It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

Moviday: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

I know I know, Christmas is technically over right? Well, sure December the 25th has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fond memory of the holidays can’t still be celebrated. Read More »

Christmas Vacation (1989)

Moviday: Christmas Vacation (1989)

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without watching this movie at least a dozen times in between Thanksgiving & Christmas! The reason why so many people know and love this movie is because Read More »

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Moviday: White Christmas (1954)

First of all, lemme just ask you guys this, why aren’t men this charming anymore?! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are absolutely gorgeous and talented. They can sing, dance, they’re war heroes, Read More »

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Moviday: Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Ya know, I’ve seen this silly flick on many a “Worst Christmas Movies Ever” list, but I honestly kinda have a soft spot for it. With Tim Allen’s usual pig-headedness & the Read More »

Holiday Inn (1942)

Moviday: Holiday Inn (1942)

Let’s start this blog off with a movie about ALL of the holidays! Although it is mostly watched during the Christmas season, it could technically be a movie for ANY holiday of Read More »

Happy New Year + Official Launching!

First of all, I’d like to say “Happy New Year!” to any of you guys that are actually reading this. Second, even though I’ve been posting about Christmas movies over the last few weeks, I still haven’t officially “opened” this blog to public i.e. promoted it, worked on the FB page for it, etc. Today, on New Years Day, the first holiday of the year, I will be announcing the launch of Movidays via social media! Yay! So, please if you’re reading this bookmark my blog, pass it around to your friends, tweet about it, whatever you can do to spread the word about the holiday movies that we all love.

If you’re new to Movidays lemme just start off by introducing myself. I’m you’re author and admin, Renee P. I run this website and the Movidays blog in my spare time because I absolutely love movies and especially movies about holidays! So why not write about them all of the time, right? That’s why I’m here! Eventually, I would love to have other writers join me in this project but for now it’s just me, myself & I.

Movidays is going to work like this…

  • I’m going to write review posts about holiday movies that I watch
  • You guys feel free to comment or leave feedback anytime
  • I’ll probably post about holiday facts or movie facts from time to time
  • And maybe I’ll add in TV miniseries/movie entries as well.
  • I rate all of the movies that I watch based upon an A-F grading scale
  • I credit all of my resources and provide you guys with the links for your own use
  • I highly enjoy Twitter convo’s so add us here
  • And don’t forget to like us on Facebook too

For now, I will leave you guys with this, the ball dropping last night during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve!


Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest on WhoSay
 

Moviday: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

I know I know, Christmas is technically over right? Well, sure December the 25th has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the fond memory of the holidays can’t still be celebrated. As far as I’m concerned, Christmas continues until New Year’s Day! So, I’ll be talking about movies this week that could fit into either category. Beginning with my all-time favorite holiday movie ever created…

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)I was actually sick on Christmas Day & that’s my favorite time to watch It’s a Wonderful Life, but in my medicine-induced coma I managed to get through only about 75% of it. But as some of you know I’m sure, this movie is about a man named George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) and how a happy little angel (second class angel, mind you) named Clarence showed him what a wonderful life he actually had despite the fact that times were tough. The movie isn’t totally about the actual Christmas holiday, but that’s where the story ends, on Christmas Eve amidst a miracle that saves George’s life. It’s a classic feel-good movie and a major tearjerker.

My own personal tradition is to watch this every year on Christmas morning, but obviously I had to skew my plans a bit. Not only that, but this year for the first time ever, I watched the film in color. Wow! Have any of you guys ever got a hold of the colorized version of It’s a Wonderful Life? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about black and white film, but it’s amazing some of the things you didn’t notice before until you see it in full color! The scenes in the house on Sycamore and in Potter’s office are exquisite! Potter’s desk is also interesting! If you look really closely while George is talking to Potter about coming to work for him, there’s a metal skull sitting by the lighter that is used to light George’s cigar. Never noticed that before but it definitely adds to Potter’s evil character. I highly recommend watching this in color at least once just to see if you spot anything that you were unable to spot in the b&w version.

Finally, the main thing I love about this movie is the way it makes me fall in love with Jimmy Stewart’s character, George and Mary’s character played by Donna Reed. They’re the most perfect couple. Mary is also probably the most understanding wife of all time! She skips out on her own honeymoon to help George & the Building and Loan, she fixes up the old house on Sycamore BY HAND, and takes care of all of the kids while George stresses away at work. Mary is the mother/wife of the year and even when George loses sight of all he has in his life, she doesn’t lose her faith in him. This is the kind of love and hope that I wish all of mankind had for each other. It’s even further exemplified when the whole town comes together to help George after all of those selfless years of him taking care of everyone else in Bedford Falls.

It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

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It’s a Wonderful Life is a movie that is not only amazing to watch during the holiday season, but it’s also inspiring and fills us with hope that helps us to overcome our own problems and appreciate what we have in our lives because it can be taken away in the blink of an eye. Because this movie displays such pure visions of love and faith and because it’s so full of Christmas spirit…

… I’ll give it an A+

Moviday: Christmas Vacation (1989)

Christmas Vacation (1989)

The holidays wouldn’t be complete without watching this movie at least a dozen times in between Thanksgiving & Christmas! The reason why so many people know and love this movie is because Clark is so damn easy to relate to, in a manner of speaking, there’s a “Clark” in every one of us. We all have that urge to make the holidays perfect for our friends, husbands, girlfriends, children, in laws, or even for the sake of nostalgia. Every one of us strives to have that “good, old-fashioned family Christmas”. We want all of our relatives to get along just so we can celebrate the holidays together. That’s why Christmas Vacation has to be one of the greatest all-time best holiday movies to date!

No joke, it speaks volumes. For example, my family is so obsessed with it that they can pretty much quote the entire movie and a couple of years ago one of my aunts bought us all “Griswald Family Christmas” t-shirts. We wear them ALL of the time. We’ve looked up trivia on the movie and try to spot different things when we watch it every yeaChristmas Vacation (1989)r. Oh yes! Our Thanksgiving night tradition is to watch Christmas Vacation to get us in the mood for Christmas and shopping and hanging out with family! It’s movies like this that define the term, “the most wonderful time of the year!”

Basically, if you didn’t get the gist already, Clark Griswald (Chevy Chase) wants to have the perfect family Christmas in his Illinois home which his wife Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) thinks is crazy. Which it is. This is where a lot of actors got their start too! Like the kid who ended up on Roseanne and then Big Bang Theory as well as Juliette Lewis who continued her film career but now is rocking out on tour promoting her music, which is awesome by the way! The cast really couldn’t be better!

The best part about this flick though is that you end up falling in love with each and every character these actors play. Eventually, you even find yourself liking cousin Eddie and Ellen’s parents gah! As annoying as Ellen’s mama & papa are ya have to adore their never-ending pessimism. The whole family is neurotic and hilarious, the best of all combinations! You’d be silly not to agree that at times, we all feel like our own families are the Griswald’s. And if you don’t have a family like that you wish you had one. They’re perfect and a complete mess just like our own families. Through this movie you learn to love the craziness of your own brood and for that . . .

I’ll give it an A+

Moviday: White Christmas (1954)

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First of all, lemme just ask you guys this, why aren’t men this charming anymore?! Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye are absolutely gorgeous and talented. They can sing, dance, they’re war heroes, they’re businessmen, and actors. I fall in love with these wonderful men from the 40s and 50s every year around the holidays. As you can probably already tell, I love vintage, black and white musicals and romantic comedies. They’re simple yet entertaining and elegant.

White Christmas is no exception. The main thing I love abouWhite Christmas (1954)t this film is the comedic timing between Crosby and Kaye. They’re hilarious together and the opening scene during the war when Crosby is singing “White Christmas” is just breathtaking. I couldn’t pick a favorite character if you asked me to, but I am a big fan of Phil Davis (Kaye) and Judy (Vera-Ellen). They crack me up, but their sexual tension in the scene where Judy proposes that they get engaged is so silly it gives me butterflies!

Of course, there are many plot lines in White Christmas but Crosby and Kaye with the help of the sisters (Rosemary Clooney & Vera-Ellen) team up to help save a resort about to go bankrupt. The singing and dancing though is what saves the day in the end. It’s addicting and once you see this movie I guarantee you’ll watch it every year during the holidays . . .

. . . if you don’t already. I’ll give it an A

(see grading scale here)

Moviday: Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Christmas with the Kranks (2004)

Ya know, I’ve seen this silly flick on many a “Worst Christmas Movies Ever” list, but I honestly kinda have a soft spot for it. With Tim Allen’s usual pig-headedness & the cute mommy ‘Lee Curtis there isn’t much to not like about this one.

Christmas with the Kranks was actually based upon a novel written by the best-selling author John Grisham. Kranks, although not Grisham’s usual legal thriller style, is the usual blend of Christmady. That is, a Christmas comedy, with all of the family dysfunction and magical cheer one can handle. Personally, I think Grisham wrote a wonderful holiday tale, screw the critics! This movie is definitely one to consider adding to your own Christmas film marathon just due to the ridiculous neighborhood the majority of the movie takes place in. I’m sure some of you out there can relate to up-tight townsfolk eh?

Anyway, one of the insane neighbors played by Dan Akroyd, terrorizes Luther (Allen) and Nora (Jamie Lee Curtis) because they’ve decided to skip Christmas this year due to their daughter leaving for the Peace Corp or something awesome like that. Of course Allen starts acting like the holiday humbug he is SO good at playingChristmas with the Kranks (2004) (see also “The Santa Clause”) while Curtis saves the day. Just like the majority of the holiday movies Allen stars in he’s forced to learn his lesson and in the end everything is right in the world.

All right, it’s no “Holiday Inn” but I think the funny part where they’re at the tanning bed with way-too-small swimwear on & the scene where Curtis buys the ham at the grocery store are perfect examples of why you have to give this movie a shot.

It’s cute, I promise! I’ll give it a B+
(see the grading scale here)

Moviday: Holiday Inn (1942)

Holiday Inn (1942)

Let’s start this blog off with a movie about ALL of the holidays! Although it is mostly watched during the Christmas season, it could technically be a movie for ANY holiday of the year! Therefore, it deserves to be the first one discussed.

Holiday Inn is a b&w musical flick starring Fred Astraire and Bing Crosby but you might also note it as the movie “White Christmas” was originally written for. The basic premise of this flick is that there would be an inn that was only open on public holidays. During those special days, the owners of the inn would perform fantastic & elaborate shows. Astaire, Crosby, & the rest of the cast have such great chemistry in this film that they make it so easy to be entertained. The singing and dancing is infectious and the love story is perfect. But I must know, who would you pick as most dreamy, Bing Crosby or Fred Astraire? (Feel free to comment below!)

Holiday Inn (1942)

My holiday movie collection would be incomplete without this one. So, I’ll give it an A
(see grading scale here)

Before December ends…

Christmas Movies

… I would like to get this thing in working order. Actually, I would like to complete that task before Sunday, but we shall see. I’m missing PRIME Christmas movie blogging time! EEEK!

Yes, that’s basically what this is all about. Me blogging about my favorite holiday movies as well as reviewing day-specific flicks I’ve never seen before. At the beginning of every month I’ll post a new calendar of the holidays I will be “celebrating” here on Movidays. Then, I’ll be posting whatever I happen to come across in my own personal collection, on Netflix, or of course on TV. During those months with few holidays, my back-up blog posts will be centered around seasonal films and of course, nostalgia. I would also LOVE for you guys to participate on the conversation as well! Feel free to contact me ANYTIME with comments and/or feedback here: movidays AT acinematicsunrise DOT com.

Finally, this site is set up so you can choose a particular article/review based upon season, holiday, or a specific topic (time, months, genre, etc.) Eventually I will be blogging once maybe even two or three times a day so there will be plenty of content for you to search through! I’m still so thrilled about this project & hope that you guys are too! For now I leave you with a December 2011 calendar featured above & some social networking links:

Calendar of December

December Holidays

Allow me to introduce myself!

Holidays Movies

Hello & welcome to Movidays! My name is Renee P. and I will be your lovely tour guide down memory lane!

Movidays is a creation that I am proud to finally share with the world. This blog is dedicated to two of my absolute favorite things in the world; movies and holidays! There’s just something about watching “A Christmas Story” for 24 hours straight on Christmas Eve or renting “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” to watch after devouring a Thanksgiving feast. These are only a few examples of truly nostalgic movies that can be directly related to some of our favorite holidays.

Movies, to me, only add to the enjoyment of the holidays- watching dysfunctional families trying to get along for Christmas or romantic comedies about the stress of being single on Valentine’s Day- the two practically go hand in hand! That’s what I want to try to capture, my feelings about certain holiday-themed movies throughout the year. Yes, all calendar year long! I’m not going to write about the most popular holidays (Christmas, Halloween, etc.) but also about holidays that you wouldn’t think would have movies made about them (such as Easter or Kwanza). I’m thoroughly dedicated to making this your go-to place for movies that can help put you in a particular holiday mood.

I’ll write another post soon about exactly what you’ll be seeing from this blog in the future. For now, I just wanted to say hi and announce how excited I am about this project! Any comments, suggestions or feedback (positive/negative) is very much appreciated!