Have Yourself A Blue Christmas

When It’s a Wonderful Life just doesn’t do it for you anymore, try one of these:

Bad Santa

Bad Santa (2003)
Billy Bob Thornton is one of the bad Santas you just know have to be out there.
This is being screened in the Central Library’s Durwood Film Vault at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 6, 2008.

The Ice Harvest (2005)
There must be something worse than Wichita during an icy Christmas, but after seeing this one, you won’t be able to think of it.
This is being screened in the Central Library’s Durwood Film Vault at 1:30 pm on Saturday, December 13, 2008.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)
We’ve all had family get-togethers like this, only here you have the option of shutting it off.

The Lady in the Lake (1946)
This is a noir experiment in the use of the camera standing in for Raymond Chandler’s Private Detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Montgomery) with opening and closing nods to the Christmas season.

Surviving Christmas

Meet John Doe (1941)
A Frank Capra-directed effort that ought to be better known than his It’s a Wonderful Life, that inescapable staple of Christmas movie viewing.

Surviving Christmas (2004)
The cast includes James Gandolfini in a Santa hat, so you know what the odds are, especially if you’re Ben Affleck.

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