Sunday, December 18, 2011

Movies and Christmas. What to See?

by Leann

First of all, an update: My carpet WILL be installed by Christmas, or so I am told. Thursday and Friday. Yay for that!

I have turned my attention to the movie releases because we will have family here and that's sort of a tradition. Go to the movies the day after Christmas. But I am concerned because we will also have two young ones visiting. I don't think The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is something my son and daughter-in-law will want their girls seeing! (But it is on my list!) Sherlock Holmes might be okay, but I doubt it will hold the baby's attention and the oldest will probably get bored, too. I know I would at her age.

This topic reminds me of all the movies I saw when I was a kid--because we had a movie theater within walking distance of our house. It was always a double feature and you could stay all day if you wanted for the price of one ticket. The Blob scared me to death, as did a few others. I was little then--between 5 and 7 years old. I always went with my older brother--but he wasn't that much older. He, however, LOVED The Blob. One movie really had my complete attention though, maybe because I was scared, but in a way I'd never been scared before. The movie? The Bad Seed. Little did I know psychological suspense would become one of my favorite genres. But, though sitting through The Blob all day seemed fine with my mother, to my complete surprise, she and the usher came with a flashlight, found me and she dragged me home. My brother got to stay. I think this was the first time I felt true embarrassment. I mean, everyone was watching because I was being a tad stubborn about leaving.

So, no scary movies. My question for all of you is, what movies are out now that the whole family might enjoy? Because I don't know. Or should we make popcorn, stay at home and watch something On Demand? Which sounds like a nice option. I will make my husband go with me to see Dragon Tattoo one day, though. One of my favorite books ever cannot be missed--and yes, I know not everyone liked it. Guess it's the "bad seed" in me that wants to see a woman kick butt mostly using her brain!

14 comments:

Elaine said...

I'm going to an advance screening of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on Monday.

My plans for holiday viewing are - Sherlock Holmes, We Bought a Zoo (this seems to be family oriented), Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (I don't know how family oriented it is; the trailer makes me cry), New Year's Eve.

I've already seen The Artist and War Horse - definite must-sees but again probably not for little kids, the former because they probably won't understand why there's no talking.

Apparently the new Alvin and the Chipmunks is the best of the series.

Aurian said...

No idea what new movies there are, except Sherlock Holmes, which I want to see. But I wish you a Merry Christmas, and hope your new carpet will survive unstained :)

Ladynono52 said...

Hi and Merry Christmas...
I would think "We bought a Zoo" may make everyone in family happy...looks wonderful!
Noreen

Leann Sweeney said...

Ah, We Bought a Zoo! And the Chipmunks. Thank you for the suggestions!!

Diane P said...

My 28 yr old daughter & boy friend saw Puss n Boots. If you are a fan of the Shrek series, you might enjoy that one.They enjoyed it.

Sherlock Holmes is high on my list.

Leann Sweeney said...

oh, if Puss 'n Boots is still playing I would love to see it! Thanks!!!

Margaret Anderson said...

My sister and I plan to see Puss 'n Boots. But what I really like to do at this time of year is watch well-loved DVDs of movies that give me the warm fuzzies. Examples: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Pride & Prejudice, The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Jenn said...

We Bought a Zoo looks great, and the Tintin movie is about to come out too. Over the holidays I love watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Love Actually, and It's a Wonderful Life.

Kristin A. said...

Yippee that your carpet is getting installed before Christmas! I am sure you won't be able to let out that sigh of relief until it is actually done. As far as movies, I love the idea of popping some popcorn and watching something at home. Depending on the ages of the little ones that just might be the best and easiest for everyone. After the kiddos are in bed maybe you adults can watch a grown-up movie for a double feature.

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

The Muppets is good, also Hugo, and the Chipmunk movie

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Obviously I have not been paying attention to the movie trailers on TV!

SoberFilmCritic said...

We don't often think of filmmakers as fans, but that's all they really are. They're the cinephiles who took the torch from a previous generation. Whether actor or director, cast or crew, all filmmakers started somewhere as movie aficionados. Even the great Martin Scorsese has a love of film that predates his career as a director. In his latest work Hugo, Marty takes the time to show moviegoers just how big a fan he is of movies. For more of my thoughts on Hugo, check out my review on Sobriety Test Movie Reviews at http://bit.ly/tY2AOh

Anonymous said...

I recommend The Muppets! I has all the charm of the first Muppet movie some 30 years ago.We went with our son-in-law and daughter, at her request, for her 35th birthday. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Leann Sweeney said...

The Muppets might be the best bet for little ones. Thanks so much!

Leann