What To Watch Over Christmas...
Even with the welcome news of vaccine roll-outs, large numbers of us are living under tiered restrictions, with many cinemas across the country remaining closed.
For those able and willing to go to a cinema, the big release is Patty Jenkin’s and Gal Gadot's “Wonder Woman 1984”.
For those of us remaining at home, streaming is the best way to get some well-needed movie escapism. What are we watching? Well our friends at JustWatch have crunched the numbers and surprise, surprise [drum roll please]…
… The answer is “Christmas Movies!!!”
Elf is one of our family’s favourites, so it is fantastic to see Will Ferrell’s Buddy at the top of the Christmas tree!
The Big Digital Release
The big news at home has to be the digital release of Christopher Nolan’s “TENET”. Those of you that have created your own home cinemas this year (whether that is a small projector, a sound bar and freshly painted wall or a state of the art 9.2.6 reference Atmos immersive audio system with 4KHDR projection) are in for a treat. Microwave the popcorn and open a can of pop. This is the movie we have been waiting for.
What else can we look forward to?
Which ever service you use, there are also some cracking films available to stream over the festive period. Here are a few of our favourites.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) - Steven Spielberg's UFO classic is as good a watch today as it was 43 years ago.
Galaxy Quest (1999) - Even if a few of the family shy away from sci-fi, Dean Parisot's Star Trek spoof has a laugh for everybody.
Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (2019) - From teenage trumpet wonder to innovative pioneer and titan of jazz, Miles Davis was COOL. Stanley Nelson's documentary is a fantastic exploration of his life and music.
The Prestige (2006) - Perhaps Christopher Nolan's least talked about film has a stellar cast, with Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman as two magician's in deadly competition.
Where the Wild Things Are (2009) - Spike Jonze's superb movie brings Maurice Sendak's classic children's book to life.
Despicable Me (2010) - The movie that gave us Gru and his unforgettable Minions! A must watch for all the family.
The Matrix (1999) - Neo, Trinity and Morpheus battle to free the human race from our virtual reality. If the teenage kids haven't watched them, Prime Video has the whole trilogy to binge on.
Romeo + Juliet (1996) - Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes seem unbelievably youthful in Baz Luhrmann's fantastic adaptation of Shakepeare's love masterpiece.
The Terminator (1984) - He's been back a few times and now he is available to stream over the Christmas break.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) - Frances McDormand gives a typically incredible performance in this tragically dark comedy.
Sky and Now TV
Cats (2019) - Tom Hooper's musical adaptation didn't shine at the box office but it's incredible cast (Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench and James Corden to name but a few) mean it must be worth a watch!
Dolittle (2020) - Fresh from saving the Marvel Universe, Robery Downey Jr returns in a modern rendition of Hugh Lofting's classic story.
Emma (2020) - If you are after a period drama, Anya Taylor-Joy takes the title role in Jane Austen's tale of a well-meaning but meddlesome young woman.
Sonic The Hedgehog (2020) - Jim Carrey's typically over-the-top performance steals the show as Dr. Robotnik goes up against everyone's favourite super-fast blue hedgehog!
Whatever you are watching this Christmas, we wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!
Adam and the Art of the Movies team.