Monday, December 1, 2014

Editor's Picks: The Ultimate Feel-Good Holiday Movies

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As the end of the year rolls around, we get to enjoy spending time with our loved ones that we haven’t been able to do as much during the year. And nothing is better than to sit on the couch in our own homes, with home cooked snacks watching those feel-good holiday movies. Check out the list after the jump.

1. The Holiday
‘The Holiday’, released in 2006, was written, produced and directed by famed romantic comedy queen Nancy Meyers. Starring Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, and Jack Black; the critically acclaimed chick flick is second to none the perfect holiday movie! Taking place in both California and England, ‘The Holiday’ tells a story about two unlucky in love women who travel across the Atlantic to get over each of their heartbreaks by exchanging homes with one another during the holiday season. 

2. Before Trilogy
From ‘Before Sunrise’, ‘Before Sunset’, to ‘Before Midnight’; The Before Trilogy is the perfect set of movies to watch for an evening in with your loved one. Telling the story about Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy’s characters’ journey from the moment they first met until they become a married couple with children in the ‘Before Midnight’ movie. We could never get enough of their intriguing conversations and chemistry!

3. Love Actually
Released in 2003, ‘Love Actually’ has become one of the classic movies to watch during the holidays. Set in London, England, nine intertwined stories examined the complexities of the one emotion that connects every one of us, which is love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

4. Bridget Jones’ Diary
Based on the book of the same title, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’ was a modern reinterpretation of the Jane Austen classic, Pride & Prejudice. Released in 2001, the film starring Renée Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Colin Firth; is one of those chick flicks that would make you feel a little bit better about your own life - and also give us hope - that any one of us can turn our lives around and meet our very own Mr. Darcy!

5. The Sound of Music
"The hills are alive… with the sound of music." Well, this movie has to be our favorite holiday season movie! Even though it’s not actually set during the holidays, this all time classic is always a family favorite to huddle around the TV and watch together. The Von Trapp family’s story always inspires us and tell us the most important message: that family is the best thing any one of us could have.

Happy holidays everyone! xx