moore is adorably grumpy, and Jules schools uppity royals with her knowledge of antiques.
http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/the-nine-lives-of-christmasBrandon Routh did a Hallmark movie! He is a firefighter that saves a cat who then decides to adopt him and cuddle in his chairs. This is actually a good romantic comedy as well, and the female lead is a strong intelligent woman.
http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/the-road-to-christmasClark Gregg and his real life wife Jennifer Grey star as two people thrown together by shenanigans who initially do not get along. It is a fairly done plot, but they are just so amazing it elevates the material. Coulson Does Christmas is what I have renamed this movie in my mind.
http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/a-royal-christmasJane Seymour and her actual daughter are supporting actresses in this feature, and it is lovely to see them mesh so well together on-screen!
http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/on-strike-for-christmasI absolutely emphasize with this story of women who are tired of their round the clock Christmas preparations going unappreciated by their families, and so they decide to go on strike.

5 Fandom Friday: Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me

1. Digital Theatre Gift Certificate

Digital Theatre Gift Certificate
Digital Theatre Gift Certificate
Digital Theatre Gift Certificate
Digital Theatre Gift Certificate
Finding this site, which enables those that live in the United States to watch certain UK play productions, has made me very happy. My first purchase was the David Tennant and Catherine Tate version of Much Ado About Nothing, which is still my favorite. I am hoping that the Danny Boyle and Benedict Cumberbatch Frankenstein will be added soon, but there are plenty of others to tide me over until then.

 

2. Thomas Edison’s Nightmare Print

The Oatmeal can always be counted on to deliver delicious cheeky goodness. I love Thomas Edison’s face on this print as he is chased by Tesla riding his kitty steed.

 

3. Record Player

Since the resurgence of the vinyl era, there have been more record player options made available. At some point, I would love to set myself up with one.

 

4. Sandman Full Collection

Neil Gaiman’s full Sandman collection would be the perfect choice to curl up and read through the Christmas season.

 

5. TARDIS Christmas Sleepwear

So comfortable and cool looking! I can picture myself eating so many s’mores while watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special in these.

Top 25 Christmas Movies

Katherine Hepburn is the head of the research librarian department and plays the woman that I wish to become some day.
Another Christmas classic, David Niven and Ginger Rogers go slightly screwball with a touch of social satire.
This is only technically a Christmas film because of the end sequence, but it counts! Preston Sturges at his best, and one of the funniest films ever made.
Billy Wilder takes us through Christmas and New Years using the experiences of C.C. Baxter, a regular guy just trying to get ahead.
Nick and Nora are always wonderful and welcome for the holidays.
This was remade as You’ve Got Mail, which is cute but does not get close to the pure sweetness and humanity of the original.
A musical version of The Christmas Carol with The Muppets and Michael Caine! The only problem I have that for some reason the lovely song When Love is Gone is missing from the U.S. release of the film.
 Ryan Reynolds is perfect for this mix of high school issues, family, and winning the girl he loves.
 Natalie Woods has the cutest skeptical face as adults around her try to convince her that Santa is real.
Barbara Stanwyck pretends to have Martha Stewart powers and a husband for her paying column, unfortunately the magazine editor wishes to attend the holidays at her pretend cabin along with a soldier recently returned home.
Will Farrel proved with this film that he is far from a one trick pony. This is a beautiful love letter to the Christmas season with the perfect amount of nostalgia and humor.
Jack Skellington and Sally are always in season in this inspired film that is still unique as ever.
A very young John Cusack is in this It Happened One Night semi-remake and I love it!

Nora Ephron writes a relationship that builds throughout the ages with some of the best dialog ever between two human beings.

Denis Leary just wants to get his getaway boat working so he can escape the crazy dysfunctional family that is only slightly useful as cover from the police.
Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman have a refreshing amount of chemistry in this holiday romantic comedy.
Hans Gruber just makes me happy.
I grew up watching this Humphrey Bogart dark comedy classic, which is an awesome take on the Three Wise Men tale.
Terry Gilliam has a very interesting and incredible view of how to put together a Christmas movie.
This was the first movie I ever saw in the theater, and it remains a favorite.
Gary Cooper shows off his earnest face and good intentions which get taken out of context by some real scrooges.
The definition of a badass Christmas movie!
Three crooks take advantage of what turns out to be the most helpful and innocent small town possible. This makes for a huge dose of holiday guilt.
Getting along with potential in-laws is always a prickly situation, and this showcases the worst case scenario working out in the best way.

Do you want some stylish gorgeousness in your Christmas thriller?

5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Holiday Songs To Spread Cheer

 1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Bruce Springsteen

I had this record growing up, and it is still my favorite Christmas moodsetter. The main difference is that now I play it on my computer instead of my Big Bird record player, but only because that 45 has been pretty much played to death. Maybe I could find another copy on Amazon….

2. Do it on My Twin Bed – Saturday Night Live

The new generation of Saturday Night Live women kill it with their music video tribute to the holidays.

3. Baby it’s Cold Outside – Elf Version

Elf is an amazing Jon Favreau Christmas movie, and this scene showcases Zooey’s voice and Will Ferrell’s sweetness.

4. Santa’s My Boyfriend – Saturday Night Live

Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Kristen Wigg sing about their boyfriend Santa, and it is amazing.

5. Christmas is all Around – Billy Mack from Love Actually

Bill Nighy is the absolute best part of Love Actually, playing a musician being hilariously honest about Christmasing up an old song for the hopes of a comeback. As well as beating all those sugary pop Christmas songs on the charts!