Friday Flick – Val’s and Gal’s Edition

Today is Galentine’s Day and tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, so we are all in store for a very loving, yet heart-shaped obsessed, chocolate craving, rose receiving time, all wrapped up in red, white and pink!

For some, having a relaxing night in with your loved ones or friends makes for a perfect Valentine’s Day (and in the case of today, Galentine’s Day). What will make your evening better? A good old rom-com movie or a pure mushy gushy romantic flick! Here are some of The Domestic Peach’s picks for this year’s most romantic, loving holiday:

 Some Romantic-Comedy Suggestions…

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For the Mushy Side in all of us…

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Whatever you are in the mood for, night out on the town or a night in with a movie, wishing you a great weekend!

Favourite Holiday Flicks

With Christmas only four days away, Chanukah in full swing, the Holiday break officially hitting this coming week and New Year’s Eve around the corner, one of my favourite activities is getting cozy on my couch with some of my favourite holiday-themed flicks. Turning the fireplace on, making some hot chocolate, and settling under a warm blanket in front of the television is a great way to wind down in between the holiday shopping, gatherings, eating, partying and more.

Here are just a few of my holiday favourite films…

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – This movie is the third installment in the National Lampoon’s Vacation series and in my opinion, probably the funniest. Clark Griswold, who dreams of hosting the ultimate family Christmas and in the process, has a lot of funny mishaps and many things go wrong.

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Love Actually (2003) – A wonderful holiday tale that focuses on 10 separate stories involving beautiful British people and how all of them experience love during the holiday season in a unique and special way.

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Home Alone (1990) – The night before a family holiday trip to Paris, Kevin McCallister acts up, gets in trouble and wishes for his family to disappear. When he awakes the next morning, his family is gone. Apparently they left him home alone during the holidays by accident, leaving him to fend for himself and fight off a couple of hysterical robbers.

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The Holiday (2006) – Two brokenhearted women decide to swap homes over Christmas time, where each of them step into each other’s lifestyle and surprisingly, both women find romance in the process.

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Friday Flick – Garden State

What:  Garden State Garden State

When:  2004

Who:  Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Ian Holm, Method Man and Peter Sarsgaard.

What’s the story:  After being a decade away from home and his hometown of New Jersey, Andrew Largemen – part successful actor, part waiter – returns to the Garden State from Los Angeles to attend his mother’s funeral. During his time at home, he lays off prescribed drugs that his controlling psychiatrist father and doctor claimed he needed, and begins to see life for what it truly is. In these days of self-realization, Andrew reconnects with his closest friends from Jersey and begins a genuine relationship with a girl who shares some of the problems he has.

Where:  New Jersey

Why it’s amazing:  This movie is a simple yet complex story, which stems off Zach Braff’s childhood and personal experiences. Braff truly puts it together in a story run by unique characters that appear simple on the outside, but offer a lot of depth to the plot. Also, the music selected for this movie rocks!

What is bad about it:  The occasional watcher of this film may find some parts slower than others, but overall, it isn’t bad in terms of its speed.

Wonderful scene in the movie:  When Andrew (Braff) and Sam (Portman) are sitting by the fire, warming up and talking about their lives, which is concluded by this amazing tap dance performed by Sam.

Fun Fact:  Zach Braff played triple duty for this film. Garden State was written by Braff, he held the starring role in the film, and it was his directorial debut.

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To see the previous Friday Flick feature on Working Girl, CLICK HERE

Friday Flick – Halloween Style

Today is Halloween and we could all use a good old fashion scare during this holiday. Whether you are prepping yourself and your costume for a traditional Halloween party, staying in and giving out candy and chocolate to tons of Trick or Treaters, or deciding not to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve, this holiday only comes once a year and can be fun and freaky… even from the comforts of your own couch!

Now gather up your popcorn, candy, chocolate and pop, put on those sweats and grab that cozy blanket to put over top. Here are The Domestic Peach’s movie picks for Halloween:

FOR THE CLASSIC HALLOWEEN HORROR MOVIE…

Halloween (1978) – A typical classic for this holiday, hence the name and that the movie’s plot takes place on Halloween. After being institutionalized since childhood for the murder of his sister, Michael Myers escapes years later and stalks a bookish adolescent girl and her friends while his doctor chases him through the streets on Halloween.

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FOR THE FUNKY FREAKY PEOPLE OUT THERE (OR PEOPLE WHO ENJOY MUSICALS)…

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) – For anyone who loves doing the Time Warp at special occasions or in the privacy of their homes, this is a great pick for you. In this dark, twisty, and musical plot, a loving couple, a few lost monsters and a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania sing and dance through a campy, sloppy salute to horror movies and liberation.

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FOR THE VINTAGE, BLACK AND WHITE MOVIE FANS…

Psycho (1960) – No matter how old you are, it is hard for many to not recognize that shivery soundtrack or scream from this classic Alfred Hitchcock horror movie. When a woman goes missing–last seen at the infamous Bates Motel–her sister and boyfriend visit the place only to find it run by a man whose possessed by his dead mother and dresses himself up like her, adopting her personality.

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FOR THE FAMILY FRIENDLY HALLOWEEN NIGHT…

Hocus Pocus (1993) – This was a favourite of mine when I was kid, along with many of my other childhood friends. After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all.

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FOR THE LITTLE KIDDIES…

It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966) – A cute and short classic flick that is little kid friendly and doesn’t go for long, which is great for early bed times. In this adorable movie, The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

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FOR THE ROMANTIC WITH A TWIST OF DARKNESS…

Edward Scissorhands (1990) – I wouldn’t recommend this for children as the darkness of it could cause nightmares, but for teenagers and adults, this movie is romantic and tugs at the heartstrings in ways you wouldn’t expect. An uncommonly gentle young man, who happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a beautiful adolescent girl.

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