Top 10 Christmas Films

As there is now under a month till Christmas, and that this 30 blog a day effort is collectively called ‘The Write-mare before Christmas’, it seems appropriate to do this top ten list. Yes in my continuing quest to find my favourite film, doing top tens by categories and sub categories continues with my favourite Christmas films….well films set at Christmas at least. Would they be yours too?

10. Elf (2003)


What stands out for me – Will Ferrell’s performance is terrific and laugh out loud at times. The premise of an Elf leaving Santa and seeing the real world had been done before in Santa Clause the Movie, but Elf adds new fun to hold its own, make you laugh and give you that christmassy feeling.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Peter Dinkalidge

Great quote –  Gimbel’s Manager: Why are you smiling like that?

Buddy: I just like to smile, smiling’s my favourite

9. A Christmas Story (1983)

Christmas Story

What stands out for me – This film is more associated with and watched in America. Although for me it still shows the magic of being a kid a Christmas and some realities that come with it. Well worth checking out in other countries too. Oh and this was the film that spawned the iconic image of a false leg lamp shade too.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Darren McGavin

Great quote –  Mr. Parker: He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.

Mother: He does not!

Mr. Parker: He does too, he looks like a pink nightmare! Read more of this post

Top 10 Comedy Romance Films

Ok then, I think in my on-going quest to my favourite film I have tended to err on the darker side of films; horror, zombies, post-apocalyptic, Stephen King movies. You get the idea. Well I thought it was about time I explored my lighter side and make a list of my favourite romantic comedy films, but with the focus being on the comedy. There are of course romantic films out there that have comedic elements about them that I like, but they are for another list, another time. For now though, why not check out these knee slapping heart melters.


10)  Splash (1984)

Splash poster

What stands out for me – This is as much about nostalgia as it is for comedy romance for me. This tale of how love can’t be stopped even if you have fish tail. With all the ups and downs that go with it and some cracking comedy performances.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – John Candy

Great quote –  [Excitedly waving a Penthouse magazine]

Freddie: They published my letter. Here it is, “A lesbian no more”.


9) Love Actually (2003)


What stands out for me – The connections between the quite brilliant ensemble cast, the sweetness and The Britishness

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – There are many to choose from, but I will choose Emma Thompson

Great quote –  Billy Mack: Hiya kids. Here is an important message from your Uncle Bill. Don’t buy drugs. Become a pop star, and they give you them for free!


8) About a Boy (2002)


What stands out for me – It is well observed and reflects the reality of relationships a bit better than most, being based on the great book by Nick Hornby helps a lot. Plus it has a cracking soundtrack written by Badly Drawn Boy.

I enjoyed seeing this actor in it – Toni Collette

Great quote – Will: It was terrible! Terrible! But driving really fast behind the ambulance was fantastic!

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Top 10 ‘Working in an Office’ films

My adult life has mainly consisted of doing various types of office jobs from working at a Newspaper, to the cut throat world of Sales. Oooh it sounds exciting, all that edgy journalism where your neck is on the line and a sales job where you must be number one! Well, it’s a lot duller than it sounds, the Newspaper was local, I worked in the property letting section and I found the sales work a-moral and unscrupulous and left for those reasons.  

My day job still consists of office work and I’m happy with it to a point, but it can never quite compare to the action packed movies and all the excitement they have in them, Although sometimes the movies decide to make a film about the day job. I mean, yeah, they spice it up a bit with some kind of twist, but I’ve always enjoyed this type of movie as I can relate to it. So I thought I would give you my top ten office based movies. Read more of this post

Top Ten Horror Comedies and Comedy Horrors


In my ongoing quest to find my favourite film, (see post Top ten Claustrophobic Paranoia Films) I have moved on to another of my favourite genres, Horror Comedy. I have talked about this at more length (See ‘Don’t be afraid to laugh’ post). I have found out since that the reason this genre of films is so popular is because of something known as ‘Gallows Humour’. Which basically means the film, through its story and direction, gives you permission to laugh at your own fears.

Now to my list, or rather lists. Because in my opinion Horror comedies really need to be split into two groups, whereas so often they are compiled as one. Read more of this post

Fringe Review Diary – Day 5 – Leeds Tealights: Animals with Jobs

Day 5 – 9th August 2011

Leeds Tealights: Animals with Jobs – 17:00 – Just the Tonic at the Store (Just the Store Room)


This was another ‘Just The Tonic’ venue, this time at the ‘Store’ near to wear WitTank had played the caves. The room was laid out with folding chairs and me and the Girl went straight to the front. Read more of this post

Fringe Review Diary – Day 4 – Carl Donnelly 3: Carl Donnelier!

Day 4 – 8th August 2011

Carl Donnelly 3: Carl Donnelier! – 19:50hrs – Udderbelly’s Pasture (The Dairy Room)


The Udderbelly’s upside-down cow, nice!

The Udderbelly’s Dairy room was in one of the areas in Edinburgh University. Quite a grandiose entrance, but once you were in, Read more of this post

Fringe Review Diary – Day 4 – WitTank

Day 4 – 8th August 2011

WitTank – 18:15hrs – Just the Tonic at the Caves (Just the Big Room)


Just the Tonic at the Caves joins most of the various venues tradition of naming the areas at the venue in the manner of ‘let’s not dick around here’. Except Read more of this post

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