Happy New Year!

If you’re not out celebrating the end of another year at a lavish party, chances are you’re sitting at home waiting for that ball to drop, and maybe watching a movie of someone enjoying their night a bit more than you. New Year’s is an often overlooked holiday in cinema, caught between Christmas and the ever-impending Valentine’s Day. But that doesn’t mean that a countdown or two doesn’t creep into a favorite film every now and then.

Here’s a breakdown of just a few that I’ve noticed:

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When Harry Met Sally (1989): Possibly my favorite New Year’s scene of all time. Harry realizes he’s in love with Sally and races across the city to find her. He spills his heart out in one of my favorite little love speeches ever—“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” Then they share a slightly-after-midnight kiss after debating the true meaning of the classic tune, Auld Lang Syne. (Hint: It’s about old friends.) Continue reading

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FACE-OFF: YA Books VS. Movies

Screen shot 2014-04-22 at 11.20.58 AMAs an avid book lover, it’s quite hard for me to admit that sometimes—sometimes—movies can be better than their literary counterparts. Especially since I grew up insisting the opposite was true. While I do believe that books can bring more depth, detail, and development, there’s just something magical about sitting in a movie theater with ants in your pants, anticipation nearly killing you, as you wait to see a world that has thus far only lived inside your head come to life in loud and vivid color. When done correctly, it intensifies your adoration for those worlds, even the ones that will only ever exist in fantasy. When done badly, you’re forced to defend the essence of the story, because despite sitting through a cringe-inducing train wreck of a film, it’s still one of your favorites. It was incredibly hard to choose only five (which is why my honorable mentions are a mile long), but here are the page-to-screen transitions that I loved, hated, loved to hate, and hated to love. Continue reading