If you’ve been reading Substream for a while, you may have seen our weekly Take Five column, where we highlight our five favorite songs from the previous week. For the month of December, we wanted to highlight of our love and appreciation of the holidays by doing something special for our readers. So for this month, we present you with a special variation of Take Five with the Holiday Five.
We’ve gotten together with some amazing artists and music industry people to chat about their five favorite holiday movies. This will be more than a weekly column, so be sure to check in every day to see who joined us to talk about their favorite holiday movies.
Our fourth piece this month comes from Lori Beth Denberg, who you know from All That, The Steve Harvey Show, and many more. Head below to see what her fie favorite holiday films are!
“So, I’m not extraordinarily old, plus I’m a Jew, so my Christmas movie experience has a somewhat narrow scope, but here are my top 5 Christmas movies in no particular order.
The Ref – Root for the bad guys and enjoy a scathing Christmas Eve with the family. Dennis Leary, Judy Davis, Glynis Johns, AND Christine Baranski? This movie makes me glad that Jesus was born.
Bad Santa – “I don’t want any fucking sandwiches. What is it with you and fixin’ fucking sandwiches?” If you haven’t seen it you’re a bad person.
It’s a Wonderful Life – I had heard this movie referenced and seen it parodied my entire life, but only watched the actually film for the first time when I was about 25. It really got me! I never expected it to be so dark and full of pathos. Jimmy Stewart suicidal? Merry Christmas indeed!
Scrooged – So fun and funny. So easy to watch. And try not to get sucked into the singalong at the end. Go ahead. Try it. I DARE you. Yeah, I didn’t think so punk.
Love, Actually – Sure, it’s a collection of every single romantic comedy cliche, but that’s what it’s supposed to be you black-hearted cynic! Plus, Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman are in it, so it’s automatically a good movie.”