3: Christmas Movies

Yesterday I talked about my soundtrack to Christmas and the truth is as much as I love my christmas songs, I LOVE Christmas movies even more. In fact I think the creation of movie channels dedicated to Christmas is one of the BEST things EVER!

So here goes in no particular order, my FAVOURITE Christmas movies:

Love Actually:

From the makers of Notting Hill and Bridget JonesÂ’ Diary comes the ultimate romantic comedy. This blockbuster film includes a fantastic all-star cast and an outstanding soundtrack. The hilarious Love Actually explores the ups and downs of relationships in the weeks building up to Christmas. Boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, fathers and sons and rock stars and managers all combine to make Love Actually not just one story but ten very different ones.

Because if you look hard enough you will find that love actually is all around.

I adore everything about this movie. I remember going to the cinema with my mum to watch it and since that very first viewing I have found this movie heart warming and full of hope.

Santa Claus The Movie:

Children’s festive adventure directed by Jeannot Szwarc. The film follows Santa Claus (David Huddleston) as he sets off to New York to help out a little elf named Patch (Dudley Moore). However, having been made redundant, Patch decides to get his own back and starts to sell all the toy secrets to an evil toy manufacturer. Will Santa be able to save the day?

I have adored this movie from an early age, I used to long to have lollipops that would make me fly. Patch is my favourite elf!

The Holiday:

Romantic comedy starring Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black. Iris (Winslet) is in love with a man who is about to marry another woman. Across the globe, Amanda (Diaz) realises the man she lives with has been unfaithful. Two women who have never met and live 6000 miles apart, find themselves in the exact same place. They meet online at a home exchange website and impulsively switch homes for the holiday. Iris moves into Amanda’s L.A. house in sunny California as Amanda arrives in the snow-covered English countryside. Shortly after arriving at their destinations, both women find the last thing either wants or expects: a new romance. Amanda is charmed by Iris’ handsome brother Graham (Law) and Iris, with inspiration provided by legendary screenwriter Arthur (Eri Wallach), mends her heart when she meets film composer Miles (Black).

Graham might be cute but give me Miles any day, I adore his sense of humour and the chemistry that he has with Iris. This movie always makes me smile!

Miracle on 34th Street:

A remake of the 1947 ‘feel good’ classic, telling the heart-warming story of a young girl’s desire for a fully-functional family, complete with a father and a baby brother. The girl, Susan, confides in Kris Kringle (Sir Richard Attenborough), the kindly old man who is acting as the grotto Santa in the department store managed by her mother. Kris Kringle, however, believes he is the genuine Santa Claus and this devotion to the cause makes him very popular indeed, leading to record profits for the store. This annoys rival retailers so much that they try to discredit the so-called Santa, leading eventually to a court case in which Kringle and his lawyer try to prove that he is the real thing.

Richard Attenborough will always be my santa… I love this film so much and watch it several times before Christmas,

The Polar Express:

The academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for ‘The Polar Express’, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Late on Christmas Eve night, a boy (Daryl Sabara) lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa’s sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engine’s roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor (Hanks) invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to the North Pole with many other pajama-clad children. There, he receives an extraordinary gift only those who still believe in Santa can experience.

There is something special about this film that warms my heart, it carries with it a hidden magic that makes me long to be a child on the polar express.

So there you have it, my favourite christmas movies… ones that I will watch again and again.

What are yours?

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