Have A Holly, Jolly Christmas: Ranking Netflix’s Romantic Christmas Films

There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit. Some like to deck their entire home with festive decorations that go beyond putting up the tree. Other people like to jingle jangle their way to December 25th with Christmas music. Or if you really want to get into a holiday season state of mind, Christmas movies might be more your speed.

With a number of new Christmas movies coming out each year, it can be hard to decide which ones to spend an hour or two of your time on. Being a huge romantic at heart, I am a sucker for a sweet and fun romantic Christmas movie. Now that Netflix gives you plenty of options to satiate your desire for sappy Christmas movies, I rank a handful of films the streaming service has in their catalog.

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Movie Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

As we near the end of summer, there seems to be a bit of a resurgence for the romantic comedy genre, both on the big and small screen. The latest film to join the ranks is Netflix’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

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Movie Review: Maggie

Zombies are everywhere. It’s hard to escape stories about zombies in the shows we watch like The Walking Dead, or the video games we play, such as Left 4 Dead. Whatever our fascination is with zombies, most media I’ve consumed about zombies almost always focuses on survival or how once regular, every day citizens channel their inner badasses and start shooting zombies in the head as if it’s a blood sport. While I appreciate experiencing these stories on occasion, they tend to offer nothing new about what it’d be like to live during a zombie apocalypse. When I watched the movie Maggie a few weeks ago, I’m struck by how different this movie felt compared to other zombie movies.

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Accept Differences, Challenge Stereotypes, And Never Give Up: Lessons From Disney’s Zootopia

I’ve always been a kid at heart and I doubt it’ll ever change the older I get. When there’s a good animated feature currently showing at my local movie theater, I’m not ashamed to express an interest in watching it and actually going to the movies to see it. The recent offerings from Disney––Frozen, Big Hero 6, and its latest film Zootopia, has gotten me excited about seeing more from the House of Mouse. It seems like Disney is investing in more stories with powerful messages that actually teaches kids something more meaningful, while still being the fun and colorful Disney films we tend to expect from their brand. Zootopia is no different in joining this lineup of great storytelling in a kid’s movie.

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Big Hero 6: More Than Just Your Regular Kids Flick

A few weeks ago I watched Disney’s latest film Big Hero 6, which is based off of a lesser known Marvel Comic series. The film follows a boy named Hiro Hamada and his inflatable nurse robot named Baymax on their journey to become the most unlikely superheroes in the city of San Fransokyo. What I expected was a fun popcorn romp with your usual Disney fluff. What I didn’t expect was the touch of seriousness this movie would go in their dealings with death, loss, and the grieving process. If you haven’t seen the movie and don’t wish to be spoiled, go and watch the movie and then return to this article. The movie is worth watching.

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X-Men Days Of Future Past: My Experience Attending A Huge Red Carpet Premiere

Red carpet premieres for big budget movies always look exciting on TV. The fan energy, glamor, and the gorgeous celebrities walking along the carpet to do interviews with the press and interact with the fans always seemed like it would be a fun experience to witness live. Thanks to my long-time childhood best friend, she discovered and scored free passes to one of these fancy red carpet movie premieres. The premiere we attended was for this summer’s next highly anticipated comic book movie to be released––X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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The Nature Of Trust In Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Spring tends to start the trend of must-see blockbuster Hollywood films and it continues on through the summer months. 2014 is gearing up to be the year of the comic book superhero movies, films like The Amazing Spiderman 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The first one up is the newly released Captain America: The Winter Soldier this past weekend. Like all comic book movies, you can expect big explosions, cool fight scenes, and the hero needing to save the world from a large scale threat.

I went to go see the movie over the weekend and I absolutely enjoyed it. Winter Soldier is just as good as the first movie, maybe slightly surpassing the first film in story. I could write a review where I gush about how this action scene was cool or how hot and perfect Chris Evans was as Cap, but I won’t. If you haven’t seen the movie, definitely go out and watch it. Instead, I’ll be discussing an ongoing theme in the film’s story, which is the nature of trust. Be forewarned, there will be spoilers ahead.

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Manga and their anime counterparts

Whenever I pick up a really good manga series, I immediately try to see if their is an anime to go with it. Almost all the series I’ve read were lucky enough to have been made into one like Sailor Moon, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Fushigi Yugi, Ceres: Celestial Legend, Cardcaptor Sakura, and the list goes on.

I think a lot of the animes made around the 90’s like the ones I have mentioned above have been good adaptations of their original source material. It is to be expected that an anime that’s based off of the manga will be somewhat faithful to the series, but then veer off and become a slightly different version of its original. Most of these changes are not bad at all. It just makes the anime kind of like its own story separate from the manga. The same happens when books are made into films. They are just going to be completely different from the other despite every intention of being faithful to the original. Things have to get cut out or they add things to the film based on what looks better on the screen. Some things translate better in a book than in film and vice versa.

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