Christmas Movie Suggestions – By @now_pictured
By Ivan Stanojevic
Christmas Movie Suggestions
It’s been about 14 weeks since we started school. Christmas break is just around the corner and the closer it gets, the more I just can’t wait for it. Going home for two weeks seems amazing. I have adored my time in London, but there’s this special feeling of going home after a few months away and seeing everyone that is just incredible. I’m looking forward to seeing my family and friends, my dog and seeing how Maribor has(n’t) changed in the time I’ve been away. But the most exciting thing is my Christmas tradition of watching good, bad and horrible Christmas movies. You have to know that my taste when it comes to these kinds of movies varies greatly, which is why this list is so eclectic.
- BETTER WATCH OUT (2016)
Starting this list with a legitimately great movie. Imagine if Home Alone was twisted, dark and leaned heavily into the horror aspect of someone breaking into your house. It’s a horror/comedy hybrid that works amazingly. BUT BE WARNED! Do not watch the trailer for it, as it gives away too much of the plot and the twists along the way. Just check it out and you will not be disappointed.
- A DIVA’S CHRISTMAS CAROL (2000)
This modern retelling of the Dickens classic is my favorite version of the story (The Muppet Christmas Carol is a close second). Starring Vanessa Williams (the iconic Wilhelmina Slater from Ugly Betty) as Ebony Scrooge, one of the world’s most popular pop singers. In this iteration, she used to be a part of a girl group (in the vein of Destiny’s Child) before going solo and reaching even greater heights in her career. However, she forgot all the things that truly matter along the way. She is then visited by three Christmas spirits, two of which are played by Kathy Griffin and Chilli of TLC fame.
- GRUMPY CAT’S WORST CHRISTMAS EVER (2014)
Who would think a movie based on an internet meme could be so good? The glorious Aubrey Plaza voices Tartar Sauce (that was her real name) in this funny holiday romp. This movie is very much over the top, does not take itself seriously and has a lot of meta moments. The outer structure of the story is wrapped in a generic Christmas story, but all the bits with Grumpy Cat are unlike anything else you’ve ever seen in a holiday TV movie. It’s easy to laugh along with the movie when Grumpy Cat spends most of the time mocking it. Smudge (aka Table Cat) where is your Christmas movie? The people demand it!
- THE HOLIDAY (2006)
The first mainstream movie on this list. I only watched this for the first time a few years ago and fell in love with it immediately. Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet exchange homes and discover what life is truly about in the place they least expected it. The story hits all the expected beats of a rom-com but is elevated by the excellent cast.
- BATMAN RETURNS (1992)
Surprise! Bet you didn’t see this one coming. A lot of people forget this, but the caped crusader’s second outing in the Burton movies takes place during Christmas time. And Christmas in Gotham is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. The cheery holiday decorations juxtaposed with the dark and gritty texture of the big city make for a very unusual visual treat. It’s the only superhero movie that takes place during the holidays (for now) and features Denny DeVito, Christopher Walken, and the unforgettable Michelle Pfeifer as Catwoman. What more can you ask for?