Volume 1 of Thomas Dean Team's Holiday Film Faves

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And what goes great with a couch and a loved one? A list of binge-watch worthy holiday classics. I humbly submit the Thomas Dean team’s all-time faves, Volume 1. Check back after the 15th for more picks.


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.


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