Monday, 19 December 2016

BLOGMAS #5 | Top 10 Christmas Movies To Get You Into The Spirit

I love how movies can lift your mood and these Christmas movies will get you into the festive spirit!   Those who know me will know how much I love watching films and TV shows, you name it I've probably watched it. I take pride in the fact I have watched so many classics and as a previous film student, I enjoy watching the ones that make you feel something.

I love how movies can lift your mood and these Christmas movies will get you into the festive spirit!


Those who know me will know how much I love watching films and TV shows, you name it I've probably watched it. I take pride in the fact I have watched so many classics and as a previous film student, I enjoy watching the ones that make you feel something.


While there are so many Christmas movies to love at this time of year, I managed to whittle it down to my Top 10. Believe me, they were so difficult to choose from.


It's a wonderful life


It's a Wonderful Life is a 1946 American Christmas fantasy drama film produced and directed by Frank Capra, based on the short story "The Greatest Gift", which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published privately in 1945.[4] The film is now among the most popular in American cinema and because of numerous television showings in the 1980s has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.The film stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody (Henry Travers). Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.

Home Alone


Home Alone is one of my favourites. The beloved family comedy is about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is accidentally left behind when his family takes off for a vacation in France over the holiday season. Once he realizes they've left him home alone, he learns to fend for himself and, eventually has to protect his house against two bumbling burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) who are planning to rob every house in Kevin's suburban Chicago neighborhood.

Its hilarious and heartwarming all at once!

Home Alone 2


In this sequel to my favourite Christmas movie, child-star Macaulay Culkin returns, in the role that made him famous, as Kevin McCallister, a precocious Chicago boy who mistakenly boards a plane to New York while the rest of his large family wings to Florida. In Manhattan, he takes up residency at the Plaza Hotel, but his posh holiday is disrupted by the re-appearance of crooks Harry (Joe Pesci) and Marv (Daniel Stern).

Elf


Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he's not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. One of the funniest, loving Christmas films out there.

The Santa Clause 


Tim Allen stars as Scott Calvin, the divorced dad of Charlie (Eric Lloyd). Scott is distressed to learn that his ex-wife Laura (Wendy Crewson) and Charlie's psychiatrist stepfather Neal (Judge Reinhold) have informed his son that there is no Santa Claus. 


While a sullen Charlie visits his dad on Christmas Eve, a noise on the roof brings them outside, where Scott startles the intruder, who tumbles from the roof. It turns out that there is a Santa after all, and Scott has just accidentally killed him. Because of a legal technicality known as "the Santa clause," Scott inherits the jolly old elf's job. As the next year passes, Scott rapidly gains weight, grows a white beard and meets the elf Bernard (David Krumholtz) -- who is the one who really runs the North Pole -- while Charlie regains his Christmas spirit. 


Polar Express


The Polar Express revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family's dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth. This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train's conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy's crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery.

Love Actually


This Christmas rom-com stars some of my favorites! Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Keira Knightley once again fail to disappoint in this British classic. All of London is in love or longing to be. Billed as "the ultimate romantic comedy," Love Actually involves more than a dozen main characters, each weaving his or her way into another's heart over the course of one particularly eventful Christmas. The seemingly perfect wedding of Juliet (Keira Knightley) and Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) brings many of the principals together, including heartsick best man Mark (Andrew Lincoln), who harbors a very unrequited crush on Juliet. 

There's also recent widower Daniel (Liam Neeson), trying to help his lonely stepson Sam (Thomas Sangster) express his true feelings to a classmate. Across town, devoted working mother Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to rekindle the passion of her husband, Harry (Alan Rickman), who secretly pines for a young colleague of his. In the same office, the lonely Sarah (Laura Linney) not-so-secretly pines for a man just a few desks away (Rodrigo Santoro), who returns her affections but may not be able to dissuade her neuroses. Providing the unofficial soundtrack for all of the couples is an aging rocker (Bill Nighy) who just wants to cash in and get laid -- but even he might find a meaningful relationship in the most unlikely of places.


The Grinch


The cranky recluse Grinch, who hates Christmas, becomes annoyed with the out-of-control Christmas festivities in Whoville, the town lying below his cave dwelling on Mt. Crumpit. But after the Grinch conspires to deprive the Who's of their favorite holiday by sneaking into town on Christmas eve to steal everything associated with the holiday, he learns that the spirit of Christmas goes much deeper than tinsel and toys. Funny, cute and a lovely watch.

The Holiday


This romantic comedy stars Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet as two women who exchange houses in order to get a new lease on life. After each suffers her fair share of romantic disappointments, Englishwoman Iris (Winslet) and L.A. woman Amanda (Diaz) meet on-line on a website devoted to helping people exchange houses for vacations. Each agrees to spend the Christmas holiday at the other's home. While each suffers from a minor case of culture shock, both women also end up becoming involved with a man. Iris makes the acquaintance of an upbeat everyman played by Jack Black, while Amanda spends time with a handsome Brit played by Jude Law. Both women must decide what to do with these new relationships as their pre-arranged house switch is scheduled to last less than two weeks.

An endearing performance from Kate Winslet while Cameron Diaz is her usual quirky self. Jack Black plays himself, the funny witty guy he is in every movie! And Jude Law, what can I say? The most charming, gorgeous, handsome man in Britain...I'm smitten.

A Christmas Carol


Ebenezer Scrooge begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking orders at his loyal clerk and his cheery nephew. But, when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of mistreatment before it's too late.

Disclaimer: Most film descriptions have been taken from Rotten Tomatoes and manipulated into my own words - I just couldn't put it better myself!

Enjoy 


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