Netflix and Winter Chill: Five films to watch this December

Clarissa Davies

It’s likely you’re like me right now – your mind has become numb and you’re a bit deranged because the semester is steadily wrapping up, even though it seems like your research papers, group projects and studying for tests are not coming to a close anytime soon. Christmas and holiday festivities are at the end of the month, but it’s hard to think about those lovely times when we are so burdened by work.

And, the last thing on your mind is probably Netflix – there seems to be no time for it. However, you should take a study break to give your mind a rest (research backs me up on this), so snuggle in for a film or two from my list of the best holiday films on Netflix at the moment:

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Must see:

“Love Actually” – Actually, this might be one of my favorite movies of all time. It features all, and I mean all, of the best English actors and overlapping love stories during Christmastime in (mostly) London. It sends the message that “love is actually all around.” This one will likely become a classic Christmas staple, so watch it now so you know what the hype is all about.

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A classic:

“White Christmas” – This one is sure to bring a sense of nostalgia, as it features WWII themes and dancing and singing. However, there are plenty of classics you should be watching, if not this. Ahem – “It’s a Wonderful Life,”
“Rudolph” (yes, the Claymation one), “Miracle on 34th Street” and even “The Sound of Music.”

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TV Show:

“Master of None” – No, this isn’t a Christmas show, but it’s culturally important. It’s the “Seinfeld” for our generation, and it addresses societal issues like race, gender and culture while also being forthright and bold. It includes a very realistic romance between two characters. Honestly, I haven’t seen a show that’s more realistic than this. Plus, it stars Aziz Ansari, whose permanent optimism and charm will never be dull.

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What I just watched:

“Kate and Leopold” – Hugh Jackman takes a time portal from 19th century New York to modern day New York where he falls in love with Meg Ryan even though he is a fish out of water and everybody believes that he’s a historical actor, to summarize it quickly. A historical rom-com, if you will.

(Photo courtesy: Konrad Pictures)
(Photo courtesy: Konrad Pictures)

Comedy:

“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” – This comedy from the 1980s has established itself as one of Steve Martin’s best. It features the uptight Steve Martin who has to travel home for Thanksgiving with an annoying and unpleasant shower curtain ring salesman. It’s a John Hughes film, and he’s known for writing movies like “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”

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Bonus:

Do you lack a fireplace and warmth where you live? Don’t fear, Netflix has something called “Fireplace for your home” which is just what it sounds like. Your screen becomes a virtual fireplace, without the heat and smoke of course.

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Collegian A&E Reporter Clarissa Davies can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com or on Twitter at @DaviesClarissa