One of my favourite things to do over the holidays is to hunker down with friends and family and watch some good movies, which, of course, I borrow from the library.
Now you can always go with the holiday classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Itâs a Wonderful Life, or my Dadâs all-time favourite National Lampoonâs Christmas Vacation but many of those are being played over and over again on TV right now.
How about a little action adventure to get your heart pumping (and help clear out you arteries from all of the cookies); combining action and comedy is The Heat starring Melissa McCarthy as a foul-mouthed Boston cop and Sandra Bullock as a play by the rules FBI agent. The movie World War Z, while not following the plot of the book at all, has a few great heart-thumping moments!
In terms of action and adventure you donât get much more perfect than a James Bond movie and the library has lots, including the latest, Skyfall (as a side note, you can also check out a show called James Bond Gadgets).
I donât think you can go wrong with a good romantic comedy, especially if youâre looking for a happy ending. Iâm a big fan of zombie films, not the kind of thing you usually think of as a romantic comedy but think again and check out Warm Bodies. Based on the book by Isaac Marion, Warm Bodies features R, a young zombie who saves Julie from a zombie attack. Itâs your classic zombie meets girl story. Okay, thatâs not everyoneâs cup of tea, how about the seasonally appropriate New Yearâs Eve, set during New Year's Eve in New York City, this movie has lots of intertwined love stories.
I know everyone thinks scary movies are just for Halloween but I think itâs nice to have a little something to take the edge off the fright of opening a credit card statement at this time of year. I recommend a couple of classic horror movies, Psycho famously directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It makes taking a shower a whole lot more frightening. And, just to fit yet another zombie movie in here Night of the Living Dead, thought of by many to be the beginning of the modern zombie film.
To end on a slightly lighter note, The Nightmare Before Christmas is the perfect blend of Christmas and Halloween and fun, a light-hearted animated movie about the residents of Halloween Town trying to take over Christmas.
To find out what other great movies the library owns take a look at our catalogue on our website: www.cumberlandpubliclibraries.ca
Denise Corey is the chief librarian for the Cumberland Public Libraries.