Wrapping it up for December

Hello, my darling readers!
Another month is over, so let me give you a little summary of the amazing posts just to make sure you didn’t miss anything. 😉 Can you believe that it’s already the end of December and 2021 is as good as over? Absolutely insane.

As is customary for December, this is the month I do a deep dive into all the holiday movies and discover some new ones!

As per usual we have the Top 5 Tuesday and Thursday Movie Pick posts, all with appropriate spooky themes as well!

And last but not least some of my favorite quotes to brighten your day:

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Thursday Movie Picks: Holiday Party

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s getting Christmasy in here! Today we’re going to talk about some holiday party movies.

#1 Love, Actually

Technically, this movie features several holiday parties. It’s such a charming picture filled with a stunning A-list cast. It’s one I rewatch every year as Christmas approaches.

#2 The Family Stone

I have yet to watch this one but I do remember seeing the trailer several times on TV! It seems to match the theme rather well. I mean, coming home to celebrate Christmas (and meet your in-laws) does count as a party, right?

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Top 5 Tuesday: Books on my Holiday Wishlist

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites posts. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’ll talk about some stuff on my holiday wishlist. For me, that means browsing through my Goodreads tbr pile and prioritizing some stuff. 😅 Since I obviously haven’t read any of the books yet, I’ll leave you with the description provided by Goodreads!

#1 Fangs

A new gothic romance story from the creator of the enormously popular Sarah’s Scribbles comics.

Vamp is three hundred years old but in all that time, she has never met her match. This all changes one night in a bar when she meets a charming werewolf. FANGS chronicles the humor, sweetness, and awkwardness of meeting someone perfectly suited to you but also vastly different.

#2 Crescent City

Bound by blood.
Tempted by desire.
Unleashed by destiny.

Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

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The Santa Clause

Hello, hello!
I was thinking about which Christmas movies I could review this year and spend a hot minute browsing Disney+. Well, I stumbled upon The Santa Clause, a film I remember watching on VHS. Turns out, there are two sequels I haven’t seen yet, so I’ve got my schedule set!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Divorced dad Scott (Tim Allen) has custody of his son (Eric Lloyd) on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, they are magically transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that Scott must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives. Scott thinks he’s dreaming, but over the next several months he gains weight and grows an inexplicably white beard. Maybe that night at the North Pole wasn’t a dream after all — and maybe Scott has a lot of work to do.

The Rating:

Okay, so first of all, let me tell you something: I had never noticed that the title is a play on words. Up until know I had only seen the film in German and it doesn’t quite work there. Anyways, let’s get to the review!

Many films you remember from your childhood don’t hold up once you rewatch them as an adult. Well, this one was actually still pretty cute!

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Book vs. Movie: Let it Snow

Hello, my darling readers!
After Netflix dropped the Christmas movie Let it Snow on us, I thought maybe I should give the book it’s based on a shot as well. Let’s see how that turned out!

The Plot (as found on Goodreads):

A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.

Book vs. Movie:

I already wrote a review for this film, so if you want some more detailed thoughts on that, head over here.

So, let’s keep it short here, shall we?
My expectations for the film were rather low. I was fully prepared for a super cheesy Christmas flick but it actually turned out to be rather decent!

Don’t get me wrong, you get your share of typical Christmas stuff but it’s not over the top. The casting was pretty good, we get for example Kiernan Shipka (aka Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures). For some reason, Joan Cusack is also in this flick, playing a lady cover in aluminum foil. (What’s up with that?!)

The thing I liked most, however, was the soundtrack. Although there are some inevitable Christmas songs thrown in the mix, we also get The Clash and The Rolling Stones. Maybe I am the last person on the planet who didn’t know this song, but The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys is now on all of my playlists since hearing it on Let It Snow.

So, let’s move on to the novel. *Sigh*
Where do I begin? Although I was curious about the book, I immediately had second thoughts when I saw that John Green was one of the authors.
You see, just like the film, the book consists of three different stories that are only very marginally related. Each story is written by a different author.

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Last Christmas (2019)

Hello, hello!
Welcome to my last review for the year 2019. After reading numerous reviews about this film, I finally had the time to head to the cinema and check out Last Christmas. Let’s see whether it was worth the wait!

The Plot:

Disillusioned is almost too mild a term for Kate. The young woman who jobs as an elf in a store that sells Christmas ornaments all year round is down on her luck – and homeless after her flatmate kicked her out.
Things start to look up when she meets a rather mysterious stranger just outside the shop…

The Rating:

This was pretty cute!
I always try not to have too high expectations with Christmas movies as they are often extremely cheesy, unimaginative or blatant rip-offs from other productions.
Last Christmas was a rather pleasant surprise!

Sure the film has it’s very cheesy moments (and a foreseeable plot twist here or there) it is overall rather charming, quirky and funny.

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