The POLLy and the Ivy ... It's the ILX Holiday Movies Poll Campaigning/Voting Thread (Voting Ends: Dec. 11)

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Nominations are in and there are 175 movies that someone deemed worth of yuletide programming. Because of the comparatively smaller pool of contenders, I'm probably only going to end up counting down the top 50 (at most).

Click here to see the nominations.

Feel free to stuff others' stockings and maybe even suggest your last minute write-ins below (lost cause though that might be).

Maximum number of movies per ballot is 25. That being said, I am also going to require a minimum of 10 movies on your ballot. Any ballot with less will be dismissed as a lump of coal. Picks can either be ranked or unranked, but I will be weighting ballots, so keep that in mind.

Polls are open until the stroke of midnight Dec. 11 (going into Dec. 12, I mean). Ballots should be sent to ephender AT gmail daht cahm

NOTE: As with other genre movie polls, it's festive and fine to campaign for your favorites here, but please do not reveal your own ballots.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Sunday, 24 November 2019 22:27 (two weeks ago) link

I'm already mad it didn't occur to me to nominate Brazil but oh well c'est la life

Simon H., Sunday, 24 November 2019 22:35 (two weeks ago) link

If I had thought of it on the noms thread I would have lobbied that Silent Night Deadly Night and Silent Night Deadly Night 2 be combined into one entry, since SNDN2 incorporates like 75% of the the 1st one.

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Sunday, 24 November 2019 22:40 (two weeks ago) link

Eh, what the hell, I'll push Brazil onto the nominations list. I'm no Scrooge.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Sunday, 24 November 2019 22:49 (two weeks ago) link

It's a Christmas miracle!

Simon H., Sunday, 24 November 2019 23:22 (two weeks ago) link

I don't know if I have anything obscure enough on my list that it'd be worth campaigning for. I suspect Mon Oncle Antoine might be less well known outside of Canada, but even that is in the Criterion Collection.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Monday, 25 November 2019 01:57 (two weeks ago) link

One ballot already received!

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Monday, 25 November 2019 11:11 (two weeks ago) link

Well, two, counting mine.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Monday, 25 November 2019 12:40 (two weeks ago) link

You missed Comfort and Joy on the list--I nominated it in the previous thread.

clemenza, Tuesday, 26 November 2019 20:21 (two weeks ago) link

oh boy

american bradass (BradNelson), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 20:27 (two weeks ago) link

Can I nominate only the first hour of Fanny and Alexander?

rb (soda), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 21:48 (two weeks ago) link

bergman's plan was for the first 92 minutes (of the 312 minute version) to be the first episode of the tv miniseries. so save it for the tv poll maybe?

Campaigning time. I mentioned it in one of the other threads, but THE LEMON DROP KID is the grandaddy of cynical Christmas comedies. Bob Hope owes money to the mob, so he invents a fake charity with its own Santa bell ringers. His redemption involves framing the mob for operating its old casinos, when he's actually using them to house seniors he kidnapped from a nursing home. worth a watch if you haven't seen it.

wasdnuos (abanana), Tuesday, 26 November 2019 22:01 (two weeks ago) link

Apologies for neglecting to include Comfort and Joy on the list. It's there now.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 02:17 (two weeks ago) link

Campaign/write-in for POISONED IVORY (1934): This comedy short starts with carolers in the snow outside a rural cabin--then someone throws an alarm clock through the window at the singers. Edgar Kennedy is in signature form in this proto-sitcom as an aggrieved husband who loves his ditzy wife but loathes his in-laws. If this tempts you to check it out, it's on YouTube and Archive.org, and is only 18 minutes long.

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:09 (two weeks ago) link

had no memory that Reckless Moment was set during the holidays

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 28 November 2019 01:22 (two weeks ago) link

36.15 code Père Noël

Released in 1989 and ripped off wholesale by Home Alone the next year, this French flick sees a small boy with a yen for invention defending his enormous, secret-passage-equipped house (with his grandfather and dog) from a murderous, freshly-fired department store Santa. Improvising booby traps and weapons as he goes, it gets delightfully violent while remaining completely focused on the primacy of a kid as protagonist.

Also released as Dial Code Santa Claus*, Game Over and Hide And Freak, it is streaming on Shudder in the US as of TODAY, under the extremely boring title Deadly Games.


* erroneously - the kid first talks to the Santa via a teletext/bbs type service

insecurity bear (sic), Monday, 2 December 2019 18:02 (one week ago) link

By the bye, have received just 3 ballots so far. Can't remember if that's par for the course for these, but people aren't going to be happy if Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 wins. Just sayin'.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Monday, 2 December 2019 18:25 (one week ago) link

Mine's coming toward the end of the voting period. I need to catch some specific things that TCM is airing over the next couple of weeks first.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Monday, 2 December 2019 18:26 (one week ago) link

I'm going to watch a few more before I vote. I watched the Alistair Sim Scrooge for the first time yesterday and it'll probably make my list.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 2 December 2019 19:14 (one week ago) link

That was one of the films I was waiting to catch on TCM, and then when I went to PVR it, I saw that it wasn't on the Canadian schedule. D'oh!

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Monday, 2 December 2019 19:47 (one week ago) link

Hustlers is a Christmas movie. pic.twitter.com/hQTwzPe2Ni

— Myles Tanzer (@mylestanzer) December 5, 2019

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:01 (six days ago) link

Four ballots in with one week-ish to go.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:01 (six days ago) link

It's all part of the War on Christmas.

clemenza, Saturday, 7 December 2019 14:06 (five days ago) link

ballot sent :D

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 7 December 2019 16:04 (five days ago) link

Just submitted a ballot...full of 20s and 30s obscurities that will probably skew the poll and put a Hallmark original at number 1. :D

Anne Hedonia (j.lu), Saturday, 7 December 2019 23:01 (five days ago) link

planning on voting but want to watch a couple more films first

Dan S, Sunday, 8 December 2019 00:25 (four days ago) link

blast of silence is gonna win this, isn't it

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Monday, 9 December 2019 13:58 (three days ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_PAWAW2ScI

just in case i don't get a poll together, this contains the most realistic portrayal of Ireland ever committed to the screen

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:01 (three days ago) link

I will be voting!

Simon H., Monday, 9 December 2019 14:02 (three days ago) link

sorry can i late nominate/write in huston's the dead

devvvine, Monday, 9 December 2019 14:05 (three days ago) link

which both rules and is up on youtube

devvvine, Monday, 9 December 2019 14:05 (three days ago) link

Sure, included in the Pastebin list of nominees.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Monday, 9 December 2019 14:22 (three days ago) link

thanks!

devvvine, Monday, 9 December 2019 14:23 (three days ago) link

have my ballot mostly figured but holding off until i can hopefully view Black Christmas, Mon Oncle Antoine, and/or The Dead, which I've somehow managed to never see.

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Monday, 9 December 2019 15:19 (three days ago) link

of recently watched classic Christmas films it's The Shop Around the Corner that I love the most

The Dead is great

Dan S, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:43 (two days ago) link

I wouldn’t normally endorse, let alone practice, this kind of fascism, but if you haven’t seen The Shop Around the Corner, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote in this poll.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 00:49 (two days ago) link

Fanny and Alexander is going to be high on my list, along with La Grande Illusion and especially My Night at Maud's

Dan S, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 02:59 (two days ago) link

I was unaware that The Holly and the Ivy (1952) was released on DVD by Kino Lorber this year. I've never seen it tho I am a big Ralph Richardson fan.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 03:26 (two days ago) link

Yeah Fanny and Alexander is going to be riding high for me too.

Just watched Black Christmas and it’s not gonna be within a mile of my top 20, but I didnt realize until the end that it’s the origin of one of the most canonical classic twists in horror, pretty fun surprise

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 04:41 (two days ago) link

I wouldn’t normally endorse, let alone practice, this kind of fascism, but if you haven’t seen The Shop Around the Corner, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote in this poll.

After decades of wanting to see it, I had my first chance 2.5 years ago at a screening at the Art Gallery Of New South Wales. Turned out there was weekend trackwork when I got to the station, and there wouldn't have been time to get there on the bus. I got a cab all the way, scooted as fast-but-sensibly through the floors of the museum as possible, and got there just in time to stand behind the usher telling a retired couple that once the doors are closed, no admittance is permitted, over and over in different words. Maybe in another 25 years!

insecurity bear (sic), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 08:53 (two days ago) link

okay then, you’re grandfathered into the POLL Rolls

Tales of Jazz Ulysses (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:20 (two days ago) link

Yeah, I guess I should have considered that not every movie is accessible to everyone. I assume nothing is obscure if TCM shows it several times a year, as they do with The Shop Around the Corner, but not everyone lives in my little bubble.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 16:50 (two days ago) link

it's sort of the perfect movie, i agree

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 18:37 (two days ago) link

Probably not necessary, but just to clarify: my Comfort and Joy vote was for the 1984 Bill Forstyth film. I didn't realize there was another Comfort and Joy, a 2003 TV movie, also apparently a Christmas film.

clemenza, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:25 (yesterday) link

Hot take: The best Christmas movie is not DIE HARD or THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR or HUMAN CENTIPEDE or THE FACES OF DEATH or DIRTY DEBUTANTES or whatever, but still MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET.

— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) December 10, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:56 (yesterday) link

Correct except it's Scrooged

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:57 (yesterday) link

on balance I like Scrooged, but at least 3 'straighter' versions of Dickens are better (Alastair Sim, George C Scott, Caine and the Muppets)

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 15:59 (yesterday) link

It's a great story, all versions of it are good, but only Bill Murray makes me cry every time

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:01 (yesterday) link

I say that as somebody really bored by the baconing of Murray but that closing speech is a killer

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:01 (yesterday) link

i love scrooged but it's a very... loose film

american bradass (BradNelson), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:04 (yesterday) link

I should probably revisit the Muppet version because I remember it being a disappointment.

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:47 (yesterday) link

A timely appreciation of Silent Partner-as-Christmas-Movie from Eric Allen Hatch:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/silent-partner-32229671

Simon H., Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:49 (yesterday) link

Muppet CC is fine but not especially classic imo

éminence rose et jaune (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:49 (yesterday) link

the stagehand miming stapling antlers onto the mouse? makes me crack up every time

xp re scrooged

oscar bravo, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:51 (yesterday) link

Up to a dozen ballots! Keep 'em coming!

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 22:34 (yesterday) link

i'm in. shop on the corner tatted on my belly

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:19 (five hours ago) link

the limited number of films on the nominations list definitely made it easier for me to decide on choices for my ballot

Dan S, Thursday, 12 December 2019 01:45 (four hours ago) link

deceptively hard poll bc there are a lot of movies on the nom list that I like a lot that I didnt vote for bc theyre not christmasy enough imo

warn me about a lurking rake (One Eye Open), Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:43 (three hours ago) link

I was trying to decide between 'Christmas films' and 'films that have scenes at Christmas' too, ended up mostly with the latter, because more of them were my favorites

Dan S, Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:47 (three hours ago) link

^ yeah, I could have squeezed in a few bonus viewings over the next fortnight of more formally christmassy flicks, but my ballot got tilted like this

insecurity bear (sic), Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:50 (three hours ago) link

I self-imposed a rule that demanded a certain level Christmasy-ness for me to include it on my ballot, but as I’m sure we will end up discussing during the rollout, these levels will likely seem very arbitrarily determined.

Maria Edgelord (cryptosicko), Thursday, 12 December 2019 02:51 (three hours ago) link

voted (I think the mail went through)

WmC, Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:08 (three hours ago) link

I decided that the two equally important factors were "how much do I like this" and "how Christmassy is it"

Simon H., Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:09 (three hours ago) link

if including all-time great films that are only incidentally Christmas-oriented it's hard not choose them

Dan S, Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:44 (two hours ago) link

Santa Claus brings everyone an extra day to get ballots in!

temporarily embarrassed thousandaire (Eric H.), Thursday, 12 December 2019 03:45 (two hours ago) link

If I don't like the results, can I exchange them for something else?

clemenza, Thursday, 12 December 2019 04:31 (two hours ago) link

you can always yankee swap them with the metal poll

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 December 2019 05:10 (one hour ago) link

Christmas blows and so does every Christmas movie except for Home Alone

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Thursday, 12 December 2019 05:11 (one hour ago) link

Anyway fuck you for calling this a holiday poll, obviously everyone is voting for Christmas movies, when The Prince of Egypt is the best holiday movie

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Thursday, 12 December 2019 05:13 (one hour ago) link

l'chaim

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 12 December 2019 05:16 (one hour ago) link


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