THE FILM: Eight Crazy Nights
THE ERA: Early 2000s
THE CLOTHES: Referee’s uniforms, winter coats, judge’s robe.
WHY IT’S GREAT: It is the rare holiday musical whose lyrics include, “ass” and “porta-potty.”
THE FILM: A Christmas Carol
THE ERA: The 19th century filmed in the 1950s
THE CLOTHES: Top hats, overcoats, and very serious nightclothes.
WHY IT’S GREAT: Tiny Tim’s big line: “God bless us, everyone.”
THE FILM: A Christmas Story
THE ERA: The 1940s filmed in the 1980s
THE CLOTHES: Cardigans, flannel, vests and an immobilizing snow suit.
WHY IT’S GREAT: The Chinese restaurant scene, among a dozen others.
THE FILM: Bridget Jones’ Diary
THE ERA: The early 2000s
THE CLOTHES: Striped sport shirts, dope suits and a buttoned-up British sense of style
WHY IT’S GREAT: Aside from true love conquering all, Bridget arriving to what she thought was a costume party.
THE FILM: A Charlie Brown Christmas
THE ERA: The 1960s
THE CLOTHES: Stocking caps, Charlie’s hunter-style hat with earflaps
WHY IT’S GREAT: Linus’s solo reading, great dance moves and a jazzy score by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.
THE FILM: Die Hard
THE ERA: The late 1980s
THE CLOTHES: Wide-lapelled suits and one blood-soaked sleeveless tee
WHY IT’S GREAT: 12 terrorists. 1 Bruce Willis. It’s almost not fair. Yippee ki yay, indeed.