As we rapidly head towards the most festive time of year,
it’s time to break out those DVDs, load up your streaming services (or possibly
even dust off those VHS tapes) and watch some amazing Christmas movies!
Film adaptations of books often get a bad reputation, but usually for good reason. There are some truly awful book-to-film adaptations out there, and they will no doubt continue to be made. Either because the director didn’t read the source material or the book just doesn’t have the right kind of plot to translate to the big screen, bad film versions of books are plentiful.
Christmas is just around the corner, where on earth has the year gone? Soon it’ll be time to sit by the fire, hang those Christmas stockings and settle down with a mug of hot chocolate to watch some classic Christmas films.
But hang on, rather than watch the same Christmas films you’ve seen year in year out, why not add some brand-new Christmas films to your list this year? 2019 has a wonderful looking line-up of festive films being released just in time for the holidays. And while The Grinch and Miracle on 34th Street will always hold a special place in your heart, why not have a look and see if any of these new films could make your all-time top ten?
When a best-selling book touches the hearts of millions, it’s inevitable that producers will jump at the chance to make that story into a film. However, not all films based on books are created equal. In fact, there are many works of fiction that were just not meant for the big screen…or the director made some terrible choices leaving fans of the book lamenting how great the film could have been with someone else at the helm.
2018 was a fantastic year for films. With superheroes galore with the likes of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and the highly anticipated The Incredibles sequel and music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, there was no shortage of great film hits for cinema goers to indulge in last year.
Taking a trip down memory lane, it’s hard to imagine that, at one time, VHS was the only convenient way to own and watch cinematic releases at home. Video rental shops like Blockbuster completely dominated the high street in the 80s and 90s before the DVD and streaming market ground their success to a halt.
Is it really any coincidence that Christmas comes at the end of the year? It is the pinnacle holiday that most of us look forward to, above all others, throughout every year. Perhaps that’s because it’s inextricably linked in most of our minds with warm and fuzzy feelings of family togetherness, giving and cosy, happy childhood memories. There’s no better time of the year to be nostalgic than Christmas time.
Video home systems have been around for over four decades, and despite the incredible rise of DVD, Blu-ray and online streaming services, the VCR machine used to play the tapes was still in production up until July 2016, when Funai (the last manufacturer still making the VHS VCR) finally ceased production.