The Best Movies to Watch on Yearly Holidays

Took a short leave of absence from the prescription pad, but I’m back and better than ever!

With Halloween last week and today being the 5th of November, I was recently reminded of my tradition of watching certain movies on certain holidays every single year with out fail. These are the movies that through hell and high water I watch on these days of the year. I’ve had a ton of fun with these year in and year out, so here they are for your enjoyment…

February 2nd (Groundhogs Day)

Groundhogs Day

“I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank pina coladas. At sunset we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over and over…”  —  A given. It’s calculated that during the course of the movie, Bill Murray’s character experiences 10 years worth of Groundhog’s Days. Another fantastic comedy thats got a great make you feel good ending.

February 14th (Valentine’s Day)

Casablanca

“In all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”  —  Not only the greatest romance movie of all time, but the greatest movie in general of all time. No better way to spend Valentine’s Day watching the greatest romance movie ever.

You’ve Got Mail

“As far as I’m concerned, the internet is just another way of being rejected by women”  —  Real men love Nora Ephron. Fact. Gotta hand it to her, she can write a rom-com.

Sleepless in Seattle

“Well I saw Fatal Attraction and it scared the shit out of me! It scared the shit out of every man in America!”  —  At this point, I’m on a romance kick, and of course you can’t be watching Nora Ephron movies without this one. Another great one

Aliens

At this point, it’s Valentine’s Day, I’ve spent all day inside alone watching movies and I’m depressed as balls. So Aliens really is the only smart decision.

March 18th (The day after St. Patrick’s Day)

The Hangover

“What’s the matter? The drug dealer at the liquor store didn’t turn out to be a nice guy?!”  —  If you did St. Patrick’s Day right, then there’s no better way to celebrate the next day. Why wallowing in your hangover when you can watch this and find solace in the fact that you can say ‘Wow, at least I didn’t pull my goddamn tooth out.’ Grab your ginger ale and your greasy ass food and chill out.

Easter

Dawn of the Dead

No better way to celebrate someone rising from the dead than with this zombie flick.

May the 4th (Star Wars Day) 

May the Fourth Be With You!! Massive Star Wars marathon on this day every year. Order usually goes IV, V, VI, II, III… What? Am I missing one or something?

June 15th (Father’s Day)

Vacation

“We’re going to be having so much fun, we’ll be whistling zipadeedooda out of out assholes!!”  —  One of film’s greatest dads. Man just want’s to take his family on a trip, is that so fucking hard?!

Finding Nemo

Another one of films greatest dads. The guy travels the world and faces sharks, and whales, and short attention spans to get his son back.

July 4th (Independence Day)

Independence Day

“Perhaps it’s fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom.”  —  Watch the link. The single most exciting and motivation speech in a movie. I used to have some issues with this movie, and still do. But goddamn is it exciting.

September/October?? (Yom Kippur)

Inglorious Basterds

“If you ever want to eat a sourkraut sammich again, you’re going to take your weinerschnitzel licking finger and point out here on this map where they’re hiding.”  —  I’m not Jewish, but I always seem to get off of work and class for this day. So hell, might as well watch a movie where Hitler gets shot in the face a bunch of times.

October 31st (Halloween)

Ghostbusters 

“Lets show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown”  —  One of the funniest movies ever. One of my personal top 10 movies. Not much else to say, really. Every time I watch this movie I find something new to laugh at; genius in movie form. Every year you’ll catch me watching this, saying the same thing; “Did you know that John Belushi was originally who they had in mind for Peter Venkman? Can you imagine that?!”

Ghostbusters II

“Being miserable and treating people like dirt is every New Yorker’s God-given right!”— By the time I finish Ghostbusters, I’m craving more. So naturally Ghostbusters II follows. Not as great as the first one, but still hilarious. Another movie that leads me to finding a new thing to laugh at every time I watch .

Evil Dead 2

“Groovy.” — Sam Rami’s finest work. Hot off the heels of Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2  is a god awful B-zombie movie, but at the same time, it’s the greatest b-zombie movie there is. Pokes major fun at Evil Dead. Serious, terrible, hilarious, and incredible all at the same time. Don’t ever tell me Bruce Campbell is famous for Burn Notice. He isn’t, he’s famous for being Ash Williams and having a chainsaw for a hand.

November 5th

V for Vendetta

“Remember remember the fifth of November, the Gun Powder Treason and plot. I know of no reason why the Gun Powder Treason should ever be forgot.”  —  This one’s a no brainer; no better way to spend the fifth of November, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Day, than celebrating the movie adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel tribute to Guy Fawkes. (I’ll be viewing this right after this is posted)

Back to the Future

“November 5th, 1955! The day I invented time travel!”  —  By far one of the greatest time travel epics of out time. I’m pretty sure it’s against the laws of physics to not like this movie. Personally one of my favorite movies; no matter how many times I see the movie, my heart starts racing at the end with the whole lightening debacle. If you’ve never seen this, I strongly suggest you stop everything in your life this very second and watch it… now!

November ?? (Thanksgiving)

Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas

“There’s children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads! They’re busy building toy, and absolutely no one’s dead!”  — Quite simple; it’s not quite a Halloween movie and it’s not quite a Christmas movie. So really, it’s a Thanksgiving movie.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

“I like me. My friends like me.”  —  Fantastic coming home for the holidays movie. Makes me cry like a little girl every time I see it.

December 25th (Christmas)

Die Hard

“Yippie-Kaie-Yay motherfucker!”  —  Yes. Die Hard is a Christmas movie. It just so happens that it’s also a kick ass guns and explosion action flick.

A full Christmas movie post is coming your way in a few weeks, hang tight.

December 31st (New Years Eve)

When Harry Met Sally

“I’ll have what she’s having.” — A great way to kick off the new year; a great make you feel good rom-com. Don’t understand what this movies about, should we forget we forget old friends? But if were remembering them than we had to have already forgot them. Well, anyways, it’s about old friends (watch the movie, you’ll get it).

**Special thanks to Patrick Wightman for Dawn of the Dead, Finding Nemo, and Planes Trains and Automobiles**

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