My Favourite Christmas Movies – The Reese Edition

Hiya Readers,

Okay, so I have the kids pretty much sqaured away with my lists for television specials and movies for the family to enjoy, but what about us big kids? We like watching movies, too, right?  While we’re helping the Big Guy in Red out by wrapping gifts, or if we’re just winding down after a day of holiday fun, we like putting on our fav Christmas movies that are, well, not so much for little eyes and ears to watch.

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol – 1951)

This has to be one of my favourite non-Muppet version of this Charles Dickens tale.  I love how Alastair Sims portrayed  Ebenezer Scrooge in this film.  He was amazing in this role!

Die Hard 2 (1990)

I know, you’re questioning what this movie has to do with Christmas? Well, it takes place at Christmastime. How can you say no to all of the action and adventure of Sgt. John McLean saving the world, again, by blowing up a plane full of terrorists that thought they had the upper-hand? Though very violent and bloody, all of the explosions and fight scenes are classic, and Bruce Willis’ iconic line is also said, endearing him to millions.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

I know, it actually takes place in the course of about a year, but it begins and ends during the holiday season. I really love how Bridget gets herself into funny and slightly awkward situations. I felt as though I have been in Bridget’s shoes a time or two, so to see someone else do what I have done makes me really relate with her in these scenes. Below is one of those awkward scenes that really endears Bridget Jones to me at the Darcy’s Ruby Wedding celebration (around Chrsitmastime 🙂 )in front of all of the Darcy’s family and friends.

This Christmas (2007)

I enjoy watching this movie because it is about a family at Christmas that has to get it together and squash the problems they have in their lives. Sibling rivalries, testing parent/child relationships and dealing with family members old and new are all ley lements in this holiday film.  Oh, there’s also the oh-so beautiful Idris Elba to stare at for most of the film, too!  ;P

Love Actually (2003)

This Rom-Com Christmas flick is a favourite of mine because it has to have one of the best emsemble casts I’ve seen in a long time!  The stories of many of the characters make me want to laugh and cheer for their happiness, too!  Of course, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth stole the scenes they had lines in!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

I had to leave this one for the end of my post because this one is simply a Christmas classic!  If I don’t see this movie during the Christmas season, I really get upset.  It’s also my favourite of the classic National Lampoon series of movies.  All of the characters are crazy in one way or another, and no one could have pulled off being Clark “Sparky” Griswold better than Chevy Chase.

Whether you are counting down the hours until Christmas, or you just want to unwind from some of the havoc that this time of year brings, these movies will brighten your mood when the kids have gone to bed!

View and enjoy!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

My Favourite Christmas Movies – Family Edition

Hey, Readers!

A huge part of getting into the Christmas spirit for my family is watching the plethora of Christmas programming on television, our holiday DVD collection, and other streaming sites! I created an updated version of my fav Christmas television specials this year, and now I’m sharing my favourite Christmas movies that the whole family can enjoy together. Here is my short list of family favourite Christmas movies – the Family Edition.

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It’s rare that a sequel is as good as the original film and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is one of them! This is why I started off my short list with this film. Just as the McCallisters thought they got it right this time, they become separated from Kevin, again! This time, he is alone in one of the biggest cities in the world: New York City! Most people would have loved to have had this experience (including me), and the laughs from the first film continued into this movie. This scene is one of my favs! I hope you enjoy it, too.

Muppet Christmas Carol

Out of all of the versions of A Christmas Carol that have been made into film over the years, no one did like Jim Henson! This Christmas movie is perfect for parents and kids alike because it’s funny, thought-provoking, and it’s a musical done Muppet-style!  Finally,  it brings back so many nostalgic memories for parents as well to share with their kids.

Gremlins

The story of a Christmas gift gone wrong is a movie for older kids, but a good one, none-the-less! I love the message it tells people about following the instructions given to them, and the consequences of not following this advice. Gizmo also makes this movie great. He is so adorable, and he has to get tough in order to help save the day!

Mickey’s Christmas Carol

Yes, Readers, another retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, only done the Disney-way! I love Scrooge McDuck as Ebeneezer Scrooge because his character is based on the Ebeneezer Scrooge, but Scrooge McDuck is funnier. This version of A Christmas Carol is also not a wacky as Muppet Christmas Carol, so if your family is in the mood for more of a traditional version of this story, then this is the one to watch!

Home Alone

It’s hard to believe that this movie is about 24 years-old! We all love watching this clever eight-year-old boy take on two not-so-clever burglars while he was mistakenly left, well, home alone.  The soundtrack is great, too! I have used some of these songs in my Christmas Hit List posts this year, too, because the songs are so awesome! This is a movie my family has watched too many times to count and will continue to watch well into the New Year! We love it THAT much!

So, there you have it! This is just a short list of my fav Christmas movies that the family can enjoy this holiday season. I just love having them on, whether we’re all together in our living room, or if we’re getting ready for the big day! I hope that this list also helps to fill the void when you are looking for something to watch during the holidays!

What is your fav Christmas movie to watch with your family every year?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

Reese’s 2014 Acadamy Awards Wrap-Up

Hey Readers!

Well, Oscar® Night has come and gone.  The dresses have spun their way across the Red Carpet, the pizza has been eaten, and the little golden guys have new homes with the winners of last night’s event.  With Ellen DeGeneres at the helm, the 86th Academy Awards was a night of fun, fashion and food!  To wrap it up for you, below are the winners from the categories I picked from a few days ago.

Best PictureCaptain PhillipsNope! I was wrong here! The winner was 12 Years a Slave. I thought Tom Hanks was going to pull a lucky rabbit out of his hat to get this win.

Best ActorChiwetel Ejifor (12 Years a Slave). Wrong, again! Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) got the statue in this category.

Best ActressCate Blanchette (Blue Jasmine) Yay! She looked gorgeous last night, too!

Best Supporting ActorBradley Cooper (American Hustle).  No, it was Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) who won in this category. Man, it’s not looking too good for my picks, is it?

Best Supporting ActressLupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave) She was beautiful in her gown last night, and her acceptance speech was so heart-felt.

Best Animated FilmFrozen. Yes, another correct pick, but this one was a no-brainer.

Best Original Song“Let It Go” (Frozen). This one was a tough pick.  It was a toss-up between this song and U2’s Original Love.  I’m glad I stuck with my pick!

I’m not sure why I didn’t have a pick for Best Director.  Alfonso Cuarón won the statue for Gravity.  This movie picked up just about every besides Best Actress (Sandra Bullock was nominated), and Best Picture.
Well, Readers, I had fun watching the big show last night.  It didn’t feel as though the night was dragging along at all!  I hope Ellen comes back next year to host.  She really did make the evening fun. Overall, from my picks for winners, I was about 60% on the money.  It’s not great, but it’s not bad, either.

How did your picks hold up?

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s 2014 Acadamy Awards Picks

Hey There Readers!

In three days, Hollywood is going to be buzzing with the 86th annual Academy Awards taking place Sunday evening!  Of course, I’m going to be watching to see what the celebrities are going to be wearing on the Red Carpet, but I’m always curious as to who will win the big awards from the past year in film as well!  Maybe I’ll even get dressed up for the occasion, too.

Below are my picks to win an Oscar® this year from some of the categories I like:

Best Picture – Captain Phillips

Best Actor – Chiwetel Ejifor (12 Years a Slave)

Best Actress – Cate Blanchette (Blue Jasmine)

Best Supporting Actor – Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)

Best Supporting Actress – Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Best Animated Film – Frozen

Best Original Song – “Let It Go” (Frozen)

I had a hard time picking in the “Best Picture” and the  “Best Supporting Actor” categories because I think it could go to any of those nominated in those categories.

What do you think?  Am I totally out in left field about my predictions, or am I on the money this year?  Check out the link to the Oscar® Nominations here and let me know what you think!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

My Favourite Christmas Movies/TV Specials – Family Edition

Hey Readers!

I LOVE Christmas, and just about everything that goes along with it: putting up the tree, decorating the house, baking with my kids, etc.  Another  Christmas tradition I love is  having some family time watching some of my favourite Christmas movies and TV specials.  I have been doing this since I was little, and now, my kids love watching these  Here is a list of my absolute favourite ones (I couldn’t put them in order, as I like them all so much):

A Charlie Brown Christmas – I love this holiday special because it’s classic Charlie Brown trying to do right, yet goofing up along the way.  Oh, and The Vince Guaraldi Trio playing the score behind this special gets my family and I moving and grooving!  We also listen to the soundtrack of this TV special for part of Christmas Day every year while making breakfast.  Yeah, we love it THAT much!

The Grinch That Stole Christmas – Oh, how I love the Grinch!  Dr. Seuss’ adaptation from the popular Christmas story T’was The Night Before Christmas is loved by everyone in my household.  I think it is because The Grinch does all of these bad things to the residents in Whoville, then redeems himself at the end.  Well, it is also has to do with the amazing job Dr. Seuss did with rewriting this tale, too!  It’s ingenious!

Home Alone – Ah, the only non-animated feature of the bunch, but man, is it an awesome flick!  It’s great seeing this clever 8 year-old boy take on two not-so bright burglars with things around his home while he was mistakenly left, well, home alone.  The soundtrack is great, too!  We love the sequel of this film, too, but if I can only pick 1 film from this franchise, it would have to be the original!

Garfield Christmas – This Christmas special is so dear to my family’s heart.  It had everything: slap-stick comedy, music, and a bit of drama (tears begin to weld when Grandma is talking about her  husband).   It’s a great one for the family to watch.

Muppet Christmas Carol – Out of all of the versions of A Christmas Carol that have been made over the years, no one did like Jim Henson sis it! This Christmas movie is perfect for parents and kids alike because it’s funny, thought-provoking, and it’s a musical done in their Muppet way!  It also gets kids asking about the Charles Dickens classical novel it’s based on, and  it brings back so many nostalgic memories for parents as well to share with their kids.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rankin-Bass/Classic Media version) – I had to save this one for last because this is the show people think of when they think of Christmas specials.  It may look a bit kooky or creepy at times, but man, it doesn’t cease to entertain audiences.  This special will be hitting it’s 50th birthday next year, so another special edition will probably be available to buy (which I will).  It’s one of the few Christmas specials that shows Santa as a normal man who complains about life, and can be wrong about those around him.  I even love the Abominable Snow Monster! He used to be scary, but he’s just funny to me now!

I can (and have) watched all of these shows/movies any time of the year!  I hope my short list gives you ideas as to how to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit this year!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.