Monday, 15 December 2014

Blogmas: 15th Dec: Christmas Movies

Apologies for the failure of blogmas but I'm in hospital waiting for my lungs to heal from the surgery I had three weeks ago. Unfortunately my lungs have become inflamed and possibly infected and I'm suffering with symptoms of a chest infection as well as pain and general unwell-ness. It's been a rough week and getting out of bed is still a huge struggle. 

Today one of my nurses has brought in Fred Clause, The Polar Express and Elf for me to watch while I'm in hospital. I've been feeling pretty down and all the nurses have been trying to cheer me up. They know me by now and they know it really isn't me to get so relentlessly sad. But to be honest and thoroughly sick of being ill. I've never felt so weak and unwell for such a long period of time. It's been three weeks since I was able to stand up without being filled with dread. I mean I'm not asking for the world. I just want to be at home and feeling reasonably okay for a significant period of time. The fact that life doesn't seem to want to give me that simple thing is really starting to wear me down. It's ten days till Christmas though. I still have time to get better and the fact I'm feeling well enough to blog is an improvement. I've not been thinking about Christmas because I'm so scared that I'm going to be unwell but now I've decided to just go with it. Better a Christmas feeling ill than no Christmas at all! Let's face it I'm going to be home for Christmas whether my doctors like it or not. I just hope I can get out of bed long enough to enjoy it. 

For this post I'm going to go through a couple of my favourite movies, which I'm going to be watching before Christmas to get me back in the Christmas mood. 

Frozen (2013)
I've stuck this in here because it's a great film to get started with when holding off till December is getting a bit too much. It's wintery but not too Christmassy that you'll ruin the magic. I love frozen. I love musicals and Disney films, and I'm also a fan of Indina Menzel and I love winter! So this film is perfect for me. I actually couldn't stop crying the first time I watched it because it was so beautiful. I had taken a little too much morphine at the time, but still. 

The Santa Clause (1994) and The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
It's just such a great idea for a film. Santa falls off a roof and a random guy ends up having to do the job of being Santa Clause. It's brilliant, funny and as Christmassy as you can get. 

A Christmas Carol (2009)
A modern film that is true to the spirit of the original book. The voices are just perfectly chosen and the animation is really exquisite. As someone who studies film, I can tell you that this is really something special. It is a little scary so not for little kids but definitely one to watch with a good sound system. 

The Polar Express (2005)
Another brilliant example of modern animation. It's a lovely, magical and imaginative story and really beautiful to watch. I really can't get over how good animation is nowadays. It feels almost more real than live action. Be prepared to fall into this magical story. 

Love Actually (2003)
I'm not usually one for sickly romance but it's Christmas so you have to make an exception. Love Actually is brilliant and with it's stellar cast there's something for everyone. It's a must watch at Christmas.

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
My personal favourite! It's just so magical and feel good. I love the message of the film and I'm convinced that Richard Attenborough is actually Father Christmas. It's such a beautiful film, it's been my favourite since I was young and it still is. 

I've already watched Frozen and The Santa Clause but I'm saving most of these until it gets really close to Christmas. Miracle on 34th Street has to be watched on Christmas Eve. Obviously there are quite a lot more but these are the ones I couldn't do Christmas without. 


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