Let Me Entertain You | All I want for Christmas is movies

I don’t know how it happened, but my favorite season is upon us again! (Also the end of the semester, and I am dying of stress. I feel like this year went by very quickly.) Anyway, I love Christmas. It’s the bomb diggidy. I love decorations, and Christmas trees, and the way everything smells better. I like it when people tell me “Happy Holidays,” or “Merry Christmas,” or “Happy Hanukkah.” I adore going to Manhattan and seeing the Christmas windows, and going to the market in Columbus Circle. I love listening to the same holiday songs over and over again for twenty-five days. I have at least twenty more things I could say about Christmas, but I feel like you get the point by now.

But one of my absolute favorite things about Christmastime is that it is also Oscar season. Every Christmas day, my mom and I go to a movie theater and watch one of the films vying for an Academy Award nomination. Last year we saw American Hustle. This year, we have a few contenders for Christmas movie. Here are the films coming out during December that you should definitely check out over the break. Otherwise you’ll be ostracized by all of the film buffs in hipster glasses on campus.

  1. Wild

In theaters on December 5, 2014

This tender retelling of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir of the same name stars Reese Witherspoon as a woman hikes the Pacific Crest Trail after her mother’s death. The film is a testament to Witherspoon’s acting capabilities and to the power of a female-driven story.

  1. Unbroken

In theaters on December 25, 2014

If any movie this holiday season is going to make you cry, it will be this bad boy right here. The film, directed by Angelina Jolie, is based on the book of the same name by Laura Hillenbrand, which is a nonfiction account of the life of Louis Zamperini. Zamperini was an athlete in the 1936 Olympics, who then became a pilot in World War II. His plane crashed in the Pacific, and he survived 47 days adrift until he was captured and sent to a POW camp. This story is almost unbelievable, and yet true. There will be tissues.

  1. American Sniper

In theaters on December 25, 2014

Fun and unrelated fact: when I was younger, I thought I was going to be a badass fighter pilot/sniper. Then I realized that I have terrible eyesight and hand tremors, so that idea went down like a lead balloon. Anyway, if I can’t be a sniper, I can watch Bradley Cooper be one in this Clint Eastwood-directed film about the Navy SEAL who racked up the highest number of sniper kills by an American. The trailer has a real The Hurt Locker feel, so I’m sure I’ll cry in this one too.

  1. Selma

In theaters on December 25, 2014

This film focuses on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the protests which took place in Selma, Alabama. This film is not only incredibly culturally relevant and important given the current situation in America, it is also the second film on this list directed by a woman, Ava DuVernay. This movie will definitely be one to watch this holiday season, and also to contemplate.

  1. Big Eyes

In theaters on December 25

This movie is directed by Tim Burton, and yet miraculously doesn’t star Johnny Depp. Amy Adams leads this film as the artist Margaret Keane, who created famous “big eyed” paintings during the 1950s. Adams will probably garner yet another Oscar nomination for her role in this film, and might even win.

 

It has been an amazing semester writing for you guys! I hope you have an excellent break. You should watch Lost, Jurassic Park, and lots of movies!

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