To continue my list of holiday favorites, coming in at #7 and #8 are:
The Holiday – Synopsis from imdb.com: Two women troubled with guy-problems swap homes in each other's countries (US and UK), where they each meet a local guy and fall in love.
This is a new one on my list (bumping The Shop Around the Corner into #11), but I loved every actor in this movie: Kate Winslet and Jack Black and Cameron Diaz and Jude Law play the leads, with Eli Wallach, Edward Burns, Rufus Sewell, and two adorable child actors filling out the cast. The locations in LA and England are charming, especially Kate Winslet’s little cottage, that makes you want to curl up in front of your own fire. 4.5 out 5 Stars
White Christmas – Synopsis from imdb.com: After leaving the Army after WWII, Bob Wallace and Phil Davis team up to become a top song-and-dance act. Davis plays matchmaker and introduces Wallace to a pair of beautiful sisters (Betty and Judy) who also have a song-and-dance act. When Betty and Judy travel to a Vermont lodge to perform a Christmas show, Wallace and Davis follow, only to find their former commander, General Waverly, is the lodge owner. A series of romantic mix-ups ensue as the performers try to help the general save his lodge.
I confess I am not as enamored by this movie as most (including my sister Carole who decorates her tree every year while watching it). But I like the WWII backstory and Vera Ellen and her dance partner perform an incredible routine that is reason enough to watch the movie. There is also Bing Crosby’s exceptional crooning that blends nicely with the vocals of Rosemary Clooney (George’s aunt). Besides, who wouldn’t want to stay in an inn in Vermont during the Christmas season, snow or no snow? 4 out of 5 Stars
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