Holidays Promise Quality Films
by Nicholas Taborsky on Friday, December 11th, 2015
Picture yourself driving home from school, past the rows of New England styled homes, public parks, and expansive forests. Again, imagine yourself on that road, but on a different day and in a different month. Soon, you start to notice the change that has taken place. You touch the white dusting of snow on trees. You glance at the jolly glow of candy colored lights. Loads of homework from the end of the first-semester begin to disappear and an overwhelming feeling of relief comes over you.You graciously inhale the sweet wisps of hot chocolate on the stove. Festive music plays with your ears and fills your body with rhythm. The Holiday Season has begun! And there is one thing that the Holiday Season brings that makes winter vacation feel even merrier: movies.
The Holiday Movie Season has just arrived, and it promises to excite. With all sorts of new movies out and winter break just around the corner, be sure to spend some time watching your holiday favorites with family and friends.
One such movie that is coming out is Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert de Niro. According to IMDb, “Joy is [a] story of a family across four generations and the woman who rises to become founder and matriarch of a powerful family business dynasty”. In the movie, Jennifer Lawrence plays the main character of Joy, a woman who has lived a very challenging life as she attempts to handle the powerful emotional and physical obstacles she faces. Joy is sure to be a very satisfying movie and even better, it will be released on Christmas Day.
Another movie that comes out during the holiday season is Krampus. Krampus oddly twists the genre of horror with festivity. Following the events of a family gathered together for Christmas, the movie retraces the horrid events that they experience as the scary opposite of Santa Claus is coming to town (cue music). According to Christoph Waltz, Krampus is a demon-like figure with curled horns, deadly-looking hooves, and dark fur. If you are looking forward to spending your holidays in a funky and peculiar way, you cannot go wrong with Krampus, which stars actors such as Adam Scott from Parks and Recreation and actress Allison Tolman from Fargo. Krampus is set to be released on December 4.
A third movie that will be released during the holiday season is Christmas Eve with Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder, and Cheryl Hines. The movie is a short but sweet story about a group of people who become stuck in six separate elevators on the night before Christmas. Due to a power outage, these people must stay in the elevators and figure out a way to work together as Christmas Eve approaches. The movie came to theaters December 4.
In the spirit of the holidays, I sent out a survey asking Milton students questions along the lines of “What’s your favorite holiday movie?” and “If you watch a lot of movies during the holiday, which ones do you watch?”. For the first question, I received an overwhelming number of responses mentioning classics such as Elf and Home Alone. For the second question, however, people provided a massive list of holiday movies, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Polar Express, Love Actually, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Miracle on 34th Street. So whether it be a classic like Elf or an arguably lesser-known film like The Polar Express, don’t forget to watch your favorite holiday movie.
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