It’s finally time to turn off the work email notifications, hang up the school uniforms, and kick back with a classic Christmas movie as the big day approaches.
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With Christmas less than a week away, the MetFilm School has enlisted the advice of one of its top “rom-com” experts to help moviegoers decide which heartwarming seasonal movies to binge-watch.
Dr. Alice Guilluy, a lecturer at the famed MetFilm School, has put together a list of movies to watch over the next week to get them excited for Santa’s arrival.
Here are nine of his best Christmas movies to watch over the holidays.
If it’s too cheesy for you, better turn away now, it’s not going to get better.
Nancy Meyers is one of the reigning contemporary masters of romantic comedy, and it’s one of my personal favorites: yes, the two heroines’ homes are worth millions, but their messy and clunky nature makes them appealing and relatable. , and the production design is, as always with Meyers films, impeccable.
The corner shop
A real Christmas classic: this charming epistolary romance between two warring workers bears the mark of the famous “Lubitsch touch”.
Jimmy Stewart has never been so passed out.
Also check out Nora Ephron’s 1998 remake (You’ve Got Mail), which is on my colleague Justin’s Trefgane (screenwriter) must-see list.
One of the best romantic comedies of the last decade.
This one doesn’t feature Christmas, but ends (happily ever after) on New Year’s Eve, and most of the first act takes place in the snowy Himalayas.
Every musical number is excellent, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor’s chemistry is spectacular, and (a sign of a truly great rom-com) the best friends characters almost steal the show.
This one has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, except that it is an absolute classic of Christmas television in continental Europe (Empress Elisabeth of Austria, whose life it dramatizes, is born on December 24).
The dresses are to die for, Romy Schneider is outstanding, and the romance is ultra-schmaltzy.
The real-life romance of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy shines through in this charming rom-com between a devious librarian (the ever-beautiful Hepburn) and the grumpy computer engineer (the wonderfully gruff Spencer Tracey) hired to replace her with a computer.
A truly funny 1950s working comedy, featuring endearing sidekicks, fantastical zingers and a heartwarming Christmas finale.
Set on Thanksgiving, Gurinder Chadha is best known for her brilliant Bend It Like Beckham (not a Christmas movie, an everyday movie), but this pretty portmanteau Thanksgiving movie is very underrated.
Come for the family drama, stay for the lovingly prepared food.
Die Hard / Making of Die Hard
While technically not a romance (the love story is largely a subplot), it is an undeniable Christmas classic (or is it?) .
And while the movie itself needs no introduction, the dedicated episode of Netflix’s The Movies That Made Us is also worth checking out.
Here’s a real 50s weepie for those who are sick of all the holiday cheer.
Shot in glorious Technicolor, this heartbreaking love story between an upper-class widow (Jane Wyman) and her gardener (Rock Hudson) will have you reaching for the tissues in no time.
Features perhaps the most heartbreaking gift scene in Hollywood history.
And if you still need to cry, watch Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s remake of New German Cinema, Fear Eats The Soul (1974).
And finally, the most controversial of all.
Is it a scary, bloated mess that tries to make stalking romantic (spoiler: no, rom-com viewers aren’t idiots), or a starry ode to love and London?
I stand firmly in the second camp and have seen it once a year since it came out almost 20 years ago.
Sing it with me: I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes!
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