What to watch this Christmas

EVERY Christmas we are spoilt for choice for entertainment; DVDs are released shortly before to persuade us into buying them as gifts, and movies hit the cinemas in time for those catch up movie trips with your friends. Here is a short list of recommendations of what we think you will enjoy this Christmas holiday.

DVD/Blu-ray

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

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Steve Coogan’s classic character returns, but this time to the big screen. Alan Partridge is the man that we love to hate, a very selfish and self-centred person. It’s a joy to watch him, but not someone we’d like to encounter in the real world. Alan is still resigned to his role as North Norfolk radio DJ, however when the radio station is taken over by a media conglomerate his DJ co-worker Pat is fired. Pat decides not to to go quietly, taking the radio station hostage and Alan is charged as negotiator.

If you’ve not seen the Alan Partidge TV series before, then you really should check it out, as it too is a great British comedy. Both fans and newly exposed audiences to Alan have praised this film, it’s a very enjoyable movie and a great one for the holidays.

Man of Steel

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We all know the story, Superman is saved from his exploding home-planet as an infant by his parents in a ship that crash lands in a small town America, He is then found by a couple who live in a nearby farm, the Kent’s. His belief of being human is shattered when he begins to develop superpowers and soon learns that he is something more than human. Throughout the movie he discovers his true origins from the consciousness of his biological father and his uncle Jor-el, who comes to earth to create a new krypton.

This movie has spilt audiences since its release, a lot of people loved it, and a lot hated it. Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan have retold the story we’ve all heard several times before but in a new and gritty way, with Superman facing new challenges and tough decisions. Love it or hate it, its defiantly worth the initial watch.

 

Cinema

Frozen

Frozen_castposterThe latest Disney movie follows Anna’s adventure through the newly winterised kingdom of Arendelle to find her sister Elsa, who holds the ability to control and create ice and snow.  From the outside Elsa seems to very powerful and poised witch; however Elsa is forever tormented from the memory of nearly killing her younger sister and becomes more emotionally unstable because of it, until one day she loses control and covered the kingdom in snow.

A dark undertone is beneath the story told in Frozen, but not many Disney movies don’t have something dark about them. This movie looks like a lot of fun, plus being Disney and winterly it’s very fitting for Christmas so could be worth a look into. Especially as there are not many Christmas movies this year, this looks to be the key one to look out for.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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A movie which requires little to no induction, The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug is the second part of to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, prequel to the Lord of The Rings series. A lot of people have pointed out that it’s unnecessary to turn the short story that the movies are based on into a trilogy; however audiences and critics alike found the first film to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

The last we saw our group of dwarfs, hobbit and wizard they had successfully passed through the misty mountains, however they must seek help before crossing the Mirkwood forest and if they manage to reach the human settlement of Lake Town, it’ll be time for Bilbo to complete the reason they brought him along for. Plus fan-favourite Legolass makes an appearance.

A great movie to meet up with friends and family while you’re back at home this Christmas holidays.

 

TV

Doctor Who Christmas Special

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We’re all aware that Matt Smith will be regenerating into Peter Capaldi during this year’s Christmas special, yet nevertheless this special seems to be full of mystery and questions. The doctor must face his greatest enemies, with The Silence, Daleks, Cybermen all being seen in the trailer. There’s also a siege on Trenzalore, the place where we found out the Doctor died, his final battle. Another mystery concerns the regeneration itself, Steven Moffat has claimed that the Doctor has used up all of his regenerations (This includes David Tennant regenerating into David Tennant) but also said that he won’t casually brush off the rules concerning the 12 regenerations, so how will the Doctor regenerate again?

Certainly one to catch this Christmas.

Downton Abbey

downton-abbey-christmas-special-2013Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying that Downton has a strong fanbase who will be unwrapping their own special this Christmas. This year sees Lady Rose dancing with the prince of Wales and finally being presented to society at a ball in Buckingham Palace. We also see maid Ann smile once again after the tragic circumstances that befell her during the previous series.

If you’re a fan of the show then write it into your dairy, for people newly exposed to Downton Abbey there’s still time to catch up with the series before the Christmas special.