An A-Z of Festive Film

Let's hope this brings good tidings

If you thought you’d seen the last of Roobla’s alphabetical rundowns with our Halloween effort, think again. With Christmas drawing ever closer, we couldn’t let the big one pass without the A-Z film treatment, so here we go…

A is for Alastair Sim. His performance in the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol still remains the definitive portrayal of Ebenezer Scrooge.

B is for Bruce Willis. You can even get Die Hard festive jumpers now – ho-ho-ho.

C is for Channel 5. This lot love to start early with the Yuletide flicks; in fact I’m sure I saw one during August Bank Holiday.

D is for Disney. From Snow White to Frozen, they’ve made family entertainment into an art form, especially at this time of year..

E is for elves. Played by Dudley Moore and Will Ferrell amongst others, they’ve served Santa well over the years.

F is for Father Christmas. Whether it’s the man himself or Dan Aykroyd stuffing his face with smoked salmon in Trading Places, things just wouldn’t be the same.

G is for Gremlins. It took the Christmas movie to a new, darker level and was also the standout film of 1984 to boot.

H is for Home Alone. “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal!”

I is for It’s a Wonderful Life. Frank Capra‘s fantasy has become must-see viewing during the festive season.

J is for Jacob Marley. When done right, there’s not many scarier characters, something today’s horror filmmakers could learn a lot from.

K is for Kermit the Frog. Aside from the many memorable TV specials the Muppets have given us down the decades, The Muppet Christmas Carol expertly blends riotous humour and heart-warming fare. Of course, the star of the show is dear old ‘Kermy’.

L is for Lethal Weapon. It’s easy to forget that this is set at Christmastime, but strains of the classic tune Jingle Bell Rock at the beginning soon put paid to that.

M is for musicals. Holiday Inn, The Snowman, it’s an extensive list of classics.

N is for nights in. Fire’s on, film’s on; trees up, feet up – who needs the pub? Don’t answer that…

O is for off work. Because none of this would be possible otherwise.

P is for present. Although there’s really no need to thank me for writing this article.

Q is for Quality Street. A great alternative to popcorn, although personally I don’t think you can beat a tub of Roses – feel free to post your comments on this burning issue below.

R is for reindeer. Another of Santa’s faithful cinematic servants.

S is for snow. Any serious stab at a Christmas movie needs a sprinkle of the white stuff – unless it’s set in L.A.

T is for turkey. Christmas? Films? Sorry, but what else could it be?

U is for unlucky. If you happen to be watching Jingle All the Way.

V is for very unlucky. If you happen to be watching Jingle All the Way II.

W is for White Christmas. The 1954 romantic comedy still features heavily in popular culture, and spawned a re-release of that song.

X is for X-Men Do Christmas. Yep, I made this one up. But as it’s the letter ‘x’ and it’s Christmas, I’m sure you’ll let me off.

Y is for yawn. You’ve been waiting all night for that one particular flick, but with just minutes to go your eyelids start to give way…

Z is for zillions of season’s Greetings from all of us here at Roobla!

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