The End

Wow I can't believe the year has come to an end.  It's been fun and time really challenging.  I hope that I've given you a few movie recommendations or reminded you of a movie you haven't seen in awhile.  I hope that you will follow me again this upcoming year, while I watch the prime-time soaps from the 80's.  Here is the link to that blog- melissa1980stv.blogspot.com .  Thanks again for following my progress.

Movie 365- Christmas Movies- The Holiday

Directed by Nancy Meyers
Starring Cameron Diaz
              Kate Winslet
              Jude Law
              Jack Black
              Rufus Sewell
              Edward Burns

I have a cow and I sew. How's that for "hard to relate to"?
Stuck in a vicious cycle of dead-end relationships with two-timing men, Los Angeles resident Amanda and Londoner Iris decide to swap homes. In the process, their trade paves the way for romances they never imagined possible.

I've put off watching this movie for a long time, and when I began this project I figured that it was the perfect opportunity to watch it.  It was a really good movie, the cast was great, I've always like Kate Winslet, and it was nice to see her in a more lighthearted movie then what she usually does.  I thought it was a nice change to see Jack Black not being so crazy as he can be most of the time.  Jude Law was great and Cameron Diaz was really good too.  It was a fun movie, my favorite part was when Kate Winslet's character was exploring Cameron Diaz's house, I think that is exactly what I would do if I were in her situation.  I'm glad that I finished my year of movies with this.

Movie 364- Christmas Movies- Little Women

Directed by Gillian Armstrong
Starring Winona Ryder
              Susan Sarandon
               Kirsten Dunst
               Christian Bale
               Gabriel Byrne

He's dull as powder Meg, can't you at least marry someone amusing?

Four sisters battle life's vicissitudes in Civil War-era America after their father leaves to join the conflict.

Little Women has always been one of my favorite stories, and this version is a favorite of mine.  I think the cast is great and everyone is perfect in their roles.  I love watching this movie.  Christian Bale is my favorite actor to have played Laurie.


Movie 363- Christmas Movies- Elf

Directed by Jon Favreau
Starring Will Ferrell
              James Caan
              Bob Newhart
              Edward Asner
              Mary Steenburgen
              Zooey Deschanel
              Peter Dinklage

You smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like Santa.

When young Buddy falls into Santa's gift sack on Christmas Eve, he's transported back to the North Pole and raised as a toy-making elf by Santa's helpers. But as he grows into adulthood, he can't shake the nagging feeling that he doesn't belong.

I love Elf, it's one of my favorite Will Ferrell movies.  It's a great Christmas movie, full of laughs and has a great story and cast.  There are so many great moment, but the one that I like the best is when Buddy confronts the store's Santa, it's a part of the movie that me and my sister quote all the time.

Movie 362- Christmas Movies- Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

Directed by Jalmari Helander
Starring Jorma Tommila
              Onni Tommila

In the frozen beauty of Finland, where local reindeer herders race against the clock to capture an ancient evil: Santa Claus. Single father Rauno and his young son, Pietari, are caught up in the chaos as international scientists dig for artifacts. What they find endangers the entire village.

I had read a lot of good things about this movie, and I originally was planning on watching it when I was watching foreign films.  I'm glad that I finally watched it.  It's a dark, creepy and I had a great time watching it.  I like their take on the Santa myth.

Movie 361- Christmas Movies- It's a Wonderful Life

Directed by Frank Capra
Starring James Stewart
              Donna Reed
              Lionel Barrymore
              Henry Travers

You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!

George Bailey, a good man who's spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would've been like had he never been born.

It's been a long time since I've watched this.  I happened to watch the colorized version, which I've never seen before.  This is such a good movie, the cast is great and the story is inspirational.  It was great to see this again.

Movie 360- Christmas Movies- A Christmas Story

Directed by Bob Clark
Starring Peter Billingsley
              Melinda Dillon
              Darren McGavin

Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.

Ralphie, a young boy growing up in the '40's, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good 'ol Santa Claus himself.

This is a great movie.  I love the story and the cast is great.  The narration is great.  My favorite parts are when Ralphie is imagining, and of course the scene when his father gets his "major award."  It's not Christmas if we don't watch this one.