Film lists are always a tricky business, particularly when you start putting words like ‘alternative’ in front of them. Alternative for whom? The man on the Clapham omnibus? Or the long-gone, sweating film junkie who mainlines a half-dozen movies a day?
Nevertheless, I think I’ve done an okay job of picking out some alternative Christmas movies for the latest issue of The Spectator. There’s light (The Man Who Came to Dinner). There’s dark (Christmas Holiday). There’s in-between (8 Women). And there’s a John Ford western (3 Godfathers) because there should always be a John Ford western.
There aren’t many more movies on the list, but I still won’t reveal them all here. After all, I want you to read the actual article. And, naturally, you want to read it too.