Tis the season to be jolly. And what says jolly better than lots of candy, popcorn and an evening full of binge-watching movies? Here are some movies to queue up this holiday season.
1. HOME ALONE
Eight year old kid who gets accidentally left behind by his family on their Christmas vacation, which results in him being home alone? This movie was every kid’s dream come true. A roller coaster from start to finish, load up on some (and by some, we obviously mean enough to feed your neighbourhood) snacks and kick back as you watch an adorable Macaulay Culkin take on two thieves as they try to outsmart the eight year old. Brownie points if the movie makes you call your loved ones right after.
One reason to watch this film? Will Ferrell. This film is practically the Mean Girls of holiday season, what with its many memorable quotes. And if you’re not feeling the Christmas vibe yet, this film will work for sure. A human who thought he was Santa’s elf all his life, Ferrell now has to leave the North Pole and seek out his biological father in New York.
M Through the length of the film, watch as he wins his family over, falls in love and spreads Christmas cheer among a world of cynics. PS, GoT fans, watch out for Peter Dinklage in this film. Also, how adorable is the shower duet of Baby, it’s cold outside between Buddy and Jovie?
3. THE POLAR EXPRESS
It’s animated, it’s Christmas themed and it has great music—what more do we need? A little kid who is starting to lose faith in Santa Claus boards The Polar Express and journeys to the North Pole. The visuals in the film are a real treat and you’re definitely lying if you say you wouldn’t board The Polar Express if given a chance too.
4. LOVE, ACTUALLY
What’s better than a rom-com? Why, a Christmas themed one, obviously! The story kicks off about five weeks before Christmas and weaves together 10 stories of love, counting down the days to Christmas. As each story plays out, you realise they’re all loosely connected. Don’t go by the mixed reviews online, watch for yourself and decide. Though some could find the film slightly flawed, it still will get you pumped for the magical spirit of Christmas.
5. A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Based on the Charles Dickens story of the same name, this list would be incomplete without this film. The 2009 adaptation is an animated one with Jim Carrey playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, as a young child, middle aged and then a grown man, along with the roles of the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge, imploring him to change his ungrateful ways. The film is a true testament to the fact that a little Christmas cheer can go a long way. Stock up on this tissues though, the film might make you teary eyed.