A Good Movie For A Snow Storm

 

During a big snow storm is the best time to cook delicious food, prepare your taxes, write blog posts and watch a few good movies.  But a good movie is good any day or time of the year. When it comes to movies, I have my cable favorites including, Gladiator, GoodFellas, 50 First Dates and the other romantic chic flick Love Actually.  I’ve seen Love Actually way to  many times to mention but I realized that for me  there are some movies, for better or worse, that are timeless in my book.  I smile at the fact that even though the holidays are over, I still enjoy watching the romantic dramedy whose message about love becomes even more sentimental with Christmas as the backdrop.  For those who haven’t seen it, Love Actually  has an ensemble cast and looks at  the eight different couples  in London, England as they try to figure out their love lives weeks before Christmas. The movie was released in 2003 and nine years later its still a fan favorite.

A Good Movie For A Snow Storm

I love a movie that makes me think about it after it’s over so I’m adding a new one to my list.  The Fitzgerald Family Christmas by  director and actor Ed Burns had a low key release last Christmas.  I first saw the movie in  early December at a Mamarazzi  screening and a Q & A session with movie writer and director Ed Burns  hosted by TheMoms Denise Albert and Melissa Gerstein.

The movie is an ensemble cast made up of a few of Burns’ real life actor  friends (including Connie Britton, Noah Emmerich, Mike McGlone, and Kerry Bishe) who you may recognize  from a few of Burns’ older movies. Connie Britton, who now stars in the hot country drama, Nashville, on ABC-TV, is part of the ensemble cast as Burn’s love interest.  I’m not sure why, but I wasn’t expecting to like this movie as much as I did.  The movie centers around a big, working class, Irish Catholic family who come together during the holidays and must decide if they should let their estranged father, who walked out on them  20 years ago, visit for the holiday.  Each child and the mom take very different stances on whether or not  dad should be welcomed back into the family for Christmas day.  Of course, there are a few twists and turns in the movie, but the underlying message is one of forgiveness.  The question lingers…  How easy or difficult is it to forgive someone you love once they’ve hurt you?

As we sat in the intimate screening room, I found myself talking in a low voice to the screen and moaning in agreement or disagreement with the characters as they faced personal challenges and family dilemmas as they tried to come to a decision. I won’t tell you the end but know that I ended up crying at different points during the movie.

A Good Movie For A Snow Storm

Debbie with Ed Burns at Fitzgerald Family Christmas Mamarazzi Event Screening 12/2012

Ed Burns was great during the Q & A and, as you can see, stuck around to take individual pictures with each and every one at the event.  He seems like a pretty down to earth kinda guy.  If you are looking for a good movie for a snow storm,  The Fitzgerald Family Christmas is on my list so  check it out.  Click on the YouTube clip below for a sneak peek.  When you are done tell us a few of your favorite  movies that we should put on our list.

If you’re looking for a good movie for a snow storm for the kids, try Peanuts Deluxe Holiday Edition DVD.

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February 9, 2013

A Good Movie For A Snow Storm And Any Time Of The Year

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