10 Must-Watch Alternative (Non Xmas) Films for the Holidays!
Christmas time is very nearly here! The only time of year where it’s acceptable to lounge around in your onesie for an entire day, watching movies and eating Twiglets for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
However, we’re pretty sure there’s only so much Home Alone and Love Actually a person can take, so we’ve put together this little list of weird and wonderful films that are a must-watch this Christmas holidays; for those of you who like movies that make you think, cringe or even cry, in no particular order, here are a few of our favourites (that are most definitely not Christmassy!)
Genre: Violent Thriller
Year of Release: 2003
Directed By: Park Chan-Wook
Why We Love It: Full of questions, plot twists and action this tale of revenge is a real nail-biter! Full of suspense and littered with cringe-worthy gore, this Korean classic is great for those that like to get lost in their movies…
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Genre: Comedy Drama
Year of Release: 2013
Directed By: Eugenio Derbez/Lorenzo O’Brien
Why We Love It: This film is a real feel-good story about growing up, taking responsibility and the beautiful bond between a father and his little girl. With laughs, tears and bundles of warm feelings, this sweet Spanish flick is great for those wintery evenings.
Year of Release: 2007
Directed By: John Carney
Why We Love It: For anyone who likes music or indie films, this is a must-watch! About a guy, a girl and their everyday love story told through busking and recording some amazing songs, this modern day musical is anything but ordinary! Trust us, one watch of this and you’ll have the soundtrack on repeat!
Never Let Me Go
Year of Release: 2010
Directed By: Mark Romanek
Why We Love It: This is one of those beautiful films that will have you reaching for the tissues and sniffling all evening but thanks to a gripping plot and some powerful acting, we just can’t stop watching. With undertones of romance, this tragic story addresses the tumultuous world of science vs. humanity and results in some emotionally-charged and thought-provoking cinema.
Genre: Horror Comedy
Year of Release: 2007
Directed By: Mitchell Lichtenstein
Why We Love It: As far as weird horror goes, Teeth is up there with the likes of The Human Centipede! With a cringe-worthy plot, this clever film is a mash-up of a coming-of-age story mixed with a young girl’s morality and fear of being different, which results in a truly messed up film that might just put you off relationships forever…
Year of Release: 2004
Directed By: Jared Hess
Why We Love It: For anyone who hasn’t seen it already, Napoleon Dynamite is a quirky comedy that you simply need to watch to understand! Featuring a socially-awkward teenager and an insight into his world, this weird little flick will have you laughing for reasons you can’t even explain.
Year of Release: 2015
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Why We Love It: Modern horror stories can be hit-or-miss, but this chilling movie about two children’s visit to their grandparents is gripping, full of plot twists and truly terrifying! Filmed partly in documentary style, this cinematic treat will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end (which is the best part!)
V For Vendetta
Year of Release: 2006
Directed By: James McTeigue
Why We Love It: V For Vendetta is a classic film about revolution, corruption and political action through violence. Set in an alternate dystopia and based on the gunpowder plot, this clever film is still very relevant to the modern day world and with a weird and wonderful love story, this in-depth film will definitely leave a lasting impression.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Genre: Comedy Drama/Tear-Jerker
Year of Release: 2015
Directed By: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Why We Love It: This coming-of-age story is a truly lovely representation of what it’s like to be a teenager whilst facing something as harrowing as a terminal illness. With themes of friendship, love and tragedy this sad tale is well worth a watch this holiday season. (Just make sure you take your mascara off first!)
Grave of the Fireflies
Year of Release: 1988
Directed By: Isao Takahata
Why We Love It: Based on the idea of the human cost of war, this Japanese animated drama brings together themes of family, pain and loss. In a world where nothing seems stable, this tale of the love between siblings shows their struggle to stay alive and stay together against the odds.
So whether you fancy having a good cry into your Christmas pudding, or you want a scary reason to hide behind that new cushion, there’s sure to be something on this list for you! Happy watching little elves!