Raise your hand: Do you watch Christmas films say, in May?
Most movie mavens have at one point or another. Just because a film features a reindeer or talking snowman doesn't mean it is restricted a particular month on the calendar.
Of course, when that particular month rolls around, and the large-scale, big-screen happenings begin to flower, like so many poinsettias, we like our Christmas flick to arrive with all the trimmings. And a quartet of quality movies shall, when they land downtown (land with all the grace of that aforementioned reindeer).
Street Food Cinema, that summertime alfresco series, heads indoors for its Dec. 6 and 13 run. That "indoors" is no mere indoors, we should add, but the gloriously ornate Palace Theatre downtown.
DO NOT get inspired and attempt to stick your tongue against any Palace Theatre surface. Please.
"The Princess Bride" rounds out the run on Saturday, Dec. 13, and Carey Elwes -- Westley himself -- shall appear. It's Christmas magic, and, nope, "The Princess Bride" is not strictly a seasonal flick, but you can bet its cheer, cheek, and general sparkle put it on many a must-watch December list.
Extras for the Street Food Cinema series, by the by, include photos with Santa, holiday- and movie-themed sausages, gourmet popcorn, wine, beer, or egg nog for sale, a candy cane with purchase, and other festive baubles.
As for "Home Alone"? That's the LA Conservancy holiday movie for 2014. The outwit-the-baddies laugher is on at The Orpheum on Sunday, Dec. 7 so, yeah, you could do three ho-ho-ho flicks, all in one weekend, all on the big screen, all downtown. And return the following Saturday for some "Princess" goodness.
We'll still watch our Christmas movies in May, but when they go big screen, in vintage movie palaces, and egg nog and Carey Elwes are involved, we'll own up: December is best for this particular delight.