Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Chick Flicks

Oh, how I adore a good chick flick especially during the holidays! Here are two Christmas themed chick flicks that I heartily recommend.

Love Actually...

...which I loved, actually! The movie takes place the frantic few weeks before Christmas and is made up of several love stories and most have a happy ending but true to life, sometimes love doesn't always work out. The stories are inter-related, loosely related and some of them unrelated to each other. One of my favorites is Bill Nighy as an aging rock star and the other is Hugh Grant as the unmarried prime minister.

Love Actually

The story culminates with a children's Christmas pageant and a mad dash to the airport. You'll have to see the movie to find out what happens at the airport!

The Holiday

I never saw The Holiday at the movies and in fact only caught it in drips and drabs whenever it appeared on TV. I didn't care much for it but that was probably because I had never seen the whole movie in one sitting. And then, one day, it happened! I saw the film from beginning to end and fell in love with it!

So it goes something like this: two women trade residences (one in California and one in England) over the holidays. Although they are strangers they each find themselves in pretty much the same predicament, meaning of course, problems in the romance department.

I know you'll like it, who doesn't love a good love story? Add the fact that part of it takes place in a snowy cottage in England with Jude Law and, well, I was hooked.

The Holiday

I might also add that I found Jack Black quite the cuddly teddy bear in this movie as well!

Christmas at Nigella's!

And now to Part 3 of Nigella Lawson's Christmas Kitchen. On having a stress free holiday, Nigella recently said...People are predisposed to have a great time, you almost have to go out of your way to have a horrible time. Nigella loves being in her kitchen, but even more so during Christmas where she "wallows" in the holiday. She loves her house to smell of gingerbread - cloves, cinnamon, ginger and orange. Her mother always did a ham and so the tradition continues. What Nigella tries most to do is create the nostalgia for her children and remember the magic.

Nigella's Christmas Kitchen - Part 3

In a recent interview Nigella said she'll be spending Christmas in London. Anyone up for a quick trip?

Merry Christmas!


  1. Let's go Bonnie! I'll go with you! Oh, movie time, I have never seen these two flicks, but I enjoy the actors in both movies. Like I told you before, Ruben and I have a tradition that on Christmas eve, we do a movie marathon while waiting up to see "Santa"...and we comb through all our favorites. I always have to watch Miracle on 34th St., It's a Wonderful Life and One True Thing (that one is a heart-breaker). And cooking....well we have already talked about that! But London sounds like a jolly place to go! Then, we must go to Paris, n'est-ce pas? Then how about San Francisco, Carmel, New York? LET'S HEAD OUT! Bisous, Anita

  2. I haven't seen 'Love Actually' but I have seen 'The Holiday' which I really enjoyed (so much so that I own a copy:). Thanks for the movie recommendations!



  3. Dear Bonnie~
    Thank you so much for yoru visit , I so appreciate your comments.*grin*
    I too, love to go to the movies specially this time of the year....I have not see the ones above but I will for sure. I want to see " letter to john.... I think that is the name ... is coming to theatre soon .. of course , it is a romance!Merry Christmas to you and yours, Lovingly~

  4. Hi Bonnie,
    Anita and will have to check these out as part of our annual Christmas season marathon. One of my favorite Christmas movies is "Little Women," which I suppose is a "chick flick" by virtue of the title alone. I love the mid-19th century Massachusetts setting, which brings good memories of our time there (the place, not the era, obviously). My, how times have changed: for the better as far as women's opportunities go, but not so good as far as the values of young people today go (although even the March sisters had character defects to overcome).

    I love historically-based drama. Have you seen "The Great Debaters" with Denzel Washington? My all time favorite may be "Gandhi," played by Ben Kinsley. I just saw Clint Eastwood's new film, "Invictus," about South Africa just after Mandela became president. I saw it with several colleagues (some of whom lived through Apartheid) at the cinema and afterward had a stimulating discussion about it. The film was humbling and inspiring.

    Thanks for the recommendations,

  5. LOVE those two movies!!! Chick flicks are the BEST and holiday ones rock... it is always the perfect gift for my hubby to give moi! Dinner... drinks and a FAB movie!!!
    Merry Christmas to you... ENJOY!