Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Actually

To celebrate the holidays this year I'm pulling out one of my all time favorite Christmas movies, Love ActuallyFor the uninitiated, Love Actually is a charming 2003 British film with an impressive cast of heavyweight actorsLiam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Keira Knightly, Martin Freeman and Colin Firth, just to name a few. There are too many story lines to mention--some romantic, some some touching, others a little sad--but they all come together at the end on Christmas. 

I won't ruin the film by leaking spoilers here, although I'll say that there's a great scene with Hugh Grant as the Prime Minister meeting with Billy Bob Thornton as the President of the United States.The storyline of the shy couple (Martin Freeman aka Bilbo Baggins and Joanna Page) who meet while working as body doubles for an adult film is cute, although probably not a good idea for family entertainment. Okay, the brief scenes with Rodrigo Santoro (see his Chanel No. 5 advert here.) may be reason enough to watch the movie and, aside from a couple misses, the soundtrack is great. If you've never seen it, Redbox just put it in their mix although apparently the on-demands like Netflix and Amazon don't have it for streaming. I sure hope I can find my DVD copy!

So to get you in the spirit, here's a video of short clips to Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas Is You.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!!!


Pat O'Dea Rosen said...

Love, Actually is tops on my holiday-favorites list, too, Lark. Merry Christmas!

Louise Behiel said...

sounds like a good movie and an interesting choice for Christmas Day. Our choices were a series of Barbie princess movies...those favored by a 3 and a 5 year old. LOL

Merry Christmas

Lark Howard said...

Merry Christmas, Pat. As it turned out my copy of L,A is MIA so we read and sat by the fire instead.

Lark Howard said...

Barbie princess movies are good, Louise. Not Die Hard, but 3 and 5 year olds probably don't need all the action.