Thursday Movie Picks: Holiday Action Movies


This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is holiday action movies! I'm going to be honest, the only thing I could think of is Die Hard. I actually had to search for the rest of my picks and even they're a bit of a reach. Low effort from me today. If you celebrate Christmas, I hope you're having a Merry Christmas Eve! And if you don't, I hope your Thursday is going splendid anyways! 

1) Die Hard

The go to Christmas action flick. 

2) Jarhead

Jake Gyllenhaal dances around naked in a Santa hat while deployed so we're counting it.

3) Prometheus 

Idris Elba decorates a Christmas tree and this is mostly an action movie...right?


  1. I completely removed Prometheus from my head lol. Die Hard is such a great pick. I can't believe there are people who don't think of it as a Christmas movie.

    1. Especially after the seemingly endless discourse surrounding it. lol

  2. Uh Idris.. I should have remembered but also I hated Prometheus so I'm okay for forgetting it. :D Plus, no Christmas hat :D

  3. I'm in the minority on this, but I actually like Prometheus. And I totally forgot Jarhead has some Christmas parts.

    1. I don't think Prometheus is the worst thing out there, but it did fall below my expectations.

  4. Great list! I seriously need to watch Die Hard someday!

  5. Die Hard IS the Christmas action flick! But one that you can be watched any time.

    That is a memorable part of Jarhead I have to say!

    I hated Prometheus, even more so because I was looking forward to it. I've forgotten most of it including the Christmas part.

    We match with Die Hard, I just couldn't not include it and two that are more niche.

    Die Hard (1988)-NYPD cop John McClane (Bruce Willis) has come to LA for Christmas to attempt a reconciliation with his highly successful wife, Holly (Bonnie Bedelia). Arriving at the high rise where her company’s holiday party is taking place things are tense between them but they are about to get much more so. Within moments a group of terrorists lead by Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) take all but McClane, who is unseen, hostage and the pace from then on is relentless. McClane singlehandedly takes on the group in an ever-escalating series of attacks in an effort to save his wife and the day! Willis, Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia are all great in this standard setting action flick.

    Reindeer Games (2000)-Newly released from prison as the Christmas holidays approach ex-con Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) plans to stick to the straight and narrow starting over with Ashley (Charlize Theron) who he became involved with through letters while he was in the slammer. But he discovers Ashley’s brother, the psychotic Gabriel (Gary Sinise) has other plans. Gabe thinks that Rudy has inside info about a casino he wants to rob and pressures him to join his cohorts in carrying out the scheme. Everyone has secrets and as they are revealed the damage and bodies mount.

    The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)-Samantha Caine (Geena Davis) is a small-town schoolteacher and single mother to little Caitlin (Yvonne Zima). During the Christmas season Samantha is out running a quick errand when she is involved in a minor car accident sustaining what seems a minor bump on her head, but almost immediately she begins to be able to perform precision defense moves. Turns out Sam has only been in town for eight years having washed up on shore a pregnant amnesiac. As memories flood back she realizes she was a government assassin. When her former bosses learn she has been reactivated the hunt is on to either re-recruit or silence her.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. Prometheous was so disappointing but I'll take that over Alien: Covenant because omg what the hell was that?

      I know I've seen Reindeer games but I cannot remember a thing from it. I think it's probably something I just caught on TV once. I haven't seen The Long Kiss Goodnight.

      I hope your holidays went well!

  6. I didn't pick Die Hard though it's a honorable mention as I thought it was just too easy. Besides, it is THE CHRISTMAS MOVIE. Fortunately, Shane Black was happy to help in what I wanted to find. Prometheus was good as is Jarhead though no one could go wrong with Die Hard and if anyone doesn't think it's a Christmas movie. May they go fuck themselves and I hope they all die falling off from a building.

    Have a Happy Xmas.

    1. I think we've reached the point in the discourse where it's either a Christmas movie or you're wrong.

  7. We match with Die Hard! I own Jarhead but have yet to see it and no interest in Prometheus even though I like Idris.

  8. I am SOOOO annoyed with myself that I didn't think of Jarhead. How could I forget Jake Gyllenhaal?!


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