Welcome to your Netflix Streaming Report for December 17, 2015. After the long week you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. Since nothing but garbage has been made newly available this past week, and no one should subject themselves to watching Adam Sandler’s Ridiculous 6, I’ve compiled a thorough list of all the Christmas movies on Netflix that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home this holiday season.
Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection (Many Directors) – From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes an extraordinary new collection of award-winning and beloved short films for the first time with all-new extras including an inside look at the Disney Animation shorts, featuring introductions and interviews with the acclaimed filmmakers themselves.
On this year’s Disney Animated Shorts Collection you’ll find Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa. It’s a cute little film that has the elves helping out Mrs. Claus in a tight bind. Plus, all of the shorts included in the collection are all great, including my favorite of the bunch, Paperman.
Here’s the full list of shorts:
- Frozen Fever (2015), Feast (2014), Get A Horse! (2013), Paperman (2012), Tangled Ever After (2012), The Ballad of Nessie (2011), Tick Tock Tale (2010), Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa (2010), How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007), The Little Matchgirl (2006), Lorenzo (2004), and John Henry (2000)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (Henry Selick) Rated PG [76 min] – Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but doesn’t quite understand the concept. Starring Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, and Catherine O’Hara
Despite director Henry Selick confirming that The Nightmare Before Christmas is in fact a “Halloween movie,” the film is still an exceptional watch during the holidays. Because for us horror fans, it’s Halloween 24/7/365, or 366 next year.
Love Actually (Richard Curtis) Rated R [135 min] – Follows the lives of eight very different couples in dealing with their love lives in various loosely interrelated tales all set during a frantic month before Christmas in London, England. Starring Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Kiera Knightley, Bill Nighy, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, and Liam Neeson
Pretty sure Love Actually has become essential holiday viewing for many since its release in 2003.
Fireplace for Your Home (Netflix) [60 min] – This edition includes a crackling yule log set to holiday favorites such as “Joy to the World” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
Having a Christmas party? This crackling fire place is the best thing to throw on in the background if you want to set a nice ambiance for your guests.
A Christmas Carol (1938) (Edwin L. Marin) Not Rated [69 min] – A greedy miser is given an otherworldly opportunity to redeem himself on Christmas Eve, when three spirits take him on a journey of revelation. Starring Reginald Owen, Gene Lockhart, Kathleen Lockhart
I haven’t seen this first adaptation of A Christmas Carol, but I’m sure it is adequate enough if you’re looking to watch this classic story.
White Christmas (Michael Curtiz) Not Rated [120 min] – A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney
I’ve never understood why White Christmas has been such a holiday staple in cinema history. I think the story is uninteresting, it’s overly long, and I don’t feel the romantic chemistry that much. However, the singing and dancing are grand, the production is great, and the acting is stellar. I just don’t know. Someone help me figure out this conundrum.
Happy Christmas (Joe Swanberg) Rated R [82 min] – After a break up, Jenny moves in with writer Kelly, her filmmaker husband, and their child. Despite a rocky start, Jenny’s influence helps Kelly realize that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness. Starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, and Joe Swanberg
Not your typical Christmas bread and butter, Happy Christmas flirts more with the idea of family and being there or one another. Christmas is used as a backdrop.
A Very Murray Christmas (Sofia Coppola) Rated TV-MA [56 min] – Bill Murray worries no one will show up to his T.V. show due to a terrible snow-storm in New York City. Starring Bill Murray, Paul Shaffer, Rashida Jones, Jason Schwartzman, Maya Rudolph, Jenny Lewis, David Johansen, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Michael Cera, and Chris Rock
It’s Bill Murray singing Christmas carols with celebrity guests. What more could you really ask for?
Bad Santa (Terry Zwigoff) Rated R [91 min] – A miserable conman and his partner pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. But they run into problems when the conman befriends a troubled kid, and the security boss discovers the plot. Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bernie Mac, and Lauren Graham
Bad Santa is truly one of the best Christmas comedies I have seen thus far in my life. It’s sharp, raunchy, and everything your traditional Christmas movie isn’t while still maintaining the spirit of the holiday season. What other movie are you going to find a drunk mall Santa piss himself while also shacking up with a senile grandmother and her socially inept, cherub faced grandson?
Mean Girls (Mark Water) Rated PG-13 [97 min] – Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Tina Fey, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, Lacey Chabert, Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Franzese, Neil Flynn, Rajiv Surendra, Amy Poehler, Amy Gasteyer, and Tim Meadows
Sure, Mean Girls only celebrates Christmas for about eight minutes, but they are eight glorious minutes. Who doesn’t yell out “FOUR FOR YOU GLEN COCO! YOU GO GLEN COCO!”? Who hasn’t memorized Kevin G and the Power of 3’s rap lyrics? I would find it hard to believe you don’t dance along with the Plastics during the Winter Talent Show to “Jingle Bell Rock”. Plus, Mean Girls is such an awesome movie anyways.
More Christmas movies on Netflix:
- While You Were Sleeping
- The Ref
- Bojack Horseman Christmas Special
- Christmas Bounty
- Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
- Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas
- Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse
- Trading Places
- The Legend of Frosty the Snowman
- Ernest Saves Christmas
- Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special
- Mandie and the Forgotten Christmas
- I’ll Be Home for Christmas
- Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
- The Mistle-Tones
- The Cat and the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas
- The Ref
- Saving Santa
- Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas
- DreamWorks’ Holiday Classics
- Happy Holidays from Madagascar
- Kung Fu Panda Holiday
- Get Santa
- 12 Dates of Christmas
- Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure
- Trailer Park Boys: X-Mas Special
- Santa Buddies
- The Search for Santa Paws
- Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
- A Holiday Engagement
- The Radio City Christmas Spectacular
- Christmas with the Kranks
- Bob’s Broken Sleigh
Also newly added to Netflix this past week:
- Fresh Dressed
- Helix (Season 2)
- Theresa is Mother
- Burnistoun (Season 1)
- Myth Hunters (Season 3)
- Slow Learners
- Time Out of Mind
- The Da Vinci Code
- The Adventures of Puss in Boots (Season 2)
- Rob the Mob
What will you be watching this weekend?
Look forward to more new titles from the Netflix Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.
All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com