Movie #100 Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
(1992, US, d. Chris Columbus)
I’m going to be a little biased here. Home Alone 2 is by far my favorite Christmas movie. Not only is it a rare Hollywood example of a sequel being better than the original, but there is no movie that puts me in more of a Christmas mood than Home Alone 2. It’s fun, mischievous, hilarious, touching, and filled to the brim with classic Christmas songs and ones John Williams creates through his musical genius. Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern are back as Harry and Marv and do a fantastic job spoofing old gangsters while never actually seeming legitimately dangerous. Kevin (with a “K”) McCallister is now stuck in New York City where he must fend of these two escaped criminals in an old apartment while his mother and family try to search for him. I’m fairly positive I’ve seen this movie more times than any other movie in my life and watching yet again brings back the same wonderful memories as years past. It’s another smart John Hughes classic and if you’re at all into old gangster flicks, you’ll really love the homages.