TUESDAY'S 10: 10 Favourite Christmas Movies


 Found on  thelovecats

Found on thelovecats

My efforts to ward off, postpone or simply avoid the first of December have been futile and so I am reluctantly succumbing to the fact that Christmas is indeed upon us! 

Usually I am the biggest festive fiend around and can’t wait to start getting the decorations out, watching Christmas movies, making and writing cards, wrapping thoughtful gifts, having friends over, crafting, creating, baking and simply enjoying all the festivities that the silly season brings…

However, this year it has taken me by surprise and I find myself completely unprepared (and slightly overwhelmed/reluctant)! Relocating, setting up a new home, helping the girls to settle into a new school and kindergarten, both of us starting new jobs, trying to meet people and make connections, a very sad loss in the family as well as simply trying not to get lost on a daily basis has consumed the past month. So this is my first attempt at embracing the festive season, by recommending some lovely movies for you to enjoy.

December here in the Southern Hemisphere isn’t quite the same, with long, hot, sunny days and Christmas lights that seem almost superfluous for the few hours they are actually visible. But I still like to curl up on the sofa when it does get dark and enjoy the warm, fuzzy, festive glow you get from watching a predictable but feel-good Christmas movie. (Or embrace my inner child on the occasional cloudy afternoon by snuggling up with the girls to watch one of their choosing.) Put your feet up, relax with a hot drink or glass of wine and switch off from the stress and pressure that December can bring - you know you want to. (Perhaps I am allowing/urging myself to do the same!) 

Love Holly x

 Movie covers from  imdb.com

Movie covers from imdb.com

  1. The Holiday (2006 - Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Jude Law, Jack Black) 
  2. Love Actually (2003 - Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth etc.)
  3. The Family Stone (2005 - Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton etc.)
  4. It's A Wonderful Life (1946 - James Stewart, Donna Reed)
  5. Holiday Inn (1942 - Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire)
  6. Miracle on 34th Street (1994 - Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins)
  7. Four Christmases (2008 - Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn)
  8. Santa Claus The Movie (1985 - Dudley Moore, John Lithgow)
  9. How The Grinch Stole Christmas  (2000 - Jim Carrey)
  10. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992 - Michael Caine)

And one extra that's a very special short movie I enjoyed with my siblings as a child (I even had the soft toy snowman and boardgame) and have enjoyed for the past few years with our girls, who also love it...

The Snowman (1982 - David Bowie)

 

 

TUESDAY'S 10: 10 Lovely Movies With a Lot of Heart


 10 Lovely Movies - images from  imdb

10 Lovely Movies - images from imdb

I love good movies! I have been lucky enough to have seen some truly wonderful ones in my lifetime that have inspired me, moved me, touched my heart, uplifted me when I needed it, made me cry or made me laugh out loud. On the flip-side I have also had to sit through and endure some absolutely disastrous excuses for filmmaking. There are a lot of hours I'll never get back, but hey, I learned a lesson and am able to be a lot more discerning about what I will and will not watch nowadays, especially at the cinema. We have a 20 minute rule now for new movies we get and if we're not engaged by then, we vote with the remote. If you're watching a good movie, even a fairly slow moving one, you'll be into it by that point! 

From the time we moved to Austria when I was nine years old, we didn't have an actual working TV. We had a VHS player and a stack of videos that we would watch over and over again - everything from Star Wars, Back to the Future and Indiana Jones to Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz and Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang to My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music and Pride & Prejudice. We saw them all so many times that we'd memorised the lines, recreated the scenes and ended up becoming a lot more interested in what was involved behind the scenes. 

 Some childhood favourites - images from  imdb

Some childhood favourites - images from imdb

I studied Film, Photography & Drama at University and then spent three months in L.A. which intensified my appreciation for the whole movie making experience and all of the different elements that go into producing a picture. I've been on several sets and have assisted behind the scenes, which I found truly fascinating. I love the costumes, the intricate sets, interesting lighting, clever cinematography, well thought out dialogue and the use of colour that goes into setting the tone for a movie. Some of my biggest role models, both male and female, are actors - not just because of their movie making choices and the effect these films can have on people's lives, but also for the good that they are able to do in the world with the status they have earned. In another lifetime I always dreamed of being an actress or otherwise a production designer just to work in the film industry... Never say never.

Here are 10 LOVELY MOVIES I'd happily recommend you watch either with your partner, a great girly friend or even on your own. All of them have a lot of heart, some are true stories and one or two might even make you cry ;) Enjoy!  

 10 Lovely Movies - images from  imdb

10 Lovely Movies - images from imdb

  1. Saving Mr. Banks (2013 - Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks)
  2. The Help (2011 - Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer)
  3. Woman in Gold (2015 - Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds)
  4. The Blind Side (2009 - Sandra Bullock, Quentin Aaron)
  5. Julie & Julia (2009 - Meryl Streep, Amy Adams)
  6. Miss Potter (2006 - Renée Zellweger, Eway McGregor)
  7. Belle (2013 - Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson)
  8. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008 - Frances McDormand, Amy Adams)
  9. The Hundred Foot Journey (2014 - Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal)
  10. The Theory of Everything (2014 - Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior)

To be followed with 10 More Lovely Movies...

Happy Viewing,

Love Holly x

QUESTION: What is your all time favourite movie & why? Do you have any lovely movie suggestions you'd recommend I see? Word of mouth is always a good bet. Thanks! x