In my recent Keep Away the Winter Blues piece, I suggested a movie marathon as a way to fight the SADs. But with Christmas fast approaching, the movie theatres are stuffed to the gills with great film fare. It’s not that easy to choose what to see, so allow me to do so for you!
Here, in no particular order, are my top 3 film choices for the holiday season. Happy watching!
Oh, how I’ve missed these guys! I still watch Muppets Take Manhattan whenever I’m feeling blue (Gonzo blue, if you will), and I’m extremely excited to see the Muppets grace the silver screen again. Add in the writing of Jason Segel, who is not only super crush-worthy but also a lifelong Muppet fan, and you’ve got a great way to spend a few hours in the theatre. Recently, a friend of mine who I would consider to be a Muppet expert (he works with puppets) endorsed the film. What more do you need? Let’s do as the movie says and make the Muppets famous again.
- My Week with Marilyn
My “Oscar bait” pitch for this holiday season, My Week with Marilyn is set to be an uber-watchable, super intriguing slice of cinema. Michelle Williams has managed to inhabit Marilyn without caricaturing her (an easy enough thing to do, if she wasn’t careful), and setting the film in Marilyn’s English gallivant lends it some proper fish-out-of-water essence. Then there’s the cast: Judy Dench, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson (looking super grownup!). I’m quite excited for this film.
Be warned: this is no light holiday fare! Rampart is Woody Harrelson as “the most corrupt cop ever found on screen.” This is also, perhaps, a bit of Oscar bait—the harsh kind. A wide swath of amazing contemporary American character actors, male and female, makes this look like some teeth-gritting, peek-through-the-hands action. The antidote to the Muppets, if you will (maybe see one then the other? Cleanse the pallet?).
What holiday movies are you dying to see? Let us know below.