It is truly Christmas when it is everywhere, further than the advertising everywhere which has been going on since October. The TV is flooded with showings of Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street. There is always that Xmas movie where you can hear the jingle of bells and Christmas, mostly in New York, and Christmas songs that have disrupted radio airwaves since October and November.
1.) Love Actually
‘love actually is all around’
Love Actually is about six couples in love during the run up to Christmas, of all ages, from the love sick pre teenage boy to two adult film actors to the Prime Minister. Although this is one of the more awkwarder Christmas movird, it keeps viewers crying, laughing and often cringing.
The movie contains mostly famous faces, such as Kiera Knightly, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant.
2.) Home Alone
‘Merry Christmas you filthy animal’
We all know the story, and it has been played on TV, brought on DVD and often video since 1990.
A boy called Kevin McCallister (Macualay Culkin) is accidently left behind while his family go on holiday and defends his house against burglars. Culkin was made more widely known for this movie and the famous hands on cheek and scream pose. This is one of the Christmas movies that I have watched countless times since I was younger and found myself watching the successor Lost In New York with the close family.
The whole concept of the original two movies seem very dated, nowadays she could probably call him and book flights back within a couple of hours, but it is a classic Christmas movie watched by dozens of people over the last 25 years so who cares?
3.) It’s a Wonderful Life!
‘You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw an lassle around it and pull it down. Hey, that’s a pretty good idea’
As one of the much older ones, It’s A Wonderful Life is about a man called George Bailey(James Stewart) who questions himself and ‘wishes he was never born’, until a guardian angel shows him what it would be like if it was that way. This movie is also one of the ones which I curiously watched with my sisters when I was slightly younger but have not watched it much since then.
It’s a Wonderful Life is however one that has stuck in my head for years, not only from the classic old feel of it and James Stewart’s acting but because it is quotable and memorable.
Nativity! is about a primary school nativity play which is planned by the teacher Mr Maddens (Martin Freeman) in the hope that the lie he told will bring the play to Hollywood and win back his girlfriend of whom he hadn’t seen in ages.
The movie is mostly aimed at children, but has that feel good vibe that makes you and I wish that our primary school nativity plays were that cool and upbeat. As most of the cast is made up of children aged 5-11 (at the most), it is all improvised like Outnumbered.
‘Smiling is my favourite thing’
Although I have reviewed this movie last year, it is a reasonably entertaining Christmas movie about Buddy (Will Ferrell) who wants to trace his roots after being raised as an elf, having childlike mannerisms and brings sparkle and cheer to everyone and doesn’t stop when he realizes that his father (James Caann) is a grumpy old man.
Top 5 Christmas songs:
1.) The Rogues ft Kirsty Macoll- Fairytale of New York
This is one of my favourites because it is an absolute classic. Although it was released in 1987 rather than 1947 (from its old sound) and has charted a dozen times since then, it is a picture of proper sound and instruments- without forgetting the legendary Kirsty Macoll (who unfourtunetely died in a boating accident in 2000). Instead of being some overplayed, over covered Christmas song, it tells a story; mostly in Macoll’s verse of her dreams being crushed by a man who betrayed her in what would be a Christmas fairytale.
2.) White Christmas- Bing Crosby
This song brings back the old fashioned touch of Christmas to a dream that we would probably never have- a white Christmas. For instance ‘With every Christmas card I write’, the cards that often scatter the mirrors of my loved ones. This is also one of the ones that I have listened to in the run up for Christmas every year since I was little, and watching Bing Crosby in black and white playing the piano with a glamarous female singer and a lit fireplace in the background makes me think of it being played on vinyl records.
3.) Jingle Bell Rock- originally by Bobby Helms
Whenever this song is on, it takes me back to the scene in Mean Girls when they dance and sing suggestively to Jingle Bell Rock at the annual Christmas talent show, and although Jingle Bell Rock is not as classic as White Christmas or Fairytale of New York, it does have that Christmassy feel to it.
4.) Santa Claus is coming to town- Micheal Buble version
This has been covered by so many artists, including Justin Bieber. Micheal Buble Christmas songs are my Mum’s favourite, and he has the type of voice that has its festivity to it. I can also imagine him on an old fashioned stage doing an old fashioned pub performance, which is probably why this song is so good.
5.) Rocking around the Christmas tree
This song gets me thinking of that time on Christmas day when the presents are being unwrapped and everyone is in a happy mood because they got the presents that they wanted. It has also been backing music to mostly all the Christmas movies.
What is your favourite Christmas movie and/ or song?