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2016 Christmas Movies to Watch on Streaming

2016 Christmas Movies to Watch on Streaming

Every year I re-watch some of my favorite Christmas & holiday-themed movies in the month of December. Thankfully, many of these are available on streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime so everyone can enjoy them!

I added a winter movie on this list, The Cutting Edge, currently streaming on Hulu. It is not specifically Christmas themed, although there is a Christmas scene. But it is about ice skating (and hockey!) and I watch it every winter. I’ve shared this favorite movie of mine with lots of friends over the years and everyone has enjoyed it. I’m happy to see it finally streaming.

Also included in the lists are both versions of Miracle on 34th Street. I don’t mind the remake, honestly, so I recommend giving them both a watch.

There are many more Christmas-themed movies available streaming but I’ve narrowed down the list below to ones I regularly enjoy year over year. Also, some of them are really really bad. I promise only good ones below.

I hope everyone can get into the holiday spirit this month and enjoy watching some Christmas movie favorites!

Updated 12/25/2016 to add The Santa Clause (Netflix).


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as of 12/25/2016

Mad Max is On Fire & Tomorrowland is Ayn Rand

Mad Max is On Fire & Tomorrowland is Ayn Rand

Any movie that has explosions or robots or both is my favorite movie. I love “dumb action movies” and I am not even apologizing for that. I prefer when they’re smart, of course. But I just want to see things blown up, chase scenes, and general bad ass behavior. A plot is a bonus.

The big blockbuster for the start of the summer is currently Mad Max: Fury Road. Another big-name blockbuster is Tomorrowland since it is Disney + George Clooney. One has fire on top of fire and the other has a message Al Gore spouted a decade ago. Which one is which!


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Mad Max is On Fire Then Explodes With More Fire And Now I’m Being Chased By A Bob-Omb

I will lead with that. However, there was actually a lot more downtime than I had expected in Mad Max: Fury Road. Mainly because everyone has been so amped up about it. And you should be. The whole movie is an adrenaline rush about people who are on an adrenaline rush. But there is a real plot. And there is actual down time to address it. So, not explosions every single second. The car chase does stop at some point.

However, just as I was like “boooooring why are these people standing around talking” then the plot went BOOM and everything lit up again!


Tomorrowland Was Originally Called “An Inconvenient Shrugged”

Atlas Shrugged is a book by objectivist Ayn Rand about this weird perfect society created by the best of the best because they don’t have time for “regular” people.

Tomorrowland is a movie by Disney about this weird perfect society created by the best of the best because they don’t have time for “regular” people.

An Inconvnient Truth is a 2006 documentary from Al Gore about how humans are destroying the planet.

Tomorrowland is a 2015 film from Disney about how humans are destroying the planet.

Enjoy!

Netflix Instant Satire: Fido, Team America, Galaxy Quest

Netflix Instant Satire: Fido, Team America, Galaxy Quest

Fido (2006) / Zombie Satire

Fido Horror Comedy on Netflix

Zombies movies are overdone. Even sarcastic ones. But Fido is still worth watching. It’s set in a world that has a handle on its zombie problem. Zombies can be tamed and essentially controlled with a hi-tech collar. Zombies are kept as pets, servants, and for manual labor. Killing zombies and keeping them around trained is perfectly normal. So this isn’t so much about an unexpected zombie attack. It’s simply about life with zombies.

The main character is a young boy named Timmy who has a pet zombie named Fido. There you go. The 1950’s-esqe world grows a little tiresome but it also adds to the humor. The film is a good mix of old and original zombie concepts. Plus it’s fun to think about a functioning world with zombies. Rather than the usual dystopian tales.

For Halloween season, this is a good pick. The humor keeps it from being too scary. Yet there is enough gore to satisfy a horror fan.

Runtime: 92 min
Leslie Rating: 4/5
Summary: The wit of Sean Of The Dead with more gore.


Team America: World Police (2004) / Animated Satire

Team America on Netflix

Continuing the theme is a movie whose entire premise is based on satire. Team America does little other than parody action movies and the state of politics at that time. And that’s what makes it great.

Nothing about the film is politically correct. And little is subtle. One of the more memorable scenes for me was the montage. Some of the lyrics, “If you want to go from beginner to a pro, you need a montage”. Classy.

This in-your-face humor isn’t typically my style but I actually quite enjoyed Team America.

Runtime: 97 min
Leslie Rating: 3/5
Summary: Over-the-top satirical take on action movies and Bush politics.


Galaxy Quest (1999) / Sci-Fi Satire

Galaxy Quest on Netflix

Galaxy Quest works off the premise of real aliens mistaking sci-fi tv actors for actual heroes in space. Sure, it’s predictable. But the great cast work well off each other. And it’s enjoyable straight through.

There’s quite a few big names here with Tim Allen, Alan Rickman, and Sigourney Weaver. But thankfully the movie doesn’t get muddled. In the movie, they all play washed-up actors on an old sci-fi tv show (think: Star Trek). They are all tired of playing these characters but still make an appearance at a sci-fi convention. It is there they are approached by a real space team in trouble! Oh now!

Sure it’s a predictable plot but it’s a good-natured one and you will smile.

Runtime: 102 min
Leslie Rating: 3/5
Summary: Sci-fi actors need to save the planet, for real this time.