• 5 Christmas Movies You Need To Watch

    Culture • By The Cluster Team • 25/12/2017 • 0 comments



    Aside from the endless parties, what could be a better idea than cozying up in bed to watch some Christmas films? There are so many to choose from, but here are our top five holiday flicks.

    1. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

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    Kevin MccAllister finally made it to the airport this time, but ends up in New York instead of flying with his family to Florida.  This is one of the few films where the sequel is way better than the first one. From checking in The Plaza to a limo ride to the best toy store in town, Kevin got lost in style, and gets to fool the star studded hotel staff as well.


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    A Home Alone movie cannot be complete without the infamous Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, and this is where it gets sticky as they end up getting into more sophisticated tricks and traps. 


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    This heartwarming film brings in the elements that a John Hughes movie would have, complete with a reunion, and a happy ending. 

    Photos: www.kissthemgoodbye.net


     2. You’ve Got Mail (1998)


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    Actually based on a 1936 play called Parfumerie by Mikos Laszlo, this romantic comedy knits together a snuggly feeling of sorts as two witty, intelligent bookshop owners meet in an AOL chat room.


    The interesting twist is they have no idea one is putting the other out of business. Readers will enjoy the banter as the characters give references to Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and Mario Puzo’s “The Godfather”.


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    Viewers expressed mixed reviews especially with the ending, though the movie still brings back memories of Joe and Kathleen’s entertaining and heartening correspondences which you can still read today.


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    Photos: www.leavemethewhite.com


    3. Tokyo Godfathers (2003)



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    A drag queen, a runaway girl, and an alcoholic are homeless and crossed paths in the streets of Tokyo. On Christmas Eve, they find a baby in the dumpster and set to return it to its parents.


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    Directed by Satoshi Kon and loosely based on Peter Kyne’s novel, The Godfathers, this plot twisting anime won prestigious awards in Japan, from the Excellence prize at the 2003 Japan Media Arts Festival to Best Animation Film at the 58th Mainichi Film Awards.


    Photos: www.fancaps.net


    4. Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)



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    The Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington decides to visit Christmas and lord over gift giving. When Jack plays Santa, he still thought trick or treating can be a fun part of the occasion. This Academy Award nominee for Best Visual Effects brings us to a whimsical ride from the depths of the orange and grey lands of Hallows to the red white and green cheerfulness of Christmas town.

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    Lessons from Jack’s adventurous journey brings him back home as he literally falls from Christmas town and back into a graveyard. After being forgiven by Santa, Jack briefly shares the fun in the snow with Sally who eventually professes his love for Jack in the end.

    Photos: www.disneyscreencaps.com


    5. Love Actually (2003)



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    Considered one of the most watched Christmas films of all time, Love Actually still gives us laughter, tears, and joyful moments following interwoven lives of different people. It is funny to note that this film was never intended to be a Christmas movie.


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    Olivia Olson’s version of “All I Want for Christmas” beats many versions of this song. In fact, her singing voice is quite strong that she was asked to make it more childlike for the movie.


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    Apparently, this one was supposed to have a kissing scene that never made it to the cut.

    Enjoy the cameos, the peculiar relationships, and the reunions this Christmas Eve. As Billy Mack would dauntingly belt out, “Christmas is all around.”

    Photos: www.movie-screencaps.com



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