We watch them to laugh. We watch them to cry. We watch them so we can feel that gingerbread feeling. But mostly, we watch them over and over and over again. Holiday movies tend to make deep impressions on us. Maybe it’s because we associate them with the best parts of a special time of year. Or perhaps it’s because they’re something everyone in the family can watch in lieu of choking each other out in front of the mashed potatoes. There are scores of big-screen gems set during the end-of-the-year holidays. So the Great Pop Culture Debate wants to know: What is the Best Holiday Film?
Host Eric Rezsnyak and panelists Bob Erlenback, Joelle Boedecker, and Michael Schwarz debate the best films set around the end-of-the-year holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.) that people return to year after year.
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The Round 1 match-ups are:
Match-Up 1: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation vs. Miracle on 34th Street
Match-Up 2: Home Alone vs. Die Hard
Match-Up 3: The Nightmare Before Christmas vs. White Christmas
Match-Up 4: Home Alone 2 vs. Pieces of April
Match-Up 5: The Family Stone vs. Love, Actually
Match-Up 6: A Christmas Story vs. The Santa Clause
Match-Up 7: Scrooged vs. Elf
Match-Up 8: Gremlins vs. It’s a Wonderful Life
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Host: Eric Rezsnyak
Producer: Mike Rapin
Editor: Jeffery Perry