Its beginning to get cold enough outside that outdoor activities are becoming less and less inviting. At least here that’s true. It snowed one day in October, but hasn’t since. Which disappoints me, especially since its almost Christmas and there are no signs of waking up to find a magical white world to greet me Christmas morning. No, its supposed to be partly sunny and 50 degrees. On Christmas. You’ve got to be kidding me. Anywho, its at least cold enough to enjoy curling up with a good movie. So here are a few good ones.
Elf is pretty much the best Christmas movie ever. If you haven’t seen it, well then you’re seriously missing out. And it doesn’t get old no matter how many times you watch it. For me, it’s a holiday staple. Christmas time means Elf time. Keep in mind this movie is a comedy, not an emotional movie. Heart-warming? Maybe, but tear-jerking? no. I recommend watching this movie with a group of people, the more the merrier. And we all want a merry Christmas.
It’s A Wonderful Life
This is a quintessential Holiday movie with a heart-warming, and possibly emotional (possibly) plot with a positive moral. I recommend watching it in black and white, it just seems right that way.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
If you haven’t seen the first one, go get it, and watch it. Be amazed. Then catch this one in the theaters. Be blown away. Sequels are generally a step down from the first, yet this one matches, and possibly even exceeds the first. I can’t hype this up enough. I saw it a couple of days ago on the big screen with a group of friends. Amazing. Robert Downey Jr. is the perfect fit for Holmes. And the script, just brilliant. The back and forth between Watson and Homes is lives up to its predecessor’s quirky humor. The plot is fast paced, and the details are impeccable and clever. Yet my favorite aspect is probably the cinematography. Stunning. Spectacular. Perfect. I can’t praise it enough. I love every aspect of it. The action sequences are absolutely terrific. So go see it.
If you haven’t seen this one, you’re really behind on things. But as one of my favorites I had to add it in. I’ve seen it probably 5 times, and enjoyed it each and every time. You should probably see it twice, spaced out a bit just to try to comprehend it. Its much easier to stay with the movie the second time. This is most definitely and action and thinking movie, and it is very difficult to keep up, but its amazing.
This one goes along with Inception as a thinking action movie. So, don’t watch it within 2 weeks of watching Inception, because your brain will hurt. I wouldn’t recommend watching the 2nd or 3rd in the series, they will just disappoint.
The Pink Panther: The originals!!
Sure Steve Martin is funny, but he just doesn’t to justice to the role Peter Sellers was made for. They are simply hilarious. The last in the series isn’t as good, because Peter Sellers died in the middle of filming, so the ending is a bit scrambled and hasty. But the others are awesome.
For family friendly animated movies, that can be enjoyed by adults as well, my picks are
Gnomeo and Juliet and Despicable Me. I love both of them. Gnomeo and Juliet is on instant stream Netflix, and check your local Red Box for Despicable Me.
So crawl under a blanket, grab a group of friends, or snuggle up with your other half, and enjoy.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!