Some Favorite Holiday Movies

WORDS BY: SELENA GONZALEZ
PHOTO BY: STEPHANIE PEREZ

With Christmas quickly approaching, many students seek to get into the holiday spirit with a variety of holiday films. These movies bring out our inner child, take us back to our childhood and bring out the holiday cheer that’s been dormant for almost 12 months.

Alejandra Garcia, a senior journalism major, loves watching “Love Actually” for the holidays. She said,  “I love to watch ‘Love Actually’ when the holiday seasons roll in at the end of the year. It’s a film that splits into 10 stories that later tie in together. My favorite story of that film is the story of Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurélia (Sienna Guillory). They fall in love despite the language barrier — Jaime speaks English, and Aurélia speaks Portuguese. It’s a really tender story because both characters make the effort to learn a different language so they can be together. Overall, my favorite part of the film is the ending. The scene demonstrates togetherness between people at the airport. I can relate to that scene because I’ve had emotional moments of greeting loved ones.”

Yasmin Cortez, a senior journalism major, loves watching “The Snowman.” She said, “Love, growth, loss and flying snowmen. If that sounds like something you'd be interested in for Christmas, you'll like ‘The Snowman.’ It was originally a book, and the whole movie has no dialogue — just music to accompany scenes. It's about this boy who makes a snowman, and on Christmas it comes to life and they go to the North Pole together. I remember watching it every Christmas with my brother, and there is this one song that plays called 'Walking in the Air,' and I would cry all the time because I thought it was so beautiful. It's simple and funny but will leave a strong message behind. It's only 30 minutes long and can be watched on YouTube. Highly recommend.”

Parker Shannon, a senior journalism major, loves watching “A Charlie Brown Christmas” for the holidays. He said, “I have watched it every year for as long as I can remember, and it always gives me just the right feeling for the season. It's not overly joyous or ‘Christmasy,’ but I think it gives a much better sense of what the spirit of the holiday really is. I like that different perspectives on the holiday season are shown by Linus reciting a Bible verse, Charlie Brown feeling down about commercialism and Lucy fully accepting the march toward merchandizing the holidays.”

Stephanie Perez, a senior journalism major, watches “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” for the holidays. She said, “Dr. Seuss' ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ is definitely one of my holiday films. From the catchy tune ‘You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’ to the creative world of Whoville, there isn't a holiday season where I don't watch this movie.”

Christopher Orozco, a junior psychology major, chose “Die Hard” for his favorite holiday film. He said, “Even though it came out in June, it has a Christmas setting. Bruce Willis is a really great actor. It’s an action-packed movie centered on Christmas. It’s like ‘Home Alone’ but for adults.”

Elliot Gatica, a senior economics major, watches “Elf” during the holidays. She said, “I like it because it has the Christmas spirit and it’s funny. Will Ferrell is in it, and he’s hilarious. Zooey Deschanel is also in it, and she’s a beautiful actress. It makes references to old characters that we grew up with like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. My favorite scene is where he puts candy in the spaghetti.”

Aaron Valdivia, a senior journalism major, enjoys watching “Home Alone” for the holidays. He said, “It brings back memories of when I was a kid. I would watch it all the time. I still get the same feeling when I watch it now. All the nostalgia comes back to me.”

Sajan Bhagat is a fourth-year biology major who also loves watching “Home Alone” for the holidays. Bhagat said, “‘Home Alone’ is my favorite Christmas movie because I still remember watching the movie with my parents. It's the oldest memory I have of watching a movie. It also reminds me of a time when I missed my flight back home from visiting my grandparents on the east coast.”

Gustavo Ortega, a senior journalism major, said his favorite movie to watch during the holidays is the former movie’s sequel, “Home Alone 2.” He said,  “I love the sequel to ’Home Alone.’ I know sequels aren’t usually good, but this one was. It goes great with all the tamales and other Mexican delicacies. It reminds us why family is important. We share laughs and open gifts while the movie plays in the background.”

There are plenty of oldies but goodies that should be honorably mentioned including “The Year Without Santa Claus,” “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” and, of course, the list can go on.