My Favourite Christmas Movies – The Reese Edition

Hiya Readers,

Okay, so I have the kids pretty much sqaured away with my lists for television specials and movies for the family to enjoy, but what about us big kids? We like watching movies, too, right?  While we’re helping the Big Guy in Red out by wrapping gifts, or if we’re just winding down after a day of holiday fun, we like putting on our fav Christmas movies that are, well, not so much for little eyes and ears to watch.

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol – 1951)

This has to be one of my favourite non-Muppet version of this Charles Dickens tale.  I love how Alastair Sims portrayed  Ebenezer Scrooge in this film.  He was amazing in this role!

Die Hard 2 (1990)

I know, you’re questioning what this movie has to do with Christmas? Well, it takes place at Christmastime. How can you say no to all of the action and adventure of Sgt. John McLean saving the world, again, by blowing up a plane full of terrorists that thought they had the upper-hand? Though very violent and bloody, all of the explosions and fight scenes are classic, and Bruce Willis’ iconic line is also said, endearing him to millions.

Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

I know, it actually takes place in the course of about a year, but it begins and ends during the holiday season. I really love how Bridget gets herself into funny and slightly awkward situations. I felt as though I have been in Bridget’s shoes a time or two, so to see someone else do what I have done makes me really relate with her in these scenes. Below is one of those awkward scenes that really endears Bridget Jones to me at the Darcy’s Ruby Wedding celebration (around Chrsitmastime 🙂 )in front of all of the Darcy’s family and friends.

This Christmas (2007)

I enjoy watching this movie because it is about a family at Christmas that has to get it together and squash the problems they have in their lives. Sibling rivalries, testing parent/child relationships and dealing with family members old and new are all ley lements in this holiday film.  Oh, there’s also the oh-so beautiful Idris Elba to stare at for most of the film, too!  ;P

Love Actually (2003)

This Rom-Com Christmas flick is a favourite of mine because it has to have one of the best emsemble casts I’ve seen in a long time!  The stories of many of the characters make me want to laugh and cheer for their happiness, too!  Of course, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth stole the scenes they had lines in!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

I had to leave this one for the end of my post because this one is simply a Christmas classic!  If I don’t see this movie during the Christmas season, I really get upset.  It’s also my favourite of the classic National Lampoon series of movies.  All of the characters are crazy in one way or another, and no one could have pulled off being Clark “Sparky” Griswold better than Chevy Chase.

Whether you are counting down the hours until Christmas, or you just want to unwind from some of the havoc that this time of year brings, these movies will brighten your mood when the kids have gone to bed!

View and enjoy!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Video Picks: Valentine’s Day Love’s Lost Songs

Hey Readers!

Have you lost that ‘lovin’ feeling’ for that special someone?  Going through a break-up? Well, do I ever have the videos for you to peruse on this Valentine’s Day!

Yes, I did just write a post on Valentine’s Day Love Songs to celebrate this day of love.  I also understand that some people are not exactly in the mood to get all lovey-dovey today.  So for those of you who are no longer feeling the love, I found a few music videos that are, um, not-so filled with that lovin’ feeling.  They are more along the lines of just ending the relationship, and/or dealing with the left over feelings you have for this person.

http://youtu.be/J3UjJ4wKLkg – Rhianna, Take A Bow

http://youtu.be/LOZuxwVk7TU – Britney Spears, Toxic

http://youtu.be/mOzdfaEPaR0 Jazmine Sullivan, Bust Your Windows

http://youtu.be/qfNmyxV2Ncw Aerosmith, Cryin’

http://youtu.be/NPcyTyilmYY Alanis Morrisette, You Oughta Know

I hope these videos helps heal what ails your breaking heart this Valentine’s Day, or at least get you singing along with them to improve your day!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

My Favourite Christmas Movies – The Reese Edition

Hiya, Readers,

Some of you may have read my post entitled My Favourite Christmas Movies/TV Specials – Family Edition.  I did that one for those of you with families who wanted ideas of what to watch with your kids to get into the Christmas spirit.  The Reese  Edition is for those Christmas movies that may not be kid friendly for one reason or another (intense scenes, violence, language, nudity, etc) but I do love watching them at this time of the year:

Scrooge (A Christmas Carol – 1951)

This has to be one of my favourite no-Muppet versions of this Charles Dickens tale.  I love how Alastair Sims portrayed  Ebenezer Scrooge in this film.  He was amazing!

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)

I know, I mentioned the first Home Alone in my other post about my favourite  Family Christmas movies to watch, but I love this sequel if the original film.  Sure, it’s some of the same gags, but it was still funny!  The best scene has to be the Angel with Even Filthier Souls bit. I’ll watch this one anytime! (You’ll notice the link is mislabeled, sorry about that!)

Love Actually (2003) 

This Rom-Com Christmas flick is a favourite of mine because it has to have one of the best casts I’ve seen in a long time!  The stories of many of the characters make me want to laugh and cheer for their happiness, too!  Of course, Bill Nighy, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth stole the scenes they had lines in!

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989)

I had to leave this one for the end of my post because this one is simply a Christmas classic!  If I don’t see this one during the Christmas season, I really get upset.  It’s also my favourite of the classic National Lampoon series of movies.  All of the characters are crazy in one way or another, and no one could have pulled off being Clark “Sparky” Griswold better than Chevy Chase.

I know there are only a few more sleeps ’til Christmas, Readers, but if you haven’t had a chance to watch any of these movies, I implore you to do so!  Whether you watch them with loved ones or by yourself, I will guarantee you will have a good time!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese

My Favourite Christmas Movies/TV Specials – Family Edition

Hey Readers!

I LOVE Christmas, and just about everything that goes along with it: putting up the tree, decorating the house, baking with my kids, etc.  Another  Christmas tradition I love is  having some family time watching some of my favourite Christmas movies and TV specials.  I have been doing this since I was little, and now, my kids love watching these  Here is a list of my absolute favourite ones (I couldn’t put them in order, as I like them all so much):

A Charlie Brown Christmas – I love this holiday special because it’s classic Charlie Brown trying to do right, yet goofing up along the way.  Oh, and The Vince Guaraldi Trio playing the score behind this special gets my family and I moving and grooving!  We also listen to the soundtrack of this TV special for part of Christmas Day every year while making breakfast.  Yeah, we love it THAT much!

The Grinch That Stole Christmas – Oh, how I love the Grinch!  Dr. Seuss’ adaptation from the popular Christmas story T’was The Night Before Christmas is loved by everyone in my household.  I think it is because The Grinch does all of these bad things to the residents in Whoville, then redeems himself at the end.  Well, it is also has to do with the amazing job Dr. Seuss did with rewriting this tale, too!  It’s ingenious!

Home Alone – Ah, the only non-animated feature of the bunch, but man, is it an awesome flick!  It’s great seeing this clever 8 year-old boy take on two not-so bright burglars with things around his home while he was mistakenly left, well, home alone.  The soundtrack is great, too!  We love the sequel of this film, too, but if I can only pick 1 film from this franchise, it would have to be the original!

Garfield Christmas – This Christmas special is so dear to my family’s heart.  It had everything: slap-stick comedy, music, and a bit of drama (tears begin to weld when Grandma is talking about her  husband).   It’s a great one for the family to watch.

Muppet Christmas Carol – Out of all of the versions of A Christmas Carol that have been made over the years, no one did like Jim Henson sis it! This Christmas movie is perfect for parents and kids alike because it’s funny, thought-provoking, and it’s a musical done in their Muppet way!  It also gets kids asking about the Charles Dickens classical novel it’s based on, and  it brings back so many nostalgic memories for parents as well to share with their kids.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Rankin-Bass/Classic Media version) – I had to save this one for last because this is the show people think of when they think of Christmas specials.  It may look a bit kooky or creepy at times, but man, it doesn’t cease to entertain audiences.  This special will be hitting it’s 50th birthday next year, so another special edition will probably be available to buy (which I will).  It’s one of the few Christmas specials that shows Santa as a normal man who complains about life, and can be wrong about those around him.  I even love the Abominable Snow Monster! He used to be scary, but he’s just funny to me now!

I can (and have) watched all of these shows/movies any time of the year!  I hope my short list gives you ideas as to how to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit this year!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.

Reese’s Halloween Video Picks, 2013

Helloooooooo Readers!

I love Halloween! So to kick off this spookatcular day, I have put together a bunch of my favourite Halloween videos to get you in the Halloween spirit!

http://youtu.be/7YvAYIJSSZY – Somebody’s Watching Me – Rockwell, featuring Michael Jackson

http://youtu.be/AxcM3nCsglA – Monster Mash, Bobby “Boris” Pickett (Groovy Goolies)

http://youtu.be/KvkKX035484 – Ghostbusters (Theme Song) , Ray Parker, Jr.

http://youtu.be/6M6samPEMpM – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back) – Backstreet Boys

http://youtu.be/UhoU7lINYxk – On Our Own, Bobby Brown (Ghostbusters II)

http://youtu.be/sOnqjkJTMaA – Thriller, Michael Jackson

Enjoy Boils and Ghouls!

Until my next post, Readers!

Reese.