The Watch List: Christmas Grab Bag

By Sara Da Silva


 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and you know what that means: Christmas movies. Over the years we have seen some incredible Christmas inspired films. So, I have taken it upon myself you give you a little list of some of my personal favourite Christmas movies.

1. Home Alone: If you haven’t watched this film then my question to you is: have you been living under a rock? After being accidentally left at home whilst his family fly to France for Christmas, Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) has to defend his home against a couple of idiotic burglars. Home Alone is too good not to watch every year.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life: Talk about a Christmas classic. It’s a Wonderful Life tells the story of George Bailey, a man on the verge of committing suicide on Christmas Eve, who is visited by his guardian angel and shown all the lives he has touched and how their lives would be different if he had never been born. Perhaps one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time, this film is definitely something you should indulge in this festive season.

3. Love Actually: This beautifully told film follows the lives of eight different, but slightly interlinked, couples during the Christmas period. This unbelievably talented cast makes this film what it is. From Bill Nighy and Colin Firth, to Liam Neeson and Emma Thompson. My fangirl heart just can’t take it.

4. Elf: Buddy the Elf travels to New York in search of his true identity in this wonderfully hilarious movie. If you’ve seen Step Brothers then you know how funny Will Ferrell can be, so go watch Elf immediately if you haven’t yet. It won’t disappoint.

5. The Santa Clause: It’s quite possible that everyone has seen this film at least once in their lifetime. But even so, it’s something that you can watch every Christmas season. When Scott Calvin (played by Tim Allen) accidentally kills Santa on Christmas Eve, he is magically transformed into his replacement. It’s definitely a family favourite in my house.

6. Joyeux Noel: Based on the true story of the Christmas truce of the First World War, this movie is the perfect for the holiday season and for any history buff. This film was rightly nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 78th Academy Awards. So, if critics think it’s good enough then maybe you should give it a watch. Trust me.

7. How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Everyone knows the story of the Grinch and it’s likely that you have seen the movie before, but why not watch it again? Then again? And again? Personally, I think it never gets old.

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Jack Skellington, the life and soul of Halloweenland, finds himself lost and without meaning. After stumbling upon Christmastown he decides to bring Christmas home. But, the question still stands: is this Tim Burton movie for halloween or Christmas? Why can’t it be both?

Those are a few of my favourite Christmas films, let us know what yours are!
Happy holidays everyone. See you in the New Year!

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