By Amy Adams ι Dec. 19, 2013

My husband and I recently reorganized our TV room a bit. We moved our stay-on-your-side recliners out of the way and brought down a big sofa. Now we can cuddle up with our 3-year-old son, Liam, and have movie nights, just in time for the holidays.

Liam loves everything Christmas. At the top of his list are “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeerand “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

I’m still a huge fan of “The Grinch.” The story is simple and clever and has a beautiful message. The animation is fun and who can resist when Thurl Ravenscroft starts singing “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch”?

“Rudolph” I find to be a little strange now that I’m a grown up. Still the classic look of it brings back a lot of fond memories from my childhood.

When Liam goes to bed, I might watch one of two adult Christmas movies.

The first, “Love Actually,” shouldn’t be a good movie, but I love it and watch it all the time.Love Actually

It is of the often horrible genre I’ll call vignette rom-com. This is when the movie includes several different story lines that you skip back and forth between. There are several well-known actors. Some one (or several some ones) falls in love, some one gets their heart broken, there is a cute, wise-beyond-his-years kid, a dash to the airport and a musical number. All the characters are vaguely connected — they work together or are siblings or live next door.

I don’t know why this all works. “Love Actually” seems to have found the right tone and pacing. The few serious moments actually feel serious. There is plenty of humor to balance out the sappy moments. It’s very Christmas-y and it just makes me smile.

There other movie is the 2005 Danny Boyle film “Millions.” It is rated PG and may be a good film for mature, older children. I would advise parents to watch it first to determine whether it is appropriate for your children.

“Millions” tells the story of two brothers who find a bag full of stolen money. The boys recently lost their mother. Seven-year-old Damain talks to saints and wants to use the money to do good. His 9-year-old brother, Anthony, is more inclined to spend the money wildly.

Typical to Boyle’s style, the film include a lot of beautiful imagery. It really plays on the sense of wonder we have as children.

Grief, faith and ethics are all explored in this movie. It is entertaining and has a real message.

Let us know what movies you love to watch during the holidays and consider these films when sitting down for a night of holiday movie-watching.

Amy Adams

 

Amy Adams is the library’s Public Relations Coordinator.