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Smoking Musket Holiday Classics: West Virginia Style

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go."

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Holiday Classic: It's A Wonderful Life

Plot: a business man with the help of an angel, gets a chance to see what life would have looked like if he never existed.
Rundown: It's my favorite Christmas movie, cliche? yes. The obvious choice? yes. But I still enjoy it every year. It stands the test of time because it doesn't rely on special effects or big budget hoopla, just Jimmy Stewart and a camera.

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Holiday Classic- White Christmas

Plot: 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.
Rundown: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, you can't go wrong. While sometimes you feel the plot is very thin and only written to hold the musical numbers together, it still works. If you want a feel good holiday musical, this is your bet. If you don't ,maybe Die Hard?

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Holiday Classic: The Family Man

Plot: a happily single investment broker, wakes up to a new life where he didn't leave his college girlfriend.
The Rundown: This movie plays into the "What if" question. What if you had a second chance? A good mix of drama, comedy, and romance that makes this a decent film. But, if you are only going to watch 1 "What if?" film for the Holiday Season save it for Frank Capra's.

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Holiday Classic: Joyeux Noel

Plot: On Christmas Eve During WW1 a truce is formed between the Germans, French, and Scottish during the brutal war.

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Great movie and touching lessons in humanity. A Christmas gem if you never saw it, I highly recommend it.

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Holiday Classic: "How the Product Stole Christmas"

Plot: Big budget remake of the classic cartoon about a creature named the Grinch intent on stealing Christmas in the land of Who-ville.
Rundown: Jim Carrey gives a strong performance as the Grinch. The sets are elaborate and the makeup design is impressive. Dr Seuss adaptations are challenging to turn into feature length films. Where the cartoon succeeds with its simplicity and strong message in its 1/2 hour run-time the feature length film fails. I was never a big fan of the back story of the origin of the Grinch, but Jim Carrey's charm and physical comedy more than make up for the lack of a script.

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Holiday Classic-Ruoff the "Hard Nosed Mountaineer"

Plot: A misfit reindeer and his friends look for a place that will accept them.

The Rundown: One of my favorite holiday classics. It seems to get better with age. Somehow the clay-mation used to film this movie gives it a nostalgic feel that will never grow old or seem too outdated. Memorable Characters across the board.. A reindeer you love, a charming elf, and softhearted villain who learns the error of his ways. A Classic tale that proves no matter how different you are, there is a place for you in this world where you can showcase your talents and be loved.

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Holiday Classic - Miracle on Grant Avenue!

Plot:When a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus is institutionalized as insane, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he is the real thing.
Rundown:A Christmas classic dating back from 1947. They also did a remake in 1994. The remake is pretty good, but stick with the original. A timeless story that proves that the human spirit concurs all and that even in the darkest hour miracles happen to those who believe.

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Holiday Classic: Huggy Bear Is Coming To Town!

Plot: A mailman reveals the origin of Santa Claus.

Rundown: This is a 1970 stop motion television special. It boasts a very impressive cast of actors with Fred Astaire leading the way as the Narrator and Mickey Rooney as Santa Claus. A short special running a little over 40 mins. I still admire the animation done with this as each model is carved from wood and who can forget the classic title song sung at the end. So go on take 40 minutes out of your day and watch this little gem.

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West Virginia Football: Trapped In Paradise

Plot: Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve. Rundown: This is a pretty funny Christmas movie with solid performances from Cage, Carvey, and Lovitz Holgorsen, Huggins and Luck. There are some comical scenes with a touching ending.

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Holiday Classics: West Virginia Style

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere you go."

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