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My Holiday Movie List is not necessarily movies that have a holiday or Christmas theme, but rather movies I watch this time of year because I LOVE them. December and January are a bit slower than Spring, summer and Fall with work, so I can take a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon or weeknights during the Re-run Season on TV to watch and enjoy.
Now, I must warn you that you will NOT find Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, or a Christmas Story on this list. Why? (many may find the next statement an act of blasphemy) but I dislike (borderline hate) those movies. If you love them, more power to you, fab. Me? No way. But you may hate my movies, so it all evens out.
You will notice certain themes: Classics, British, romantic, period piece, same actors/actress in multiple movies – can’t help it, just the way I love.
Perhaps you may have seen some or all of these, perhaps you have only heard of them, either way take a day or two and watch couple, you may end of up loving them as much as I do.
1. The Philadelphia Story: Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart – whole lotta miscommunication, unrealized longing/love, drunken frivolity, and she sure is yar.
2. Home for the Holidays: Holly Hunter, Robert Downey Jr. (pre-rehab, splendid), Geraldine Chaplin, Anne Bancroft (Mrs. Robinson is perfection), super young Claire Danes and fab Steve Guttenberg (seriously unrated actor).
3. Love Actually: Hugh Grant (sigh), Emma Thompson (bow), Alan Rickman (lovely), Liam Neeson (sad beautiful), Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy speaks Portuguese) and so many other fab actors.
4. This Property is Condemned: Natalie Wood, Robert Redford – the sky is sure white today.
5. Gone With the Wind: Vivien Leigh (adore), Clark Gable (mysterious), Olivia de Havilland (beauty), Butterfly McQueen (brilliantly annoying) – Love and the Civil War. Ashley!
6. Barefoot in the Park: Robert Redford, Jane Fonda – Newlyweds in the world’s smallest apartment and a Crazy Russian. Shama Shama!!
7. About a Boy: Hugh Grant, Toni Collette, Rachel Weisz – Growing up for an adult is hard to do.
8. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman – so hot they almost burn the screen.
9. Pride and Prejudice: Matthew MacFadyen, Keira Knightly – love conquers class divisions, a determined mother, and a meddling aunt.
10. Elizabeth: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes – A Queen finds glory, unites a country, and perhaps a bit of love along the way.
11. Shakespeare in Love: Gwyneth Paltrow (luxe), Joseph Fiennes (lush), Ben Affleck (surprise), Colin Firth (sexy bastard)- Gorgeous from start to finish. And an Oscar for Dame Judi Dench for a mere 30 seconds on-screen.
12. Romeo + Juliet: Claire Danes, Leo DiCaprio – Bas Luhrman’s masterpiece. Guns instead of swords, tattoos, cars, fabulous visual references, gorgeous costumes and photography – just unbelievably original vision of Shakespeare.
14. Romeo and Juliet: Olivia Hussey, Leonard Whiting – Franco Zeffierelli’s lush, sensual adaptation. Olivia Hussey is Juliet.
15.Sleepless in Seattle: Meg Ryan, Tom Hanks, and the Empire State Building. Bill Pullman is spectacular.
16. When Harry Met Sally: Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal: friends become lovers. And a brilliant Carrie Fischer.
17. Sliding Doors: Gwyneth Paltrow and John Hannah: What if?
18. Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean – trifecta of awesome.
19. Splendor in the Grass: Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty: First love can drive you crazy. Insane, in fact.
20. John Hughes Movies: 16 Candles (a crush, a nerd and a drunken Asian), Pretty in Pink (James Spader makes the movie), Breakfast Club (bull by the horns good)