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Festive Season Movies to Feast On

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Festive Season Movies to Feast On 

By Joseph Alcantara

 

Set the holiday mood not only with Christmas ornaments, carols and gifts, but also through movies that keep the season’s spirit alive! Give these films a go to entertain and warm your hearts as you celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.

 

HOME ALONE (1990)

home-aloneA classic, yet ageless film about a boy accidentally left home alone for Christmas, which brought action, adventure and experiences around the values of family love.  While shot in the 90s, its humor and universal plot remain relevant and can cut across generations and demographics.

 

LOVE ACTUALLY (2003)

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British style ‘dram-edy’ that stitched various stories in one film.  The insightful portrayal of diverse, but relatable characters from a high-profile Prime Minister, ‘has been’ singer, hopeless romantic friend, couple undergoing mid-life crisis, caring sister and a boy experiencing puppy love made the film thug hearts.

 

THE POLAR EXPRESS (2004)

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Among all Christmas animation, this stands out as well crafted, creatively themed and not your typical Santa Claus cliché cartoon.  Emotions are brought to life with the voice of award-winning actor, Tom Hanks and an equally provocative song by Josh Groban.

 

THE HOLIDAY (2006)

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A romantic comedy using the irony of two very different people’s personalities, preferences and lives.  Through a creative Christmas holiday idea, they found their lives’ more significant meaning in the other’s shoes and decided to keep it for ‘happily ever after’.

 

Festive Season Movies to Feast On 

 

EDWARD SCISSORHANDS (1990)

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Defined by an iconic character that made Johnny Depp who he is today, its genius director, Tim Burton also set a new fantasy genre benchmark with this movie.  Perfect for Christmas as it is not just integrated to the story, but the fantasy element also complements the right feel for the occasion.

 

SERENDIPITY (2001)

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The chick flick that will make guys cringe and girls fall.  A too good to be true modern day fantasy of finding your match accidentally in the magical Christmas in New York.  The movie title became famous – not everyone knew what it meant before and now a patronized restaurant that even has branches in Dubai.

 

JUST FRIENDS (2005)  

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While Christmas was only an incidental time-setting to a hilarious love story between a ‘then loser fat guy’ and ‘hot blonde cheerleader’ in high school, it’s perfect if you want to be entertained without the need to think.

 

TANGING YAMAN (2000)

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A realistic drama with cinematic trimmings mandatory for every Pinoy to see.  It’s about a dying matriarch’s wish to see her family in harmony despite differences, clashing personalities and status in life.  Well-told and meticulously directed, its nuances became a refreshing change to Philippine cinema.

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joseph alcantara

JOSEPH ALCANTARA

A marketer by profession and a blogger by passion, Joseph found his niche in inspiring others using his personal travel, fitness, career, and lifestyle stories. He believes that the world is one’s oyster and breathes the essence of ‘carpe diem.’ Follow his adventures through his blog www.flywithjoseph.com, or his Facebook page www.facebook.com/flywithjoseph.

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