18 Dec 2013

festive film line-up

So this is just for starters.
We kicked off our Christmas movie viewing last Sunday with a couple of classics - Home Alone and It's a Wonderful Life - followed by two gems from the 80s... First up, Trading Places. Rich, snob, broker Dan Aykroyd finds his life turned upside down when his obnoxious bosses orchestrate a change of circumstances and swap Aykroyd's life of luxury with that of impoverished street hustler Eddie Murphy. Not only is the script great and the casting superb, it's also directed by John Landis of Blues Brothers and An American Werewolf in London fame. He also directed Michael Jackson's Thriller video.
Second 80s film - Scrooged. Bill Murray is in the Scrooge seat playing one hell of a jerk and tv network director. In standard Christmas Carol style he's visited by three spirits - past and future are pretty terrifying. Murray is perfect for the 'starts out bad, ends up good' character arc role (also see Groundhog day), and, although it's relatively new to my xmas film list (I only watched it for the first time last year), it'll probably be staying in my list for years to come purely for the entertainment factor.
Looking forward to the others especially: Bridget Jones's Diary - I've not seen it in years, The Muppet Christmas Carol - I might save this for Boxing Day, and The Snowman - for me, it's the oldest on my list, the one that really signifies christmas, probably because I've been watching it every year since I can remember. We had - still have - it on VHS, and on that version, David Bowie did an intro (I know, v.cool). In all of my 26 years I've not met anyone else who's seen this (and I think a few people thought I'd made it up) but! some v.helpful individual has put it on youtube so you can see it for yourself!

Also, in case you hadn't realised, it's a week till Christmas day!

picture credits: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

1 comment:

  1. We love Elf, Home Alone, The Snowman & Bridget Jones!


Ta v.much :)

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