Wicked winter movies

Curl up with Ducks and Die Hard

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Bruce Willis in Die Hard

If going to the bar isn’t your forte and you want avoid the cold, nothing passes the time like plopping yourself in front of your television and watching a movie.

While there are tons to choose from, The Gazette recommends these winter classics to watch when the opportunity arises.

Die Hard 2 (1990)
In reality, John McClane’s (Bruce Willis) second venture on the big screen has nothing to do with winter besides its snowy setting. Die Hard 2 provides quality entertainment as McClane battles hostages trying to take over an airport with his wife’s plane airborne.

Filmed nearly two decades ago, the movie is still relevant for contemporary audiences. Who doesn’t want to see a guy get stabbed in the eye with an icicle?

The Mighty Ducks (1992)
The movie that brought us the “Flying V” and the catchy “quack, quack, quack” chant uses many classic elements of a feel-good sports movie in which viewers know the ending before watching the film. Nonetheless, following the trials and tribulations of Gordon Bombay’s (Emilio Estevez) peewee hockey team reminds you why playing sports in elementary school was fun. While the first Ducks film is highly recommended, its sequels make better paper weights than entertainment.

Cool Runnings (1993)
Starring the late John Candy, Cool Runnings was funny when you watched it as a kid and you’ll appreciate it even more today. Based on the true story of the 1988 Jamaican bobsled team, it comically shows how coach Irving Blitzer led his inexperienced group to the Calgary Olympics. The film is especially funny for those experiencing their first winter in Canada.

Fargo (1996)
Filmed in the American midwest, Fargo is one of the first movies that comes to mind when discussing recent winter flicks. The drama follows Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy), whose plot to have his wife kidnapped to escape his financial troubles gets him in worse trouble than he could have imagined. Fargo received Academy Awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actress (Frances McDormand).

Just Friends (2005)
Just Friends is a must-watch for any high-school outcast who dreams of becoming popular in the future. The film tells the story of Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds), who goes from being an outsider in high school to a successful womanizer in Los Angeles, to returning home during the holidays years later to chase his high school sweetheart Jamie (Amy Smart). Even if you never become cool, Just Friends provides hope that it could happen one day.

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