Happy Groundhog Day! Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, so it looks like we’re in for six more weeks of winter. Sigh. I’m not sure how exactly a groundhog becomes a meteorologist, but it’s a fun tradition.
I realized while writing this that many of you are young enough that you weren’t around when the Bill Murray/Andie MacDowell classic “Groundhog Day” was released in 1993. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend you check your local listings or add it to your Netflix queue (sadly, it’s not available on Instant Play). Bill Murray plays a disgruntled meteorologist sent to cover the Groundhog’s Day festivities in Punxsutawney, and he gets trapped reliving the day until he learns to be a decent human being. It got me to thinking, there are a ton of movies about Christmas but not many about other holidays. What’s your favorite non-Christmas holiday movie? And are you ready for spring to just get here already, or are you enjoying the winter?
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Most of this winter has been 50-60 degrees. I wouldn’t mind an extra six weeks of it, even if it does mean the planet is royally screwed.
I vote the Martin Luther King Jr. Day trailer from 30 Rock the other week. If it were real, I’m sure it would be my favorite. Until then, it will be the best 60 seconds of MLK Jr Day holiday awesomeness I know of.
It’s my birthday today! In Canada the groundhogs predict no more winter. But that is foolish. We always get six more weeks of winter. I mean, come on. It’s early February!
THAT IS ALL.
It’s not exactly a movie, but I can’t let Easter pass without listening to the soundtrack for Jesus Christ: Superstar. I have the Original London Cast Recording in which Anthony Stewart Head’s brother plays Judas. He’s absolutely amazing; I haven’t heard anyone sing the part better than he does.
But there is a movie and it’s fantastic! It was made in 1973 and is one of my favorites of all time. It’s available on Netflix Instant; you should check it out! I’ve been known to watch it on Christmas.
I have seen the movie. The guy who plays Judas bugs me, so I just stick to the soundtrack. Also, it’s easier to do things like clean or cook when I’m listening to music than when I’m trying to watch a movie. I think the entire story is encompassed in the soundtrack, so I don’t feel like I’m missing much
I think winter left. Last week it felt like winter, this week it feels like early spring. Silly northeast.
My favorite non-Christmas movie would have to be a Halloween one. I just don’t have one, though. I only saw Hocus Pocus this year, and I really liked it, and I only saw The Nightmare before Christmas this year, and liked it…well, you get the picture. The only movie I tend to watch every year on a holiday is the Ten Commandments, at Passover. Although I’ve never seen all of it. It happens to be on the same place every year when we finish, so I see the same about half an hour’s worth every year.
I love The Nightmare before Christmas! I think I consider it a Christmas movie rather than a Halloween movie. However, that may be because I celebrate Halloween all year. No, really. Right now I have skeleton towels in my kitchen, and my house is full of bats and those little Halloween village ceramics.
I’ve never seen the Ten commandments, which is weird because it seemed like myÂ granddadÂ watched it all the time…
Psshh, I wish we’d have one week of winter here in Texas. I haven’t even been able to pull out my big faux leopard swing coat yet!
Anyway, my favorite non-Xmas holiday movie is Hocus Pocus. Dead serious here. That movie is perfection.
Teen Mom! Â Oh wait, that’s not a movie. Â But it makes me feel like my whole life is a holiday, so I think it counts.
I love the Halloweentown movies. Mr. B makes fun of me about it, because they are kids movies, but I don’t care. I like ’em.
I just saw that movie again and oh, it is such a delight. Ridiculous but wonderful. And the dog doesn’t die! So you know it’s good.
Oh yes, I love this movie too. It’s over the top, but it still makes me cry at the end.
I love global disaster porn. I don’t care how bad or inaccurate it is (I’m looking at you, 2012) I just eat it up. Independence Day is the flagship disaster porn movie.
Independence Day is awesome!
Does “Ferris Bueller” count as a holiday movie?Â Because sometimes, I love me a Ferris Bueller day.
Cosigned, dude. Some days you just gotta fauxhawk your hair in the shower and crash the German Heritage Day parade.
Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.