Forget the holly — haul out the Hallmark Movie Channel


GUEST POST alert. RD strikes again!

Some people who know me might be shocked to discover that I am a rabid fan of the sappy holiday movie. Beneath my jaded, hard-bitten, work-a-day veneer lies the mushy heart of a true romantic. Most of the year, I am able to hide this chink in my otherwise sturdy armor, but at the holidays, the jig is up and the tissues are out.

I am not a snob either, of course the classics like It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street, are always in heavy rotation, but I am also a sucker for the cheesy, un-original fluff that one is likely to find on Lifetime/Hallmark Channel/ABC Family and the like. Have you seen Holiday in Handcuffs, starring the too-buff Mario Lopez (of Saved by the Bell fame) and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, aka, Melissa Joan Hart? I predict that it will become a new classic. It’s a fun, opposites-attract, Christmas kidnapping caper, that is so unlikely, you almost believe that it must have happened, because who could make that crap up? I LOVE IT!

Some of the other must-sees on my list include:

The Christmas Card — not surprisingly, a Hallmark standby. Starring the great Ed Asner, and some other people I don’t know, it’s a sweet, slightly predictable tale about finding true love where and when you least expect it. Plus it’s set in the Pacific Northwest, so the scenery is breathtaking.

A Holiday Affair — Starring Robert Mitchum and Janet Leigh. Call me Psycho (get it?) but I love this old black and white that you can sometimes catch on Turner Classic Movies. Allegedly, Mitchum was “forced” to make it by his management team because he had been caught smoking pot for like the 100th time, and they thought it would be good for his image. Whatever the reason, he’s dreamy and charming in it, and Janet Leigh is beautiful and gutsy–she had “moxie” or whatever they called it back then. I could do without the weird, pointy bra, but that’s another story.

Christmas In Connecticut — Another black and white sigh-fest starring Barbara Stanwyck. It has some funny, Three’s Company-style hi-jinks, but in the end, the right couple ends up together, and there’s lots of snow, and sleigh rides in a rural New England setting that looks like it’s straight out of a Currier and Ives print. I try to watch it twice if I can.

The Holiday — This is a semi-new fave, that I’m sure is much more familiar to most people. What can I say? Jack Black, Kate Winslet, Jude Law. Lots of house-porn with a luxe California beach home and a quaint English cottage. “Meet cutes” and witty, snappy dialog make it even better. Oh, and Cameron Diaz is in it too, but I don’t let that stop me from watching it with a bottle of wine…I mean, glass of wine.

There are many more I could list, but this entry is probably already much longer than WMEP anticipated. Besides, I heard Love Actually is coming on soon, so I have to go anyway….

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathy
    Nov 17, 2012 @ 21:07:20

    watch the movie “Christmas with the Kranks” today and I swear…I heard you laughter in my living room today Neha…it’s right up your alley! YES..lazy day in the hamptons…as a matter of fact…I’m still in pjs and have no intention of getting out of them until tomorrow!….and I don’t have to either…my kids are 28 and 26 and on their own…YIPPEEEEEE! xoxoxo
    happy belated birthday to my girl Kera


  2. DeeDee
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 13:59:46

    Neha give yourself a treat and have the tissues ready…1952 – The Gift of the Magi, in Black and white with Jeanne Crain and Farley Granger …The newer versions don’t do it justice!! One of the best of the TearJerkers Club…


    • wifemothereventplanner
      Nov 18, 2012 @ 14:05:27

      I’ve seen it – love it!! That and “I remember Mama”… kills me every time. Dee, this post was written by a friend of mine, it’s a guest post from someone I’m trying to get into blogging! RD rules!


  3. on thehomefrontandbeyond
    Nov 18, 2012 @ 14:32:13

    I am generally not sappy but I am at Christmas and watch some of the most awful stuff in the name of Rudoplph and all that is miraculously crazy


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