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8 Best Netflix Original Holiday Movies

by Emily Keen

November and December are the most pleasant months of the year. It is the time when the excitement for holidays begins and it is okay if you feel like indulging in cheesy rom-com features. Since the mood is generally skewed towards light-hearted and happy ending dramas, a lot of holiday movies happen to release during this time of the year.

Netflix too has its share of flicks that are meant for an audience who want to cozy up to a delightful adventure on a snowy night. And here they come!

 

  1. ‘Let It Snow’

Image result for ‘Let It Snow’ movieYou will find yourself going gaga over a pair of teenage couples, out on a date on Christmas eve in the beautiful small town, Illinois.

 

  1. ‘Klaus’

Image result for ‘Klaus’This Netflix original animated film might seem like a casual holiday flick. Except it’s not! The film has a very strong underlying message about why it is important to learn about being responsible.

 

  1. ‘Holiday in the Wild’

Related imageIt doesn’t exactly start on a positive note where Kate’s husband just left her and her son is off to college. Kate then decides to take a solo trip to Zambia which was actually supposed to be a second honeymoon. The holiday turns out to be a life-changing journey for Kate where she finds an ostensible love interest in Derek and a new found love for taking care of elephants at the local sanctuary.

 

  1. ‘Holiday Rush’

Image result for ‘Holiday Rush’Rush Williams loses his job as an RJ, goes broke and has to give up on his normal lifestyle and start sharing an apartment with his aunt. It would have been better if he didn’t have any dependants on him. He has children who think the house is a dump. “Holiday Rush” is the story of a walking the tight rope, trying to make a living and at the same time be a good father to his children.

 

  1. ‘The Knight Before Christmas’

Image result for ‘The Knight Before Christmas’A knight from the 14th century gets sent to present-day Ohio by an old crone. He is following a quest, unbeknownst to what the mission actually is. Brooke empathizes with the situation and decides to take him in until he has found his way. What unfolds next is a tale of old school romance adorned with a lot of love and kindness with the air smelling like Christmas. A perfect movie for Christmas eve!

 

  1. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby’ (2019)

Image result for A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby'If you don’t mind overly cheesy and goodie love being thrown all around like confetti, go ahead and watch this one. But mind you, it could sound awfully ridiculous at times with overblown emotions and sugar-coated dialogues.

 

  1. Christmas Inheritance (2017)

Image result for Christmas Inheritance (2017)This can be called a hallmark Christmas film with all the elements that make up for a perfect holiday watch but is way less cheesy than the Christmas Prince Trilogy as a whole. A rich city girl must learn the importance of Christmas before she inherits her father’s fortune. What grips you to the story is her journey.

 

  1. The Holiday calendar

Image result for The Holiday calendarNothing flashy about this one per se but it definitely deserves a spot on the list. It’s too bad that this charming story about a photographer who inherits a calendar that can predict the future is often forgotten when we speak of Netflix’s holiday content.

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8 Reasons Why Elf is the Greatest Christmas Movie of Modern Times

by Emily Keen

There are a few movies that do not get the recognition they deserve when they are released. But as years go by they grow to become cult favourites. One such film is Elf on the Shelf. We often see a lot of Santa in Christmas movies. But Elves are usually underrated as a significant part of Christmas.

Elf in the Shelf released in 2003 but hardly ever makes it to the Christmas playlist. We wonder why when it is, in fact, one of the greatest Christmas movies of modern times.

Here are 8 reasons why:

 

  1. Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell broke out as a comedic superstar from this film. He already had cult following through his comedy TV show. He created a brand with his non-sequitur style and frankly, that’s what makes the film so great.

 

  1. The idea of the film

Elf mirrors the plotlines of some of the classic American films including Crocodile Dundee, Big and The Jerk where he is visiting the city of New York with a purpose in mind. The way the makers have settled for an idea that perfectly balances conformity and anarchism is rather commendable.

 

  1. Santa’s Home

The film showcases one of the most unique sets depicting the North Pole. We have to give it up to the set designers for creating a 2D stylized home for Santa and to keep it believable and comical at the same time.

 

  1. Jon Favreau

Jon Favreau deserves credit for a heartwarming and easy-going script which well defines his talent as a writer and director. The film does not look like it is going heavy on the festive element but holds a subtle and natural charm.

 

  1. Way to New York

The directions to New York are rather easy to remember in a way this film taught us: pass through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then walk through the Lincoln Tunnel.

 

  1. James Caan

Buddy’s father, a human, makes the rather poignant process of defrosting look so usual. No one could have pulled the act as well as he did and that proves how visionary the casting director was. Susie Farris, Take a bow!

 

  1. Redefining Food Groups

Candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup! We need to sign a petition to recognize this as the official Christmas diet.

 

  1. Face off with fake Santa

“You sit on a throne of lies!” Buddy yanks the fake Santa to give us the big moment of revelation like in Miracle On 34th Street and Bad Santa.

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8 Holiday Classics to Stream on Hulu this Vacation

by Emily Keen

Trying to get into the holiday spirit and yet it’s not kicking in? Well then quit dwelling over futile practices like cookie baking and gift wrapping. We know exactly what will help you.

These 8 features that Hulu takes pride in calling Holiday films:

 

  1. Home for the Holidays

Related imageStarring the extraordinary Robert Downey Jr. and the ever adorable Holly Hunter, the film is helmed by Jodie Foster. The story charts the life of Claudia Larson (Played by Hunter) is forced to spend Christmas with her madcap family in Baltimore because Voila! Her daughter wants to spend vacation with her boyfriend! Drama and comedy evenly occupy the film’s best scenes which in a way is a writer’s way justifying familial imperfections.

 

  1. Anna and the Apocalypse

Image result for Anna and the ApocalypseLet us be honest here and agree that this is not exactly a holiday material. It’s about a bunch of high schoolers battling zombies. A more apt way would be to call it a Yuletide zombie romp packed with peppy beats. This critically acclaimed British indie feature holds a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

 

  1. Jingle Bell Rocks!

Image result for Jingle Bell Rocks! huluTrolls are bashing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” left right and center and if you agree with them, then you also are probably exhausted with the recurring tunes of holidays. For those who cannot resonate with mainstream Christmas films, this documentary explores all alternate genre of Christmas music filled with weird and off the wall holiday songs. Mitchell Kezin, the maker has a one on one chat with musicians who make independent Christmas music and the people who love it.

 

  1. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Related imageCynically the concept of Santa Claus is quite creepy. A man who breaks into houses in the middle of the night leaving packages and munching snacks seems scary than angelic. Pardon the misanthropic spin on the happiest myth of Christmas but that’s what drives this film. A group of researchers blows up an ancient burial ground that brings the original Santa out of the shadows. And make no mistake, this Claus ain’t no “ho ho laughing, gift giving” old man! He is evil and turns a Finnish research facility into a battleground.

 

  1. A Dogwalker’s Christmas Tale

Image result for A Dogwalker’s Christmas TaleA spoiled rich kid ends up running out on her credit card limit and now has to take up a job and learn to be more responsible. The enticing part is the kind of job she chooses to inculcate sense of responsibility within. She takes up a dog walking job. Starring besides her is the Christmas movie legend Jonathan Bennet.

 

  1. Pooka!

Image result for Pooka!Hulu’s horror anthology Into the Dark gives us a film-long episode showcasing a junior struggling actor whose new job as a ragdoll Pooka totally messes up with his mind. The film also stars Dale Dickey of Winter’s None and Unbelievable.

 

  1. A Very Terry Christmas

Related imageAmongst all the movies we just talked about, none fits better into the mold of a Christmas film like A Very Terry Christmas. It is one of the most feel good Christmas features wherein the Brooklyn Nine Nine star sets the tone with phrases like “Ooh, don’t you just love a blue sky? A pretty, Christmas-y blue sky.” It is so good that if you might just get caught in the loop of watching it over and over.

 

  1. Midnighters

Image result for MidnightersA couple is drunk on New Year’s Eve and accidentally hit and kill a pedestrian. Dark huh? Well then don’t wait for morality to kick in. They do not turn themselves in. Instead, they take the cadaver home and wait until their blood alcohol levels normalize. Oh and this is when it gets creepy- Once they are sober they discover a piece of paper in the dead man’s pocket with their address on it. So much for a holiday movie.

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Snuggle up With These 6 Holiday Flicks on Amazon Prime

by Emily Keen

Your favorite holiday classics are not available on a single streaming service. We get it! It totally upsets you. But looking at the bright side, this might actually be the time to give up on a re-watch and discover some new gems. Amazon prime video has a rare collection of vintage festive movies included with Prime membership. And of course, you don’t have to waste time endlessly scrolling through suggestions.

We have the list ready for you.

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

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You might be impacting more lives than you think you are. That is exactly what is this movie intends to convey. George Bailey is a businessman whose business sinks owing to an accidental mishap. The only thing that can protect his family is his life insurance and you can imagine what he must be thinking. Disappointed and distressed the man contemplates suicide. Enter Clarence. She, just like an angel helps him realize his life is worth more than he can imagine. The film has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is all in all a feel-good experience. And over the years has stood strong at that spot.

  1. A Christmas Carol (1954)

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Ebenezer Scrooge is a London based cranky loan shark who does not believe in Christmas. His late business partner Jacob Marley visits him over Christmas with the hope of changing his attitude towards the festival but fails miserably. Marley does not give up yet and sends ghosts to help Scrooge realize what he is missing on. The film is made utterly sublime in a way that uses the actors forming an important part of Scrooge’s life to playing the ghosts of Christmas past and present. This holiday Christmas story is based on Charles Dickens 1843 Novella of the same name.

 

  1. Babes in Toyland (1986)

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An 11-year-old Lisa Piper (Drew Barrymore) is not at all into toys. A sudden turn of events transports Lisa to a fantasy Toyland on Christmas eve. A wicked Barnaby Barnicle has trolls walking all around Toyland to capture the girl who he wants to marry- Mary (Jill Schoelen). But Mary is in love with his nephew, Jack (Keanu Reeves). The girl now faces the choice of saving the land of the very thing she despises- the toys. She and the two lovers turn to the Toymaster (Pat Morita) for help. The Toymaster agrees to help them but there is one condition. Lisa must believe in power if toys. Will she?

  1. A Norman Rockwell Christmas Story (1996)

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Its pain that connects us with people more than anything else. And this film takes the idea to a whole new level. An old gentleman, Samuel Cavanaugh, is not very content in his senile days thinking about his difficult past. A young Michael Grant is going through tough times as his father is missing in action amidst a war in Korea. Samuel and Michael bond in the most heartening ways over their visits to a frozen pond where they come to take a break from an otherwise heavy life.

 

  1. One Special Night (1999)

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The iconic pair of the 60s James Garner and Julie Andrews come together once again, this time to recreate love onscreen. Robert (Garner) often visits his wife at the hospice where Catherine (Andrews) works. On a snowy night, Robert is stuck without a cab and Catherine offers him a ride. It’s Hollywood. Ride through a storm obviously means getting stuck on the way and seeking refuge in a cabin. Cheesy? Not so much! Because this is the night that helps the two mature beings realize their feelings for one another.

 

  1. Home for the Holidays (1995)

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Claudia Larson (Holly Hunter) is out of her job and comes back home to celebrate thanksgiving. But her stay is not exactly all honky dory thanks to her overtly strange parents (Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning) and her devious brother Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.). A holiday comedy by Jodie Foster to lighten up your mood with some of the most unconventional characters.

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