Christmas Special 2020

December 16, 2020

episode 20

christmas special

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Get a cozy fire going. The Sullys are coming to town!
This is the podcast gift that keeps on giving all year ’round!
The best holiday traditions are the movies we watch every year. Brothers Matt and Chris Sully, with special guest Vanessa Sully, list their favorite Christmas-time movies!
Also in this episode:
The Rankin/bass legacy
The Sully brothers go head-to-head in holiday movie trivia!

the standards

We feel these movies deserve an annual rewatch, and have become part of the standard holiday movie collection. As such, we’ve excluded them from our favorites movies lists, but of course you should watch these too.

It's a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra19462 h 10 min

19462 h 10 min
Overview

A holiday favourite for generations... George Bailey has spent his entire life giving to the people of Bedford Falls. All that prevents rich skinflint Mr. Potter from taking over the entire town is George's modest building and loan company. But on Christmas Eve the business's $8,000 is lost and George's troubles begin.

Metadata
Director Frank Capra
Writer
Release Date 20 December 1946
Actors
Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Henry Travers, Thomas Mitchell, Ward Bond, Frank Faylen, Beulah Bondi, Todd Karns, Mary Treen, Charles Williams, Gloria Grahame, Frank Albertson, H.B. Warner, Virginia Patton, Samuel S. Hinds, Lillian Randolph, Sheldon Leonard, Sarah Edwards, Charles Halton, William Edmunds, Argentina Brunetti, Carol Coombs, Karolyn Grimes, Larry Simms, Jimmy Hawkins, Robert J. Anderson, Jean Gale, Jeanine Ann Roose, Ronnie Ralph, Georgie Nokes, Danny Mummert, Frank Hagney, Ray Walker, Charles Lane, Jean Acker, Sam Ash, Brooks Benedict, Joseph E. Bernard, Ernie Adams, Edward Keane, Stanley Andrews, Al Bridge, Marian Carr, Adriana Caselotti, Michael Chapin, Tom Chatterton, Jack Cheatham, Harry Cheshire, Edward Clark, Tom Coleman, Ellen Corby, Lew Davis, Helen Dickson, Dick Elliott, Tom Fadden, Jack Bailey, Frank Fenton, Eddie Fetherston, Sam Flint, Dick Gordon, Harry Holman, Carl Switzer, Garry Owen, J. Farrell MacDonald, Moroni Olsen, Harold Landon, Arthur Stuart Hull, Mark Roberts, Charles C. Wilson, Milton Kibbee, Art Howard, Bert Howard, Herbert Heywood, Eddie Kane, Mike Lally, Wilbur Mack, Philip Morris, Meade 'Lux' Lewis, Suzanne Ridgeway, Cy Schindell, Jack Gordon, Jack Lomas, Bob O'Connor, Constantine Romanoff, John Indrisano, Effie Laird, Bert Moorhouse, Larry Wheat, George Noisom, Frank O'Connor, Franklin Parker, Charles Sullivan, Almira Sessions, Brick Sullivan, Max Wagner, Lane Chandler, Monya Andre, Buz Buckley, Lee Frederick, Harry Denny, Herschel Graham, Carl Kent, Charles Meakin, Netta Packer, Cedric Stevens, Joseph Granby

A Christmas Story

Bob Clark19831 h 34 min

19831 h 34 min
Overview

The comic mishaps and adventures of a young boy named Ralph, trying to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect Christmas gift for the 1940s.

Metadata
Director Bob Clark
Writer
Release Date 18 November 1983

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Jeremiah S. Chechik19891 h 37 min

19891 h 37 min
Overview

It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.

Metadata
Writer
Release Date 1 December 1989

our favorites

Across various subgenres of holiday movies, Matt, Chris, and Vanessa select their top 3, with a bonus ‘hidden gem.’

animated

Arthur christmas, the polar express, mickey’s christmas carol

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, santa clause is coming to town

Shrek the Halls, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas

family

how the grinch stole christmas (2000), edward scissorhands, elf

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

gremlins, jingle all the way, home alone

how the grinch stole christmas (2000), the santa clause, white christmas

comedy

scrooged, home alone, trading places

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

elf, the santa clause, edward scissorhands

scrooged, love actually, home alone

adult

gremlins, krampus, lethal weapon

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

scrooged, the night before, bad santa

trading places, go, the family stone

hidden gem

the long kiss goodnight

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

krampus

200 cigarettes

streaming locations (dec 2020)

Arthur Christmas (US: Starz, DirecTV; Canada: Netflix, Crave Stars)
The Polar express (US: Fubo TV, DirecTV; Canada: Crave +)
Mickey’s christmas carol (US and Canada: Disney +)
Shrek the Halls (Canada: Netflix)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (US and Canada: Apple TV +)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (US: DirecTV, Netflix, TNT; Canada: Amazon Prime )
Edward Scissorhands (US: Starz, DirecTV, Sling; Canada: Disney +)
Elf (US: Fubo, Amazon Starz)
Gremlins (US: Fubo, Sling; Canada: Crave +/Starz)
Jingle All the Way (US: Fubo, DirecTV, Sling, TNT, TBS; Canada: Crave +/Starz)
home alone (US: Disney + ; Canada: Disney +, Crave +/Starz)
the santa clause (US and Canada: Disney +)
white christmas (US: Netflix, Fubo, Netflix)
trading places (Canada: Tubi)
love actually (US: DirecTV; Canada: Amazon Prime, Crave +/Starz)
krampus (US: Fubo, FXNow, DirecTV)
lethal weapon (US: HBOMax; Canada: Crave +/Starz)
the night before (US: Fubo, FXNow, DirecTV)
bad santa (Canada: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave +/Starz)
go (US: Starz, DirecTV; Canada: CTV)
the family stone (US: HBO/Max, DirecTV; Canada: Crave +/Starz)
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episode 20

christmas special

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Get a cozy fire going. The Sullys are coming to town!
This is the podcast gift that keeps on giving all year ’round!
The best holiday traditions are the movies we watch every year. Brothers Matt and Chris Sully, with special guest Vanessa Sully, list their favorite Christmas-time movies!
Also in this episode:
The Rankin/bass legacy
The Sully brothers go head-to-head in holiday movie trivia!

the standards

We feel these movies deserve an annual rewatch, and have become part of the standard holiday movie collection. As such, we’ve excluded them from our favorites movies lists, but of course you should watch these too.

our favorites

Across various subgenres of holiday movies, Matt, Chris, and Vanessa select their top 3, with a bonus ‘hidden gem.’

animated

Arthur christmas, the polar express, mickey’s christmas carol

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, santa clause is coming to town

Shrek the Halls, Mickey’s Christmas Carol, A Charlie Brown Christmas

family

how the grinch stole christmas (2000), edward scissorhands, elf

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

gremlins, jingle all the way, home alone

how the grinch stole christmas (2000), the santa clause, white christmas

comedy

scrooged, home alone, trading places

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

elf, the santa clause, edward scissorhands

scrooged, love actually, home alone

adult

gremlins, krampus, lethal weapon

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

scrooged, the night before, bad santa

trading places, go, the family stone

hidden gem

the long kiss goodnight

Chris Sully

Chris Sully

krampus

200 cigarettes

streaming locations (dec 2020)

Arthur Christmas (US: Starz, DirecTV; Canada: Netflix, Crave Stars)
The Polar express (US: Fubo TV, DirecTV; Canada: Crave +)
Mickey’s christmas carol (US and Canada: Disney +)
Shrek the Halls (Canada: Netflix)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (US and Canada: Apple TV +)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (US: DirecTV, Netflix, TNT; Canada: Amazon Prime )
Edward Scissorhands (US: Starz, DirecTV, Sling; Canada: Disney +)
Elf (US: Fubo, Amazon Starz)
Gremlins (US: Fubo, Sling; Canada: Crave +/Starz)
Jingle All the Way (US: Fubo, DirecTV, Sling, TNT, TBS; Canada: Crave +/Starz)
home alone (US: Disney + ; Canada: Disney +, Crave +/Starz)
the santa clause (US and Canada: Disney +)
white christmas (US: Netflix, Fubo, Netflix)
trading places (Canada: Tubi)
love actually (US: DirecTV; Canada: Amazon Prime, Crave +/Starz)
krampus (US: Fubo, FXNow, DirecTV)
lethal weapon (US: HBOMax; Canada: Crave +/Starz)
the night before (US: Fubo, FXNow, DirecTV)
bad santa (Canada: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave +/Starz)
go (US: Starz, DirecTV; Canada: CTV)
the family stone (US: HBO/Max, DirecTV; Canada: Crave +/Starz)
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