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Inside The Locker: Holiday Movie Elimination Tournament

16 Submitted by on Sat, 21 December 2013, 10:01

Well here it is, the last weekend before Christmas. No doubt you’ll be gathering with family and friends to watch a few great holiday films.

But there are only so many hours in these upcoming days that aren’t filled with gift-wrapping, turkey-stuffing, and in-law-at-screaming. How can you narrow down the list of the best holiday movies to the ultimate champion?

The guys of Inside the Locker have you covered. They discuss which holiday films are the very best. But, being sports nerds in addition to movie geeks, they narrow the wide range of titles to one supreme winner the only way they could think of: March Madness style elimination tournament.

Home Alone

Wonderful Life

Here’s how it works…

J.C. (who sadly could not join us for the broadcast) came up with an initial list of 32 Christmas films and set them into an NCAA-style bracket, dividing them up into four regions (Contemporary, Classic, Raunchy/Horror, & Miscellaneous). For the first round, we simply voted on the winner of each matchup. From there, each commentator was assigned a film and a series of one-minute debates ensued. A moderator decided which pundit made the stronger case and that alone determined which film advanced.

Therefore much like an actual NCAA tournament, the better movie on paper isn’t necessarily a lock to advance. Hell, we had an honest-to-goodness Cinderella story moving into the finals. You have to hear this to believe it.


Joining us as moderator was Ramon Ramirez, a major sports fan and a music critic with the Austin-American Statesman. Filling in for J.C. is Our Neighbor Adam’s friend, and movie geek Brooks Eakin. Observe the bracket below. Feel free to print it out and follow along with us. Oh, and (as is the wont of the internet when it comes to anything subjective), feel free to voice your own picks for best holiday movie as well as communicate any staunch umbrage-taking.

Llllllllllllllllet’s get ready to jinglllllllllllllle!!!



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Brian is a four-year veteran of the interwebs, a member of The Austin Film Critics Association, and currently writes for Film School Rejects, Movie Pilot,, and Fandango. An obsessive consumer of film, Brian loves everything from Buster Keaton to 80s post-apocalyptic sci-fi. He’s also a diehard Indianapolis Colts fan and collects VHS, laser discs, and classic game systems. An eighth-level geek overlord, Brian is one of the founders of, the brainchild of he and partner in crime Christopher Lawrence Cox. Brian cohosts both the Inside the Locker and Digital Noise podcasts.