Yesterday, the Groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter. Like it or not, many in the USA this year have experienced their fair share of cold weather during a pretty brutal winter, and it looks like more is too come. So, I encourage you co put another log on the fire; curl up in your favorite chair; wrap yourself in a warm and cozy blanket; grab a cup of hot cocoa, and watch one of these following films that will remind you … that yes, winter is still alive and well:
The Gold Rush (1925) – I have never been as cold as when I watch Charlie Chaplin in this film classic. The film was rereleased in 1942, and earned Oscar nominations for best sound mixing and best original score.
Battleground (1949) – I can’t watch this war film without thinking of my grandfather Maj. Earl Reagan, who was a WWII veteran and took part in the very battle presented on screen. In this Golden Globe & Oscar-wining film, soldiers battle Nazis and the brutal winter.
Doctor Zhivago (1965) – a period piece featuring horse drawn sleds, a frozen castle & some very, very chilly wintery scenes in Russia (1917-1922). Oh yeah, and one of my mom’s favorite films.
Fargo (1996) – This film reminds me:
- Where not to go in the US during the winter
- Why I will never borrow a wood chipper from William H. Macy, and
- Why I find Frances McDormand so wonderful…
Snowday (2000) – A coming of age family comedy that offers the message … that “anything can happen on a Snow Day” … especially when schools are closed. Chevy Chase, Chris Elliot & Iggy Pop embrace the ice, snow and cold in this wintery-fave of mine. But a word of caution… stay away from the snowplow man.
script by Noel T. Manning II