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‘Tis the season for cinephiles to be watching their holiday favorites. TV stations are airing the usual array of heartwarming holiday classics around the clock. Most of you will be watching the traditional Christmas fare. Whether it’s the touching morality fables like ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ or the nostalgic Rankin/Bass animations, everyone has their can’t miss holiday movie.  Here in the ‘Depths of Obscurity’, I like to buck the traditional fare, dig deep into the well of long-forgotten films, and maybe start some new Christmas traditions.

In this very special holiday edition of Depths of Obscurity, I’m going to do things a little bit differently.  Normally I pick one specific filter, then watch and rank every film on that list. This time around I found that method too limiting and instead opted to go with five films that span the gamut of obscurity, from overlooked classics from the 40’s to low grade B slasher flicks from the 2000’s. Each film is from a different decade, and has a distinctly different genre. My one rule was that they had to be a holiday film and be virtually invisible on Flickchart, which I defined as having a ranking of 10,000 or lower.

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Rank this week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases against the best movies of all-time

Toy Story 3 (DVD and Blu-ray | G | 2010)

Toy Story 3 reviews and rankings How would you rank it amongst the best animated movies of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: #1571
Times Ranked: 24460
Win Percentage: 80%
How Many Top-20′s: 142 Users

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Toy Story 3 currently sits in the top 6% of my Flickchart, so I preface the next statement by saying I do really like it. I do think it will drop a bit over time though. I don’t want to spoil too much but if it had ended about 7 minutes earlier, Toy Story 3 would have been an absolute masterpiece. Thelma and Louise is memorable because it doesn’t end with the characters magically sprouting parachutes after they drive off the cliff and then having a tacked on ending to make you reach for the tissues even more. I know it’s unrealistic because it’s ultimately a kids movie but part of me wishes Toy Story 3 could have just ended in the dump.

Centurion (DVD and Blu-ray | R | 2010)

Centurion reviews and rankings How would you rank it amongst the best action movies of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: #7095
Times Ranked: 542
Win Percentage: 61%
How Many Top-20′s: 1 Users

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An excellent looking, bad-ass Romans fighting barbarians movie from director Neil Marshall (The Descent).

Winnebago Man (DVD | NR | 2010)

Winnebago Man reviews and rankings How would you rank it amongst the best documentaries of all time?

Flickchart Ranking: #12976
Times Ranked: 169
Win Percentage: 64%
How Many Top-20′s: 0 Users

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The internet phenomenon becomes a documentary.

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