2012 Movie 6: The Polar Express. I'm the type of person who can watch Christmas movies all year round. I even like it more than Christmas itself. This is one of my favorite Christmas movies. The book is a classic, and this movie does honor to it. The animation and detail is perfect, the soundtrack is incredible, and all the characters are realistic and believable. The only annoying thing about it is the know-it-all-kid.
I always cry when I watch this, no matter that Zi've seen it many, many times. I always cry at the part in the cemetery where James Stewart finds out that his brother died. "Every man on that transport died...Harry fell through the ice and drowned because you weren't there to save him!"
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - yet another movie that isn't technically a Christmas movie (it's really more Thanksgiving-related), but it's ability to be both hysterically funny and painfully heartbreaking (John Candy at his finest) makes it a perfect holiday season movie.
Thelma Ritter -1902-1969 - 45 years old when she made her first film.1st was an uncredited part in Miracle on 34th Street. 2nd role, A Letter to Three Wives, also brief, uncredited. 3rd, as Birdie in "All About Eve, and got a much deserved Academy Award nomination. Thelma had five other supporting actress nominations in her career. She never won the award but she was highly respected in Hollywood. Thank goodness Hitchcock recognized her talent - can't imagine Rear Window without her!