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by Jerry Celik (subscribe)
Live, Love, Laugh!
Published May 19th 2011
Image by Andrei Zmievski (http://www.flickr.com/people/andreiz/)
That god awful time has come once again, the bitter yet necessary season of winter. Around these times, going out is not all that fun, in fact it's horrible, and any woman who can get dressed up and go out in this weather and endure the freezing nights have my utmost awe.

But just like those wildlife animals, we too can hibernate in our habitats and enjoy a form of entertainment that has always been purely aimed at people staying in a comfortable inside setting. I'm talking of course about movies.

So here i'll be going through my top five movies that i like to watch and perhaps you would also like to during winter with family, friends or a special someone.

Number 5 - The Family Man

So since we our winters are midyear we can't really understand how a cold winter Christmas feels like, this movie not only shows us that but takes us into the timely question of "what if?".

Having it all, Jack Campbell is a successful wall street executive with no regrets, but when a past flame reignites back into his life, he is given the chance to see what could of been.

A lot of high profile actors such as Nicolas Cage, Tea Leoni and Don Cheadle with appearances of Jeremy Piven in a very average yet rich romantic/dramatic film which make this a breezy movie to sit through. The acting is fair and the story concept is something we all think about once in awhile. I suppose I picked this one because it just kept me watching the first time I plugged it in.

I suggest this to be a cuddle up movie, grab some blankets and if lucky a small heater nearby added with some tasty nourishments to keep you company.



Number 4 - Big Daddy

A comedy is always a must during this damp time, it lightens moods and brings people together. Everyone likes to hear that kind of stuff and why shouldn't they, its right as raisins.

Lazy, care-free, and surprisingly carrying a law degree under his belt, Sonny Kaufax's life turns around when he adopts an unknown child who turns up at his door step.

Adam Sandler's classic comedy of father and son will make a movie night loaded with laughs. Starring aside well known actors such Jon Stewart, Leslie Mann and Rob Schneider, this movie is a one stop ride to holding your sides with laughter as you roll around on the ground teary eyed.

Bring your friends around and plenty of snacks because this one needs to be shared with new viewers and old ones.



Number 3 - Wall-E

Any Pixar movie goes down well, since their first feature Toy Story, the company have taken over the 3D animated movie sector by miles and have always outdone themselves year after year, movie after movie.

What sets this Pixar movie from others is its absence of dialogue, almost. Earth is no longer habitable after a mega corporation dominates the market, becoming its only competition, and over pollutes the planet. The conglomerate manufactures star liners for the population to vacate the Earth and wait for the day that it once again becomes liveable. A lone robot left behind to clean up the mess soon re-emerges with the human race after an encounter with a scout robot sent from one of the liners in space.

With so much science, there is so much magic in this film that is filled with the overall theme of loneliness. The feature is written so that all audiences will enjoy its humour and quirkiness, and as classic and dusty its music is, it's sure to put a smile on anyone's dial.



Number 2 - The Fifth Element

Probably one of the most original stories ever written, but more so it's amazing artistic direction which has been awarded many titles. This film is sure to engage any audience and increase your knowledge of French directors.

Earth, air, fire, water and the fifth element are the key to saving all life from annihilation every five thousand years, but when the sacred stones to harnessing these powers are lost, humanity must take control and lay their faith and trust with a former major and current taxi driver. Hulking robotic aliens, grey ugly aliens and a blue telepathic opera singer alien are some of the extraterrestrial life forms that you'll come face to face with as we dash through time and find Earth struggling with faith and technology to save their planet and all life from certain doom.

The cast consists of many A-list actors including Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker plus various more familiars. A lot of gunfire, bombs, and romance is sure to keep you glued to your warm and cosy seats as you fly through space battling.



Number 1 - Avatar

What can I say, this is a good movie despite being harvested from various movie themes, the evidence is in the money it made. So far it is the highest grossing film of all time, but it's no surprise since any movie director James Cameron comes out with is bound to hit the blockbuster with extreme results.

Think Dances With Wolves meets The Matrix. Pandora is a lush planet inhabited by tall, slender, blue aliens called the Na'vi and hides a valuable resource called Unobtanium. In order to harvest this mineral, a conglomerate from Earth tries to find a way to remove the indigenous beings peacefully from the various deposits which happen to be directly under the villages. Before violent methods are sought, Jake Sully uses the Avatar Program to take control of his own cloned Na'vi to learn from them and persuade them to migrate away from the village.

This movie has quickly become a common favourite among all, the actors leading this movie comprise of Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Stephen Lang and Giovanni Ribisi. Even though the film runs over two and a half hours, you won't want this epic adventure to ever end.

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Why? Catch up with movies this winter
When: Anytime you wish
Where: In the comfort of your own home
Cost: From $5 to $30 per movie at most
Comments
I must admit that I've never seen any of these movies and yes, I've gotten yelled at several times because of it haha. They're definitely on my must rent list so the next rainy weekend when I have free time I'm going to see what all the hype is about.
By L.R. - senior writer
Saturday, 21st of May @ 05:15 am
Haha - I'm also embarrassed to admit I've never seen Avatar. I thought I was the only person left in the entire world not to have watched it, but I'm very glad to know I'm not the only one. I'll definitely have to hire it out one night over the next few months.
By Tim Falk - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 25th of May @ 02:32 am
I love avatar and the 5th element looks interesting, especially since I was reading conspiracy theories last night. The elements are important right now, they do make a difference. Many places have been given a high air energy on purpose and you need the other elements to come in to balance this. Earth and water especially. I would be interested to see this movie and see if it is in the spirit of the beautiful movie I saw and have forgotten the name of.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer
Friday, 15th of July @ 01:21 am
Great suggestions, seen most of them but I am now definitely going to dust off the old movie card to rent The Fifth Element. Thanks for the tips.
By Alexander Lewandowski - senior reviewer
Wednesday, 19th of October @ 01:11 am
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