Top 5 Favourite Christmas Films

We are going to be looking at our favourite Christmas films, we here at Movie Reviews 101 would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas. we have a selection of people opinions on their five favourite Christmas films.


5. Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)muppett

The Muppet characters tell their version of the classic tale of an old and bitter miser’s redemption on Christmas Eve.

4. The Snowman (1982)snowman

Wordless (save for the song “Walking in the Air”) animated adventure about a young English boy who makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, only for it to come to life that night and take him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

3. Home Alone 2 (1992)home alone 2

One year after Kevin was left home alone and had to defeat a pair of bumbling burglars, he accidentally finds himself in New York City, and the same criminals are not far behind.

2. Frozen (2013)frozen

When a princess with the power to turn things into ice curses her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition.

1. Jingle All the Way (1996)jingle

A father decides to dream the impossible; to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas.


5. Polar Express (2004)polar

On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’ home.

4. Deck the Halls (2006)deck the halls

Two neighbors have it out after one of them decorates his house for the holidays so brightly that it can be seen from space.

3. Jingle all the Way (1996)jingle

A father decides to dream the impossible; to get a Turbo Man action figure for his son just before Christmas.

2. The Grinch (2000)grinch

A creature is intent on stealing Christmas.

1. Home Alone (1990)home alone

An 8-year-old boy who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas must defend his home against idiotic burglars.


5. Love Actually (2003)love

Filled with many different stories we get a complete range of story all set around the Christmas Period. It brings you into the Christmas spirit by the end and you will feel all loved up.

4. Gremlins (1984)gremlins

Yes this film that scared the shit out of you as a child, it is set over Christmas and really is still a classic that can be enjoyed by everyone.

3. Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)muppett

I love the Muppets and this has easily got to be my favourite of all the films they have done. The rework of the classic Dickens tale is the easiest to watch and has some beautiful singing numbers.

2. Elf (2003)elf

When Buddy finds out he is adopted he heads to New York to find out who is real father is. We know enter the world where Buddy the Elf is in a new environment that is one of the funniest films ever made.

1. Die Hard (1988)die hard

Welcome to the party pal, when the Christmas party gets crashed by Hans Gruber, John McClane has to save the day in what is the best action film of all time.

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

logoDirector: Joe Dante

Writer: Charles S Haas (Screenplay) Chris Columbus (Characters)

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee, Haviland Morris


Plot: The Gremlins are back, and this time, they’ve taken total control over the building of a media mogul.


Verdict: Over-The-Top Sequel


Story: After an unknown amount of time has gone past Billy and Kate have now moved to the Big Apple to further their careers. We end up having a chance encounter with Gizmo after his owner dies. We also have the same idea Gizmo gets wet and the evil gremlins come to life and run riot over a media town and its genetics lab. We are left to see if Billy can save the day again.

This is basically more of the same but only it seems to want to take the piss out of what the original did. It works when it comes to the genetic gremlins as we get a weird and gruesome creation. If you enjoyed the first one you would be left feeling almost empty after seeing this one as the story falls flat after the fun and enjoyment the first one gave us. (4/10)


Actor Review


Zach Galligan: Billy stuck in his dead-end job wait for a chance to get his promotion, Gizmo returning to his life puts everything at risk but he also gets a chance to prove himself to the boss. Average performance, that you really don’t notice him compared to the Gremlins. (6/10)


Phoebe Cates: Kate girlfriend of Billy who works as a tour guide at the media headquarters. She automatically has a bad feeling when Gizmo turns back up and joins the fight against the dreaded Gremlins. Doesn’t live up to the previous performance and struggles to make an impact. (5/10)


John Glover: Daniel Clamp owner of Clamp Enterprise who really doesn’t know what he wants and is easily impressed. This is a typical clueless boss performance that is the only human character that is interesting in the film. (7/10)


Supporting Cast: Full of a range of characters who are trying to achieve self-goals during the Gremlins outbreak along with an old friend who gets to prove he was not insane after what happened in the first film. They all come together to fill in the moments and give the Gremlins an extra targets. (7/10)

Grandpa Fred

Grandpa Fred


Forster The Head of Security

Forster The Head of Security






Director Review: Joe Dante – After the first film and other films to his name you would expect better from Joe, this disappoints after what we had first time around. (5/10)


Comedy: This does actually end up having a few more laughs than the first one, but most cultural references. (7/10)

Horror: I actually think some of the Gremlin kills are more gruesome than the original but as for actual horror this loses its mojo. (6/10)

Settings: Having the most part of the film being set inside one building this does create a trapped isolated feeling throughout. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Great practical effects for the time that actually still looks better than some of the real effects being used now. (9/10)

Suggestion: If you liked the first one, I would expect you to like this one or get through, but I wouldn’t suggest watching this if you didn’t like the original or haven’t seen the original. (Try It)


Best Part: Rambo Gizmo

Worst Part: Needless breaking of the fourth wall.

Funniest Scene: Rambo Gizmo

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Nope

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $41 Million

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline:  We warned you. Remember the rules. You didn’t listen.


Overall: Not a Strong Enough Sequel

Rating 59

Gremlins (1984)

logoDirector: Joe Dante

Writer: Chris Columbus (Screenplay)

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Judge Reinhold, Belinda Balaski, Frances Lee McCain


Plot: A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.


Verdict: Classic


Story: If you got a mysterious pet who has to be kept under three strict rules, no water, no feeding after midnight and no bright lights. It seems simple really but what if one of the rules was broken, well Billy accidently breaks on of these rules leading to everything that happens.

It all comes off as a good creature feature that at the time you could show children to scare them but the fun side of it all works out well for them too. It comes off as an alternative Christmas film with its horror elements. It is now 30 years old and hardly feels like it has dated at all. So this Christmas instead of being forced feed the usual Christmas film watch this because it is easily much more fun. (9/10)


Actor Review


Zach Galligan: Billy the young man given the Mogwi to look after only to accidently get him wet, leading to new ones being spawned, then gets tricked into feeding them after midnight and has to fight off the Gremlins to save his small town. Solid performance from Zach, who does the fighting teen idea well. (7/10)


Phoebe Cates: Kate love interest of Billy who has a dark past when it comes to Christmas, who ends up teaming up with Billy to save the day. Solid supporting performance, fresh off the back of her biggest film. (7/10)


Supporting Cast: All of the supporting cast add something to the overall story, we have good and bad characters, with the good coming off strong and the bad getting what is coming to them. It really is all up to the Mogwi stealing all the scenes. (7/10)


Director Review: Joe Dante – Great direction to create a film that is still talked about today. (9/10)


Comedy: Has its funny moments mostly once the Gremlins turn up. (8/10)

Horror: This has good horror level because it was aimed at younger audience who would be scared with what happens. (8/10)

Settings: Most of the settings are around the small town but each works taking on the Gremlins. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Great Special effects used throughout that have barely aged a day.  (9/10)

Suggestion: This is a classic that has to be watched by all. (Watch)


Best Part: Gizmogizmo

Worst Part: The plot hole rules as it will always be past midnight.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $148 Million

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 hour 46  Minutes

Tagline: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

Trivia: Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)) to influence the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating.


Overall: Enjoy

Rating 91