Binge Watch This – Holiday Edition

Christmas and New Year’s are around the corner. Here are some of our picks for holiday-themed movies for you binge-watching pleasure.


Mykel Hilliard, Editor-in-Chief

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas”
Year released: 2000
Streaming service: Netflix
Jim Carrey and director Ron Howard bring the iconic children’s book character “The Grinch” to life in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The film borrows elements from Dr. Seuss’ 1950 book and the 1966 animated television film to give the live-action retelling a well-rounded story suited for theaters. Jim Carrey shines as the title character, bringing him to life with his animated mannerisms. The film’s elaborate lighting, makeup and sets bring the characters and setting to life. The film was a success, grossing $345 million at the box office, and took home an award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 73rd Academy Awards.

“New Year’s Eve”
Year released: 2011
Streaming service: Hulu

Garry Marshall’s 2011 romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve” is a star-studded affair featuring notable actors such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro and more. The film follows several interconnected stories of New Yorkers who face problems on New Year’s Eve. Upon its release, it came in No. 1 at the box office with $13 million, eventually grossing $142 million worldwide. The film doesn’t feature Oscar-worthy performances but is a fun watch and a decent movie to put on to pass the time.

“Home Alone”
Year released: 1990
Streaming service: Hulu
“Home Alone” has become a Christmas movie staple and has been loved by children and adults alike since its release 30 years ago. Produced by 1980s film legend John Hughes, the film follows 8-year-old Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), who gets left behind by his family in the midst of preparing to leave for a trip. Two burglars attempt to rob his home not knowing he is in the home. Kevin defends the house from them with quirky and comical tricks, which make for an entertaining watch.

“The Holiday Movies That Made Us”
Year released: 2020
Streaming service: Netflix
Helmed by the same creative team behind Netflix’s docuseries “The Movies that Made Us” comes “The Holiday Movies that Made Us” a two-episode retrospective docu-series featuring iconic Christmas films. The first episode of the series focuses on Will Ferrell’s 2004 holiday classic “Elf” with the second episode showcasing Tim Burton’s spooky holiday-themed film “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The series takes you behind the scenes of the film’s origins, creative process and success. The show is funny and informative and a good watch for fans of the films featured.

“The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show”
Year released: 2019
Streaming service: Amazon Prime Video
Grammy award-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves serves up Christmas cheer in “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show,” a variety show featuring performances of holiday classics and original songs. In the show, she is joined by special guests such as Kendall Jenner, Camila Cabello, Dan Levy, the Radio City Rockettes and more. Musgraves’ voice and charisma take center stage and her campy holiday skits throughout the show are enjoyable. The show is cheesy but a good time and worth the watch.