NERDIPOP TOP 7 CHRISTMAS MOVIES
In case you missed out on the NerdiPop Christmas Countdown, here is a short recap of this week’s top Christmas movies.
Movies for Christmas: Rare Exports – A Christmas Tale – 15 December
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a Finish movie that was released in 2010. This is a horror-fantasy Christmas movie. It tells the story of people living near the Korvatunturi mountain who discover the real secret behind Santa Clause.
Movies for Christmas: Love Actually – 16 December
Love Actually is one of those Christmas movies that you can watch over and over again. It’s a fun, romantic comedy. One of the really fun parts of the movie is the old rock singer – Billy Mack who tries to relaunch his career by revamping an old classic. He records a Christmas variation of The Troggs‘ classic hit “Love Is All Around“. Although he thinks the record is terrible, Mack promotes the release in the hope it will become the Christmas number one single.
Movies for Christmas – Nativity! – 17 December
“Nativity!” was one of those “surprise” movies that I saw per chance and wow – what a delight. I had such a good laugh – the actors were brilliant and the children were incredibly entertaining. This is a definite recommendation for Nerdipop Christmas Countdown.
Movies for Christmas: Nativity 2 – Danger in the Manger! – 18 December
With the success of “Nativity!” I just had to see the sequel and was not disappointed. Being a Whovian and all, the star of this movie is 10th Doctor David Tennant.
Synopsis: For the sequel new teacher (David Tennant) take over. When he enters his school in the National ‘Song for Christmas‘ Competition, he and his pregnant wife and the schoolchildren embark on an epic road trip that ends up with a birth and a donkey. In the end he must embrace his fears and become a hero.
This is a very good rendition of the classic story by Charles Dickens. What makes it different from other versions is that it is a fully animated 3D movie and stars Jim Carrey as the voice of multiple characters – including Ebenezer Scrooge as a young, middle-aged, and old man, and the three ghosts who haunt Scrooge.
Synopsis: The story follows Miser Ebenezer Scrooge who absolutely hates Christmas. Christmas Eve he is awakened by ghosts who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the terrible fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways.
Movies for Christmas: The Polar Express – 20 December
The Polar Express is a 2004 beautifully animated movie who stars Tom Hanks as the train conductor (and six other distinct characters). The story basically follows Billy who gets the opportunity to go and visit Santa’s workshop. It’s about bringing the magic back to Christmas and to believe again.
Short synopsis: This is the story of a young hero boy on Christmas Eve who boards on a powerful magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home. What unfolds is an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. (Source: IMDB – Written by Anthony Pereyra)
Movies for Christmas: The Santa Clause 1, 2 and 3 – 21 December
The Santa Clause (1994)
What if your dad was Santa Claus? Scott Calvin is an ordinary man, who accidentally makes Santa Claus fall from his roof on Christmas Eve and is knocked unconscious. When he and his young son finish Santa’s trip and deliveries, they go to the North Pole, where Scott learns he must become the new Santa and convince those he loves that he is indeed, Father Christmas.
The Santa Clause 2 (2002)
What’s Christmas Fun without some Reindeer Games? Better watch out! The big guy in red is coming to town once again. This time, Scott Calvin – also known as Santa Claus – finds out there’s an obscure clause in his contract requiring him to take on a wife. He has to leave the North Pole to fulfill his obligations, or else he’ll be forced to give up his Yuletide gig.
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
His time at the North Pole is about to go South. Now that Santa and Mrs. Claus have the North Pole running smoothly, the Counsel of Legendary Figures has called an emergency meeting on Christmas Eve! The evil Jack Frost has been making trouble, looking to take over the holiday! So he launches a plan to sabotage the toy factory and compel Scott to invoke the little-known Escape Clause and wish he’d never become Santa.