For The Single (And Fabulous)
Bridget Jones’ Diary
Christmas can be a tough time for singles (just ask Bridget), but this movie serves as a beacon of hopes for any singletons out there; no matter how sad or lonely your single life might seem during the festive season (when the couples seem to come out of hibernation and flaunt their relationship in our faces), it can’t be any worse than Bridget Jones’ love life (or lack of). A pervy “uncle”, a hideous Christmas jumper, drunken solo karaoke and awkward (and unwelcome) questions about your relationship status . . . Even if any of this HAS happened to you, at least you can take comfort in the fact that you have a heroine of literature and silver screen in your corner.
For The Unconventional
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Not a fan of tinsel and turkey? This is the movie for you; Tim Burton’s twisted take on what Christmas would be like if organised by a Pumpkin King who specialises in shocks and scares. This slice of festive fun is ideal for those who decorate their Christmas trees with cobwebs and prefer pumpkins to turkeys.
For The Family
There is no Christmas movie better designed for festive fun for the whole family than the hysterical adventures of Kevin McAllister. Whether he is booby-trapping his home parent-free or let loose in New York City (again, without Mum and Dad), “Home Alone” is the King of Christmas family-comedy; no swearing or violence (except the hilarious kind that’ll cause your four year old to roll around the floor laughing) but LOTS of festive-fuelled
For The Weepies
It’s A Wonderful Life
Frank Capra’s 1946 classic stars James Stewart as George Bailey; a small-time businessman who sacrifices his dreams and ambitions for others who winds up deep in debt and suicidal on Christmas Eve. No, it’s not the conventional turkey and trimmings of typical Christmas movies, but you’ll struggle to find a conclusion that warms your heart and restores your faith in humanity like this does.
For The Romantics
Perfect for a cosy cuddle on the couch; “Love Actually” is the movie for fans of romance. Unrequited love, infatuation, disappointment, infidelity and sex; the different faces of love and lust are all represented in this heart-warming rom-com which boasts an all-star cast (a little eye candy for both sexes and all tastes).
For The Literature Lovers
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dicken’s wrote his classic festive tale, “A Christmas Carol” in 1843, and I don’t expect even HE could have predicted the number of TV and films versions it would spawn, the latest being the 2009 animated version starring Jim Carrey as spiteful miser, Ebenezer Scrooge. Keeping true to the original Dickens novel (even as far as the dialogue between the characters), this much-loved classic tale is a must for fans of the story on paper.
For The Believers
The Santa Claus
For kids (both big and small), this family favourite reminds us where the true magic of Christmas lies. Tim Allen stars as ad exec and father, Scott Calvin who, after accidently causing Santa to fall from his roof on Christmas Eve, has to take his place. In denial himself and considered crazy by his ex-wife and her partner (who just happens to be a psychiatrist), it’s only Scott’s son, Charlie who believes his Dad is Santa Claus and reminds the adults (and us at home) of the what it felt like to be a kid at Christmas waiting on Old St Nick coming down the chimney with presents.