This is a proper black and white classic. It's so beautiful how it shows the main character what would happen if he weren't around. Who hasn't wondered, even if only briefly, what the world would be like without themselves around? It's really easy to lose sight of how you affect other people's lives, just by being there, and this film is about being there for other people.
Jude Law – oh yes, I think this was pre-cheating with the nanny-gate. Cameron Diaz – to be honest I'll watch pretty much anything she's in, Bad Teacher, In Her Shoes, anything really. Kate Winslett – loved her ever since Titanic. I love how this presents a perfect image of Britain with a little village and a thatched cottage, all dusted with snow. If only everyone lived like that in the UK. The sub plot about the old man is pretty heart-melting too. Perfect. I've started to play a gay romance story broadly based on the life swap concept, so watch out, it may be out this time next year!
The Family Stone
This holds a particular place in my heart, because until my friend H bought it for me a few Christmases ago, while I was going through a very dark period, I hadn't heard of it. It arrived one day with a note about sometimes needing a proper cheesy movie just like this. It has Sarah Jessica Parker, Diane Keaton, a dysfunctional strained family Christmas, and it makes me cry every time I see it. If you've not seen it, please do so, forthwith.
Harry Potter – all films
I know, strictly speaking, this isn't a Christmas series of films, but every film includes winter / Christmas, as it covers a school year for Harry and his friends. I also seem to remember they all came out at the cinema around December. We have a tradition at Livings Towers, where we watch all seven films during December up to 2 January. Every time I watch them I see new things about the clever plot. You can tell JK Rowling plotted those stories, right from the start!
What are your favourite festive films? I'd love to hear.
If you'd like a bit of festive romantic cheer my novellas: Christmas Serendipity and the sequel The Next Christmas are available now.
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The Next Christmas
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Happy Christmas everyone,
Liam Livings xx