Saturday, June 28, 2008

Christmas Movies: The Holiday

* Contains spoilers *

This 2006 Christmas movie features four very likable stars and another even more likable aging sidekick in the form of Eli Wallach.

When the characters played by Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz both decide they need to get away from men and their lives in general one Christmas season, they use the Internet to swap houses. Since they live six thousand miles apart, these two sophisticated women suddenly become fish out of water. Almost before they knew what happened, Diaz's character Amanda finds herself in the romantic cottage in England owned by Winslet's character Iris. And Iris took a few steps up the real estate food chain by ensconcing herself in Amanda's large Los Angeles house.

Enter Jude Law and Jack Black. Law, who plays Iris's brother Graham, stumbles upon Amanda and you can guess the romantic results of these two pretty people pairing up. Iris, on the other hand, meets Jack Black's character, Miles. Miles is otherwise engaged with another woman, but the course of love eventually runs true and these two opposites attract in the glow of the Christmas tree lights.

We've seen it all before, but as "they" say, there's nothing new under the sun. What is new in this movie is the combination of these four stars. Each one is charming in his or her own way, and together they craft a fun and believable story that will warm your heart for the holidays.

Here's the trailer for The Holiday:

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Empire Magazine Movie Reviewer's Top Five Christmas Movies

Rod Yates of Empire Magazine reveals his top-five favorite Christmas movies in this podcast with Jen of Here they are:
  1. Die Hard
  2. Trading Places
  3. The Holiday (read our review)
  4. Home Alone
  5. Bad Santa (read our review)
Do you agree?

And here are a few of Jen's favorites:
  1. Gremlins
  2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version)
Now check out the podcast:

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