top five holiday movies (sort of)

How are you celebrating the new year? It’s supposed to be zero degrees here tonight with the windchill, so I’m looking forward to a night of staying in for fun times. We’re having an Entourage marathon and avoiding Times Square. In my humble opinion, parties can be fun if they involve good friends, board games, cards, and baking chocolate chip cookies. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen a party like that in forever, so a night of DVDs and ordering in is the next best thing.

If you’re also staying in tonight and looking for a good holiday movie, this journal entry is for you! Presenting my Top Five Holiday Movies (sort of, because they all feature Christmas but not as a central theme).

1. The Holiday

I can relate to feelings of profound loneliness this time of year. The Holiday begins in the depths of relationship despair, then makes you feel like anything is possible. Special appearance by my husband, John Krasinski.

2. The Family Man

Because I have love for New York like that.

3. Untamed Heart

Back in 1993, I was too busy with college to watch movies or even know what movies were out (except for Philadelphia, which was filmed on Penn’s campus). However, Christian Slater always finds his way back to me and watching Untamed Heart was inevitable. This movie rocks my world.

4. Serendipity

Jeremy Piven and I go way back. Plus, their frozen hot chocolate is the ultimate.

5. Go

The three different perspectives inspired the format of Take Me There. Plus, Timothy Olyphant is way underrated.

Whether you’re staying in, going out, or doing some of both, have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

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9 thoughts on “top five holiday movies (sort of)

    • Totally. I love everyone in it. Cameron is way entertaining and Jack Black is freaking hilarious (that scene in Blockbuster!). Plus, Jude Law is a sweetie in this one. So cute with the girls in the tent and Mr. Napkin Head ๐Ÿ˜‰

  1. I stayed in this year too. WAY too cold to go out!

    YES! Actually one of the things I want to do on my winter break is learn (or re-learn) some card games. I used to know a lot more as a kid. Do you remember a card game called Spit? I think it had other names as well, but that’s what I knew it as…

    Thank you for saying this; that’s exactly how I’ve felt for much of my life, since I’ve spent virtually all of it in school… ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am also spending winter break watching a lot of movies.
    Happy 2009! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Happy New Year! I totally remember Spit (all like, “One…two…three…spit!”), but I’m blanking on how to play. Was it the same game as Nervous, where you have to be first to smack down certain cards? See, we have to relearn all this stuff. This stuff is vital.
      I hope the new year brings you much peace, happiness, and dreams coming true.

      • I may not be the best proponent of Die Hard, but I always talk about it as my favorite Christmas movie. Sure it’s an 80s action flick, but it’s much more than that. First off, it’s intelligent. You can tell thought went into writing that sucker. Second, it’s humorous. Between all the bullets and stuff blowing stuff up, there are some very funny parts. Third, it has some great cheesy 80s stuff in it. Of course, people took stuff like power ties and suspenders seriously back then, but we can laugh at that now, right?
        Plus, the Christmas slant. Bruce Willis, a NYC cop, is in LA for Christmas to visit his wife, who is a high powered exec at a big corporation. When she leaves the room to give a Chrismas speech, the terrorists attack. Willis sneaks up into the air ducts and starts giving the terrorists a holiday gift NYC-style!
        Die Hard is probably the best of the 80s action movies along with Lethal Weapon. And it’s just one of those movies that should be on your “Yeah I saw that” list…
        Even though I suspect you might not care for it. But heck, I didn’t care for the Maltese falcon and I watched that.

        • You have convinced me. Die Hard has been added. Actually, Pierre is a boy, so I’ll see if he owns it for viewing on his big screen. All that action deserves more space than my iBook provides.

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