Saturday, 3 January 2015

Mini Film Reviews | Festive Favourites at City Screen York

I often feel very lucky that we have such a fantastic cinema and venue in York but never more so than during the festive season.  Of course I'm talking about City Screen, who during the month of December put on lots and lots of Christmas films to really give their patrons that feeling of festive cheer.  I for one was taking full advantage and got myself to as many showings as possible...

Die Hard
When I saw Die Hard listed in the December schedule I got myself pretty darn giddy.  People think I'm crazy when I say I like to watch it every Christmas Eve while I wrap my presents, but it's honestly one of my favourite Christmas films and I couldn't pass up an opportunity to see it on the big screen (obviously I was entirely too young to see it like this when it was originally released).  What was absolutely brilliant about this showing, was that even though everyone there had pretty obviously seen the film a million times, everyone was totally 100% into it and along for the ride with our hero John McClane as he battled those Christmas-spoiling terrorists.  Yippee ki-yay motherfucker... sorry, couldn't help myself!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Next up on my list of must-see films in December was the latest and final offering from The Hobbit franchise, or as I affectionately call it - The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies, But Seriously is Jackson Going to Get Yet Another Film out of a Single Bloody Book?!  Okay, not as catchy as the title used for general release, but you get my drift...

In all seriousness though, it almost doesn't feel like Christmas without another of Peter Jackson's interpretations of Tolkien's work being released, I kind of don't know what I'm going to do without them now.  If you're looking for a film that's as true to the source material as Peter Jackson's LOTR trilogy was then I fear you're going to have a few gripes with this release, but in terms of entertainment you won't be disappointed by the sheer scale of this epic fantasy, and it's overall pretty satisfying conclusion.

It's A Wonderful Life*
Can I admit something without judgement here?  I'd never actually seen It's A Wonderful Life before I went to see it in December.  I know, shocking isn't it?!  You can see why the situation needed to be remedied.

I was initially a bit worried that this film would be a little sugar-coated for my tastes but any concerns were quickly allayed when I got immersed in the tale of George Bailey and all of the lives that would have been so much worse off if he wasn't around.  It was definitely sentimental, but so beautifully done that you couldn't help but enjoy yourself.  I can certainly see why it's an enduring classic, and one I'll definitely be watching again.

It's A Wonderful Life was the last film of the Christmas films I managed to see at City Screen in 2014, but I'll certainly look forward to the next bank holiday to see what ends up on the schedule.

You can find the listings for City Screen here.  You can also find City Screen on Twitter.

What are your favourite films for a particular season?  Did you catch any of these over the festive period?

Sharon x

*Tickets for It's A Wonderful Life provided for review purposes.

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