Monday, January 2, 2023

Movies I Watched in December

Glenn Ford dresses up as St. Nick in Mr. Soft Touch (1949)

This month had the usual Christmas movies as well as some unusual ones. 

  1. A Night of Adventure (1944) - Tom Conway & Audrey Long 
  2. Christmas Holiday (1944) - Deanna Durbin & Gene Kelly, Gale Sondergaard
  3. Mr. Soft Touch (1949) - Glenn Ford & Evelyn Keyes, Percy Kilbride
  4. Young Man with Ideas (1952) - Glenn Ford, Ruth Roman, Nina Foch, Denise Darcel 
  5. *White Christmas (1954) - Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye & Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes
  6. Bridge to the Sun (1961) - James Shigeta & Carroll Baker
  7. On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) - George Lazenby & Diana Rigg
  8. Witness for the Prosecution (1982) - Ralph Richardson, Deborah Kerr, Diana Rigg, Wendy Hiller
  9. *Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) - Alan Young
  10. The Jewel of the Nile (1985) - Kathleen Turner & Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito
  11. *Home Alone (1990) - Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy
  12. *Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992) - Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Tim Curry, Eddie Bracken, Catherine O’Hara
  13. Forget Paris (1995) - Billy Crystal & Debra Winger
  14. Escape From L.A. (1996) - Kurt Russell, Cliff Robertson 
  15. Fathers’ Day (1997) - Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  16. *Elf (2003) - Will Ferrell, James Caan, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, Mary Steenburgen
  17. Charlie St. Cloud (2010) - Zac Efron 
  18. New Year’s Eve (2011) - star-studded cast (including Josh Duhamel)
  19. A Castle for Christmas (2021) - Brooke Shields & Cary Elwes
Least Favorite Film: It wasn’t bad but Escape from L.A. was just ok. It wasn’t as visually freaky as Escape from New York but it was too similar. It was my last Kurt Russell movie for the year. 

Favorite Movie: I really liked Mr. Soft Touch. Eddie Muller gave a great intro (Noir Alley on TCM). Last year I watched Spectre on Christmas Day (to refresh my memory before watching No Time to Die) and this year I watched On Her Majesty’s Secret Service so I guess that’s a new tradition? Lol. Anyway, I can’t stop listening to this song <3


  1. That picture from Mr. Soft Touch is cute! My family didn't actually watch any Christmas movies this year except Sleepless in Seattle which was new to me.

    1. NO Christmas movies?!? We always have to for sure watch White Christmas. The family watched a couple others but I only stayed in the room for part of them so didn’t include them. Sleepless is one of my favorite movies and I usually watch it once a year along with You’ve Got Mail. For years I saw just the end as that’s all my dad put on.

  2. Mr. Soft Touch is so quirky! I watched it last Christmastime for the first time.

    What did you think of Jewel of the Nile? I love Romancing the Stone, but have never seen JOTN because my dad did like it, so we never watched it as a family, and my brain has attached a "not worth it" label to it... except I often like movies my dad doesn't, so maybe I should see it after all?

    1. It was still good, just not as good as the first movie. It’s definitely worth a watch though! My brother recommended waiting a little between the two, which I think was good advice.

    2. Aha! Well, I haven't watched Romancing the Stone for several years, so I should be good to go :-)