11 Movies To Watch Over The Holidays
The holiday season surrounding Christmas really lends itself to some stellar movie watching time. It’s not a coincidence that many big releases come out the Friday before, or on Christmas day. However, when it comes to movie-watching over the holiday season, from Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Christmas, Festivus, Kwanza and New Years (hopefully we got everyone…we’re so P.C.), the best place to watch movies is at home, on the couch, snuggled up with a beverage of choice while wearing the old Snuggie. Here are 11 great flicks to put on your list!
11. The Holiday
There’s nothing like a film offering hope for a better tomorrow. The Holiday (2006) is just that, and stars a stellar cast: Kate Winslet, Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law and for you real film buffs, the legendary Eli Wallach. The plot is pretty simple. Two women from different countries are both experiencing problems in their love lives, so they decide to swap houses and get away from everything familiar. It begins as a comedy of errors, then slides into a quaint little romantic comedy. It’s always nice to see Jack Black show his versatility and flexibility as an actor. He and Kate Winslet are dynamite opposite one another. This is a great one if you’re missing someone special during the holiday season, or if you’re wishing you had that someone special, and need some motivation to get out of the rut. Or… laughs. It’s also good for laughs.
10. Miracle On 34th Street
Miracle on 34th Street is such classic storytelling, it has been remade twice since the original 1947 release, but we’re addressing the original, and the only one that needs to be viewed during the holiday season. This is the film that took the popularity of Macy’s Department Store and created something of a world brand. For those who have seen Miracle On 34th Street, it offers a little bit of everything. So much so, the execs at Fox really struggled to advertise it for its original release. It was quite unlike anything that had been made before it. The story features a department store Santa Claus, named Kris Kringle, of course, who claims to be the real Santa Claus. This frustrates his supervisor to no end, as Kris influences her daughter to believe in magical, inexplicable things. It’s almost 70 years old, and still holds up!