Finding a quality movie that matches the chestnuts-roasting mood of the holidays is tricky. My mistakes of Christmas past include renting the holiday hatefest Four Christmases, paying ticket price for Ben Affleck’s Surviving Christmas /Reindeer Games and binge-watching BBC’s 1950’s drama Call The Midwife (yikes the drama!) These finds should make for a merrier Netflixmas:
Lady Gaga and the Muppets Holiday Spectacular
If you missed Elton and Lady Gaga performing Gaga and the Jets, or
The Trip To Italy (available Dec 22)
Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon’s restaurant critic characters go on another holiday road trip. If you’re looking for a light comedy, scenic Italian views and some British humor, this will likely be your cup of tea. Their first film together, The Trip, is available on Netflix now.
The classic film, featuring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and George Clooney’s mom, holds up better than almost all 1950s films and it features the number one hit of all time, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. It also features my favorite, Snow.
The Wolf of Wall Street (available Dec 11)
If your December is more car horns honking and f-word cursing than Irving Berlinish, this film should fit right in. Scorsese’s fantastic film uses that other f-word a total of 506 times.
This modern classic only gets better with each viewing. I want to hold a sign up for Richard Curtis’ 2003 film that says,“to me you are perfect.” It just is.The ten buck review: Netflix is always worth ten bucks.