Will the star-studded film 'Valentine's Day' be a hit? Judging from the marquee name power, absolutely. Judging from the trend of past movies named after holidays, maybe.

Hollywood has a long tradition of naming films after holidays -- a tradition longer and more expansive than you probably realize (seems nearly every holiday as gotten the Hollywood title treatment, save for Martin Luther King Day and Heimlich Maneuver Day,* but perhaps those scripts are in the works).

We look at this bizarre sub-genre of films named after holidays and rate each on The Gift Scale, meaning "Money" is awesome, "Socks" are horrible and "Gift Certificate" is somewhere in between. Results are not scientific. Will the star-studded film 'Valentine's Day' be a hit? Judging from the marquee name power, absolutely. Judging from the trend of past movies named after holidays, maybe.

Hollywood has a long tradition of naming films after holidays -- a tradition longer and more expansive than you probably realize (seems nearly every holiday as gotten the Hollywood title treatment, save for Martin Luther King Day and Heimlich Maneuver Day,* but perhaps those scripts are in the works).

We look at this bizarre sub-genre of films named after holidays and rate each on The Gift Scale, meaning "Money" is awesome, "Socks" are horrible and "Gift Certificate" is somewhere in between. Results are not scientific.

Meanwhile, look for Garry Marshall's 'Valentine's Day' follow-up 'New Year's Eve' in theaters in 2011.**

*Actual holiday
**True story

'New Year's Day' (1989)
Writer/director Henry Jaglom does his best "Woody Allen" and stars in this talky film about a middle-aged New Yorker forced to share his apartment with three quirky young women. During his long first day of the New Year, he insists on asking intrusive questions and making the characters and audience equally uncomfortable. Only see it if you're a Jaglom buff or want to see a pre-'X-Files' David Duchovny and famed Czech director Milos Forman.
Rating: Socks



'Groundhog Day' (1993)
Arguably Bill Murray's finest work, along with 'Rushmore,' he plays a point-perfect deadpan misanthrope who is forced to relive the same Groundhog Day over and over again. A hot-shot TV weatherman, he's stuck on location in Punxsutawney, PA, where February 2 is more important than Christmas. An absolute must-see.
Rating: Money



'St. Patrick's Day' (1997)
Piper Laurie has had an amazing career from 'The Hustler' to 'Carrie,' but this stereotypical comedy about a wacky family get-together is blander than Irish cuisine. She plays matriarch Mary Pat Donnely McDonough, who decides to give up booze and force her alcoholic family to do the same over the typically drunken holiday. Unless you're a serious Vitamin C fan, you can skip it. (Trailer N/A)
Rating: Socks

'April Fool's Day' (1986)
Rich kids go partying in the woods and oops, guess what, there's a murderer on the loose. While this has one of the best twist endings in the history of horror, the low-budget production and shotty storyline make it nearly unwatchable.
Rating: Socks



'The Long Good Friday' (1980)
Classic British crime drama is one of the most under-appreciated genres today. Their tough guys aren't unrealistic gym rats like Jason Statham. They're classic thugs you could see at any corner store, thus making it more relatable when they throat-punch someone. You can really imagine them socking you. This is one of the era's best.
Rating: Money



'The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day' (2009)
The personal story of egomaniacal filmmaker Troy Duffy often outshines his work (see the documentary 'Overnight'). However, his 'Saints' films deserve their fervent cult following. The MacManus brothers return as the baddest vigilantes since Batman, well, and their father Il Duce (Billy Connolly). Duffy once again directs from his own script and keeps the best aspects from the original, only this time they're back on an obscure Catholic holiday.
Rating: Gift Certificate



'Mother's Day' (1980)
This oddball slasher flick is awesome in a horrible way. It pissed off feminist groups because of the violence against women. It's fun to watch for the sheer camp of it.
Rating: Gift Certificate



'Memorial Day' (2008)
Are you weird and misunderstood? Perhaps you're hair is green and you do performance art? Well, you're bound to love filmmaker Josh Fox. This disturbing independent drama opens with horribly graphic three-day weekend gone wrong and then follows soldiers into Iraq as they commit crimes that parallel Abu Ghraib. If Harmony Korine's work doesn't disturb you enough, try this holiday not-so-feel-good flick.
Rating: Socks




'Independence Day' (1996)
Despite director Roland Emmerich's missteps since this film, this remains a sci-fi classic. It skyrocketed Will Smith into true super-stardom and made viewers excited to be Americans on the country's birthday! Even if it was for totally fictitious reasons.
Rating: Money



'Born on the Fourth of July' (1989)
Oliver Stone's second of three Vietnam War films, it follows the true story of injured veteran Ron Kovic as he goes from war junkie to peace activist. The film feels as long as the Vietnam War lasted, but it's a powerful portrait of patriotism and easily Tom Cruise's best performance.
Rating: Money



'Columbus Day' (2008)
Val Kilmer plays a low-budget version of himself from 'The Saint.' The well-tread plotline of the thief who needs one last big score before retiring rears its ugly head again here. Plus, he needs to mend his relationship with his ex-wife. Of course, you can write the end before seeing it.
Rating: Socks




'Father's Day' (1997)
Two of the most popular comedians at the time, Billy Crystal and Robin Williams, teamed up to bring us one of the cheesiest comedies of all time. Yikes and double yikes ... that's the level of humor in this film.
Rating: Socks



'Halloween' (1978)
Shot on a budget of $325,000, this classic launched director John Carpenter's career, Jamie Lee Curtis' stardom and set the standard for slasher films over the next three decades. While films like 'Pumpkinhead' make Halloween laughable, watching this original namesake film will still terrify trick-or-treaters.
Rating: Money



'Halloween' (2007)
Director Rob Zombie confused the verb "re-imagine" for "ruin" when remaking the best horror film of the '70s. Why not focus on making 'The Devil's Rejects 8' instead of dirtying a masterpiece?
Rating: Socks



'Thanksgiving' (2011)
Eli Roth contributed this faux trailer for the 'Grindhouse' project. It ended up being the most-talked-about part of the feature and now Roth has promised to turn it into the "sickest, bloodiest, most violent slasher movie" and attempt to "make the highest body count slasher film I can." Co-writer Jeff Rendell will reportedly reprise his role as Pilgrim killer.
Rating: Money (based on trailer alone)



'A Christmas Story' (1983)
Nine years after the low-budget slasher 'Black Christmas,' director Bob Clark returned to the holiday with this family classic that has yielded more catch-phrases than any other Yuletide movie.
Rating: Money



'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' (1989)
When naming the few great sequels in history, many forget this Chevy Chase gem. Complete with more Clark Griswold injuries than any other, Randy Quaid as a pitch perfect Cousin Eddie and Juliette Lewis as the angry teen daughter.
Rating: Money

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