Snuggle up and enjoy a Christmas movie
Christmas. The season of lights, cameras and… not so much action. Christmas Day is the calm after the storm. You’ve already braved the crowded Christmas shops and markets, sat through the boozy company Christmas do and seen most of your friends before everyone disappears back home.
On the 25th December shops close up and the streets empty out. Now you can finally put your feet up and wind down… with a Christmas movie.
Christmas holidays are the perfect time for curling up on the sofa, flicking through the TV, and gently nursing a hangover with another glass of red wine. If, however, you are getting some action after all that Christmas bingeing, kudos to you. And do enjoy the rest of your 20s!
Everyone has their favourite Christmas movie. That one film that you watch every year at Christmas time.
Mine is without a doubt the iconic Home Alone from 1990 starring Macaulay Culkin. It never gets old. It’s the ultimate child’s fantasy to spend a weekend all alone doing whatever you want! Also a major perk of adulthood. That’s exactly the situation Macualay Culkin finds himself in after his parents sleep in and forget him at home in the rush to get to the airport. It’s actually more than a seasonal flick for me, it’s one of my all-time favourite films. I also love Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992). That bird lady used to creep me out so bad.
Other much loved Christmas movies include Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Love Actually, Elf and Bad Santa (2003 was an awesome year for the Christmas movie genre), and many more. If you have a Netflix or Amazon Prime subscription, check out their selection of Christmas movies this year. Also, several cinemas will be screening both old and new Christmas movies this month, to help get you into the spirit.
Looking at this year’s Christmas movie releases, I must say they have come a long way from the cozy, cuddly family flicks of the 20th Century. I haven’t seen these yet, but keen to check out Christmas Office Party. Looks like the Hangover meets the Office. One of those crazy American movies not to be taken seriously, with an all-star cast including Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Olivia Munn and T.J Miller (from Silicon Valley).
Bad Santa 2 is also out this year, with Billy Bob Thornton still rocking the anti-hero. While the Bad Santa franchise provides an interesting contrast to the sweetness of Christmas, it seems to have fallen flat in the reviews. I’ll watch it anyway, partly because I really like Kathy Bates (from Stephen King’s Misery), but I have zero expectations of this movie.
Almost Christmas is another new Christmas flick for 2016 that looks interesting. It’s about a dysfunctional family getting together for Christmas, something most of us can relate to! Am I right? But it’s also not doing too great in the reviews (6/10 IMDb), generally considered as entertaining but most likely won’t be making it into your favourite Christmas movie list.