Movies to Watch While Home for the Holidays

 Photo by Trey Hicks

Photo by Trey Hicks

I really love movies. In fact, my parents used to joke that I'd grow up to be a critic. (Still waiting for that opportunity to come, ha!) 

In college, I took a class called Fiction & Film, where we'd read a book and then watch its corresponding cinematic feature. (Examples: Eat. Pray. Love, Bridget Jones, and Glengarry Glen Ross) My teacher was amazing, always dissecting frames with scholarly precision and personality. I honestly can't watch films how I did prior to the course. I analyze everything! 

Now, life in New York is a dream. I love awards shows and film festivals (though I'm still waiting on my invites, ha!). I love walking the streets where so many greats have been filmed. And, I love having friends, who also love this form of art and entertainment.

With their help, I've pulled together a few suggestions because it's the holiday season because, when it's festive (and soon to be cold), there's nothing better than a good film and a lively talkback afterwards. This also takes us straight into the more formal Oscar season, and I'm very, very excited about that.

Many thanks to Paige, Timmy, Lewis, Sara Beth, and Christie Ray for contributing to this collection. I hope you enjoy viewing as many of these as possible. Also, feel free to comment below with your favorites (or thoughts on these)! 

FAVORITE FILMS SET IN NEW YORK CITY

You've Got Mail (three votes)

When Harry Met Sally (two votes)

Manhattan

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Frances Ha

Hannah and Her Sisters

The Apartment

FAVORITE SERIES/FILM TO WATCH WITH FAMILY AT CHRISTMASTIME

Home Alone (two votes)

Harry Potter

White Christmas

Holiday Inn

Christmas Vacation

It's a Wonderful LIfe

FAVORITE FILM SO FAR IN 2017

Dunkirk (four votes)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (three votes)

Lady Bird

Get Out

The Founder

Baby Driver

Head says Three Billboards, heart says Lady Bird
— Paige
[It] stood out - particularly in real IMAX 70mm.
— Lewis on seeing Dunkirk
The performances are so strong, and the dialogue is so on point. The editing is very crisp, and I couldn’t think of many scenes that I would eliminate. But what really made it for me was the overall arc, and the questions the movie raises, about empathy, grief, love, redemption, and what it means to live. I think it leaves a lot of food for thought, and something to think about days, even weeks, after viewing.
— Timmy on seeing Three Billboards

FILM MOST EXCITED TO SEE BEFORE YEAR'S END

Pitch Perfect 3

I, Tonya

The Post

The Shape of Water

The Greatest Showman

Star Wars

Den of Thieves

12 Strong

And obviously Star Wars, because it’s STAR WARS. The original trilogy has such an outsized role in my childhood, and I’m relieved that it’s back on track after the abysmal episodes I, II and III.
— Timmy