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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #55

Elf
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“I think you’re really beautiful and I feel really warm when I’m around you and my tongue swells up.  So… do you wanna eat food?”

 

    It’s been a wild ride counting down since Halloween, but alas we’ve reached our 55th movie: Elf.  
    There’s not much I can say about this movie other than I find it absolutely hilarious and I can still stand watching it, even though I’ve seen it too many times.  It’s so funny and quotable and sweet.  If nothing else, watch it to re-live that one time Zooey Deschanel was blonde and no one knew who she was! Fun times, you guys, have a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season and I hope it’s not too cold.

MERRY HAPPY!

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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #54

A Christmas Story
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“Aunt Clara had for years labored under the delusion that I was not only perpetually 4 years old, but also a girl.”

 

    Only two Christmas movies made the list of movies to get you to Christmas, and I’ve appropriately saved them for last.  There are so many Christmas specials on in between Thanksgiving and December 25th, stop motion animation, musicals, Dr. Seuss or Charles Schulz classics and all of those things that clash and clutter up the television primetime spots that are usually filled with new episodes of The Mindy Project, New Girl, and Parks and Recreation.  Needless to say, I get annoyed with Christmas-y things pretty easily.  A Christmas Story is one of the only Christmas specials from my childhood that I respect as a timeless classic embodying the Christmas spirit.
    One of my best friends lives in England, and it didn’t occur to me until a couple of days ago that she would have never seen this American classic.  I can’t even imagine – I grew up watching this around Christmastime.  My dad would guffaw and chortle and I would just sit back and wonder why it was so funny.  As I’ve grown up watching Ralphie, I’ve come to understand the humor and stress behind each bit of the movie, and I’ve been eternally thankful that my mother didn’t take me to go see Santa Claus in the mall because until a few years ago, I genuinely thought mall Santa and his mall elves were that terrifying (fun fact: I’ve never believed in Santa).
    This movie is weird, fun, and a Christmas classic.  If you haven’t seen it, you should, and you can always catch it on TBS about a thousand times before New Years Eve.


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #53

Lemony Snicket’s a Series of Unfortunate Events
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“He’s Count Olaf and he tried to kill us with a train!”
“Where is this man gonna get a train?”
“Where am I gonna get a train?”

    As with most movies adapted from literature, I have to say the book was better, in my opinion.  However, I think it’s really important that we judge movies and the books that inspired them COMPLETELY SEPARATELY.  They are both works of art, created in two completely and vastly different ways.  Too many people pick movies apart for being different from the book, which is understandable because it can be really disappointing when whole characters are left out of the film (See: Madge, The Hunger Games).
  
    Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was interesting in its own way, the costuming is especially unique and actually pretty true to the book.  Jim Carey was the perfect choice for Count Olaf, I don’t think anyone could have played his character so flawlessly.  The casting director aced this one on all counts: Poe, the orphans, everyone.  This film is definitely underrated – did everyone forget that Meryl Streep is in this? That has to mean something, right?


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #52

500 Days of Summer
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“What happened? Why didn’t they work out?” “What always happens.  Life.”

 

    I get in very heated arguments over this movie, primarily over the character of Summer.

    The problem I have is with people who judge her; she was completely honest, and ten times more reasonable than Tom’s character.  He made her up to be something she wasn’t, and something she kept reminding him she could never be.  She thought they were on the same page and broke it off when their relationship had run its course.  There are so many problems with people who say Summer is a jerk, or people who say Tom is the perfect guy.  The point of the movie (as said by the people involved in the making of the movie) is to show the dysfunction of this relationship, and the dysfunction of living that way.  The ending isn’t a positive thing, it shows that he has not learned anything from his mistakes and isn’t going to change how he behaves in new relationships.  One of the most intelligent characters is Tom’s little sister who says, “Just because she likes the same bizzaro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate,” which sums up the entire premise of the film.

    All that being said, I really love this movie for what it is.  And it is not a love story.


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #51

The Adjustment Bureau
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“You ruined me.”

    As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m not really one for the mushy-gushy-sappy romantic chick flick sort of film that is stereotypically associated with people of my gender.  If I like a love story, it’s either depressing or action packed.  This one is both.
    Emily Blunt and Matt Damon steer this non-stop, sweet-hearted love story past through a maze of unfortunate circumstances and a question of the existence of free will.  Throughout the film, there are some mushy-gushy sort of themes like “love conquers all,” or “never give up when you’ve got your heart set on something,” or whatever, but it’s definitely on my list of must-see-movies, and it will definitely get you to Christmas.  All you need is a hat.


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #50

Now You See Me
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“First rule of magic: always be the smartest person in the room.”

 

    I’ve had a hard time putting my finger on what it is in certain movies that grabs ahold of something inside of me and sticks like thick superglue.  From the first time I saw Now You See Me, I was super excited about it.  It’s SO GOOD, you guys.  Let me give you some reasons.
    First of all, the acting is flawless.  In case you missed the trailer, this movie features Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Michael Caine, Mark Ruffalo, and Morgan Freeman.  So those guys are all really good actors, right? The camera work is fantastic.  The scenery is gorgeous and fully utilized in action sequences.  The fight choreography was gorgeous and intriguing.  I love pretty much everything about this movie, and no poorly thought out last second blog entry on Christmas Eve could fully emphasize how worthwhile this film is.  GO WATCH.  GO.


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55 Movies to Get You to Christmas – #49

The Butterfly Effect
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“You can’t change who people are without destroying who they were.”

“I just thought that you should know.”
“Know what?”
“That you were happy once… with me.”

    There are some movies that fall under into a very specific taste category like Donnie Darko, Wristcutters: A Love Story, and The Butterfly Effect.  These movies just aren’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy odd, intense, suspenseful, dramas, The Butterfly Effect might be up your alley.
    What captivated me about The Butterfly Effect was the concept behind it: being able to change, distort and destroy circumstances by traveling through memories.  It’s a very intriguing idea and I love what they did with it.  This was the first time I was impressed with Ashton Kutcher as an actor.  He does a surprisingly good job with this role.  One word of advice: don’t watch the director’s cut.  The ending is absolutely horrible.