Friday, December 14, 2012

Two Movies Worth Seeing This Holiday Season

I remember my mother mentioning to me that one of her favorite Christmas movies was It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947); yet, I somehow never managed to see it until last night. It's hard to believe that there are still movies out there as brilliant as this one that have been overlooked. It's an unpretentious movie about kindness, generosity, and social responsibility (a common theme in many 1930s-40s movies). This small masterpiece turns out to be unforgettable in its depiction of the positive side of human nature. Sure, it's Hollywood cliche and pure treacle, but it tugs at your heart strings in a touching and soft way.

Bianca and Lars
Lars and the Real Girl (2007) is a quirky and genuinely original movie about a man who falls in love with a sex doll. (It's not what you think.) And although it's not a Christmas movie in the traditional sense, Lars and the Real Girl is imbued with all the values associated with Christmas: compassion, understanding, and sense of community. Ryan Gosling is perfection as Lars, and Bianca is completely convincing as the Real Girl. 

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