A Very Short Conversation About Bad ActingMom: "I changed to Hallmark Channel to see if they were playing any Christmas movies. This has really bad acting."
Me: "Oh, you finally noticed! You know why?"
Me: "Because you've watched John Noble on Fringe."
Mom: "What do you mean?"
Me: "Because he's awesome!"
Mom: "Oh... Yeah, he's very believable as an actor."
YES! John Noble is one of the greatest (and most overlooked) actors ever and he's at the top of his game. He couldn't get any better. Noble is believable in every word, action, and expression, with a talent that's incredibly deep and a heart to match.
My mom usually ignores bad acting to watch any cutesy romantic Christmas movie just because she wants to get in the mood for the upcoming holiday and it doesn't really require her to pay attention. Perfect while doing other things. As for me, if I want to get in the mood it will be with Christmas Vacation or A Christmas Story. If I want to both laugh and shed a tear, then it's The Muppet Christmas Carol (Blu-ray, DVD). Michael Caine is superb in it. It's such a wonderful movie that I randomly whistle tunes from it all year long.
You know what hasn't been on in forever? Santa Claus: The Movie with Dudley Moore. Not the best thing ever, but I loved it as a kid anyway. Hmm, what else? I think I'm the only one in my family who likes Scrooged. Also, Kung Fu Panda Holiday Special, which I finally watched a few weeks ago. It's hilarious and sweet.
That's all I can really think of for Christmas movies right now. There are plenty of others I'm sure, but these are the ones I love and could never get sick of watching, the ones that are good enough to watch for 24 hours straight.
Edit (1/21/14): Um, how did I forget the first two Home Alone movies? Shame on me.