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SNR
12-11-2012, 11:26 AM
Poll forthcoming.

Somebody I know planted that idea in my head a few weeks ago. At first I waived it off dismissively, but now that I think about it, I think I agree with him that it IS a Christmas movie.

So when I said it to other people, they got really defensive about it. Yes, defensive. Is it because they really really like the genre of Christmas movies and don't want something like Die Hard to taint it? I have no clue; I'd much rather watch Die Hard than White Christmas.

If you're saying, "Well, it takes place during Christmas, but that's about all it has to do with Christmas" then consider some of these points:

1. It involves the Christmasy theme of a family man who has lost a lot (namely the relationship with his wife) going on an extraordinary journey/adventure/trial to win her back. All during Christmas.

2. Along the way he encounters evil people that he may not know to be evil at first (like when Hans pretends to be a hostage) but then realizes what he has gotten into.

3. He receives small amounts of help (mostly encouragement and confidence) from his little helpers- Carl Winslow and the limo driver

4. It's got all kinds of Christmas music in the film

Discuss Thrower
12-11-2012, 11:30 AM
I was just inking about this last night...

Count Alex's Losses
12-11-2012, 11:31 AM
ho ho ho now i have a machine gun!

KCUnited
12-11-2012, 11:32 AM
Die Hard is whatever kind of movie it ****ing feels like being.

Bweb
12-11-2012, 11:36 AM
It is actually one of the movies I try and watch over the Christmas break...along with "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles". :)

Pasta Giant Meatball
12-11-2012, 11:37 AM
ho ho ho now i have a machine gun!

ROFL

Discuss Thrower
12-11-2012, 11:40 AM
And to answer the OP: The Christmas Movie test. Does someone get a XMas present against long odds? If yes, then yes it is a Christmas movie.

Tribal Warfare
12-11-2012, 11:41 AM
Lethal Weapon too

Wildcat2005
12-11-2012, 11:41 AM
I kinda wanna watch Die Hard right now

But no it is not a Christmas movie
The themes of someone losing something, overcoming odds to get it back, receiving help along the way, etc... can apply to a lot of movies

I mean didnt Batman Returns also take place during Christmas?

It is probably better than any Christmas movie I have seen though

Lzen
12-11-2012, 11:44 AM
Just because the movie takes place during the Christmas season doesn't mean it's a Christmas movie. Christmas movies are about Christmas (i.e. Miracle on 34th St., A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation). Die Hard is about terrorists and a cop who is determined to stop them.

cosmo20002
12-11-2012, 11:44 AM
1. It involves the Christmasy theme of a family man who has lost a lot (namely the relationship with his wife) going on an extraordinary journey/adventure/trial to win her back. All during Christmas.

2. Along the way he encounters evil people that he may not know to be evil at first (like when Hans pretends to be a hostage) but then realizes what he has gotten into.

3. He receives small amounts of help (mostly encouragement and confidence) from his little helpers- Carl Winslow and the limo driver

4. It's got all kinds of Christmas music in the film

1. That's not a Christmasy theme. A Chistmasy theme would be McClane magically impregnating some chick who gives birth to his son who is then killed by Hans.

2. I don't remember that from the story of Xmas.

3. Don't recall helpers either. They were turned away and had to stay in a barn.

4. There was no Xmas music in the Bible.

WildTurkey
12-11-2012, 11:46 AM
Die Hard is whatever kind of movie it ****ing feels like being.

This.

Molitoth
12-11-2012, 11:48 AM
I can see it either way, but I voted yes because I especially feel like watching it over Christmas break now that you brought it up.

Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs...

Baby Lee
12-11-2012, 11:50 AM
Not just a Christmas movie, one of the top 5 Christmas movies ever.

That's not even my original idea, it tops many 'Top Christmas Movies Ever' lists.

Google it.

SNR
12-11-2012, 11:50 AM
And to answer the OP: The Christmas Movie test. Does someone get a XMas present against long odds? If yes, then yes it is a Christmas movie.

John McClain gets a machine gun.

So... yes?

lcarus
12-11-2012, 11:52 AM
Gremlins is a christmas movie too

KC Tattoo
12-11-2012, 11:55 AM
Yippie Kai Yay Mother fucker

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BigMeatballDave
12-11-2012, 12:03 PM
Yeah, not a xmas movie.

BigMeatballDave
12-11-2012, 12:04 PM
Gremlins is a christmas movie too

And Silent night, Deadly Night...

Deberg_1990
12-11-2012, 12:17 PM
Christmas in Hollis

of course its a Christmas movie, one of the best of all time!

Bowser
12-11-2012, 12:17 PM
Yeah, not a xmas movie.

Incorrect! Ban yourself for three days.

lcarus
12-11-2012, 12:20 PM
And Silent night, Deadly Night...

Lol yeah that too. Black Christmas is a classic xmas movie. Not the remake...

BourbonMan
12-11-2012, 12:20 PM
Not just YES...but HELL YES!!!

dannybcaitlyn
12-11-2012, 12:31 PM
YIPPEE KI YAY MOTHERF*****!!!!

CHENZ A!
12-11-2012, 12:35 PM
I can't wait to watch this at Alamo Drafthouse on Thursday night with in theater pyrotechnics, while drinking beer.

CoMoChief
12-11-2012, 12:38 PM
LOL only CP would you find such a question.


Is Tango and Cash a children's movie?

Contrarian
12-11-2012, 12:43 PM
Doesn't have to be a childrens movie to be a Christmas movie for christs sakes!! Look at Bad Santa, best Christmas movie ever IMO!!!
Thurman Merman rules!!

Deberg_1990
12-11-2012, 01:03 PM
Is Tango and Cash a children's movie?

FUBAR

Of course it is

Predarat
12-11-2012, 01:20 PM
Yes it is, its an evryfuckingthing movie, action, adventure, comedy, drama, romance. just pure awesomeness.

Discuss Thrower
12-11-2012, 01:22 PM
John McClain gets a machine gun.

So... yes?

Daughter gets the Teddy bear... Officer Winslow gets redemption for shooting Trayvon Martin... McClane reunites with his wife.

lcarus
12-11-2012, 01:27 PM
Doesn't have to be a childrens movie to be a Christmas movie for christs sakes!! Look at Bad Santa, best Christmas movie ever IMO!!!
Thurman Merman rules!!

I love that movie. Thanks for reminding me. I'm gonna watch that shit now soon.

whoman69
12-11-2012, 02:54 PM
Just because the movie takes place during the Christmas season doesn't mean it's a Christmas movie. Christmas movies are about Christmas (i.e. Miracle on 34th St., A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation). Die Hard is about terrorists and a cop who is determined to stop them.

But it also came out at Christmas time if I remember correctly.

Chief Gump
12-11-2012, 03:01 PM
I love that movie. Thanks for reminding me. I'm gonna watch that shit now soon.

That's right. You ain't going to shit right for a month.

Valiant
12-11-2012, 03:02 PM
It is as much as xmas movie as any porn movie made and released during december

okoye35chiefs
12-11-2012, 03:04 PM
I saw a poll on a news media site that actually listed it as number 3 behind Elf and Christmas Story..for x-mas movies

Predarat
12-11-2012, 03:18 PM
Is it wrong if one of my favoite parts of the movie is when that arrogant narcissitc fountain pen white knight guy gets the shit shot out of him?

DJ's left nut
12-11-2012, 03:26 PM
Yup, watch it every single Christmas eve.

Eat a dick, Bing Crosby.

Lzen
12-11-2012, 03:52 PM
But it also came out at Christmas time if I remember correctly.

??

The Hobbit comes out this Friday. Do you think that's a Christmas movie?

Lzen
12-11-2012, 03:53 PM
I saw a poll on a news media site that actually listed it as number 3 behind Elf and Christmas Story..for x-mas movies

Oh now that's just stupid. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is #1. :)

Pasta Giant Meatball
12-11-2012, 03:54 PM
I saw a poll on a news media site that actually listed it as number 3 behind Elf and Christmas Story..for x-mas movies

:facepalm:

DJ's left nut
12-11-2012, 03:55 PM
Daughter gets the Teddy bear... Officer Winslow gets redemption for shooting Trayvon Martin... McClane reunites with his wife.

{looks to my left and right before laughing}

Well played, sir. Well played.

Frazod
12-11-2012, 03:56 PM
One of the greatest action movies ever made, but a Christmas movie? Uh, no.

This is like trying to say Casablanca is a war movie because it's set during World War II and has a German bad guy.

:spock:

Predarat
12-11-2012, 03:59 PM
I have never understood why when the main networks sensor YIPPEE KI YAY MOTHERFUCKER, they use a work that makes no sense, they should put Merry Christmas in there. Yippee Ki Yay, Merry Christmas!

Lzen
12-11-2012, 04:01 PM
I have never understood why when the main networks sensor YIPPEE KI YAY MOTHER****ER, they use a work that makes no sense, they should put Merry Christmas in there. Yippee Ki Yay, Merry Christmas!

:eek:

What word?

Mother Hubbard?

Mother Tucker?

Pasta Giant Meatball
12-11-2012, 04:02 PM
Yippi Skippy Matt Cassel

Predarat
12-11-2012, 04:04 PM
:eek:

What word?

Mother Hubbard?

Mother Tucker?

Its hard to tell what he says after Mother. Censorship sucks.