Season of Christmas is here. In many places, the celebrations are already underway. Houses and streets are decked, cakes and pastries are ready, and Santa and sledges are on the move. Everyone loves this time of the year. However, as we know, this time around, it is going to be a slightly quieter holiday season. The illuminations glitter everywhere. Yet, uncertainty looms large too. Watching movies could be one of the safest entertainments this season to celebrate Christmas. Maybe with our friends, we could enjoy and watch some of the best Christmas movies.
Hillbilly Elegy (2020, English, 1h 58m)
Story of a family with all ups and downs touching the day-to-day humdrums of ordinary life. Despite the clichéd poverty-stricken, single-mother stuff, the story line does well to arrest your attention. The movie opens with the young J.D. Vance visiting family at Kentucky. He, his mom and grandparents are from Ohio. Later, a grown up J.D. is seen as a student at Yale Law School and has an interview weekend. But, he has to return to his family in Ohio when his mother is admitted in hospital. His girlfriend Usha stands by him always. The storyline is well intertwined with the present and past life of J. D. His family is not perfect, but they made him what he is. The movie is based on a memoir of the same name.
Last Letter (2020, Japanese, 2h)
Yuri Kishibeno with her two children attends the funeral of her sister, Misaki Tono. On the occasion, she meets her niece, Ayumi for the first time in many years. Just before Yuri leaves the place, Ayumi hands a letter to her. It is an invitation letter for school reunion which Yuri attends on behalf of her late sister. Due to the facial resemblances, Yuri is mistaken for Misaki. Kyoshiro Otosaka, another alumna, now a novelist follows her after the event. They exchange contact details and starts texting. Her husband happens to read the messages and throws phone in bathing tub. She then relies on writing letters to contact him. Brewing trouble there? Certainly one of the best movies to watch on Christmas.
Angrezi Medium (2020, Hindi, 2h 30m)
Champak’s daughter Tarika always wanted to fly abroad. And Champak supports her dream although he is just a sweet shop owner. Tarika manages to secure a scholarship from a college in London and is excited to fly. However, on the school Annual Day, Champak happens to openly criticize the chief guest, Judge Chheda. By the time Champak realizes he is principal’s husband, Tarika’s dream London trip is foiled. He and his brother Gopi are willing to do anything to take Tarika to London. The trio with the help of a friend in London schedule the trip. Only Tarika make it to the destination though while Champak and Gopi are caught by the airport police. They later find their way to London with fake passports. The rest of the story develops in London. Incidentally, it is late Irrfan Khan’s last movie.
Ayyappanum Koshiyum (2020, Malayalam, 3h 5m)
On a regular night patrol, local police stops the vehicle of retired soldier Koshy. Verbal battle turns physical when inspector Ayyappan appears at the scene. Koshy is jailed and his Christmas plans are foiled and his pride dented; he is in no mood to let go Ayyappan. Once out on bail, he begins to work against the police officer with his power and influence. Ayyappan on the other hand is no less odious. Even as the story progresses the tussle between the pair aggravates to murkier level. Set in the background of a remote village in Kerala, it is one of the best movies to watch on Christmas.
Rose Island (2020, Italian, 1h 57)
Incredible story you say? Well, it is one of the best movies to watch on Christmas. It is based on the life story of an Italian engineer who built his own island off the cost of Italy in the 1960s. Giorgio Rosa is innovative and designs a car but gets caught by the police for not having a number plate. He realizes his dreams can materialize only in his own world. And he does just that, builds his world, an Island outside Italian territorial waters. Welcome to Rose Island, where you have your own rules. Applications are pouring in for citizenship, wanna try?
Classic Again (2020, Thai, 2h 3min)
Bota is studying in Thailand while her mother is working in Seoul. One day, while looking for an envelope for her mother, she chances upon her mother’s secret box. A bundle of love letters unravels the romantic past of her mother. The story portrays her mother Dalah’s youth. On a visit to her grandparent’s house she meets Kajorn, and between the both an instant bond is developed. They visit a haunted house where they happened to get trapped for a while. The short stay romantically intensifies their relationship. Switching to present, Bota’s friend, Poppy discloses her plan of a play script about Dalah’s love story. Eventually Bota agrees to it and another love story blossoms. It is the remake of Korean movie The Classic (2003).
Tigertail (2020, English & Taiwanese, 1h 31m)
Pin-Jui is a boy from Taiwanese village whose father died when he was young. So he lives with his grandparents who work in rice fields. That’s where he meets a young girl by name Yuan Lee. The duo becomes friends and grows up together. Later Pin-Jui goes back to village where his mother works. Their economic background is not sound so he works there. He fosters the dream of going to America for better life. Marrying his boss’s daughter is the option for him to move to America. The story develops through different angles of his relationship with his mother, wife and daughter and Yuan.
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