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Alternative Christmas Movies: Palate Cleansers For When You Need A Break From All The Cheer...



So, you've made your way through our Christmas Movie List already and need a holiday palate cleanser to counter balance all that sugar?


Let's Go!

IN BRUGES

From the brilliant mind of Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Banshees of Inisherin) In Bruges isn't exactly a Christmas Movie per se but it is an excellent dark comedy set on the brink of winter. It's about hit-men, so naturally it contains a spot of violence but really at its heart, it's a fantastically funny drama about guilt and acceptance with pitch-perfect performances delivering sharp, witty dialogue. It's a gem of a movie that garnered plenty of nominations AND awards. And it stars the dream-team-duo of Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson.


DIE HARD

YIPPIEE KI-YAY MOTHER EFFERS. If you've not seen Die Hard... um, why? This classic action film stars Bruce Willis as the hero and Alan Rickman as the perfect bad guy. Set at an office Christmas Party gone horribly wrong, Die Hard is such a satisfying 90s action film. It's the classic 'Non-Christmas' Christmas Movie.


SCROOGED


If you fancy a pint of weird, then offbeat 80s comedy might be the one is for you. Bill Murray plays Frank Cross (TV producer version of Ebenezer Scrooge) who is visited by 3 Ghosts... Sound familiar? This one is a cult-classic, so won't be for everyone.


CAROL


This lesbian Christmas-time drama set in 1950s received 6 Oscar nominations, 9 BAFTA nominations, 5 Golden Globes nominations and 6 Independent Spirit Award nominations as well as a win. So it's safe to say that it's a brilliantly made piece of cinema. Not a cheery Christmas movie but a very beautiful one. With powerful performances from Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, this the perfect film if you want something a bit serious to sharpen your brain during the holidays.


BATMAN RETURNS


Is it about Christmas in any way? No. But it's set then. Batman Returns is Tim Burton's gothic twist on Christmas (and Script Stable's favourite Batman movie). With 2-4-1 villains, featuring Cat Woman AND The Penguin. As well as bonus bad guy, Christopher Walken. Featuring a swoony Michael Keaton, melodrama, action, seduction, skin tight PVC and brilliantly dry comedic timing from all; it's a nostalgic hero movie for the holidays.


 

What's your favourite Alternative Christmas Movie? Let us know in the comments.

 

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