Monday, December 18, 2017

Binge on some holiday classics courtesy of UAL

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Exams are over… Time to sit back, grab a cup of nog and veg out in front of the television for an overdose of festive flicks. UAlberta Libraries has you covered for all your holiday movie needs. Our streaming video databases, Kanopy and Criterion-on-Demand are home to an endless supply of movies to keep you entertained throughout the holiday break.

Christmas Comfort Food
- Bonafide holiday classics; the ones that play ad nauseam through the month of December.
A Christmas Carol - Both the 1938 and 1951 versions of Ebenezer Scrooge’s tale of redemption.

It’s a Wonderful Life - George Bailey and Clarence the Angel take a Christmas Eve journey to an alternate universe where George never existed. 

A Christmas Story - All Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is a Red Ryder B.B. Gun. 
Die Hard - John McClane takes on an high rise full of terrorists to save his estranged wife and her co-workers on Christmas Eve. 

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation - Chronic mishaps threaten to derail Clark Griswold’s perfect family Christmas. 

Home Alone - Kevin McCallister vs. The Wet Bandits in an epic tinsel-strewn battle. 

Elf - Buddy, raised at the North Pole as an elf, returns to New York City as a grown man to find his real father.

Alt-Christmas Cinema - For those tired of bells, angels and BB Guns. Films that aren’t thought of primarily as Christmas movies, but share an undeniable yuletide flare.

Meet Me in St. Louis - Vincente Minnelli’s musical that is a summer, Halloween and Christmas movie in one delightful package. Judy Garland’s rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is a showstopper.

Black Christmas - Predating John Carpenter’s Halloween by 3 years, Black Christmas is the original holiday-themed slasher movie.

Gremlins - Sticking with the horror theme... Things go awry in the picturesque town of Kingston Falls when Billy Peltzer’s Christmas gift, a mogwai named Gizmo, gives birth to a horde of destructive gremlins. 

Edward Scissorhands - Tim Burton’s fairy tale about a young man with scissors for hands traversing a suburban minefield in search of love and acceptance.

Eyes Wide Shut - Stanley Kubrick and Tom Cruise take viewers on a strange odyssey of desire, jealousy and betrayal through the streets of New York at Christmas time.

Carol - Todd Haynes’ sumptuous romance between a shop girl and a high society woman.

Christmas Movies? Bah humbug! - Don’t celebrate Christmas or despise anything holiday related? We offer access to hundreds of movies that have nothing to do with the holly jolly season. Here’s a few worth checking out.

Safety Last! - If you’ve never watched a silent film, you could pick worse places to start. This highly entertaining Harold Lloyd film is famous for the sequence where Lloyd scales a building and dangles from its clock.

The Young Girls of Rochefort - Infectiously enjoyable, Jacques Demy’s love letter to MGM musicals features missed romantic connections, an axe-murderer sub plot, and then Gene Kelly shows up…

McCabe and Mrs. Miller - Set in a wintry Pacific Northwest logging settlement that grows into a town, Robert Altman’s revisionist western about a gambler and madame who build a successful business only to fly too close to the sun is breathtakingly beautiful and melancholic. The gorgeous Leonard Cohen soundtrack adds to its mournful allure.

Take Shelter - Michael Shannon plays a father plagued by visions of impending apocalypse. Is it the onset of mental illness; or is there something to his visions of doom?

Hunt for the Wilderpeople - Funny and touching, Taika Waititi’s tale of a city kid, Ricky, on the run from New Zealand’s Child Protective Services with his countrified foster uncle. The unlikely duo must work together to evade the authorities in the New Zealand wild.

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