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The Oscars are right around the corner and talk of movies has come up a lot. Generally, I dislike ‘favorite’ questions – favorite movie? favorite food? favorite book? Those are impossible questions to answer. No one can have just one favorite anything. I don’t believe you. There is too wide a variety of genres and options. It depends on my mood, it depends on the company, it depends on the time of year. So many factors! But these are some of my favorite movies. These are go-tos that I never really tire of watching. I own them on DVD.


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The Princess Bride. Classic. Quote-able. I remember watching this as a child and remember being terrified at certain parts. And I love watching Mandy Patinkin (i.e. Inigo Montoya) today on old seasons of Criminal Minds.






The Prestige. I love a good drama with a twist. Bet you won’t be 100% sure what happens, even after you see it. I saw it twice in the theater. Because I had to. My mind was blown. It’s like a story with a hole. Love it.







Once. I love music more than anything. But a movie with music might just take the cake. This drama was shot with very little money (€112,000) and shows a story of two people in Dublin who love to make music. It’s sweet, it’s sad, and the music is incredible. It earned an Oscar and a Grammy so you should probably check it out.






Pitch Perfect. More incredible music but a much different tone in the form of comedy. I don’t think I’ve met a single person who didn’t like this movie. Again, incredible soundtrack and very entertaining. I can literally watch this movie over and over. And the sequel is actually not horrible.





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Despicable Me. Last but not least, everyone needs a favorite animated movie. And although it’s hard to beat the classic Disney that I will always love, the newer animated films are pretty great. Sure, this movie has a great message and is sweet, but the minions are what make it. Characters who can communicate and convey feelings with grunts and chirps and wordless sounds? Genius.

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Guide to Netflix Christmas Movies

I have happily been taking advantage of the Netflix selection of Christmas movies. Most of the movies available were probably made for Lifetime, Hallmark, Ion, or ABC Family – so of course they are HIGH quality. 😉 I believe unrealistic, corny, and cheesy are the best way to describe them. Which also, somehow, makes them wonderful and cute. Ranking these was quite difficult since they are all on about the exact same playing level. You still have time to watch some – or just save the list for a marathon next year!

And now, from most cheesy to least cheesy….

dearsantaDear Santa: Crystal finds a letter to Santa from a girl wanting a new mom. So Crystal stalks the family and inserts herself into their lives! Nice cheery Christmas haha. But somehow they make this ok and I bet you can imagine how it ends. Sorry, even I couldn’t get on board with this one. Redeeming quality? None.




Christmas Crush: [on IMDB: Holiday High School Reunion] The ‘win’ for worst was close, but I don’t think anything can beat the crazy family stalker. This was just bad. Georgia returns home for Christmas, attends her high school reunion in order to win back the heart of her hs sweetheart, while still competing with the other former cheerleaders and, of course, still not seeing the love of her life in her best guy friend right in front of her. Have I convinced you yet?? Redeeming quality? None.


holidayinhandcuffsChristmas in Handcuffs: Gertrude’s (these movies have the best character names) bf dumps her the same day she is supposed to take him home for Christmas. So, naturally, she kidnaps a guy out of diner where she works and drags him home. Of course no one believes him and I bet you can guess the ending. The redeeming quality: it starts Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez.


christmaskissChristmas Kiss: It starts strong with a scary elevator ride and a kiss between complete strangers, Wendy and Adam. Obviously. Turns out Adam is Wendy’s boss’s bf. Of course! Bet you can guess the ending!! The redeeming quality: the boss lady is a total diva and jerk and doesn’t deserve Adam anyway.



holidayengagementHoliday Engagement: Hillary’s fiancé breaks things off days before Thanksgiving and meeting the family. So Hillary hires Jason to play David to the family. And things go off without a hitch! Yeah right. Bet you can guess the ending!! The redeeming quality: it’s kind of cute and Haylie Duff is the sister.



12_Dates_of_Christmas_(2011)12 Dates of Christmas: Kate passes out and hits her head in the mall on Christmas Eve – then has to keep reliving Christmas Eve until she ‘gets it right.’ But doesn’t really get a lot of guidance. Does she figure it out?? The redeeming factor: co-star is Mark-Paul Gosselaar and it was semi-unique and cute.



holidazeHolidaze: The plot is a little weak – Mel, an uncaring company executive, falls and hits her head while back at home and wakes up in a completely different life . Of course she hits her head again and everything goes back to her former life and the time in her ‘fake’ life taught her a lesson and she changes her evil ways back in her ‘real’ life. Redeeming quality: Jennie Garth plays the main character and the message is cute.


snowmovieSnow: This really is just a great kids/family movie. One of Santa’s reindeer gets loose and ends up in a zoo in California. Nick (i.e. Santa) comes after him and falls for the zoo keeper, Sandy. Of course there’s an ‘bad’ guy trying to kill the flying reindeer. But I bet you can guess the ending!