Have Yourself an Action Christmas

There is an ongoing debate about whether Die Hard can be considered a Christmas movie. For me the answer is a resounding yes! Die Hard (1988) and Lethal Weapon (1987), which are both set in Los Angeles during Christmas time make a great 80s action double feature. You can make it a triple LA action feature and include Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) written and directed by Shane Black, who wrote Lethal Weapon.  This is a comedic murder mystery starring Robert Downey Jr., Val Kilner, and Michelle Monaghan that is a love letter to the film noir movies of the 1940s.  A side note: Black has a thing about Christmas in LA. He wrote and directed Iron Man 3 (2013) which was also set in Los Angeles at Christmas time.

Fatman (2020) with Mel Gibson as a world weary Santa Claus who must fight off an assassin sent by a sociopathic child on the naughty list is a true action Christmas movie.  This one is my new favorite. 

My favorite TV Christmas episode is also heavy on the action.  NCIS episode  11 9th Season – Newborn King.  Stuck in a snow storm on Christmas Eve, Gibbs and Ziva take refuge in a closed gas station with a witness they are protecting, a very pregnant Marine.  As she goes into labor, hitmen show up to kill her.  Ziva fights off the bad guys while Gibbs delivers the baby. 

Fun Fact: The title of this blog is a reference to one of the most famous letters of all time.  In 1897 eight year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the newspaper The New York Sun asking if there was a Santa Claus.  The editor answered her with an editorial that started with Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus.  You can read her letter and the reply here.   

I wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate in December!

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