Five Films To Watch To Put You In The Holiday Spirit

Many different forms of Christmas movies have been created with the intention of stimulating the full and vivid cornucopia of memories the season can easily conjure. From sappy romantic comedies to straight up horror, there are many ways to make a good and proper Christmas flick. The best ones often create a magical fantasy world that encompasses the complete holiday spirit and these movies are no different. Here are five films to watch to put you in the holiday spirit.

1. Krampus

Although this is technically a horror movie, Krampus has all the components for a long lasting must-watch Christmas film. Max, a big-hearted young boy with pure Christmas spirit, has to deal with his dysfunctional family and being bullied by his tom-boy cousins. When his anger causes him to lose his holiday spirit, he tears up a note to Santa and hurls it out the window. The ancient European folklore warns of a horned beast who terrorizes naughty children who lack the festive spirit and Max’s discarded note unleashes the full force of Krampus and his goons. Now they must stick together if they are to survive.

2. Home Alone

This classic comedy about 8 year old Kevin McCallister, who is accidentally left in the attic after his parents and large family leave for a trip to Paris, is one of the quintessential holiday movies. Kevin awakens to find his entire family gone- a wish of his come true. He enjoys being the man of the house until two burglars who plan to rob his home, threaten the festivities. Using his wits and booby trapping skills, Kevin must fight off the greedy and goofy crooks, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, before he loses more than just his holiday spirit.

3. A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story has become a cult favorite for the season. The movie tells the story of Ralphie Parker, an awkward boy who has to contend with school bullies, his parents, and his waning enthusiasm for the season. With a strong desire to achieve his ultimate goal, receiving an Red Ryder air rifle from Santa, Ralphie strives to make it to Christmas day without accidentally shooting his eye out or crushing his dreams.

4. Elf

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human who was brought to the North Pole as a toddler and raised by Santa’s elves. Overtime, Buddy begins to sense that he is different from his elvin brothers and sisters and he eventually embarks on a journey to New York City to find his real father- a morally bankrupt businessman named Walter Hobbs. After much fuss and a DNA test, Buddy and Walter attempt to rekindle their father/son relationship with disastrous effects.

5. Die Hard

This action movie tells the story of John McClaine, an off duty police officer who is visiting his estranged wife during a company Christmas shindig in a large and fancy high rise building- the headquarters of the company. When a gang of terrorists hijack the building and take hostages, John realizes he is all that stands in the way of the terrorists and is his wife’s only hope for survival.

Watch any of these great five movies to get into the spirit this holiday season.

7 Best Witch Movies of All Time

In researching my upcoming novel, not only do I have to read everything I can about witchcraft, but every once in a while I get to settle in and even watch a movie based on witches. I&39;ve compiled a list of my top 7 favorite witch movies below.

The Blair Witch Project – Top honors have to go to this film! Even though you never see the witch on film, she remains more terrifying than any other. This film created an illusion of truth through its marketing and presentation (shaky film footage) that left some audience members trembling in their seats and others physically ill. No wonder it was the most successful independent movie of all time.

The Harry Potter Movies – Okay, I&39;ll admit it, I&39;m a total Harry Potter geek. What kid did dream of being a witch or wizard after seeing those films?

Practical Magic – This is one of my favorite movies. I love all of the crazy spells and the "signs" that they see in the moon. Throw in a little romance, kidnapping, and murder, and it makes for a great Saturday night!

The Witches of Eastwick – A classic! Three women discover their magical powers by accident when they are seduced by the same devil-like man. From sharing a man to taking back control of their lives, it&39;s a fun movie to watch.

The Craft – Take the new girl at school and throw her in with a group of misfit witches and it&39;s the Breakfast Club meets the Witches of Eastwick. What is not to like?

Beautiful Creatures – Okay, I know it&39;s not everyone&39;s favorite, but I loved the entire idea about a witch coming of age and being claimed by the light or the dark based on her "true nature". How many of us could pass a test like that?

Dark Shadows – Oh, I can almost hear the groan from the peanut gallery, but I honestly enjoy this film. I love the idea of ​​a witch as a scorned lover and seeking her revenge. It does not hurt that the man in question is the always sexy Johnny Depp, but the overall lesson is there. That will teach a man not to love &39;em and leave&39; em.

There you have it. My list of the best witch movies to watch again and again. I don&39;t call it procrastinating, I call it research. Who knew research could be so much fun?

Three Movies Out Now That Will Put A Smile On Your Face

You might be like a lot of people out there who have often bemoaned the dreadful state of the movies out now, and in some cases, your attitude is arguably valid. Then again, we are experiencing quite a diverse amount of unique movie making right now that it really is hard to simply say, “Everything is just bad.” In fact, it can probably be argued that the movies out now are some of the most refreshing movies that have been out in a while.

That’s a bold statement, especially when you consider some of the so-called “golden era” periods cinema has had over the course of the last century or so. A quick look at the usual “greatest of all-time” lists has entries in its top ten that were made before 1950. Still, with so many diverse movie makers behind the camera nowadays, utilizing tremendous technology, and working with powerful scripts, today’s movies are something special.

In all honesty, though, it’s important to keep in mind that when it comes to watching a movie, you want to have a good time. Movies are supposed to be entertaining. They don’t all have to be high-art cinema, and they don’t have to be contenders for “G.O.A.T” lists. You want to leave the theater absolutely pumped about a cool CGI sequence you saw or maybe you’re hyped up over a choreographed fight sequence that broke the laws of physics. Maybe you can’t stop laughing at the pound-for-pound best jokes you ever heard.

It’s important to leave a movie theater with a smile on your face, and if that’s what it is all about for you, here are three movies out now that are sure to get the job done:

Life of the Party – A career stay-at-home wife has all that she has known fall apart around her, and now she has to decide what the next part of her life will entail. How about college? It’s a hilarious ride through what can often be difficult material to cover in a movie, but then again, don’t we all get through life’s tough situations with a little humor, too?

Overboard – About 30 years after the original, the new version of this film reverses the roles a bit and tackles some more issues other than just the differences between rich and poor. A diverse cast and a willingness to tug at serious heartstrings make this revamped version a good movie.

Deadpool 2 – Our foul-mouthed hero is back for a second adventure that sees the formation of the X-Force and a mission bigger than himself. With inside jokes abounding and a tongue-in-cheek way of breaking the fourth wall without actually breaking it, this is the kind of sequel you dream of.

The movies out now are sure to be high on the entertainment value. Smiles aside, though, just remember that going to the movies is supposed to be a way to let go of the world for just a little while. Movie makers rely on the idea of suspension of disbelief. In other words, you need to let go of the idea that what you are watching is make-believe & not real. If you can do that & let yourself get swept up into a universe where what you’re seeing is very real, you just might need a crowbar to get the smile off of your face as you exit the theater.

My Favorite Christopher Lee Roles

Christopher Lee is one of my all time favorite actors, and being an ardent horror fan, I deem him to be right up there with Boris Karloff, Peter Cushing and Vincent Price. Lee, of course, played many parts, and not just horror ones, throughout his long, illustrious career. The following are my all time favorites:

1. Dracula – Well, what can I say about THIS role? Christopher Lee was the best Dracula ever, beyond a shadow of a doubt. When he made his debut as Bram Stoker&39;s immortal vampire back in 1958 for Hammer films, a true screen horror legend was born. Although Lee often said of his Dracula role that it was becoming increasingly tiresome and ridiculous with each new sequel, and that instead he wanted to portray the count exactly how he was presented in Stoker&39;s novel, he certainly could not deny that in the minds of all us Hammer fans, nobody could play the part of Dracula as awesomely and frighteningly as he could.

2. Lord Summerisle – The Wicker Man&39;s main antagonist opposite Edward Woodward&39;s policeman protagonist, Neil Howie. Lee is just brilliant in this role, as the island&39;s ruler and head of the sinister pagan cult, who lures the unsuspecting PC Howie to the island on the pretext of a missing girl. I especially enjoy the dialogue between the two as Summerisle relates to Howie the history of the island and its traditions. I also love the part where the policeman barges in on Summerisle and, in disgust, throws down a dead rabbit which he has found in the dead girl&39;s grave. As Howie eventually ends up being burned alive by Summerisle and his cohorts in a huge wicker man (truly one of the most terrifying and unforgettable climaxes in horror movie history). This is another remarkable performance from Lee, and definitely one of his best.

3. Fu Manchu – Lee played Sax Rohmer&39;s oriental villain with a style that was just fantastic. Here was a baddie screen that was just evil incarnate, and of course nobody can play a screen baddie quite like Christopher Lee can. I used to love Fu Manchu&39;s haunting, echoing voice at the end of the movie when he would intone: "The World Shall Hear From Me Again." And, by golly, it did, as returned as Manchu in a few more sequels.

4. Rasputin – Again, playing the notorious mad monk and mystic, Lee was just awesome. He speaks in a harsh, guttural voice as he embarks on an orgy of wine, women, dismemberment, hypnotism and murder. Lee&39;s big brown eyes look even more mesmerising and intense in this role, framed by Rasputin&39;s long hair and beard. In an interview, Lee said that he tried to emphasize the intense power Rasputin had over both men and women, and the sheer mystery of him. Well, he certainly did that! Rasputin The Mad Monk was filmed back-to-back with Dracula, Prince of Darkness in 1965.

5. John Reid in The House That Dripped Blood (1971) – I have watched this Amicus portmanteau horror movie many, many times over the years, and each time I never fail to enjoy it just as much as I did when I first watched it – especially, of course, the story Sweets To The Sweet, in which Christopher Lee appears. Lee plays the rather cold, stern father of an apparently sweet little girl (Chloe Franks), with whom he moves into the horror house, along with his daughter&39;s solicitous governess (Nyree Dawn Porter). But beneath the hard exterior, Reid also betrays a certain degree of anxiety and nervousness from time to time, suggesting that there may be something more to his dominance over his daughter than meets the eye. And there certainly is. The heated exchanges between Reid and the governess over the child&39;s welfare and paternal suppression are extremely entertaining to watch, and the climax of the story – involving Reid&39;s vengeful daughter (who turns out to be the daughter of a witch, hence Reid&39;s display of nerves throughout the movie) and a wax voodoo doll is truly horrifying.

Serious Impressions of Stupid Movies

Movies have become one of the most influential factors in modern society. From starting new trends to educating the ordinary people, movies undoubtedly make an impression on the general public. Since the discovery of the very first motion picture in 1890s, movies have become a visual documentation on events of human evolution. Talking about the movies that are produced for entertainment purposes, here is a quote, from the Pulitzer Prize winner film critic Roger Ebert:

"We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls.They allow us to enter other minds not simply in sense of identifying with the characters, but by seeing the world as another person sees it."

-Roger Ebert

Roger once said that art is the closest that we could come to understanding how a stranger feels and movies as an amalgum of audio and visual form of arts, makes a very complex and sophisticated form of art. There is an undeniable effect that movies have in our thought process. When we exit a theater after watching a movie, we leave with the definite kind of thoughts depending upon the movie we watched. With our responsibilities of daily life we ​​skip through myriads of social and emotional aspects that keep us humane. We live in a world with so much colors and variations of human aspects but we fail to recognize and enjoy, while busy in our commitments. And that is where movies are a sweet reminder of what we are and what we have. Let us take "Forrest Gump" for instance that portrays the innocence of a guy, with the spirit to make something out of himself despite all the shortcomings. Or the more recent one "Happythankyoumoreplease", which shows characters, no different from the ones in our neighborhood. The characters in the reel world are no different from those in our real world and the challenges they face are just a version of the ones we face. And movies help us understand life through different perspectives.

Let us take modern historical period movies and old classic ones, they are a depiction of how things were in the days gone by. As ordinary people they tend to be a reminder of our heritage, a source of reminiscence and nostalgia. There are also movies like "Blade Runner" which give us a peek into how things could be in the future, and there are ones that make us laugh and have a good time. Educating us, tickling our funny bones to cautioning us about the future events that could fall upon us, movies have an undeniable influence on our thoughts and actions.

There is little bad with every little good

Movie as a technology has grown from a simple fast moving collection of pictures to a complicated industry. With the technology&39;s ever growing popularity, movies have now become an integral part of our daily life. Be it in a friendly chat among friends or the daily news broadcast, movies are one of the subjects of discussion. Primarily a form of entertainment, movies as a whole is also listed as an informal source of education. Many people tend to learn from movies more than any other formal source, although that might seem like an overstatement. In many under developed countries movies and television series are used as the means for educating the population for social reform and bring an overall change. There is no denying on a vast reach of movies, this however could have a very bad effect, as not every movie carries the same humane values.

Movies that fall under the genres like historical drama, historical war movies and biopics are often criticized for taking liberty with the historical facts. They are accused of bending the story to dramatize events and make interesting movies. One of such movies is "Pearl Harbor", which was released under much criticism. With film makers taking such liberty with the historical subject matters, it is both disrespectful and unforgivable. Due to such movies gullible audiences go on to believe a fiction to be the fact, which is not a good thing. On the other hand there are movies that fall under action and horror genres which are criticized for violent contents. Directors like Quentin Tarantino in Hollywood and Anurag Kashyap in Bollywood have their respective reason and logical explanations regarding such contents. Despite their reasonable explanations there is no denying that the exposure to violence may cause personality disorder in kids and other receptive demographic. There exists proper processes of identification and allotting category a movie goes through before its release to diminish such adverse effects. However their presence is only as good as the implementation.

Movies are Stupid

"The point is not to avoid all Stupid Movies, but to avoid being a Stupid Moviegoer, It&39;s a difficult task separating the good Stupid Movies from the bad ones …" -Roger Ebert

Often movies are termed as stupid waste of time. The opinion is not wrong on its own but we have to keep in mind that there are literally millions of movies representing a genre and there are numerous genres. Though not all of them deserve our attention but not all of them deserve our indifference either. Thus, the responsibility falls upon us to choose the movie that would be worth the time. In fact the choice of movies differs with each individual. And each genre of movies is targeted towards a specific kind of audience.

Every work of Art is subject to one&39;s own perception and interpretation, movies are no different. Just like any art, each movie is bound to have its point of view and an agenda. Movies are the most expressive among all forms of arts as such it is capable of covering a huge demographic with no bias of color, age or region. This benefits the film makers with the power to impress the huge susceptible population with their ideas. However, it falls upon the viewer to choose the right movie.

Connecting with a movie

A movie without a definite direction becomes a disaster, as such most of the times it is the director who determines a certain tone of the movie subject. With proper co-ordination with his fellow colleagues director goes on to create a masterpiece that resonates with our life and mindset. This is when we would be sucked into a different world altogether. And that is the real satisfaction of watching a movie. Otherwise it would become a stupid waste of time.

However besides the nuances in the production of a movies itself, there are many factors that affects its connection with the audience. One such case is "The Room" which released in 2003 as an independent movie. The movie was written, produced and directed by Tommy Wiseau, who also acted in the movie. The movie was completely slaughtered by the critics while it did a good business. There are also the DC movies like "Suicide Squad" and "Justice League" which despite the critical bashing go on to collect big bucks. The reason there being the subject matter though poorly executed is dear to the fans of DC comics.

Movies have now become an integral part of human lifestyle. It could very well be a form of social activity, where we would all come together for a good time. There is also one of the most important influences as one of the largest industry, it employs a large number of manpower. Though a topic of socio-economic influence is worth another article, there is no denying that movies have become one of the social activities. So we could try and divide a movie into good and bad but as a form of art, a movie is just that, an art.