NYC’s Great Blizzard of 2015 was decidedly a Great Big BUST instead, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in a few more wintry movies while you wait for mass transit to start back up again and roads to get cleared. I posted the Wintry Mix Part I yesterday, so without further ado:
Die Another Day (2002)
So it’s probably not the best of the James Bond movies by any stretch, but Pierce Brosnan’s last outing as the eponymous MI-6 agent is pretty fun. The plot gets a little complicated, but there’s a lot of business with North Korea (timely!) and a mysterious millionaire named Gustav Graves who has (wait for it) an ice hotel in addition to a super cool satellite that will obviously put the world in danger. Come for Halle Berry as Jinx, stay for Rosamund Pike (in one of her first big roles before Gone Girl fame) as Miranda Frost, who also happens to have been trained in fencing by a character played by…Madonna. Because why not?
The Shining (1980)
Redrum redrum redrum. Director Stanley Kubrick paces this horror classic perfectly, giving viewers and its star, a terrific and terrifying Jack Nicholson, an overwhelming sense of dread throughout. It’s the rare horror film that also doubles as high, intellectual art. Though novelist Stephen King hated what they did to it, everyone else seems to agree it’s a masterpiece. Not recommended viewing for those who are caretakers at humongous hotels built on old Native American burial grounds.
Encounters at the End of the World (2007)
This intriguing documentary from Werner Herzog explores what it’s like living and studying at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. Interviews with scientists, breathtaking views of the coldest continent, and cute penguins all await you in addition to a lot of life-affirming tales. The documentary may have a chilly subject, but it will surely warm your heart (sorry, I know that one was really cheesy).
Little Women (1994)
Full disclosure: this is one of my top three favorite movies of all-time, so I’m a little biased. In my opinion, this is the best and most loving film adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel about four very different sisters’ coming of age. The score is gorgeous, the cinematography warm, and the acting from the all-star cast is superb. Winona Ryder scored an Oscar nomination for her layered, heartfelt portrayal of Jo, and after you wipe away your tears, you’ll see why. And if you don’t swoon over Christian Bale’s Laurie (or at least his hair), there’s something wrong with you.
Nothing says “happy snow day” quite like a triple homicide and a botched kidnapping in snowy Minnesota. The Academy Award winning film from the Coen Brothers was turned into a fine TV series this past year, but start with the sometimes funny but increasingly violent film. Frances McDormand is great as pregnant policewoman Marge Gunderson as are Steve Buscemi and William H. Macy. Entertaining? Yah, sure, you betcha.