Archive for December, 2009

Friday 18 December

This week’s featured filmmaker is Frank Capra. Did you know,  It’s A Wonderful Life was not a huge hit when it premiered? It was only after networks began to show it in syndication every Christmas that it became a classic film. Kudos to Frank Capra for making such a Christmas (and year round) classic that stands the test of time and has become one of the most beloved Christmas films.

It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

If you don’t like this film there is seriously something wrong with you and you should get that checked out. Capra’s Christmas classic stars James Stewart as the epitome of Capra’s everyman character whose seemingly happy life suffers a major downfall that brings the hero to an all-time low. It’s what his films are made of – normal men who suffer great loss and must overcome such a depressing point in their life and realize the beauty and joy of their own lives. I love this film. I can watch it any time of year but it is especially special at Christmas. Yay Capra.

Scrooge (aka A Christmas Carol) (1951)

Alastair Sim is the best Ebenezer Scrooge there is. And this is the best version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of a grinchy old man who realizes the true meaning of Christmas (and of life) after he is shown his past, which depresses him, his lonely present life, and his horrible future. Who wouldn’t change after all that? Don’t see any other version of this film (except the Muppet one which is so much fun), especially not that Zemeckis crap he passes for a “film”. Yay Christmas!

The Apartment (1960)

You might not think of this as a Christmas film, but it takes place during the holidays and it is just so delightful with amazing performances by Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. It’s a holiday romance and I think it should be watched around Christmastime. It’s all warm and fuzzy.

Friday 11 December

Chris Columbus is this weeks featured filmmaker because Home Alone is a Christmas classic and a must see every year. Thank you Chris Columbus.

08Dec

December 8th

I’ve been MIA but finally updated the screenings for the end of November. So check the archives if you want some recommended war films. December is the month for films that I like to watch during Christmas so keep checking the whole month to see what I’m posting.

What films are you looking forward to? Here are my picks:Fantastic Mr. Fox, Everybody’s Fine, The Road, Nine, Ninja Assassin, Did You Hear About the Morgans?, It’s Complicated, Sherlock Holmes, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, A Single Man

Home Alone (1990)

This has to be one of the most hilarious Christmas films along with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This is a film I would recommend you watch every year.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

Colin Firth in a tacky Christmas sweater, and a silly man fight between two British gents should be enough for you to watch this film. It’s way better than the sequel and a perfect film to watch during the holidays.

About A Boy (2002)

Hugh Grant is wonderful in this film about a man whose friendship with an awkward young boy teaches him to grow up. Yes, it is Christmasy and a heartwarming film I enjoy watching not only at Christmas, but year round.

Love Actually (2003)

This film takes place just weeks before Christmas and follow the lives of eight couples. It is actually good, and a film you should actually watch.