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Favorite Things – Spec Movies for Christmas

The holiday season is also a time for movies, and it’s a geek’s paradise! Thanksgiving marked the release of Fantastic Beasts and Star Wars Rogue One will release on December 16. Last year our family went to the late night showing of The Force Awakens. This year we’re planning on taking in a matinee or some other show time that doesn’t get the kids in bed after midnight on a school night.

Of course there are plenty of Christmas movies for the speculative fiction fan, whether science fiction or fantasy. Hallmark movie fans don’t have a corner on the market for great Christmas viewing. Doctor Who has Christmas specials and magic is a part of many movies with a Yuletide setting.

My absolute favorite is It’s a Wonderful Life. While it’s a classic old movie with Jimmy Stewart, it’s also a fun speculative story with angels and an alternate reality.

Another of my favorites has a similar flavor, A Christmas Carol. My favorite version is the 1980s one with George C. Scott. I haven’t seen the Patrick Stewart (makes note to find a showing on TV). The Muppets version and the 1980s Scrooged are pretty good too.

There’s also Elf. This is probably controversial, but I’m not a huge fan. Buddy is more shelf elf than denizen of Middle Earth. I prefer my elves to be of the Legolas variety.

The Christmas TV classics have a speculative flair too. “The Grinch”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, and “Frosty the Snowman” all have a magical flair.

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

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About Gretchen E K Engel

Chemical engineer by day, spec fiction writer by night

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