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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…
For now, I will leave you guys with this, the ball dropping last night during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve!
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 playing (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)
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!)
My holiday movie collection would be incomplete without this one. So, I’ll give it an A
(see grading scale here)
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!