(Last change to this page: November 15, 2005)
The 2005 election took a surprise turn when both Memoirs of a Geisha and Munich opened on December 23 in Western Connecticut, turfing front-runner Walk the Line. With that movie ruled ineligible, the Giant Ape became a foregone conclusion, garnering a five vote plurality on the first ballot and a majority on the second. It should be pointed out that this is the second consecutive year that David’s early choice has prevailed, although this is the first monster movie chosen. Also, at 187 minutes, this is the longest Xmas movie since Reds (194 minutes, with an intermission).
Next year: All the King’s Men, Charlotte’s Web, Arthur (Luc Besson children’s animated feature?), Branagh does As You Like It, Dreamgirls, and a werewolf movie called Skinwalkers. Oh, and Santa Clause 3.
The final 2005 ballot:
Since nineteen aught and 77, the Bernstein family have collectively chosen a movie to see the day of Christmas Eve. Sometime around 1985, they went national: various members of the clan scattered to far-flung cities, and agreed to continue the tradition by all seeing the same movie even if in different locations. This tradition allows them to do something together as a family and, perhaps more importantly, provides an opportunity to argue, politick, lobby, and otherwise engage in lively debate. At the first Official Christmas Movie Rules Convention (held in Phoenix in 1995), after lengthy debate, all members came to the conclusion that no rules of any sort could be agreed upon. Nonetheless, the tradition continues, and in an effort to bring it into the Information Age, Ed commissioned a Web page to make it easier for all concerned to see up-to-the-minute voting trends. The actual voting is done by conference call; information on this page does not reflect a commitment and is probably intended to deceive.
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To the best of recollection, research, conjecture, and makin' it up as one goes along, here is the Definitive List of Xmas Movies
To Be Or Not To Be
A Fish Called Wanda
The Addams Family
Addams Family Values
My Fellow Americans
Wings of the Dove
Sweet and Lowdown