Winter Revolution: A Holiday Playlist for the Rest of Us

5 12 2010

Honorable Mentions:

Some of my favorite holiday moments from TV and film

  • “Festivus” from Seinfeld

  • The Boondocks – Praise Santa

This episode features some of the best representations of the spiritual and political confusion surrounding Santa Clause — ever.

  • The Hebrew Hammer trailer – I think this is my favorite holiday movie of all time.

  • The Nativity Story trailer

One of the better adaptations I’ve seen (except for the traditional/non-biblical treatment of the magi). Keisha Castle-Hughes does a great portrayal of the Virgin Mary. If she seems familiar, you might remember when she earned an Oscar nomination for best actress for her performance in Whale Rider. (She was the youngest actress and the first Polynesian actress to be nominated in the category.)

  • Children of Men – Another great holiday film. What’s that you say? You’ve seen it and Children of Men isn’t a holiday film? Oh yes it is. Think about it.

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One response

8 12 2010

Great playlist! And I agree that the “Praise Santa” segment from Boondocks is pretty great! “Revolution” as a Christmas selection is a great idea, too…

I’d throw in some classics like “Sweet Little Jesus Boy” (simple yet profound) and “O Holy Night” (bit of abolitionist commentary).

I’ve been listening to a classical rendition (from the London Philharmonic) of Messiah over the last few holiday seasons. There’s some good stuff that Jones didn’t include. I had “Thou shalt break them” (from Ps. 2, follows the verses sung in “Why do the nations rage…”) stuck in my head last week. And of course, there’s the famous “Hallelujah Chorus”: “The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ…” Hallelujah, indeed…

Have you heard Beck’s “Little Drum Machine Boy”? Hilarious and fun. 🙂

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