5 Movies to Watch to get you in the Mood for Christmas

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Dec 22, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Christmas

Christmas is a holiday enjoyed by most people and for many, watching a great movie is the best way to get into the Christmas spirit. For those who enjoy watching a great movie around the Christmas holiday, here are a few favorites.

Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street is simply a “must see” during the Christmas holiday season. It stars Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle, an individual who is not only the splitting image of Santa, but an individual who literally believes that he is Santa. Kris is asked to fill in for the Santa who would be leading the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade because of the previous Santa’s problem with drinking while on the job. As a result, he is also offered the position of Santa at the Macy’s department store, in the toy department. While playing the role of the department store Santa, Kris feels sorry for those who can’t afford the merchandise at Macy’s and advises customers to shop at some of the much cheaper stores in the area. Mr. Macy (Harry Antrim) surprisingly likes Kris’ suggestion and decides to use it as part of a customer service “gimmick” for Macy’s department store. Meanwhile, the in-house psychiatrist at Macy’s (Porter Hall) decides that Kris is a problem and makes arrangements to have him locked up at Bellevue, claiming that he is insane. The fact that Kris truly believes that he is Santa Claus doesn’t help matters one bit. But lucky for Kris, he has a number of influential friends in the right places.

The Polar Express

Billy (Hayden McFarland) is a boy struggling to believe in Santa, but having a very difficult time finding a reason to do so. The problem is that Billy’s family does everything they can to persuade him that none of it is true. Santa, the North Pole, the elves, all just a farce. Just when it seems that all hope for Billy’s belief is completely lost, Christmas Eve arrives and with it a magical train in the middle of the night. Billy is picked up by the train, and its conductor (Tom Hanks) notifies Billy that he is on his way to the North Pole to visit none other than Santa himself. Watch as Billy’s entire belief system is turned upside down, and as a boy is given the hope that only the Christmas spirit can bring.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Jim Carrey plays the role of the Grinch, a miserable, mean, green individual with every intention of ruining Christmas for everyone in the little town of Whoville. But the Grinch wasn’t always the unusually mean person that he is today. He was actually a resident of Whoville at one time, but was forced to leave simply because of his scary appearance. He now spends his days atop Mount Crumpet watching everyone in Whoville preparing for the Christmas festivities, waiting for his opportunity to steal their Christmas spirit along with their presents, decorations, trees, and everything else that has anything to do with Christmas.

Home Alone

Home Alone is the story of Kevin (Macaulay Culkin), a boy who finds himself alone for the holidays. While the rest of the family is aboard their flight to France, Kevin is still asleep in bed, completely unaware of his dilemma. When Kevin finally realizes that he has the whole house to himself, he is forced to learn to take care of himself and to defend his home against would-be robbers. The would-be robbers, on the other hand, come to wish that they had never stopped at Kevin’s house in the first place.

Elf

Will Ferrel plays the role of Buddy, one of the biggest elves in the entire North Pole. However, Buddy isn’t actually a real elf and becomes very upset when he learns the truth. He decides to travel to New York, the place of his birth, in hopes of finding his real family. What Buddy doesn’t realize is that New York is nothing like the North Pole, and the people of New York nothing like the elves. Buddy manages to find his biological father fairly easily but convincing dad to accept him will be a challenge.

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5 Movies to Watch for the Snowy Season

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Dec 15, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Snowy Weather

Nothing is better than having a great movie to watch on a snowy day, and there just so happens to be a number of great movies to watch during the snowy winter season. Here are a few of the top picks.

Frosty the Snowman

Jimmy Durante is the narrator of this special animated film made for television, and he also sings the song with the same name as the title. Frosty the Snowman tells the story of a magical snowman who just so happens to come to life one day for the purpose of befriending a group of children.

Disney Frozen

Elsa is the Snow Queen who has put a magical spell on the entire kingdom, literally trapping it in what can only be described as an everlasting winter. Anna is the Snow Queens sister, and one of only two people around brave enough to search for the Queen, and put an end to the terrible spell once and for all. Kristoff is the second brave individual, and is what would be considered an extreme mountain man by the people in the kingdom. Anna and Kristoff take on the extreme cold hoping to reach the Snow Queen in time, and save the kingdom from utter peril before it is too late.

Jack Frost

Jack Frost is a fantastic movie, with amazing special effects, perfect for the entire family to watch on a cold winter’s day. Unlike the horror film with the same name, this movie stars Michael Keaton as Jack Frost, a husband and father who manages to cheat death by coming back as a snowman. While away on one of his many gigs, Jack decides to cancel the show and attempt to make it home to be with his wife (Kelly Preston) and son Charlie (Joseph Cross) for Christmas. The only problem is that a snow storm creates very dangerous driving conditions, and Jack crashes his car and dies while on his way home. It isn’t until the following Christmas, when Charlie builds a snowman, that Jack is able to come back in the very same snowman that Charlie builds. Jack takes advantage of this time and does as many things with Charlie as he can before the inevitable happens, and he melts away for good.

The Snowman

The Snowman is a recreation of the classic holiday story by Raymond Briggs. It tells the tale of a very young boy whose snowman manages to find a way to come to life one day, and in doing so carries the boy all the way to the North Pole. While at the North Pole, this boy is able to meet none other than Santa Claus. There is nothing inappropriate about this film which makes it perfect for even very young children to watch on a cold winter day.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is another film that was made special for television, and is also perfect for watching during the winter season. It tells the classic tale of Rudolph, a special reindeer with a special job. However, in this twist Rudolph meets up with an abominable snowman.

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5 Movies to Watch For Thanksgiving

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Nov 24, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Movies About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day falls on November 27th this year, and is celebrated both in the United States as well as in Canada. It is a special day that we set aside to be thankful for all of the blessings from the previous year. There are plenty of wonderful movies that work very well on Thanksgiving Day, and here are a few of the favorites.

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays brings a reality to the movie screen that many face during the hectic holiday season with family. It stars Holly Hunter as Claudia Larson, your average hard working individual who loses her job right before the Thanksgiving holiday arrives. With plans to spend Thanksgiving with her family in Baltimore, Claudia begins to feel even more “on edge” than usual when going home for the holidays. Claudia’s husband, Walter (Steve Guttenberg), is disliked by her brother Tommy (Robert Downey Jr.) who is openly homosexual, her daughter, Kitt (Claire Danes), is staying behind and has informed Claudia that she intends on losing her virginity to her boyfried, Claudia’s sister, Joanne (Cynthia Stevenson), is stuck in a phase that nobody likes, and her aunt, Gladys (Geraldine Chaplin), has a bad habit of drinking too much when visiting and confesses her past lust for Claudia’s father Henry (Charles Durning). Needless to say, Claudia can look forward to one of the most interesting Thanksgiving holidays she has ever been through.

Funny People

George Simmons (Adam Sandler) is a comic superstar with a talent for what he does. The only problem is that he finds out that he doesn’t have much longer to enjoy doing it. You see, George finds out that he has a very rare blood disorder, very early on in the movie, and that it is very likely that he will die within a year. He decides to do something that he really enjoyed doing, and gets back into stand-up comedy. During one of his club performances, George meets a fellow stand-up comedian, Ira Wright (Seth Rogen), who is struggling to make it in the business. He notices something about Ira that he likes and decides to hire Ira as a personal assistant. He also tasks Ira with the job of writing the jokes that he will use for his performances. The relationship between the two starts out very well, and Ira is more than happy to be able to move off of his friend’s pull-out sofa, and in with George. But things begin to change when Ira starts to see George for who he really is, an egocentric and very selfish individual.

Free Birds

Free birds is the animated tale of two turkeys who must learn to work together if they are to going to succeed at keeping turkeys’ off of the holiday menu forever. This task will not be easy as the two turkey heroes are different in every way. However, they quickly learn that it is more important to put their differences aside and succeed, than it is to work individually and fail.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

While traveling back home to be with his family for the Thanksgiving holiday, Neal Page (Steve Martin) gets unexpectedly bumped from first-class to coach on his flight. He learns, all too quickly, that he will be seated next to Del Griffith (John Candy), an annoying salesman who he can’t seem to get away from. It begins with a snowstorm that forces their plane to land in Wichita instead of Chicago, and continues with the lack of any rooms available in the four-star hotels in the area. With no other options to choose from, Neal is forced to stay with Del in one of the cheapest motels around. After a torturous and sleepless night, Neal blows his top, and has a few choice words for Del. Del responds with the all too familiar “your welcome anyway” speech which makes Neal feel as guilty as can be. Their journey continues with a bumpy train ride, and an even bumpier refrigerator truck ride, but Neal and Del are destined to be bosom buddies before the movie is over.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas tells the story of an Indian princess, and an English sailor, who share a forbidden love that everyone disagrees with, but no one can stop in the end. Capt. John Smith lands in the New World on a mission to plunder its riches, but ends up on a completely different mission of his own. Pocahontas is destined to marry the village’s greatest warrior, but soon finds out that plans are meant to be changed. The two meet and begin a romance that seems to be wrong in every way. The only problem is that it feels nothing but right to them both.

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3 Movies to Watch on Veteran’s Day

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Nov 10, 2014 Under Movie Articles

Veteran’s Day is a Federal holiday that is celebrated on November 11, in the United States, in memory of all those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are quite a few amazing movies perfect for watching on Veteran’s Day and here are just a few of them.

Forrest Gump

Forest Gump is the Oscar-winning classic film starring Tom Hanks as Forest Gump, a relatively average guy with a relatively above average IQ. At first glance, there would seem to be nothing special about Forest however, he manages to spend much of his life in situations that the average individual would never have imagined himself in. The most amazing part of it all is that he doesn’t even try to be involved in any of them. Forest inadvertantly gets to teach “the King”, Elvis Presley, how to dance, serve in Vietnam with honor, meet Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, and John F Kennedy, discover the all too familiar break-in that takes place at the Watergate, defeat the world-famous Chinese national table tennis team, become one of the first to invest in Apple Computers, and even spend several years of his life running back and forth across the entire country. Yes, Forest is a special guy who doesn’t ask for much out of life. The only thing that he does seem to want, throughout the entire movie, is to be with his one true love, Jenny (Robin Wright Penn).

Act of Valor

What should have been a simple snatch-and-grab rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative, turns into a race to save the entire world from one of the most terrifying global threats imaginable. Act of Valor is a fictional account of the reality that is the day to day life of Navy SEAL operations. It tells the story of one Navy SEAL team in particular, whose simple recovery effort turns into an edge-of-your-seat fight for life. While out on a standard mission, the team discovers much more than they bargained for. Watch as this highly trained team of SEALs works against the clock to do what they do best, and destroy the threat before it destroys everyone alive.

Dear John

Dear John is a story about true love, and its ability to bring about two distinctly different sets of consequences in life. When John Tyree (Channing Tatum), a young soldier serving in the military, falls in love with Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried), it seems like a love that will never end. John spends the next seven years making it through each deployment simply because of the letters that he receives from Savannah. However, when the letters suddenly begin to change in tone, an unexpected chain of events results in consequences that neither John, nor Savannah, would have ever expected.

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5 Movies to Watch to get in the Spirit of Halloween

Posted by Paul Murray on Monday Oct 27, 2014 Under Movie Articles

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Halloween is a time for ghosts and ghouls to come out and play, and of all of the holidays that are celebrated each year, it could very well have the most movies perfect for watching on this all too scary occasion. Here are 5 of the top picks that can be watched to get in the Halloween spirit this year.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas tells the story of the Pumpkin King who everyone in Halloweenland knows as Jack Skellington, and his sudden change of heart. Jack has always been a ghoulish kind of guy, but all of that changes the moment that he finds Christmastown one day. It seems as though Jack has a sudden urge to sing jingle all the way to his very own Christmas. But what will happen to Halloween? Watch The Nightmare Before Christmas to find the answer to that all too important question.

Monster House

Trick or treating on Halloween night is a fun time that children wait for the entire year through, but what if the answer at the door came in the form of a trick? Monster House is a movie about a house with soul, or one soul in particular, and it seems as though this Halloween the trick is on every child that approaches the door. DJ Harvard (voice of Mitchel Musso) lives directly across the street from one of the spookiest houses on the block, but worse than that would be the fact that the house is alive. The soul of an angry individual looking for payback has taken over the once peaceful dwelling, and has been waiting for the one night of the year that will bring a bountiful supply of children to the door. DJ tries to tell the adults about the trouble that lies ahead but nobody seems to have the time to listen, so he clues his two best friends, Jenny (Spencer Locke) and Chowder (Sam Lerner) in on his plan, and their long and spooky night together begins.

ParaNorman

When an evil curse, that has been around for hundreds of years, begins affecting the residents in town, it is a boy named Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who comes to the rescue. The only way to break the curse is to go directly to the source, and Norman has the ability to do just that. He can speak to the not-so-living which is exactly what the townspeople need since the curse involves getting rid of witches, and ghosts. What Norman isn’t prepared for is having to deal with all of the grownups in town, but if he can handle the unliving, the living shouldn’t be a problem, right? Watch ParaNorman and enjoy an animated film with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to your seat on Halloween night this year.

Frankenweenie

What do you get when you combine the original style of black and white filming, the cool graphics of 3D animation, a classic movie like Frankenstein, the death of a family pet, and a young boy with a higher IQ than anyone else in town. Well, you get Frankenweenie, of course. Frankenweenie tells the story of Victor, a boy who loses his best friend, and dog, Sparky one day unexpectedly. Victor is a smart boy and he manages to use his scientific knowledge to bring Sparky back from the dead. While Sparky would seem to be alive, he has a few physical blemishes that warrant keeping him away from everyone else. But Sparky gets away, and word gets out that Victor can give neighborhood pets a second chance at life, but with monstrous consequences. Frankenweenie takes the classic story of Frankenstein and gives it a fun, 3D, animated twist.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus begins in the town of Salem, 300 years ago, and tells the story of three witches who are captured, and put to death, for practicing witchcraft. The three witches make a promise just before they are executed. They vow to to return from the dead, on Halloween, in exactly 300 years to take revenge for their deaths. Now fast forward to present day Salem. Max is an individual full of doubts, who pays a visit to the ruins where the witches had once lived. Despite his sister’s many warnings, Max decides to play a dangerous game and mocks the witches, and their vow. He even goes a step further and lights the Candle of Black Flame as part of the ritual meant to bring them back from the dead. The only problem is that the ritual works, and the witches return from the dead. The witches set out to wreak havoc on the townspeople, but lose their spell book in the process. They must now refocus their attention towards retrieving the spell book before the sun comes up if they are to save the sorceress from death by the morning light.

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