'tis just a few days till Christmas and just in case you are sick and tired of the old reruns of all the classic Christmas films like Home Alone, Christmas Vacation and The Santa Clause, then you might want to consider my "Top 5 Unconventional Christmas Movies". These films are all set on the holiday in question, but don't necessarily capture its spirit the way you'd expect. So enjoy the list, and maybe you will find yourself a whole new favourite Christmas film :
5. KISS KISS BANG BANG (2005)
4. IRON MAN 3 (2013)
I almost wanted to disqualify this Marvel blockbuster, because of its many similarities to the flick listed above. It too is directed by Shane Black, and also stars Downey Junior once more as an unreliable narrator. However, this December set superhero story has a lot of ideas to show off on its own. I mean, Tony Stark turns Christmas tree balls into grenades. The winter holidays hardly get more bad-ass than this. And who could forget the giant bunny? So, despite its controversial take on the "Mandarin", this flick from the MCU has everything a Christmas movie needs: Snow, Fun and Explosions!
3. BATMAN RETURNS (1992)
2. DIE HARD (1988)
Did I say earlier that the holiday season doesn't get more bad- ass than exploding Christmas tree balls? Well, how about you go to the Christmas party of your estranged wife's work-place, which is held on the 30th floor of an otherwise empty building, and suddenly a bunch of terrorist take all the guests hostage, and you (being the only one left) have to fight your way through all of them. One at a time. Alone. With no shoes on...
That's John McClane's Christmas story for ya! Maybe the greatest action movie ever made, and yet it still somehow manages to get a message about trust and the importance of family across.
1. GREMLINS (1984)
So these are my alternatives to watch during the holiday season! If you feel like I've missed some movies, just stayed tuned and wait for the end of 2015, when I will reveal my "Another Top 5 Unconventional Christmas Movies" list. But of course not before you've checked out all of my suggestions on this one. All that's left for me to do now is to wish all of my lovely readers a very merry Christmas!