Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ we are going to talk about something that we all go through. Whether it involves a band, actor, book, or song, we are all fangirls (and fanboys…don’t think I’m leaving the guys out of this one). Whether you keep your fangirling to yourself, or you have a twitter account completely dedicated to the loves of your life, we all usually have one thing in common…eventually our ships sink. However, thanks to the internet one very lucky little 3 year old girl named Mila got to meet her celebrity crush face to face. Now I know that you have all heard about this one, but honestly this story was so sweet I just couldn’t resist sharing it with y’all (and you know you wanna watch it again).
In an interview a few days ago with Ellen DeGeneres, Mila’s mother explained that she told Mila about Adam getting married in a grocery store, and immediately changed the subject when Mila freaked out (didn’t we all), but then she decided to tell Mila again and film it (again I think we all would have done this). Ellen invited Mila on to her show so they could talk about love, Mila’s relationship with Adam, their wedding plans, etc., you know typical girl stuff. After receiving a really cool Adam themed outfit (yeah Ellen I’m gonna need to know where I can get one of those), Mila actually got to meet Adam. Unfortunately for Adam, Mila seemed to be over the relationship, but she did keep the rose he brought her (good girl!). It is such a cute video that y’all all have to check out. So now that Mila has successfully lived out every fangirl’s dream, what will she do next? Blockbuster Hollywood movie? Walk the runways at the next Fashion Week? MIla for president in 2016? Whatever she does, Mila will always be an inspirations to fangirls everywhere!
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’ blog we are featuring Beauty Guru/Singer Natasha Bure. This young rising YouTube star has only been on YouTube for a short time, but has already proven that she is very knowledgeable about beauty, fashion, and how to capture the undivided attention of an audience. At the young age of 16, Natasha has shown through her videos that she is an intelligent, charismatic young entertainer who will very soon take the internet by storm. It’s easy to see where Natasha’s talent as an entertainer comes from, if you consider the fact that her mother is actress Candace Cameron Bure (who most know as DJ Tanner from the highly popular sitcom Full House). Trust me, once you see one of Natasha’s videos, you will instantly become a fan and will also want to see this young talent blossom into the next YouTube queen.
Natasha uploaded her first YouTube video on August 11th, 2014 Natasha Bure Official Youtube + All About It). This video was an introductory video that tells viewers what to except on the channel in the future. I decided to mention this video not only because it is the first one on the channel, but also because even in a video with such sole content, Natasha is able to show that she is funny, relatable, comfortable on camera, and most importantly, very fun to watch. The next video that we are going to discuss is Natasha’s ‘August Favorites’ video which she uploaded on August 21st, 2014 (August Favorites ). This video covered Natasha’s favorite beauty/skin products, movies, and miscellaneous products of the month. I really loved all of the products that Natasha mentions in her video, and I also loved the mixed between high end and inexpensive items that she had in the video, I definitely think that this makes the video appeal to a wider range of audience. In this video, Natasha also allows her bubbly personality to shine, and certainly will make everyone wish they could be her BFF (also, the mean girls reference was great…Glenn Coco would be so proud). The final video that we are going to discuss in this blog post, is Natasha’s ‘Back To School Style + What’s In My Backpack’ video which was uploaded on August 29th, 2014 (Back To School Style + What’s In My Backpack). I really thought that this video was perfect to showcase because back to school time is now upon us. I absolutely LOVED the outfits that Natasha showcased because they’re cute, stylish, perfect for a wide range of styles, and school/parent approved (got to keep those ATMs…I mean parents happy…just kidding, we love them). I also really loved how Natasha was able to show how back to school style can also extend to school supplies. She was able to show pieces that were both efficient and cute. You gotta love a girl who’s so stylish that she makes you want to even copy her school supplies style (and trust me you will want to).
Didn’t I say see was amazing? As I’m sure you can already tell, Natasha is on her way to become a top YouTuber. I think that what really sets Natasha apart from all of the other beauty/fashion gurus on YouTube, is the fact that she is not only knowledgeable about both topics, but she also has an incredible level of comfort in front of the camera. She also has the ability to quickly gain an audience, in fact in only a month on YouTube (as of September 10th, 2014); she already has 2,436 subscribers, and 23,957 total channel views. She also has over 72,000 followers on Instagram (which achieved in about 7 or 8 months), and 1,960 Twitter followers (which she accumulated in about 1 month). So as you can see, Natasha is quickly becoming the internet’s biggest not so secret talent. I am very excited to see where Natasha goes from here. It will be fun to see just how high this young star rises.
Keep in touch with Natasha!
YouTube: Natasha Bure – YouTube
Hello people of the internet!!! I thought that since it’s back to school time, we should dedicate this week’s ‘Monday Memos’ to that time of the year that we all dread. But, instead of listing the many reasons why you don’t want school to start again, we are going to discuss the 5 reasons why you SHOULD be looking forward to school this year. Now I want to tell y’all ahead of time that this blog is meant to be funny, and you should definitely NOT do a lot of the things I will be suggesting. As much as we may not like it, we actually do have to try heard at school, because if you have no education then you won’t have a job, then who is going to buy your pizza and pay for your Netflix subscription. Exactly! Ok, let’s dive into the list.
Let’s face it; there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done right? I mean you have Twitter stalker, Instagram stalking, Facebook stalking, watching YouTube, reading http://celindareyesblog.com/ (hint, hint), eating. So basically since your day is so booked, how are you expected to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep every day. Well let’s use our brain and think about it. Ready? Ok, School is 8 hours; the recommended amount of sleep you’re suppose to get daily is 8 hours…coincidence? I think not! Just make sure that you don’t sleep through lunch, and have someone to warn you when the bell rings.
4) People Watching
We all know that it’s easy to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram stalk someone (and you know you have), but one wrong move and you end up liking a picture or post from months ago (so embarrassing…at least that’s what I’ve heard…ok, moving on). Anyway, people watching is a much safer hobby, because you can admire that special someone from afar, and not be in danger of embarrassing yourself. See everybody wins! And who knows, maybe one day you’ll even talk to them…yeah maybe not, but that works too.
Now these are usually the only classes in school that we can actually stand. Whether you like music, art, gym, or anything in between, electives can usually be a lot of fun. Of course there are those teachers that actually take these classes seriously (c’mon we take Art class to pretend like we’re not in school, not to draw fruit 100 times). Instead of electives, can’t we just have free time to watch YouTube or listen to the radio (btw, I HIGHLY suggest that you check out 103.7 KVIL, they are AMAZING!).
Now y’all know we had to discuss fashion. Honestly how many times have you spent days or even weeks trying to find that perfect 1st day of school (c’mon you know you have…don’t worry we all have). Honestly sometimes the hallways seem more like runways, but if we didn’t take so much time with back to school fashion, then we might actually have to do homework (scary thought right!?!). Luckily school is the perfect place to try out outfit, hair, and makeup looks, so you can perfect them for the days of the week that actually count…the weekends!
No not those friends
Yes you can see your friends during the summer, but with jobs, vacations, “family time” (whether forced or not), and of course your weekly dates with Netflix (Hello seeing Zac Efron and Channing Tatum on demand, yes of course you’re going to make time for that). With so much going on, it’s nice to have 8 hours a day spending time with your friends. I mean classes were intended for texting. Right?
Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘YouTube Wednesday’, we will discuss an AMAZING vlogger/dancer/singer who is on the brink of becoming your newest obsession. Who am I talking about? Well does the name JeffreyFever (Jeffrey Chang) ring any bells? If it doesn’t then it should! Not only are Jeffrey’s videos witty, creative, and fun, but he also occasionally has appearances by his very funny father. With a growing fanbase, and the talent to continue growing, I would definitely take this time to become familiar with Jeffrey’s work. So without further ado, let’s get started!!!
Jeffrey posted his first video (which was cleverly titled ‘My First Video’) on July 28th, 2011 My First Video). I really like this video because it is humorous, and perfectly introduces you to Jeffrey’s comedic style and personality. Jeffrey makes jokes about the hate and discrimination that he will ultimately face through his online presence, as well his family’s inability to stay quiet when he begins to film (what his mom does after he says that he’s going to start filming is one of my favorite parts). Another video that Jeffrey did that I really enjoyed was his video for Ellen’s Dance Dare competition ELLEN’S DANCE DARE – JEFFREYFEVER (which helped make the finals and was uploaded on February 22nd, 20I2 ). I really enjoyed watching this video because it was not only hilarious, but also showed off Jeffrey’s impressive dance skills. In the video you can see him showing off impressive ballet and hip-hop moves on the unsuspecting strangers involved (and it was AMAZING!). The next video I’m going to discuss is Jeffrey’s ‘Why Valentine’s Day Sucks’ video Why VALENTINE’S DAY Sucks (it was uploaded on . I really like that this video explores why Valentine’s Day sucks for both single people, and people in relationships. Topics such as: the difficulty of picking out the “right” gift, being reminded that you’re alone, and more are discussed (so the moral of the story is that this day sucks for everyone no matter what your relationship status’ is on Facebook…yay???). The final video we are going to talk about is Jeffrey’s ‘Dad Disapproves my Career’ video Dad Disapproves my Career – YouTube (it was uploaded on ). This is another one of my favorite videos, because Jeffrey’s dad makes a guest appearance, and he is equally as hilarious as Jeffrey. In the video Jeffrey discusses how his parents are much more supportive of his YouTube career, and Jeffrey’s dad talks about how Jeffrey REALLY needs the support, and his (Jeffrey’s dad’s) former Hollywood ambitious! In this video you really see where Jeffrey got his unique sense of humor.
Jeffrey has proven through his videos that he is an exceptionally funny and creative guy who will go far in his career on and off of YouTube. Since beginning his YouTube channel, he has grown a fanbase that includes: 36,565 subscribers in YouTube (with 1,166,309 total channel views), 13,400 followers on Twitter, 8,199 ‘likes’ on Facebook, 6,500 followers on Instagram, and appearances on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’, YouTube channel ‘AwesomnessTV’, and ‘Canada’s Got Talent’. With such diverse talent, a fun personality, and an ever growing fanbase, I think it’s safe to assume that if you aren’t obsessed with Jeffery’s channel, you soon will be.
Stay in touch with Jeffrey!!!:
Instagram: jeffreyfever on Instagram
Facebook: Jeffreyfever | Facebook
Hello people of the internet, on today’s ‘Monday Memos’, we are going to discuss what happened on the ‘Golden Globes’ this past Sunday (January 12, 2014). This show kicks off award season, and honors excellence in TV, mini-series, and TV movies. So are y’all ready!?! Well then let’s begin!
Opening Monologue: The hilarious comedy duo of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey once again hosted the show this year, and the two definitely made the show fun to watch. The two started their monologue by making fun of their own hosting skills with their comment that “in Hollywood, if something kind of works, then they keep doing it until you get sick of it”. They then began making fun of a lot of the celebrities that were in attendance such as: Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep, Matt Damon (who they also made fun of later, when actress Melissa McCarthy presented an award, but supposedly got amnesia backstage, and now believed that she was Matt Damon), and numerous others. Amy and Tina also had a running joke with veteran actress Julia Louise-Dreyfus (who at first pretended to be “too good” to sit in the TV section of the auditorium due to Julia’s first Golden Globe film nomination, and then she later sat in the TV section, and Tina and Amy made fun of her). Finally, Tina and Amy made fun of George Clooney by saying that he “would rather float away in space, then spend time with a woman his age” (in reference to the hit film ‘Gravity’ that George did with Sandra Bullock).
Awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture:
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-Series, or TV Movie:
Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge)
Best Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Behind the Candelabra (HBO)
Best Actress in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Elisabeth Moss (Top of the Lake)
Best Actor in a TV Series (Drama):
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Best TV Series (Drama):
Breaking Bad (AMC)
Best Original Score in a Motion Picture:
Alex Ebert (All is Lost)
Best Original Song in a Motion Picture:
Ordinary Love (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)
Best Supporting Actor in a TV Show, Mini-Series, or TV Movie:
Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Best Actress in a TV Series (Drama):
Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture:
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Motion Picture Screenplay:
Spike Jones (Her)
Best Actor in a TV Series (Comedy, or Musical):
Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Best Foreign Language Film:
The Great Beauty (Italy)
Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Movie:
Michael Douglass (Behind the Candelabra)
Best Animated Feature Film:
Best Actress in a TV Series (Comedy):
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Cecil B. DeMillie Award: (The Golden Globe’s Lifetime Achievement Award)
Best Director in a Motion Picture:
Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Best TV Series (Comedy):
Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf of Wall Street)
Best Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical):
Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama):
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama:
Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Motion Picture Drama:
12 years a slave
All in all, I believe that the Golden Globes were in a huge success in terms of who won, and which projects came out on top. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler made an unstoppable comedic duo, and I can certainly see them continuing this for many years to come. The show truly displayed those who’s talent, dedication, and hard work soared this year, and it left me excited for next year. I believe that this was an excellent and fun start to the award season!
*SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!! Hello people of the internet!!! On this blog, I summarize and comment on 10 popular Christmas movies, if you have not seen these movies, the summarizations could ruin the movie for you, because I give away what the endings are.
10) How the Grinch stole Christmas! (1966 cartoon TV special version)
This film (based on the popular Dr. Seuss book) tells the story of the Grinch, and the people of a fictional town called Whoville. The Grinch lives in a cave upon a mountain, which is located directly above Whoville. The Grinch hates Christmas because he has a heart “two sizes two small”, because of this hatred, the Grinch decides that he must stop Christmas from coming. He decides to impersonate Santa Clause, dress his dog as a reindeer, and steal all of the presents from the people of Whovile. When the Grinch goes to the first house, he is almost caught taking the family’s Christmas tree by a small girl named Cindy Lou Who. He tells Cindy that he is taking the tree to his workshop so he can repair it. He and his dog travel back to his mountain with all of the presents and Christmas related items in Whoville. At this point in the movie, it is Christmas Day, and although the Grinch expects to hear the people of Whoville in despair, he instead hears them singing joyously. The Grinch then understands that the true meaning of Christmas isn’t in material gain, but is being with the one’s you love. All of the presents and other items then begin to fall off of a cliff, and the Grinch and his dog save them, and the Grinch’s heart grows three sizes. He and his dog return everything to Whoville, and they all join in on Christmas Day celebration. I really like how this movie doesn’t change the original story, and leaves you with a happy ending. This movie also has a strong theme of love, family, and the importance of having a strong unified community. This is definitely a classic family film.
9) Grandma got run over by a reindeer (2000 TV special)
This film revolves around the lives of Jake Spankenheimer and his family. Jake’s grandma owns a small general store in the town. The general store is the only piece of land that Austin Bucks (the richest man in town) doesn’t own, however Jake’s grandma is adamant in her refusal to sell the store. Jake and his grandmother are very close, because they are the only ones who love the Christmas holiday season. Jake is often at ends with his parents and sister, because of his strong belief in the existence of Santa Clause. Jake’s cousin Mel really wants their grandmother to sell the store, because she wants to be rich. Due to her obsession with wealth, Mel adds a secret ingredient to the grandma’s fruit cake, in hopes that the cake will not sell, and grandma will be forced to sell the store. On Christmas Eve, Grandma forgets her medication, and decides to leave Jake’s family’s home, taking one of her fruitcakes with her. Jake and his Grandpa sees Santa crash into Grandma, and the next day she is missing (Mel finds a letter that Santa left explaining what happened but she hides it). After Grandma has been missing for a year, Mel tries to trick the grandpa into giving her power of attorney over the store, so she can sell the store to Austin Bucks.
Jake intervenes, and writes an email to Santa, asking what happened. The head elf takes Jake to the North Pole, and he discovers that Santa took Grandma to the North Pole so she could receive medical treatment however; she now has amnesia. Jake convinces the head elf, Santa, and Grandma to come home with him however; Mel steals and hides Grandma, and she and her attorney put Santa on trial for the disappearance of Grandma. Jake follows Mel to a secret cabin where she is hiding Grandma. While at the cabin, Jake finds the note that Mel hid, and figures out that the secret ingredient in the fruitcake is ‘Reindeer Nip’. He restores Grandma’s memory by feeding her the fruitcake, and they present the evidence to the judge. The judge frees Santa and arrests Mel and her attorney. Austin Banks then decides to offer grandma the opportunity to franchise her store throughout the country and she accepts. The movie ends with Grandma accidently picking up the tainted fruitcake, which causes her to get hit by the reindeer again however; this time she is ok. What I love about this film is that it is very funny. The film still gives you a strong message of the importance of family however; it delivers this message in a hilarious way that will defiantly grab the attention of children.
8) Santa Clause is Coming to Town (1970 TV special)
This movie begins with mailman ‘S.D’ Kluger’s mail truck breaks down, so he tells the story of Santa Clause to a group of children. The story begins in the fictional town of ‘Sombertown’, where the mean Burgermeister Meisterburger finds a baby on his door step with a name tag with the name ‘Clause’ on it. He orders his assistant to take the baby to the local orphanage, but a large wind blows the baby to the mountain of the ‘Whispering Winds’. The animals find the baby, and take him to a local family of elves (there surname is Kringle) in order to keep him safe from the powerful and dangerous Winter Warlock. The elves adopted the baby, name him Kris, and teach him the art of toy making. When Kris is old enough, he volunteers to take the toys the family makes to Sombertown; however the Burgermeister has outlawed toys, after he had a toy-related accident. Kris meets a friendly penguin named Topper on his way to town, and once he arrives in town, Kris meets some children and their school teacher Miss Jessica, and gives them all toys. The Burgermeister arrives and attempts to arrest Kris however, he escapes.
As Kris and Topper head back to the Kringles, they are captured by the Winter Warlock, and Kris gives him a toy train, which melts the warlock’s heart, causing him to turn into a human. He asks to be called Winter, and makes Kris a magic snowball, which allows him to see into Sombertown. Kris finds Jessica, and finds out that the Burgermeister has destroyed all of the toys, so Kris decides to bring new ones to the children. The Burgermeister hears about this, and orders that every door in the city be locked. Kris uses the houses chimneys to deliver the toys, and he tells the children to hang their stocking on the fireplace, so he can hide the toys in there. The Burgermeister grows frustrated with Kris, and captures him, Topper, the Kringles, and Winter. When Jessica is unable to get the Burgermeister to release her friends, she visits them, and Winter gives her all of the magic he has left with him (which includes magic corn that makes reindeer fly). They all escape, and Kris grows a beard and changes his last name to Clause in order to hide from the Burgermeister. Kris and Jessica get married, and they move to the North Pole. Eventually Meisterburger and his family die, and their laws are taken away. Kris becomes known as Santa Clause, and he decided to dedicate one day a year to delivering presents, because he cannot keep up with all of the orders he gets all year long. S.D then proceeds to take the letters to Santa, as he Topper, Winter, the Kringles, and several of the children sing ‘Santa Clause is Coming to Town’. Santa closes the scene by waving at the audience. I really like the overall tone of this film. The plot is interesting, and even though this is an animated film, there is suspense, action, romance, and of course Santa! (C’mon you have to like this film, it’s too cute to dislike).
7) Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964 TV special version)
This film begins when one of Santa Clause’s reindeer and his wife have an offspring that they name Rudolph. The reindeer and his wife discover that Rudolph has a red nose that glows, and the reindeer begins to hide his son’s nose with dirt, after Santa says that Rudolph will never be able to pull his sleigh if this trait remains. Sometime late, Rudolph’s family takes him to the Reindeer games, where he meets a nice reindeer named Fireball and Rudolph falls in love with a young doe named Clarice. However, Rudolph’s nose covering falls off, and he is made fun of and forbidden from participating in the reindeer games. Clarice tells Rudolph that his nose doesn’t bother her however, her father forbids her from talking to Rudolph and Rudolph runs away. When all of this is happening, an elf named Hermey is ridiculed due to his dream of becoming a dentist, and he eventually meets Rudolph, and they bond over being misfits. The pair decides to leave their homes, and along the way, they meet a prospector named Yukon Cornelius, who dreams of discovering silver and gold. The trio bumps into the Abominable Snowman, but escape to the ‘Island of Misfit Toys’.
The island is a place where unwanted toys stay until they can be placed with an owner. Rudolph and his friends are allowed to stay there, after promising that they would convince Santa to deliver the toys to children who need them. That night Rudolph decided to leave without his friends, eventually decided to go home, where he finds that the Abominable Snowman has captured his family and Clarice. Rudolph fights the snowman, and his friends find him and help. The snowman is driven off of a cliff, and everyone apologizes for how they treated Rudolph. Santa agrees to find homes for the misfit toys, and the head elf allows Hermey to open up a dentistry office. Yukon then arrives with the snowman, who is now tamed and nice. A large blizzard arrives, and threatens to cancel Santa’s trip. Santa asks Rudolph to use his nose to guide the sleigh though the storm and they pick up the misfit toys along the way. I really like this film, because it’s action packed, and heartwarming. It is also an animated film however, I think that it’s the kind of movie that will entertain the whole family, and is perfect to watch on or near Christmas.
6) The Polar Express (2004 film)
On Christmas Eve, a young boy begins to lose his faith in Santa Clause, and while he’s sleeping, a train called ‘The Polar Express’ comes to his house and picks him up. While on the train, the boy meets a nerdy boy and a girl. The train stops again to pick up another boy named Billy, but he’s afraid to get on at first, and when he decides to board, he is unsuccessful until the boy pulls the emergency brake so Billy can board. Later the girl and the conductor take Billy a cup of hot chocolate, and she leaves her ticket on her seat. The boy attempts to give it to her, but the wind blows it away. The conductor takes the girl to the roof, and shortly after, the boy finds her ticket and goes to the roof to find her. On the roof, the boy finds a homeless man, who claims to be the owner of the Polar Express. The homeless man helps the boy find the girl, and then the homeless man disappears. The boy discovers that the girl’s driving the train, while the conductor and a few other people attempt to fix a broken headlight. The conductor, the boy, and the girl get stuck in the front of the engine, and the train begins to accelerate too fast, causing the conductor to try and slow it down. The train soon reaches a lake however the train lost an important piece of equipment earlier, causing the ice beneath it to begin to crack.
The train is repaired, and the conductor orders the train to proceed at full speed in order to get away from the dangerous situation. The train gets off of the lake just as the ice cracks, and when they arrive at the North Pole, the boy and the girl find Billy alone in an observation car. The observation car becomes unhooked, and begins to accelerate in the opposite direction of the train. The three children are able to make their way into the city, and make it to the center of the city, just in time to see Santa. While Santa is getting the sleigh ready, a bell falls off of the harness. The boy remembers that he was the only one who couldn’t previously hear the bell, so when he then begins to believe in the spirit of Christmas again, and hears the bell. Santa gives the bell to the boy The children are then all given back their tickets, which has now been inscribed by the conductor, with words that describe characteristics that make each of the children unique. On Christmas morning, the boy wakes up and discovers that Santa found the bell he gave the boy (which the boy lost on his way home). The movie ends with the boy stating that his friends and family eventually could not hear the bell anymore however, he never lost its sound, because he never lost his belief in the true spirit of Christmas. I really love this film because it is so heart-warming. It is the perfect movie to watch with your family, or even alone. The plot is exciting enough to keep adults interested however, still contains all of the elements that make it perfect for kids as well. I definitely recommend that everyone watch this movie around Christmas time, because it is an amazing movie (and Tom Hanks provides the voice of the conductor, so you know that automatically makes this film great).
5) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 film)
This movie (which stars the characters of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strips written by Charles M. Schulz), begins with Charlie Brown confiding in his friend Linus that he feels depressed even though Christmas is approaching. His depression deepens when he notices that no one is sending him Christmas cards. Charlie Brown then decides to visit his friend Lucy at her psychiatric booth, and she suggests that he direct the local Christmas play in order to become more involved with the community. Charlie is also very angry at home commercialized Christmas has become, and his feelings intensify when he notices that his dog Snoopy is participating in a neighborhood lights and display contest. Next, Charlie runs into his sister Sally, who asks him to help her write her letter to Santa. When she requests for money from Santa, Charlie becomes even more upset. Charlie has trouble keeping the other kids in line when he arrives to direct the play. He decides to get a Christmas tree in order to set the right “mood” for the play, and when he returns, he is ridiculed because he brings back a small sapling.
Charlie decided to get this tree, because it was the only real tree on the lot. He begins to wonder if he truly knows what Christmas is about, so Linus recites a passage from the King James Version of the Bible (chapter 2 verses 8-14, which is about the impending birth of Jesus Christ). Charlie then takes the tree home with the intension to decorate it, however when he tries, the tree falls over, and he runs away in dismay. Charlie’s friends (the other kids who were in the play) find the tree, and decorate it. They then begin humming the song ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’, and Charlie eventually joins them. I really like that this film is not like your typical Christmas movie. Although there is a happy ending, Charlie Brown struggles through many trials in order to reach his happy ending. I also like that this movie moved away from the typical Santa-centric plot line, and instead emphasized the religious view of what Christmas is about. Charles Schultz was a Lutheran and later taught Sunday school classes in the Methodist religion, so if he was it is nice to see that he was unafraid to express his religious viewpoints in this cartoon (you typical don’t see authors or cartoonist getting this personal, so it’s nice to see that he was willing to put some of his personal beliefs in this film). This is definitely a classic Christmas film, and one that I would suggest you add to your Christmas film list.
4) The Santa Clause (1994 film)
This film centers around the life of a divorced dad named Scott Calvin (Tim Allen), who is an advertising executive for a toy company. One Christmas Eve, Scott’s son Charlie spends the night with him, and the night doesn’t go very well until Scott reads Charlie the story ‘The Night Before Christmas’ as a bed-time story. Shortly after, Scott hears something on the roof; he goes outside and yells at a shadowy figure. The figure falls off the roof, and Scott and Charlie discover that it was Santa Clause. Scott finds a card that says that if something happens to Santa, the person who finds the card should put the suit on. Charlie convinces Scott to follow these instructions, and Scott follows Santa’s route, but has some struggles trying to complete Santa’s tasks. After the deliveries are done, the reindeer take Scott and Charlie to the North Pole. The head elf Bernard tells Scott that he is now the new Santa, and has a few months to get ready before he must return to the North Pole. Scott is unhappy about this, but eventually the elves there take them to a bedroom, where they fall asleep. In the morning, Scott awakens, and he is in his house. His ex-wife arrives to pick up Charlie, and Charlie tells her about what happened the night before. Scott can’t remember anything and tries to say that it was all a dream.
Over the next year Scott begins to gain weight, grow white facial hair, crave Christmas food, and instinctually knows if children are good or bad. After Scott blows up at one of his company’s board meetings when a fellow employee suggests a Santa toy that doesn’t travel on a sleigh, Scott’s boss suggests that he seek professional help. Scott’s doctor says that there is nothing medically wrong with him, and when Scott’s ex-wife sees how Scott looks, she says that he will no longer be able to see Charlie. Scott’s ex-wife and her new husband get a judge to suspend Scott’s visitation rights, so Scott tries to see Charlie one last time at Thanksgiving. Charlie asks Scott to take him back to the North Pole, so he does, and when Charlie’s mother finds out, they report that Charlie has been kidnapped. In their hometown, the police are search far and wide for Scott, while back at the North Pole, the elves and Charlie are preparing Scott’s Christmas Eve travel. While Scott is delivering presents to Charlie’s home, the police arrest him, but some elves form the North Pole come and rescue Scott. Charlie’s mother and step-father finally accept that Scott is Santa, and he gives them toys that they always wanted when they were children, but never received. Scott then rides away on the sleigh, but returns when Charlie shakes a magic snow globe that Bernard gave him. Scott then offers to take Charlie on his route, and the two wave goodbye. I really love that this film is very family-centric, and also truly embracing the magic of Santa and Christmas. At one point of the movie, one of the elves says, “Seeing isn’t believing, believing is seeing. Kids don’t need to see this place to know that it’s here. They just know.” I feel that this statement really sums up the point of this and many other Christmas movies, which is that the magic of Christmas is believing in the impossible.
3) Miracle on 34th Street (1994 film)
This remake of the 1947 original film had a few noticeable differences, the major difference was the creation of the fictional department store Cole’s (which was created after Macy’s declined to be involved with the remake. This film surrounds the lives of a single hardworking mother named Dorey Walker, and her overly mature young daughter Susan. When the Cole’s Department Store’s Santa gets drunk before he is suppose to appear in their annual Thanksgiving Day parade, Dorey is sent to find a replacement, and she finds an old man berated the intoxicated Santa, and pleads with him to take over the position. The old man claims that his name is Kris Kringle, and he is later asked by Cole’s to be their main Santa throughout the holiday season. Eventually all of the children that Kris encounters believe he is Santa Clause, except for Susan. One night, Kris is babysitting Susan, and she says that she wants a dad, the house that Cole’s uses in its holiday advertisements, and a baby brother for Christmas. Kris says that if she gets these things, then she needs to start believing in Santa Clause, and she agrees to do so. Everything is going really well for Kris, until he is arrested for assault (which is later revealed to be the drunken Santa, who was jealous of Kris, and set him up to be arrested). Dorey’s boyfriend Bryan tries to get Kris freed, but finds out that in order to do so; he must prove that Kris really is Santa Clause.
It seems that things are not going well for Kris, until Susan comes into court with a $1 bill, and shows that the words “in God we trust” are inscribed in the back. The Judge then realizes that if the U.S. Government can believe in God without proof, then he must give Kris the same benefit of the doubt. After the court hearing Kris helps Dorey and Bryan realize that they love each other, and they get married. He next morning, they all find out that Kris has arranged for them to buy the catalog house, and when they ask Susan what her final wish was, she says that it was to have a baby brother, and Dorey and Bryan just smile at each other. I really enjoyed this film, because the cast is great, and the plot line is interesting, and suspenseful. The film also has a lot of heart, and is the perfect family film for the holiday season.
2) Jack Frost (1998)
This film (not be confused with eh 1997 horror-comedy film) is about a musician who dies and is reincarnated as a snowman. The movie begins when musician Jack Frost (Michael Keaton) returns home from performing at a gig, and builds a snowman with his son Charlie. That night, Jack gives Charlie his best harmonica, and jokes that it is magic. Jack has a habit of missing important family events, because he is constantly working very hard to get his band a record deal. One night, Jack promises to take his family on a camping trip, but instead goes to a gig that could be very important for his career. While on his way to the gig, Jack realizes that he should be with his family, so he uses his friend’s car to travel back, however he is involved in a car accident, and dies on impact. The next year, Charlie (who has become extremely depressed and reclusive) builds a snowman and plays Jack’s harmonica before he goes to sleep. The harmonica causes Jack’s spirit to become embodied in the snowman, and he tries to greet Charlie, but instead frightens him.
The next day, Jack helps Charlie escape from a group of bullies, and realizes that the snowman is his dad, when the snowman calls him ‘Charlie boy’, which was Jack’s nickname for him. Jack begins to spend the quality time with Charlie that he couldn’t when he was alive, and teaches Charlie how to be a better hockey player (which is a sport that Charlie is passionate about), and also gets Charlie to begin to do the things he enjoys, instead of just grieving his loss. While this is occurring, Charlie’s mother does not know that Jack has embodied a snowman, and encourages the family’s friend/Jack’s old band mate Mac to become a father figure for Charlie. At this point, winter is coming to an end, and Charlie decides to take Jack up to the mountains, so he can live longer. On his way there, Charlie runs into the a boy who torment him, but the main boy ends up helping Charlie, after he realizes that he and Charlie share the fact that they both do not have fathers. Jack calls his wife and convinces her that he is Jack Frost, and then he says goodbye to both of them, and goes on into the afterlife.
1) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946 film)
This Christmas classic stars James Stewart as an idealist dreamer named George Bailey. The story begins on Christmas Eve, when a troubled man named George Bailey considers killing himself. In heaven, the head angels Franklin and Joseph narrate George’s life story to an angel in training named Clarence, in order for Clarence to be able to go to Earth and stop George from committing suicide. The film starts with a scene from when George was a young boy, and he jumped into a frozen pond to save his brother Harry, who fell through. This act highlights George’s tendency to put the needs of others before his own, which becomes a major theme in the film. George’s ability to selflessly help others causes him to gain many friends throughout his lifetime; such as the owner of a local drugstore and pharmacy (who George works for as a young boy). Another example of this is when George stops the druggist, named Mr. Goser, from accidently putting poison in a young boy’s capsule of medication. George’s father and uncle run a local business called the ‘Building & Loan’, and George’s father has ambitions of George one day running the business. After George graduates from high school, he works at the Building & Loan, and plans to attend college after Harry graduates high school. George attends Harry’s graduation party, and begins becoming interested in a young woman named Mary, who always had a crush on George. After the party, George finds out that his father has had a stroke, and his father later dies. A local wealthy and greedy man named Mr. Potter decides to use George’s father’s death as an opportunity to buy the Building & Loan however, George is able to save the business, only after agreeing to stay on as head of the company. George must once again put aside his ambitions to become an architect and traveling the world, and thus gives his college money to his brother Harry, with the agreement that once Harry completes college, he will run the business in George’s place.
When Harry comes back from college, he has a wife and a great job opportunity. He tells George that he will not take the job out of respect for George, but George tells him to take the offer even though George knows that this will cause George to have to work at the building & Loan forever. Shortly after this, George weds Mary however, when they are going to leave for their honeymoon, the market crashes and they have to give all of their money to the clients of the Building & Loan, in order prevent the company form going out of business. Gorge and Mary later have four children, and George opens up ‘Bailey Park’, which builds affordable houses for low-income families. When WWII begins, George is unable to enlist because of his bad hearing, and Harry becomes a war hero. On Christmas Eve morning of the present day, Uncle Billy takes a large sum of money to the bank, but due to how absent minded he is, he loses the money and Mr. Potter finds it. When George finds out, he freaks out because the bank examiner is suppose to come, and George knows that if he doesn’t have the money, then the business will go bankrupt, and he will go to jail.
Desperate, George goes to Mr. Potter for the money, but Mr. Potter tells him that he’s better dead than alive. George takes his frustrations out on his family, and goes to a bar where his daughter’s teacher’s angry husband busts his lip (George yelled at the teacher earlier in the movie because his daughter came home sick, and he blamed the teacher). While at the bar, George silently prays for help, but leaves the bar drunk, and tries to jump off of a bridge. Before George can jump, he sees a man jump first, and he dives in to save him. He finds out that the man is his guardian angel Clarence, and he tells Clarence that he wishes that he had never been born. Clarence gives George this wish, and he sees that everyone’s life would be disastrous without him. George eventually wishes that he could live again, and his friend finds him, and tells him that his lip is bleeding. Because of this comment, George knows that he is alive once again, and goes home to tell his family that he loves them. Once he arrives home, the bank examiner and the police are waiting for him, but Mary went all over the neighborhood trying to get money for George. George’s friends and family come to his rescue, and he is able to raise the money that uncle Billy lost. The movie ends with a bell on the family’s Christmas tree ringing, and George’s youngest daughter Zuzu stating that “every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings”. George also notices that he now has the ‘Tom Sawyer’ book that Clarence brought from Heaven with him, and Clarence writes in the book that “…no man is a failure who has friends. P.S. Thanks for the wings!…”. This is certainly my all time favorite Christmas movie, because it highlights the importance of family and friends, as well as the fact that every action we make affects everyone else around us. The film leaves you with a happy feeling, but also causes you too think of how important your life really is, even if you aren’t aware of it. In my opinion, this is the perfect family Christmas movie.
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